Tower Gardens Pavilion’s registry office proposals put on hold

Lincolnshire County Council is 'exploring the long term option' of relocating its registry services to Tower Gardens Pavilion.
Lincolnshire County Council is 'exploring the long term option' of relocating its registry services to Tower Gardens Pavilion.

Hopes that an historic building in Skegness could be returned to use as the town’s registry office have been put on hold.

Tower Gardens Pavilion had been rumoured to take on the service after Lincolnshire County Council announced it would be relocating from the current Ida Road office.

The suggestion, which followed numerous failed attempts to restore the dilapidated old building to community use, was met with widespread approval.

“Cracking suggestion,” commented Phil Bradley on the Standard’s Facebook page last month.

“It’s in an ideal location and it would stop the building falling further into a state of disrepair.”

But despite the support, the council has had to choose an alternative option on Skegness Business Park, while it continues to explore the pavilion possibility.

The council’s county services manager Donna Sharp said: “The registration and celebratory services will being operating from the Skegness Business Park on Heath Road from the end of July 2013.

“As soon as we knew the premises on Ida Road was no longer fit for purpose, we did look at a number of different options.

“The Skegness Business Park was selected as the best available option.

“We are, however, still exploring the long term option of moving to Tower Gardens Pavilion, but this will be subject to funding being identified.

“We, of course, will keep the public updated with all changes to the service.”

The pavilion has been subject to a number of unsuccessful rescue attempts over recent months.

Skegness Town Council’s proposal to relocate there from the Town Hall proved too costly.

East Lindsey District Council then invited community groups and organisations to submit plans to take over the running but none were approved as financially sound.

The county council confirmed in March that it was ‘looking at the possibilities’ of reviving the building in partnership with the district council.

Chief property officer Kevin Kendall said: “Things are only in the early stages, and we will be identifying the potential uses for the building over the coming months.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to create something that is of benefit to the local community.”

If approved, finances for the project would come from the county council’s pending European Regional Development Fund application, though Mr Kendall was at the time not fully assured of its eligibility.