COUNCILLORS have agreed to sell a building dating back to 1883 in a bid to save costs.
Stainland Mechanics’ Institute had become surplus to requirements and its sale would generate much-needed funds.
Built by the Shaw family in 1883, the building was used by the Stainland and District Community Association but they decided to leave the premises a year ago.
On Monday night Cabinet members agreed to the disposal of the building.
The council believes the building would raise about £125,000 on the open market. But it would cost more than £515,000 to renovate.
Had they decided to keep the building, it was estimated there would be an annual cost of £2,500, for which there is no budget, to pay for minimal upkeep of a non-operational building.
But the funding needed is not available to carry out the necessary repairs.
A report presented to Calderdale Cabinet members says they would like to sell the building “as soon as possible in order to reduce potential liabilities and associated costs and obtain the best possible price on the open market.”
The report added: “The property is in poor condition and ongoing repairs and maintenance liabilities are unlikely to ever be adequately supported by income.”