A COUNCIL-owned cemetery lodge has sold for £130,000 at auction.

The lodge at Thornton Cemetery had been included 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, off Thornton Road, went under the hammer at an online auction by Pugh that ran from Tuesday to Wednesday.

After all bids were received the property sold for £130,000.

Pugh Auctions does not disclose the identity of buyers.

The listing described the vacant building as a “stone-built, detached and imposing property which formerly served as a gate-house for Thornton Cemetery".

It added: “The property offers accommodation over two storeys and features generous living accommodation on the ground floor, with three 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.”

Bradford Council needs to raise around £60m from the sale of assets to prevent effective bankruptcy.