Exciting new future for Mablethorpe’s historic library building

Mablethorpe's old library in Victoria Road will go back to tender for a community group to take over its running.
Mablethorpe's old library in Victoria Road will go back to tender for a community group to take over its running.

THE deserted Mablethorpe Library building is back up for grabs for community groups after art gallery plans ran aground.

Last June permission was granted for the empty Victoria Road building to become the Tide Art Gallery which was due to open before the end of 2011.

But renovation problems arose and Lincolnshire County Council have taken back the building to carry out the revamp and re-tender.

Local groups can put forward their claims for the century-old building before March 5, along with a business plan and assurance of job creation and income.

A 25-year lease for the site is on offer via a ‘peppercorn rent’ for use for enterprise, partnership or collaboration.

It has now been five years since the building was last used since the town’s community access point opened in Stanley Avenue in 2007.

After many years as Henshall’s Walk Round Store then a social club, the building officially opened as a library on May 28, 1952.

It was heavily damaged by the 1953 floods, but re-opened after extensive repair.

A Lincolnshire County Council spokesman said: “Lincolnshire County Council in partnership with East Lindsey District Council are committed to bringing the building back into a sustainable use that will help meet our strategic aims, to include improving the resident and visitor offer in Mablethorpe, supporting the local economy by the development of an enterprise and provide local training opportunities.”

For details email lewis.mason@lincolnshire.gov.uk .

Are you interested in taking over the building? What would you like to see the historic building become? Email your ideas to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.