A COUNCIL-owned cemetery lodge will be sold at auction later this month.

The lodge at Thornton Cemetery is on a list of more than 150 properties Bradford Council plans to sell off to raise millions in an attempt to balance its books.

The three-bedroom property will go under the hammer at an online auction by Pugh on March 26 with a guide price of £140,000.

The listing describes it as a “stone-built, detached and imposing property which formerly served as a gate-house for Thornton Cemetery".

It adds: “The property offers accommodation over two storeys and features generous living accommodation on the ground floor, with 3 good-sized bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.

“Requiring a scheme of renovation, the property holds great potential and is sold with vacant possession.”

Last month another four Council properties sold at auction for much higher than their guide prices.

Bradford Council raised £1.8m from the sale of four properties, including a former care home and grazing land, despite the initial guide prices of all four properties totalling £700,000.

The Council hopes to bring in around £60m from the sale of 155 assets that range from the freehold of a shopping centre to plots of development land.