THREE groups are vying to take over the recently-closed Red House Museum in Gomersal, Kirklees Council has confirmed.

The authority invited expressions of interest in taking on the building (pictured) in a community asset transfer after the museum was closed in December.

No details have been provided as to who the groups are and how they intend to use the building, but a decision is expected at the beginning of next month.

The Grade-II listed building, which has links to the Brontes, was a victim of budget cuts.

A spokesman said: “By the submission deadline of the 6 March 2017, we received five expressions of interest in total – two for Dewsbury Museum and three for Red House.

“The next stage of this process will be for the council to assess the submissions received.”