Council sells office building

Trees hacked down outside council offices, Lawson Street, Brighouse
Trees hacked down outside council offices, Lawson Street, Brighouse

Offices in the heart of Brighouse town centre have changed hands after being sold to new owners by Calderdale Council.

The Lawson Road building has been up for sale for more than a year but now a deal has been completed and the site is under new ownership.

Work had started on the site at the weekend with trees being cut down outside the building.

A Calderdale Council spokesperson said: “The former council offices on Lawson Road in Brighouse were sold in mid-February.

“The money from the sale and savings in running costs will go towards supporting services.”

The council has not disclosed who has bought the buildings and the price of the sale.

In December 2013, the council was forced into a major U-turn over the controversial sale of the Lawson Road site.

The offices had to go on the open market after a storm of protest from campaigners over the way the process had been handled.

The move was a boost to residents, businesses and councillors who had hit out about the sale of the landmark site amid concerns that the deal had been settled in private.

The council admitted that a direct transaction had been agreed with a particular party. But, due to legal complications, property chiefs had to look for interested parties.