Councillors to consider future of Bourne Town Hall

Bourne Town Hall
Bourne Town Hall

Councillors are considering the future of Bourne Town Hall after more than 150 people put their ideas forward.

Lincolnshire County Council held a public consultation on the future of the building in Market Place, which has been empty since Bourne Town Council moved to the Corn Exchange in March 2013.

After numerous events and an online survey the council got 169 responses, which will be used by the Bourne Town Hall management committee to help decide the building’s future.

Committee chairman David Brailsford (Con) said: “Following the end of the consultation period, feedback that people in Bourne gave to us about the possible options for the town hall is being collated and analysed.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part and assure them that their views will be given due consideration.

“The management committee will review the initial results at the end of January.

“A report will then be compiled with the help of our independent legal advisors, to be considered initially by the management committee, and then by all members of the council as trustees.”

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.

Plans to convert the town hall building into a boutique cinema were unveiled in late 2014, but after a thorough investigation Tony Mundin, who also runs The Regal in Melton, said the building was too small to make it viable.