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 THE SESSIONS HOUSE ¦ EASTGATE ¦ LOUTH ¦ LINCOLNSHIRE ¦ LN11 9AJ ¦ TEL: 01507 355895


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LOUTH TOWN COUNCIL
HAS MOVED
Louth Town Council have now moved to The Sessions House, Eastgate, Louth, LN11 9AJ and will begin a new chapter of its history at the former Magistrates Court. The move has provided much improved facilities for both staff and visitors at no extra cost on council tax bills with the added advantage of providing the town with a community owned asset.

The council’s limited accommodation at the Victorian town hall, once the property of the town council transferring into the ownership of East Lindsey District Council on local government re-organisation in 1974, has long been cramped and inadequate and councillors had been looking out for more suitable accommodation for some time.

So when the court service put the building, next to the former Police Station, on the market late last year the council was keen to explore the possibility of moving.

After putting together a comprehensive business plan and taking legal advice, the council made an offer for the courthouse and applied to the Department of Communities for support to borrow money to finance the sale. The council also cut back its own spending requirements so that the cost of investing in its own property did not see council tax bills rising at a time of economic stringency.

The courthouse offers more spacious accommodation and provides security of tenure for the town council. The move will also allow the council to take better advantage of the opportunities offered by the new Localism Agenda.

The quality of service provided by Louth Town Council will be substantially improved in the future by working from more suitable premises with dedicated parking for service users, elected members and council officers. Increased office space will result in ratepayers enjoying greater privacy in particular when dealing with sensitive matters such as burials.

The council intends to repay the cost of buying the building within 10 years.

 

Last modified: 19/05/16