Leeds City Council-owned holiday home set to be sold off

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A council-owned holiday home used by elderly and disabled people from Leeds for more than 30 years is to be sold off.

Brook House at Lytham St Anne’s, near Blackpool, was bought by Leeds City Council using a £64,500 bequest from the estate of Harry Brook.

Mr Brook left the money in memory of his mother and sister and his bequest stated that the property purchased be used “as a holiday home for aged, sick or infirm or disabled citizens of Leeds”.

But council bosses look set to sell the property after a report reveals the costs to run house have been higher than the revenues received.

The YEP understands the proceeds of the sale must continue to be used to fulfil the requirements and “spirit” of the bequest and not for mainstream services.

A report by council officials said: “The use of the property as holiday accommodation has declined over recent years.

“Historically, there had been a number of regular users but this has reduced to one family in 2010.

“Adult Social Care have fully subsidised this service since 2004 and the provision of a holiday service is not part of Adult Social Care’s core business.

“Without use, the property does not provide the type of benefit that was the essence of the original bequest.

“In addition in remaining unoccupied and unused it represents a potential target for vandalism or anti-social behaviour.”

Brook House will be sold on the open market and if no acceptable offers come forward the property will be put up for auction.

Money raised from the sale of Brook House, which Adult Social Care declared as surplus in September last year, will then be used in accordance with the Charities Commission approval.

Brook House was valued at between £195,000 and £225,000 in 2008.

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