Deadline for bids to run Louth town hall

Inside Louth Town Hall
Image caption Louth Town Council moved out of the hall earlier this year

Groups interested in taking over the running of a Lincolnshire hall town are being reminded they have until Friday to submit expressions of interest.

In July, East Lindsey District Council announced it could no longer afford to run Louth's listed building due to government budget cuts.

Louth Town Council was based at the building but has now moved out.

The district authority said two community groups had so far shown formal interest in the project.

According to the council, managing the building to the levels expected of a public sector organisation costs about £65,000 per year.

It believes the hall can be operated much more cheaply under community ownership.

If a group demonstrated it could use the town hall for the benefit of the local area, the council said it would consider transferring ownership free of charge.

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