No answers for Floral Hall future
QUESTIONS over the future of Grimsby's Floral Hall remain unanswered as discussions between council and Institute bosses continue.
As reported, North East Lincolnshire Council and the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education are "holding discussions" over the lease of the Hall at People's Park.
The facility, which houses exotic plants and animals, is owned by the council and leased out to the college for horticultural studies.
The college has already handed back the running of the café to NELC, which will run it temporarily until a permanent lease-holder is found.
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Neither the council or the institute will comment on what will happen to the current employees – thought to be four people – but confirmed there will be "new staff".
The exact cost of the Floral Hall's lease has also been withheld, however it is thought it takes £40,000 to run the special heated room alone.
Residents fear the Hall – which they describe as "a gem in North East Lincolnshire's crown" – will close and want answers as to what is going to happen.
A council spokesman said: "Following discussions with the Institute, we are exploring options for the future operation of the Floral Hall to ensure it continues to remain open to the public. As soon as the options have been thoroughly evaluated, we will make a formal announcement."