More Kirklees Council buildings and land are in line to be sold off.

Cabinet members will next week consider selling non-essential buildings and land to ease the council’s financial burden.

Although the list of buildings and sites at risk of disposal has not been made public, it is likely to also include civic buildings that are suitable for asset transfers to the community.

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, plus 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 and 2013 Cabinet members backed a policy of selling unused council land and buildings to net the authority £25m.

If the disposal programme is agreed, the council will also review the future arrangements for management of land and property assets like gardens and garages.

Yesterday we reported how an offer had been accepted for Briarcourt in Lindley, which was on the market for £1m.

 

Clr Turner added: “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.