Charity could take on running of Bourne Town Hall

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The county council is exploring whether a charity could take on the running of Bourne Town Hall following a public consultation.

Lincolnshire County Council held a public consultation on the future of the Town Hall in Market Place.

The Town Hall has been closed since Bourne Town Council moved to the Corn Exchange in March 2013. Since its closure, the only suggestion that has come forward was to transform it into a boutique cinema but the building was deemed too small to make it a viable proposal.

Following the consultation, the feedback and comments have now been collated and of the six options, the options involving looking at how a charity could use the building were narrowly the most popular.

Chairman of the Bourne Town Hall Management Committee, David Brailsford (Con), said: “I’d like to thank everyone who showed an interest in this historic building, took part in our consultation and even came to see the Town Hall for themselves.

“There hasn’t been a clear option that has come forward from the consultation work and no recommendation has been made yet.

“We’re now exploring the options in more depth including looking at how viable it is that a charity could use the building and realistically take on its running.”

Once this work has been done, the management committee will present their recommendations to all members of the council.

The town hall, which was built in 1821, was paid for in part by public contributions. The county council acquired it in 1974 as a trust and is the sole corporate trustee.

This caused the council, which initially thought it owned the building, legal difficulties when it tried to sell it, so the management committee was formed.

The results of the consultation

Retain the building and use it for the charitable purposes: 38

Retaining the building and amending the original charitable purposes: 37

Appointing a new trustee(s) to take on the building: 5

Creating a new charity to take on the building: 23

Transferring the building to another charity: 30

Selling the building (use the proceeds of sale for the benefit of the residents of Bourne): 36