Gosberton Parish Council sticks with Public Hall for its meetings
Gosberton Parish Council this week voted to continue meeting at the Public Hall, despite concerns being raised about lack of disabled access to a first floor meeting room.
Fundraising is now complete for a new £4,100 stair-lift, which is expected to be installed in the coming weeks.
The possible venue switch was raised at last month’s parish meeting when Coun Mick Pell highlighted concerns under the Equality Act.
Public Hall chairman Rowland Perry told the Spalding Guardian that switching venues would “not cause any hardship for the hall but would have taken away a regular income”.
He added: “Our second option was to hold meetings in the main hall until such time the new stair-lift was able to be fitted.”
Coun Perry and wife Rona, who are parish councillors, and council chairman Tim Smith didn’t take part in the parish council vote because they are hall trustees.
The Public Hall needed to find £1,500 to complete the stair-lift fundraising and Mrs Perry said the parish council agreed to donate £750 and lend £750 for the project.
• Anyone with access concerns can call the council on 07958 318616.