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Extra day to have a say on future of iconic town hall

Bourne Town Hall.
Bourne Town Hall.

An extra consultation date has been added for people to have their say on the future of Bourne Town Hall.

Bourne Town Council, in conjunction with major stakeholders and Lincolnshire County Council, has decided to host the additional date on Saturday, November 7, between 10am and 2pm, at the town hall to give people the chance to see inside.

The town council was concerned that the other dates were at inconvenient times and is keen for everyone in the town to get an opportunity to have a say.

Town council clerk Ian Sismey said: “This is an iconic building in the centre of Bourne and we really want people to get involved and take part in the consultation.”

Lincolnshire County Council 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; 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 or sell the building.

As well as next Saturday’s consultation, there will also be events at Lawrance Park Community Centre in Thurlby from 6.30pm to 9pm on Tuesday, November 3, and at Bourne Corn Exchange from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, November 11.

You can also find out more by visiting www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/bournetownhall


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