Businesses at a centre in Horncastle may be in danger of closing as the county council announced it is to review all of its properties.
The Horncastle News has been told that businesses at the Fortuna Centre on Mareham Road are concerned that they could be evicted and the centre will be sold with local businesses being driven out of the town with the loss of jobs.
It’s believed that the centre will be sold to Osiris, a training and educational company, but the council will neither confirm nor deny if this true and a spokesman from the company would add nothing more.
The review is designed to make sure the building is being used effectively, the county council told the News.
A spokesman for the authority said the review was taking place at all council owned buildings in a bid to save cash following the cuts since 2010.
He said :”Over the last few years, the organisation has gone through major changes and, as a result, has far fewer staff so we are making sure space is being used effectively and identifying any problems that have become surplus to requirements.
“Properties are being looked at on a case by case basis and in each instance we’ll choose the course of action that makes the best financial sense.”
Horncastle and Tetford County Councillor Bill Aron said he has been approached by businesses at the Fortuna Centre and he was supporting them with information.
He said : “I am being kept informed of developments. Nothing has been decided.
“There was an email sent out that wasn’t factually correct by an officer who did not know the full facts.
“I am told that the council will work with existing tenants and that is if the deal goes ahead and nothing is set in stone.”
Coun Aron said that if the sale goes ahead then there is talk of expanding the site, but he assures current tenants that he will be on hand if they have any questions or need support.
Other properties being reviewed include Homeleigh and Lime House in Horncastle, and Eastfield House in Louth.