Shortly after a flash mob descended on Skegness Tower Gardens Pavilion earlier today in their bid to save it, in a dramatic turn of events, the District Council has issued a statement signalling a three month reprieve for the building.
The grass roots campaign looks to have yielded some success in saving the building and the District Council has encouraged the Skegness community to come forward with a viable plan for the Pavilion, which was handed back to the District Council in 2007.
With much interest from local activist groups of late, the news will come as a welcome relief for those with the buildings future at heart.
Group activist, Paul Stone from the ‘Save The In on the Park’ Facebook group, said: “this is indeed fantastic news. This effectively gives us a three month window in which to get this building saved.”
Following recent communication from local people, the District Council has agreed to continue to explore opportunities for the building with the community over the next three months. Any proposal coming forward needs to have funding in place.
Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, Councillor Craig Leyland, said: “Whilst we have considered demolition, as we said we would, if no viable proposals came forward when The Pavilion was initially offered to the community, we are aware that the people of Skegness have a great deal of affection for this building.
“The County Council and Town Council, along with the District Council, have all been clear that they can’t afford the repair and refurbishment costs the building needs; but we hope through this renewed appeal, coupled with the community interest received of late, a funded proposal can be developed by the community that gives the building a future.”
The deadline for expressions of interest is April 7, 2014.
To discuss a proposal or express an interest in taking on The Pavilion, contact the Council’s Property Services Team on 01507 601111.