Bourne Town Hall future lies in charitable trust or private owner’s hands

Bourne Town Hall could be passed into the hands of trustees.  Photo by David Lowndes.

Bourne Town Hall could be passed into the hands of trustees. Photo by David Lowndes.

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Bourne Town Hall will either be run by a charitable trust or sold to a private owner, its current trustee has announced.

Lincolnshire County Council, trustees of the hall since 1974, voted for a transfer of ownership or sale option at its May meeting of all 77 council members.

We are having ongoing positive conversations with interested parties who have formed a steering group to look at the future use of Bourne Town Hall as a charitable purpose for the building is the recommended option

Coun David Brailsford, chairman of the Bourne Town Hall Trust Management Committee

The decision was made after a recommendation from a group, the Bourne Town Hall Trust Management Committee, set up to consider its future.

Coun David Brailsford, chairman of the Bourne Town Hall Trust Management Committee, said: “Further to a consultation with the people of Bourne last year, the committee put its recommendations to full council and these were agreed.

“We are having ongoing positive conversations with interested parties who have formed a steering group to look at the future use of Bourne Town Hall as a charitable purpose for the building is the recommended option.

“Athough these conversations are at an early stage, we are supporting the group in taking their ideas forward.”

The preferred options were decided after people in Bourne were asked for their views on what should happen to the town hall which was gifted to the town by Marquis of Exeter in 1821.

Almost 170 people took part in the two-month public consultation between October and November last year, with 79 per cent of respondents wanting to see the town hall used for charitable purposes.

Cllr Brailsford said: “While discussions are ongoing about the future of Bourne Town Hall, we are continuing to meet our duties in ensuring the building is watertight and secure.

“Following the latest inspection of the building, people in Bourne may see some remedial works taking place at the hall in the coming weeks.”

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