Historic lodge up for sale

The Ward Jackson Park lodge
The Ward Jackson Park lodge

A HISTORIC lodge in a prestigious area of Hartlepool is to be sold off to raise much-needed revenue for the local authority.

The former park keeper’s lodge, which stands at the corner of Ward Jackson Park, in Elwick Road, dates back to 1883 when the park was created.

The two-storey Grade II listed property, which lies in the Park Conservation Area, has not been occupied for a number of years.

Now Hartlepool Borough Council is looking to sell the site.

To make it more appealing to potential buyers, the council is also including an extra piece of land in the sale, previously used as a site compound, which extends the boundary of the existing property.

Over the next four years, the council is looking to slash between £17m and £20m from its £90m revenue budget in order to balance the books due to cuts in public sector funding.

Officers say the sale of the park keeper’s lodge will help raise revenue.

Independent councillor Paul Thompson, the council’s cabinet member for finance and corporate services, said: “The council has considered various options for the property.

“But we feel the best option is to market it, given the financial pressures facing the authority.

“Over the last few years the council has had a rolling programme to dispose of assets and the Ward Jackson Park lodge forms part of this.

“Selling buildings and land is an integral part of managing the council’s finances and is helping to protect frontline services at a time when we are facing the biggest cuts in Government funding in living memory.

“This is a very historic property in an excellent location and we are expecting lots of interest.

“It would make a great family home and breathe new life into a building which has been empty for some time.”

Bids for the property must be submitted by Friday, November 30.

Anyone interested is able to view the property every Thursday between 10am and noon.

For more information call Hartlepool Council on (01429) 523282 or email: estates@hartlepool.gov.uk