More Kirklees Council buildings and land are in line to be sold off to net £12m.

Cabinet members will next week consider agreeing to the sales of non-essential buildings and land in a bid to ease the council’s financial burden.

Although the list of buildings and sites at risk of disposal has not been made public, it identifies potential capital receipts to a value of £12m.

It is likely to include 21 farms, 91 grazing tenancies, 938 garages and 1,238 gardens.

Plus civic buildings that are suitable for asset transfers to the community will be identified, which is likely to include libraries.

The Examiner revealed earlier this month that Kirklees Council’s estate is worth a staggering £1.2billion, which includes 650 public amenity areas; 400 commercial properties, and 4,400 leases.

Clr Graham Turner, Cabinet member for Resources, said: “The asset disposal programme is extremely important to the council as the money raised will be used to help offset the savage budget cuts that have been imposed by central Government.

“Whilst the sales will not prevent the huge cuts to services we are having to make, they will in some small way help us to protect vital public services and jobs.

“By using best practice and public auctions we will maximise the value of these assets for the benefit of all the residents of Kirklees.”

Kirklees needs to find £69m of savings by 2017 and asset disposal is likely to net Kirklees £27m overall.

The latest list of assets remains private - in a council report Kirklees says making it public could “adversely affect overall value for money and council compromise the commercial confidentiality of the bidding organisations and may disclose the contractual terms”.

Some of the assets, such as shops, are subjected to leases and Kirklees will need to notify affected tenants.

This year Kirklees has made £1.8m in asset sales at auction, with a further auction on December 4 for assets which includes former council offices in Heckmondwike and land at Commercial Street in Slaithwaite. The combined sales guide price tops £620,000.

Meanwhile Briarcourt in Lindley, listed for sale online for £1m, is currently under offer.

 

Clr Turner said of the people affected by tenancies or leases: “We expect this programme to take several years to complete, so if it is agreed at next week’s meeting, there would be no immediate need to contact the council.

“We would contact affected members of the public at the appropriate time over the coming years.”

He added that feedback from the first phase of the budget consultation showed people agreed with the asset disposal policy, and said such sales could encourage outside and business investment in the borough.