Conoco Room is thrown a lifeline - County Council wipes away £2,323 in costs

Eileen Ballard at the ConocoPhillips Room above Louth Library. EMN-150127-103805001
Eileen Ballard at the ConocoPhillips Room above Louth Library. EMN-150127-103805001

The future of Louth’s most popular community room has been thrown a lifeline, just weeks after fears that the facility could be under threat.

The chairperson of the Louth Community Association, Eileen Ballard, spoke at the recent Louth Town Council meeting to provide an update.

Mrs Ballard, who is also a town councillor, said: “I contacted [Lincolnshire county councillors] John Hough and Sarah Dodds, we had a meeting last week, and today I heard from a representative from the County Council who said that they are going to wipe away an invoice for one quarter, which is £2323.57.”

Mrs Ballard told councillors that hire charges for the room are going to increase in April, due to the increased costs involved in running the room.

Mrs Ballard had previously spoken at a Louth Town Council meeting in January, telling councillors that after 23 successful years, the community room has become increasingly difficult to fund due to Lincolnshire County Council cutting 
back on their contributions towards it.

Additional costs had been incurred due to a requirement for a caretaker to be on site whenever the room is being used out of hours, due to health 
and safety 
regulations.

Mrs Ballard had previously warned: “If they don’t change their minds, we 
could find that there’s not going to be that lovely room any more.”

Lincolnshire County Councillor Sarah Dodds said: “Both Councillor Hough and I are delighted to 
have been able to join forces with the committee to broker a sensible and practical agreement with the County Council.

“We look forward to seeing the use of the room go from strength to strength.”