Tight lipped on Assembly Rooms ‘club’ speculation

Assembly Rooms
Assembly Rooms

SPECULATION continues to surround the future of the town’s Assembly Rooms as the council refuses to comment on the sale of the building.

But with weeks to go until the contracts are exchanged, rumours are rife that the landmark is to be transformed into a club.

Several sources have told The Standard that the rumour is correct, but current owners Boston Borough Council are staying tight-lipped on the future of the historic building.

This week, council leader Peter Bedford said he could neither confirm nor deny the rumours, adding that some information would be revealed once the sale had gone through.

He said: “At this moment in time as far as Boston Borough Council is concerned we still own the building. Beyond that we cannot comment.

“The applicant will make a planning application if he needs to make one.”

The building already has permission to operate as an entertainment venue, and would not need fresh permission to continue to work in that way.

Spalding nightclub owner Matt Clark and his father were rumoured to be the buyers, but, when contacted, both men have told The Standard they are not involved.

Commenting on the public toilets, Coun Bedford said he could not confirm whether or not they would remain open, but he thought it was ‘highly unlikely’.

He added that the new owner would have to bring the outside of the building ‘up to heritage standard’ after the sale.