A range of uses for Guisborough Town Hall has been suggested following a series of consultation events.
A total of 75 people took part in the events, including representatives from the town council, community groups and residents.
The most popular suggestions for the building included use as a museum, tourist information centre, a space for community groups or a hub, as a theatre or arts venue, and for small businesses, shops or an indoor market.
A key element of developing Guisborough Town Hall will be securing funding, and people were asked how they thought how money could be obtained. Most felt that this could be achieved through grant funding.
Cllr Dale Quigley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “Following the consultation events and a feedback workshop, a number of promising ideas were put forward to the council from interested parties ranging from community groups to developers and local residents. I would like to thank everyone who attended.
“We will hold a further community session in the next month and we are interested in working with community groups to draw up detailed proposals, including funding options, of how Guisborough Town Hall can become a key hub in the town.”
Tom Blenkinsop MP said: “I’m glad the plans to bring Guisborough Town Hall back in to community use are progressing and that the Labour led council are listening to residents’ concerns and ideas to make the Town Hall a hub for Guisborough.
“I hope that this can be used as a blueprint to bring other abandoned buildings across East Cleveland back in to use. When Parliament returns I will be asking the government to provide the resources which will allow the council to improve more of our towns and high streets.”