Assembly Rooms ‘under offer’ but council remains tight-lipped on sale of buildings

Assembly Rooms. Photo: stock image

Assembly Rooms. Photo: stock image

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THE borough council is remaining tight-lipped about the sale of two of the town’s prominent buildings following one coming ‘under offer’.

The Assembly Rooms, on Fish Hill, is labelled as such on the Brown & Co website which is selling it on behalf of the council for a market price of £445,000.

However, a Boston Borough Council spokesman refused to comment on who had expressed interest in the 190-year-old Grade II listed building saying this was ‘commercially sensitive’ information.

Head of property Andy Fisher said: “Expressions of interest have been received to purchase the Assembly Rooms and these are going through a ‘due diligence’ process.

“This essentially tests the suitability of the potential purchasers. This will produce a short list of acceptable prospective purchasers and a report will be prepared for councillors to consider.”

Portfolio holder for housing Mike Gilbert previously told The Standard the building had great potential for versatility and new uses.

The lease of the Haven Gallery, on South Street, has also moved forward with terms being agreed.

Change-of-use planning permission is being sought and Mr Fisher said the terms will allow the council to retain the ‘environment-controlled storage facility’ for Guildhall artefacts.

He added: “It is hoped that negotiations for the Haven will be concluded by September.”

The council put the two buildings up for sale or let to cut costs to the authority.

The Haven was mothballed mid-2010 and the Assembly Rooms went up for sale in October.

l Elsewhere, two Mayflower-owned buildings are also up for sale or to let.

Pilgrim House on South Street and Friars House on Quakers Lane are both used by the housing association as offices.

However, chief executives were unable to comment at the time of publication.