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Long lease gives new life to Horncastle Town Hall

Horncastle Town Hall
Campaigners have insisted there is a public demand to use the hall

A campaign to save a Lincolnshire town hall has been a success with a long lease granted to the town council.

The 109-year-old hall was to be demolished but will now be used by the community for meetings and events.

The campaign to save it from demolition began five years ago, with local residents even bidding to run the building themselves.

Horncastle Town Council has leased the building and car park for 125 years from East Lindsey District Council.

Speaking about the decision, town councillor William Aron said: "It's fantastic, we can move forward in a positive way."

Currently the building is boarded up but there are plans to re-open it as soon as possible.

It has been estimated the hall will cost around £300,000 to refurbish and there are plans to lease office space to help to pay for the running costs.

The hall was originally built to accommodate army volunteers, before being used as a place of public entertainment but in later years it had been home to the town council and the East Lindsey District Council.

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