Old Denaby library site sold off

Peter Davies, Independent
Peter Davies, Independent

A former Dearne library that was closed to save Doncaster Council money has been sold at auction.

A decision was taken by former mayor Peter Davies’s cabinet to close The Old Library in Church Road, Denaby, in 2011 to help meet wider Government-imposed funding cuts of £80 million.

The facility was sold on behalf of the council for £56, 000 at auction at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground in December.

Auctioneer Pugh said the bidding was strong, and the facility sold above the guide price of between £40, 000 and £50, 000.

Nobody at the company was able to say who bought the old library or what they intend to do with it at the time of going to press.

Paul Thompson, director and auctioneer, said: “December historically is a busy auction for us as it represents the last opportunity of the year for owners to sell property assets and raise cash before the year and this year was no exception.

“We were very pleased with the success rate and achieved some great results for our clients. From the buyers prospective, property and land continue to be seen as safe havens for investment and this has been reflected by the high turnouts at our auctions throughout 2014 selling a total value of over £70m.

“There were some particularly interesting lots in the December catalogue, with something to suit all types of buyers so we knew it would be a busy day on the rostrum.”

Council funding was withdrawn from 14 libraries in 2011. Denaby and Carcroft closed while 12, including Conisbrough Library, were transferred to volunteer groups.