THE FUTURE of Wakefield Art Gallery will be determined at a meeting of Wakefield Council’s cabinet next week.
The Wentworth Terrace gallery closed in March 2009 to pave the way for the new Hepworth Wakefield gallery, which opens in May.
The council put the building up for sale in August, and now the cabinet must decide whether to accept one of three bids that have been made for the property, or to keep the building.
A report prepared for the meeting, which takes place on Tuesday, recommends the cabinet agree to sell the gallery as it is surplus the council’s requirements.
The report states: “The Art Gallery has been up for sale for some time and the council has now received three offers, all of which are subject to planning for change of use. It is important that this decision is taken quickly so as to realise the capital receipt back into the Council’s capital programme.
“All of the offers are in excess of £500,000 and are considered to reflect the current market value of the property.”
It recommends accepting the best offer which has the highest probability of proceeding to completion.
If the cabinet does not agree to the sale, it would cost £7,000 to fund boarding, security and holding costs each year.
All the offers made on the gallery are to use it as offices or for homes.