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Town band faces buy or fly dilemma

Members of Holbeach Town Band who ate to discuss an option of buying their hall in Back Lane. Photo:  SG090613-155TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Members of Holbeach Town Band who ate to discuss an option of buying their hall in Back Lane. Photo: SG090613-155TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Holbeach Town Band has been handed a lifeline after facing eviction from its home in the town for about 35 years.

The band was told that it may have to start looking for a new home because of plans by Holbeach Parish Council, owners of the band hall in Back Lane, to either sell or redevelop the site.

Councillors originally agreed to extend the band’s lease of the hall by up to two years but they now plan to offer members the chance to buy it - at the market price.

Band members will discuss their options at a meeting in January and musical director Mel Hopkin said: “The opportunity to buy the band hall is quite nice.

“But we only have limited funds so it’s something we’re going to have to think about to see whether it’s a possiblity.

“As a band, we’re very grateful to the parish council for all the support its members have given us for the 35 years we’ve been at the hall.

“We’re the town’s band so it’s good to have the support of the council, but the difficulty of moving to any new premises is that we do a lot of work at the hall in supporting youngsters.

“Therefore, we need a room where we can have exclusive access to hold rehearsals throughout the week.”

Coun Isobel Hutchinson, chairman of the council’s property committee, said: “The council agreed in principle that we should pursue outline planning permission for the band hall at our meeting in October.

“I then started looking at various options which need to be debated more, but the band wiil need to find somewhere else to be based.

“In the meantime, the council has given band members the option of extending their lease of the hall for another two years which will allow them time to find somewhere else.

“I want them to have as much information as possible so that if they wish to pursue buying the hall, at the full market value, we can try to resolve the matter as soon as possible.”

 
 
 

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