THE future resting place of listed artefacts is “in limbo”.
There was fury when Calderdale Council ripped the 18th Century mayoral chair, artefacts and wall panelling out of Brighouse Town Hall.
It came just three days after councillors voted to sell the building as it was deemed surplus to requirements.
But a month later, a decision on where the artefacts will be displayed has yet to be made.
Clr Colin Stout said: “The town hall will go to auction in February – I don’t even know what the guide price will be.”
He said there had been meetings with interested parties, with a suggestion the items be moved to Brighouse Civic Hall or to the town’s library and art gallery.
“These are listed artefacts, we can’t just stick them anywhere,” Clr Stout added.
“It’s our heritage – people will want to see these items, especially during the national heritage weekends.
“We’re trying to preserve them so that people can see these items.
“We’re in limbo while these negotiations go on but I’ll do my best to protect our heritage.”
The councillor said the Grade II listed town hall, which overlooks Thornton Square, will go under the auctioneer’s gavel next month.
The mayoral chair, artefacts and wall panelling date back to when the hall first opened.
The future of the hall had been uncertain for many years, with councillors hoping it would become a community hub but it proved too costly to maintain.