Lincolnshire

Community hub plans for 'rotten' Skegness pavilion

Tower Gardens Pavilion
Image caption The Victorian pavilion is standing derelict in Skegness

Council tax in a Lincolnshire town could rise to pay for the redevelopment of a derelict pavilion into a "community hub".

Skegness Town Council has agreed to draw up a feasibility study on replacing the Tower Gardens Pavilion.

The authority is planning to demolish the Victorian structure and replace it with a £1.5m building featuring a hall and meeting rooms.

If approved, council tax on a Band D house could rise by 4p per week.

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A larger redevelopment scheme in 2016 costing £3.5m failed after the council was unsuccessful in its funding bid to the government's Coastal Community Fund.

'Pay extra'

Tower Gardens Pavilion, which dates back to 1879, is in danger of collapsing, according to the town council.

It said much of the building was rotten and beyond repair. A survey in 2016 found rising damp, corrosion, a leaking roof, collapsed floors and rotting woodwork.

The pavilion is currently owned by East Lindsey District Council who would transfer the site to the town council.

Tony Tye, from the Skegness Chamber of Commerce, warned: "I wonder if the town council has got everything in place, whether it could actually manage this project and the sustainability of it."

Councillor Danny Brookes, mayor of Skegness Town Council, said: "We're asking people to pay extra, but they will be getting a community hub in the centre of the town".

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