WORK to restore Market Rasen’s Old Police Station finally looks set to start.
Following more than a year of discussions on what to do with the dilapidated public building, Market Rasen Town Council, which has its offices in the building, has agreed to restore the Edwardian court room to its former glory for public use.
The magistrates’ retiring room will be transformed into an office suite and Oasis Dental Care will remain.
Mayor Steve Bunney said: “After much discussion, the council has resolved to develop the court room of the Old Police Station as a community asset based on its historical use with displays regarding law and order.
“It will be an opportunity for younger people to see an Edwardian court room. It will also be available for things like community cinema.
“There is always a possibility it could be used for functions and weddings”
In the past 18 months a number of meetings have been held with the town’s heritage society and councillors, with ideas for the building ranging from a museum to a cafe and restaurant.
The Old Police Station was still in use by officers up until the construction of the new police station behind Tesco in 2005.
The council purchased the building that year for £268,000 with the help of a grant from the East Midlands Development Agency.
The council has already put money from the precept aside for the refurbishment project, which will cost around £20,000.
Income from leasing part of the building to Oasis Dental Care will also be used on the refurbishment.
Coun Bunney added: “As this work progresses we will also be undertaking survey work on the building to ensure that the fabric is in a suitable condition.”
Coun Ken Bridger said the restoration project had been a long time in the making and should have started before now, but would create a great new facility for the town.
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