Gainsborough: Work to landscape the site of the Old Guildhall to start soon

Demolition of the Old Guildhall in Gainsborough G131018-2a
Demolition of the Old Guildhall in Gainsborough G131018-2a

Work to landscape the Old Guildhall site in Gainsborough will be starting soon.

West Lindsey District Council has commissioned Groundworks Lincolnshire to landscape the former council office known as the Old Guildhall.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government gave the council the go-ahead to demolish the building on Caskgate Street.

It is saving tax payers up to £60,000 a year in business rates and maintenance.

CounJeff Summers, leader of West Lindsey District Council, said: “I am delighted to see work starting this week developing the public green space in the town.”

“We always said that once the Old Guildhall was demolished and the site cleared we would landscape the area, which is what we are doing.”

“However, it is anticipated the area will be redeveloped in the future.”

Work will start on Monday, 17th March and will take a few weeks to develop.

Turf will be laid down at the site and as a result the area will be fenced off until it is ready.

It is due to open to the public in June 2014.

The Old Guildhall was demolished in October last year.

Prior to demolition it had been standing empty since West Lindsey District Council moved into new offices in Marshall’s Yard several years ago.

The foundation stone and a plaque relating to the official opening of the building on 7th July 1966 by Sir Roger Stevens, chairman of the Yorkshire and Humberside economic planning council, were removed and saved.

The Old Guildhall was included in the plans for the Elswitha Quarter which included a hotel, cinema and a bowling alley.