LAND next to a sports club’s playing fields has gone up for sale.
British Waterways is selling 1.07 acres of land next to Battyeford Sporting Club’s fields in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield.
Coun Martyn Bolt (Con, Mirfield) said that in the past, land owned by British Waterways in that area had been sold to Kirklees Council.
He said: “Personally I’m disappointed that British Waterways didn’t approach Kirklees, who owns 99 per cent of the land round there.
“It’s a concern that it has not approached the council as its neighbour.”
Coun Bolt said he was unsure what a buyer could use the land for.
He added: “You are not going to get planing permission to build a house there, because flood warnings from the Environment Agency prevented the sports club from building a clubhouse there.”
Coun Bolt urged Mirfield residents to be vigilant about land going up for sale in the town in light of Tesco’s plans to turn the empty Black Bull pub into a store.
The land will be sold at an auction at Elland Road in Leeds on September 15, with a guide price of £15,000-£20,000.
A British Waterways spokesman said: “It’s a lot of land that we have identified for sale.
“The rationale is all about earning income to look after the waterways, which are a national treasure.
“The money we get for the land will be reinvested in other assets that can earn a better income for the waterways.”
There is currently a gate leading to the land for sale, which is used by ambulances in the event that someone is injured on the field.
British Waterways’ spokesman said there were other points of access to the fields.