Thursday, February 2, 2023

East Lindsey District Council to make Horncastle its HQ as it opens shared facility with Boston College

East Lindsey District Council is moving to a new, energy efficient and more central headquarters from Monday 23 January 2023.

After 44 years, Tedder Hall in Manby will close and the council will officially mark a new era in its history when it moves to the Hub in Horncastle.

The Council has been working with Boston College to help provide a campus in Horncastle to fill a learning and skills gap. The Hub is a shared facility with the college who have been providing a range of 18+ courses for people in Horncastle and the surrounding area from the campus since November.

The project was supported by The Greater Lincolnshire LEP who contributed £1.2m for the College campus.

The Council funded the remaining £6.23m of the project cost in recognition that it would be a cost neutral project over a maximum of 15 years when factoring in the sale of Skegness Town Hall, Tedder Hall and the reduced running costs of the new building. Given the significant increase in utility prices, this payback period has now significantly reduced to around eight years.

The Hub supports the Council’s commitment to reducing CO2 and minimising its impact on climate change.

The sale of Skegness Town Hall was completed last summer, with the sale of Manby Park which includes Tedder Hall, completed in December.

Cllr Craig Leyland, leader of East Lindsey District Council, said: “Monday marks a new chapter in East Lindsey District Council’s history. The project has helped Boston College fulfil an ambition to provide a Campus in Horncastle. More people are able to access a range of courses without the need to travel far.

“The Hub has been built to ensure it is as energy efficient as possible, in line with our other ambitions around sustainability and the response to climate change.

“Both Tedder Hall and Skegness Town Hall served us well for many, many years but both buildings had high running and repair costs which were expected to keep on increasing over time. The Hub also provides staff who work across the South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership a more central base to touchdown in as well as other touchdown points located in Skegness, Louth and Mablethorpe.

“Being more central in the district also provides a better experience to our partners and members of the public coming to hear decisions made in the council chamber. We also expect footfall to increase for Horncastle businesses and services with more council staff, PSPS colleagues and the College, bringing more people to the town.”

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