More dates added to Bourne Town Hall consultation
People will now have until the end of the year to respond to a consultation on the potential future use of Bourne Town Hall.
Lincolnshire County Council is keen to get as many views as possible about what should be done with the building in Market Place.
A number of public consultation events have already been held, but three more have now been arranged.
The council is the sole trustee of the town hall and must act in its best interest. It has set up a management committee to look into the best options for the building.
Committee chairman Coun David Brailsford (Con) said: “We got a really good response when we opened up the town hall for people to see what it’s like inside. Many people in Bourne haven’t ever seen inside the building, so we’re providing more opportunities for residents to have a look and talk through the possible options.
“When the consultation is complete, the management committee will make a recommendation to full council. We are asking residents for their opinions, so we can really be reflecting what will benefit the people of Bourne and what is in the best interests of the building.”
Drop-in events will be held at the town hall on Wednesday, November 25, from 10am until midday; on Tuesday, December 8, from midday until 2pm; and on Thursday, December 17, from 2pm until 4pm.
Six possible options for the town hall have been set out by independent experts in charity law. These are the only options that would be legally allowable under the original deed of gift.
They are to 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; or sell the building.
People can comment online at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/bournetownhall.