Lincolnshire county councillors have voted in favour of handing over Bourne Town Hall to a charity.
At a full council meeting on Friday last week, councillors voted in favour of the recommendations of the Bourne Town Hall Management Committee, which included:
l The transfer of ownership of Bourne Town Hall to a new or existing charity to be held on charitable trusts consistent with the spirit of the original gift, in order for the Town Hall to be used for the benefit of the people of Bourne, as intended by the original donor.
l Should the transfer of ownership option not prove to be viable then Bourne Town Hall should be disposed of with sale proceeds used for the benefit of the residents of Bourne
l The terms of reference of the Bourne Town Hall Trust Management Committee be revised and authority is delegated to the committee to exercise the delegated activities as defined in the revised terms of reference. (These are available on the full council papers from May 20 on www.lincolnshire.gov.uk )
Chairman of the Bourne Town Hall Trust Management Committee, Coun David Brailsford (Con) said: “Further to a consultation with the people of Bourne last year, the Management Committee put its recommendations to full council, and on Friday, 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. A charitable purpose for the building is the recommended 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 and the management committee have led a consultation with people in the town to look at the possible future use and management of the building.
Further information about the consultation can be viewed on www.lincolnshire.gov.uk
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.”