Decision due on Bourne Town Hall future today

Bourne Town Hall.
Bourne Town Hall.

Lincolnshire County Council look set to approve handing over the ownership of Bourne Town Hall to a charity today.

The Bourne Town Hall Trust Management Committee was asked to look at a range of options for the future of the building in the Market Place, which has been empty since 2013 when its previous occupants Bourne Town Council and South Kesteven District Council moved to the SK Community Access Point at Bourne Corn Exchange.

The committee is recommending that its preferred option is to pursue transferring ownership of the building to a new or existing charity or charitable trust in order for the Town Hall to be utilised for the benefit of the people of Bourne.

The full council will consider this when they meet at 10.30am.

Chairman of the committee David Brailsford said: “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.

“A charitable purpose for the building is the committee’s preferred option, and although at an early stage, we are supporting the group in taking their ideas 
forward.”

All county councillors form the sole trustee for the Bourne Town Hall charity. The Town Hall was gifted in 1821 by the Marquis of Exeter for the benefit of the town.

The management committee have led a consultation with people in the town to look at the possible future use and management of the 
building.

If the charity options prove unviable, the council will look to sell the Grade II listed building and use the proceeds for the benefit of the residents of Bourne, according to a report prepared ahead of today’s meeting.

Coun Brailsford added: “While discussions are ongoing for the future, 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 around the Town Hall in the coming weeks.”