New town manager for Louth?

Louth’s events calendar could be led by a town manager again in the future, it has been revealed.

Speaking at the meeting of Louth Town Council on December 11, acting chairman of Louth Town Partnership Patrick Neville, said the organisation needed the ‘expertise and planning ability’ a town manager would bring.

Though praising the work of partnership co-ordinator Sam Phillips, who was seconded from ELDC after the loss of former town manager Alison Hall, Mr Neville said it would be ‘well worth’ the extra £16,000 it would cost to fill the expert role.

Mr Neville, addressing the meeting, said the partnership was looking at ‘a number of self generating income streams’ in order to become financially independent ahead of the loss of funding from East Lindsey District Council which, as planned, progressively diminishes from September 2013.

He revealed some exciting development further down the line, like the possibilty of a mobile phone application giving guided tours of Louth in conjunction with Louth Museum.

In recent weeks the town partnership have elected a new board and members, including a new treasurer in John Walker.

LTP are also looking into more themed markets, business membership and shop local schemes, and even a sausage festival for 2013, after the success of such events as the Victorian Fayre which drew 5,500 people and generated over £100,000 of income to the town.

Mr Neville admitted that stall charges for the themed markets would be going up in the future, saying traders were ‘queuing up’ to be involved.

Coun Margaret Ottaway defended the decision by the town partnership to switch the Christmas lights on at 3pm at the recent Christmas craft market.

“I wouldn’t accept the criticism, it’s often dark at that time but thank goodness we didn’t have a dark, dreary day on that occasion,” she said.