AN ENCOURAGING start-up season for the newly formed Church Farm Village committee culminated in a welcome boost when they were offered ownership of the site for just £1.
East Lindsey District Council has agreed to hand over ownership of the heritage buildings and its land for the nominal fee as part of a community asset transfer.
The news comes at the end of the committee’s first season in charge of the historic farm house after Lincolnshire County Council’s withdrawal of ongoing funding cast a cloud of uncertainty over its future.
Committee member John Byford was appreciative of the offer and the prospects it presents for the successful continuation of the community asset. He said: “We are absolutely delighted, all of the volunteers have been working very hard, mucking in together to make this happen and it has paid off at a bargain price.
“There are still lots of bridges to cross but we’ve had an encouraging first season and we have lots of plans to improve the site to make it more attractive for the local people and holiday makers. Exciting times are ahead for Church Farm Village and with this welcome boost the world is our oyster.”
The generous offer from ELDC comes after the company set up to protect the future of the site, The Village Church Farm Limited. made a request including a detailed business plan indicating the viability of Skegness’s second oldest building to remain an important attraction in the town for many years to come.
The offer, which is dependent on funding from Lincolnshire County Council, is the third such arrangement agreed by ELDC in order to protect the future of important local attractions and facilities.
Portfolio holder for finance at ELDC Coun John Upsall said: “I am delighted the executive board has made this decision, which means that if funding from Lincolnshire County Council is forthcoming Church Farm Musuem will be handed over to the newly formed organisation. “It is clear there is huge enthusiasm for this project within the town and I wish those involved every success.”