Plans revealed for a new-look town hall

Elizabeth Jackson and Norman Dunn look at the Festival Hall plans EMN-151016-084949001
Elizabeth Jackson and Norman Dunn look at the Festival Hall plans EMN-151016-084949001

Designers’ plans of how Market Rasen Festival Hall could be transformed into a modern 21st century venue have been unveiled to the public.

In a special event at Festival Hall on Thursday (October 15), residents were able to cast their eyes over plans for a new-look community hall.

The existing building is currently underused and in need of extensive work.

But the town council says it wants to create a thriving community venue and plans to apply for grant funding to give the hall a major refurbishment.

Lindum designer Ian Hind, who has been appointed by the town council, said: “It’s not a building that invites you in - we want to make it more welcoming and give it more uses.

“It’s interesting to come here and get people’s feedback.”

Paul Hiley, of Market Rasen New Life Church, said: “I’m excited to see the improvements proposed.

“As regular users of the hall we would like to see radical improvements. My fear is that we could spend a lot of money and end up with something not radically more attractive than we already have.

“My proposal would be ‘knock it down and start again’.”

Norman Dunn and Elizabeth Jackson from Market Rasen Dance Club were enthusiastic about the plans.

Norman said: “We’re quite pleased. And happy they’re keeping the dance floor -it’s probably the finest floor in Lincolnshire.

“It’ll help to attract a few more people to our dance group.”

Elizabeth added: “It’s much more modern. I like the idea of it.”

Market Rasen Town Council says it is committed to seeing the 400-seater hall used to its full capacity and becoming a magnet of activity for the 
town.

The council plans to apply for grant funding from organisations such as the Big Lottery, but first wants to get residents on board and hear their ideas.

You can still have your say by emailing festivalhallmarketrasen@outlook.com or search Festival Hall, Market Rasen on Facebook.

A final report and recommendations will soon be produced and then the town council will decide on its next step.