Thursday, February 06, 2020
END OF AN ERA DRAWING NEAR FOR BRIGG TOWN COUNCIL AND THE ANGEL SUITE
Brigg Town Council is terminating its lease on the Angel Suite, where it has been based for a quarter of a century.
Its office and staff will be relocating elsewhere within the Angel building, and the Town Council will no longer manage and operate the Angel Suite community venue (pictured), created decades ago from the former Angel Hotel Ballroom.
Control of the Angel Suite - office, lounge, pop-up bar, function suite and kitchen - is reverting to North Lincolnshire Council, which owns the Angel building.
The unitary authority recently announced an ambitious scheme to revamp the Angel building. View details here...
The Town Council's latest meeting heard from Town Clerk Dinah Lilley that the actual "moving date" was still awaited.
Deputy Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker told colleagues that, accompanied by staff, he had been to view accommodation elsewhere in the Angel building which had been earmarked for future Town Council use. He considered this to be suitable.
Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall pointed out that if larger-than-usual attendances were expected from members of the public, meetings could be held elsewhere in the town centre. She gave the Annual Town Meeting (in March) and the Mayor-making (in May) as examples.
Possible alternatives are St John's Church Hall and the top floor of the Buttercross.
The number of Town Councillors was reduced from 19 to nine last year, following a community governance review.
The smaller Lounge, in the basement (accessible by stairs and a lift) has proved large enough to accommodate Town Council meetings in recent months, rather than using the main function room on the first floor.
It's also much easier to hear what's being said during meetings in the Lounge, as acoustics have long been an issue in the sizeable function room above.
Brigg Blog believes that Town Council meetings will continue to be held in the Angel Suite until the end of March.