Assembly Rooms set for a paint job

Matt Clark at the Assembly Rooms.
Matt Clark at the Assembly Rooms.

The owner of the Assembly Rooms has promised that a full paint job for the outside of the landmark Boston venue is in the pipeline.

Matt Clark, director of Activ Leisure, said there had been some set backs in the run up to Christmas but the company has completed its priority to open the venue and has put in a planning application with Lincolnshire County Council’s highways team for the work.

He said: “We remain committed to the site as a long term investment and want to see the building as something to be proud of as do the people of Boston.”

For health and safety reasons, the company is asking to close off part of Town Bridge so it can install equipment to paint the river-facing side.

Mr Clark said most of the work will be done on Sundays and not on Wednesdays or Saturdays so as to not cause too much disruption. He said he is keeping the local authorities fully up to date with progress of the work.

Matt Clark and Activ Leisure took over the Assembly Rooms in November 2012 when the council sold it off for £465,000. Part of the sale included an agreement to carry out repairs and maintenance to the building.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council highways said they had received a written request from Activ Leisure and it would be processed in the next two weeks.

They have since told Mr Clark that the plan cannot go ahead until the new St Botolph’s Bridge is opened to pedestrians, which should be the case from Friday.