More than £1m of council land and property will be put up for sale ... and some of its museums will close.

Kirklees Council is hosting an auction in a bid to sell eight plots of land and three buildings – including two former schools.

It comes as the council desperately tries to plug multi-million gaps in its budgets over the next five years.

Speaking to the Examiner last week, council leader, Clr David Sheard, said they would be selling premises “left, right and centre” in a bid to raise at least £5m per year.

Clr Sheard admitted Kirklees would look to close some of its museums.

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The highest value plot up for grabs at the auction is a former council care home in Lindley – expected to net about £700,000.

Planning permission for large detached houses at the site of the mothballed Oakmead home at Lidget Street has already been granted.

Oakmead, Lindley
Oakmead, Lindley

A children’s care home on the site will be retained.

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A second site off Healey Lane in Batley, next to the primary school, has also been earmarked for 14 homes. The council hopes to net about £400,000 for the land from a developer.

The disused Heaton Avenue First and Nursery School in Cleckheaton is also up for sale with a guide price of £350,000- £400,000.

Former Thornhill Council offices and an adjacent scout hut will also be for sale in the region of £150,000.

Clr David Sheard.

The Victorian premises have lapsed planning permission for conversion into flats.

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Other plots include; a plot on Colne Road near Huddersfield University, land on the corner of Greenhead Lane and Coach House Drive in Dalton, a plot at Blenheim Drive in Upper Batley and four plots in Dewsbury at Oastler Street, Brewerton Lane, Upper George Street and Chapel Lane, Thornhill.

The auction, hosted by Walker Singleton, takes place on Thursday, February 25 at 7pm at The Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top.

Contact Walker Singleton on 01484 477600 or visit their website at www.walkersingleton.co.uk