Lincoln landmark The Lawn put up for sale by City Hall
A LANDMARK building in historic uphill Lincoln has been put up for sale by City Hall.
The Lawn and surrounding complex in Union Road will be sold off because the City of Lincoln Council is losing money on it and cannot afford any reinvestment.
The sale includes the Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory.
The west lawn will be retained by the council and kept for public use but a decision has yet to be made on the south lawn, also public space.
Shop, office and café units will be the responsibility of a new owner and if a developer wanted to change their use or shut them down, the leases would become their responsibility.
Council leader Ric Metcalfe said there was not a sale price because plans are fluid until a buyer steps forward and reveals what they want to do with the site.
The council bought the complex – a former asylum – in the 1980s for £400,000. Councillor Metcalfe said it was not the council's aim to merely sell to the highest bidder.
He said: "The need to protect public space is paramount. We are not going to be in a position where the public loses out."