Controversial plans for lodge

Plans to auction off Broomhill Lodge at Kimberley Cemetery have been met with mixed feelings.

Kimberley Town Council says it wants to sell the lodge because it needs renovation work which will cost too much money.

But historians in the area say it is a valuable asset and belongs to the people of the town.

Darren Warner, a member of Greasley Civic Society, said the sale was a ‘short-sighted idea’.

He said: “Considering the fact that it has been a Kimberley Town Council asset for 130 years, it seems incredible we offload this very important local landmark to an uncertain buyer for a price that will achieve well below it’s real value.”

Mr Warner is now calling for council chairman, Cllr Jim McDonald, to provide evidence of how much it would cost to renovate the building and precise reasons as to why the concil wants to sell it.

The building is the former cemetery keeper’s lodge.

David Nunn, vice-chairman of the council, said: “The decision was taken democratically by a vote at the council and any money raised from the sale will go towards projects for the people of Kimberley.

“The feeling among the council is that it would be better to sell it. The features and historical aspect will remain, as planning rules will prevent anyone from damaging the character of the building.”