THE future of the building housing Lisburn's Irish Linen Centre
and Museum looks uncertain after it emerged the council is
considering letting out the ground floor of the Market Square
Councillors have discussed the issue at
meetings held in commit-
tee' on several occasions since the start of
the year including the June meeting of the Leisure Services
However, following the resumption of normal
business at this meeting it was agreed to recommend the
appointment of McKibben Property
Consultants to act on the council's behalf in
the matter. This was ratified by the full council meeting on
Councillors attending the committee meeting
accepted there was a need for museum staff to be 'located in
close proximity to the collections and delivery point of the
It was agreed to recommend council officers
should explore how this might be achieved 'while optimising more
commercial use of space within the site'.
A spokesperson for the City Council confirmed
McKibbens had been retained to 'prepare a preliminary report'
regarding the current market potential of the site.
" Lisburn City Council is responsible for
ensuring that all its services represent the best value for
money," she added.
To help achieve this it does, periodically,
engage in 'market testing' its services, facilities and third
The ground floor of the Irish Linen Centre
and Museum is currently occupied by a shop and a restaurant.
It was also the location of Lisburn's main tourist
information office for many years but this moved to the Lisburn
Square development some time ago.