Lincolnshire County Council has this week launched its consultation into the future of Bourne’s unused town hall building.
The council wants residents to have their say on how the hall in Market Place should be used in the future.
The authority is the sole trustee of the town hall charity, and must act in its best interests. The management committee appointed by the council has been in contact with independent experts in charity law, who have come up with six options that would be legally allowable under the original deed of gift. They are:
○ Retain the building and use it for charitable purposes, as set out in the original deed.
○ Retain the building and amend the original charitable purposes.
○ Appoint a new trustee to take on the building.
○ Create a new charity to take on the building.
○ Transfer the building to another charity.
○ Sell the building.
Management committee chairman Coun David Brailsford (Con) said: “We are asking residents for their opinions, so we can really be reflecting what will benefit the people of Bourne and what is in the best interests of the building.
“I’d really urge people to come along to the events we are holding, consider the options, and fill in the consultation survey to make their views known.”
As part of the consultation a series of public events will be held: at Bourne Youth Centre from 1.30pm to 4pm on October 13; at The Centre @ Elsea Park from 1pm to 4pm on October 19 and from 9.30am to midday on October 28; at Lawrence Park Community Centre in Thurlby from 6.30pm to 9pm on November 3; and at Bourne Corn Exchange from 6pm to 8pm on November 11. The town hall will be open during the events on October 13 and November 11.
People can also have their say online at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/bournetownhall. The survey closes on November 16.