Verdict due on key land sale

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COUNCILLORS will decide today if the former Brighouse pool and the two adjoining car parks should be sold.

The recommendation made by officers is to dispose of the land and to seek two independent valuations so they can consider an offer made by Younger Homes - the council is under a legal obligation to secure the best possible price.

Bill Ibberson, managing director of Younger Homes, has expressed his interest in the site with plans to develop it into a retirement village and health centre.

Calderdale Council decided to put the sites which originally included the former pool, the two car parks either side and Daisy Street car park, up for sale because they claimed they were ‘surplus to requirements’.

But following consultation with Brighouse councillors, officers have recommended that they retain Daisy Street car park and land at the junction of Briggate/Bridge End.

Councillor Joyce Cawthra (Ind) was concerned about footfall in the town if Daisy Street car park was sold as well as the two either side of the pool.

And Coun Colin Stout (Ind) felt the sale of the car park would be detrimental to the economy of Brighouse town centre.

Whereas Coun Howard Blagbrough (Con) said he was keen for regeneration to take place within the Brighouse town centre as he believed this would encourage investment, local job creation and additional trade to the area.

The former Brighouse swimming pool in Mill Royd Street was closed in June 2006 and has remained vacant since its closure.