The first consultation event on the future of Bourne Town Hall was held this week and people are encouraged to keep having their say at forthcoming events.
Lincolnshire County Council wants residents to have their say on how the hall in Market Place should be used in the future.
The authority is the sole trustee of the town hall charity, and must act in its best interests. The management committee appointed by the council has been in contact with independent experts in charity law, who have come up with six options that would be legally allowable under the original deed of gift. They are:
○ Retain the building and use it for charitable purposes, as set out in the original deed.
○ Retain the building and amend the original charitable purposes.
○ Appoint a new trustee to take on the building.
○ Create a new charity to take on the building.
○ Transfer the building to another charity.
○ Sell the building.
The first event was on Tuesday (October 13) at Bourne Youth Centre. On the same day, the town hall was open for people to look round the building.
Management committee chairman Coun David Brailsford (Con) said: “We had a good response from the Bourne community to our first engagement event, with a mixture of local residents and organisations attending.
“People showed an interest in both looking round the Town Hall itself, and talking to us about what the possible options could be.
“I’d encourage anyone who wants to find out more to come to one of the other events, and make their views known in the consultation.
“We have now left displays and information at Bourne Town Council’s offices and at Elsea Park Community Centre, and you can also find more information at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/bournetownhall.”
Further public events will be held: at The Centre @ Elsea Park from 1pm to 4pm on October 19 and from 9.30am to midday on October 28; at Lawrence Park Community Centre in Thurlby from 6.30pm to 9pm on November 3; and at Bourne Corn Exchange from 6pm to 8pm on November 11.
The town hall will be open again during the event on November 11.