AN historic former council building is to be sold off in a bid to save money.
Thorne Hall, in Ellison Street, is a Grade II listed building and was built in 1818 by a farmer as a family residence.
The hall was later sold to the local authority and it was used for meetings and administration by the council.
Doncaster Council currently owns the building, which will be auctioned off on July 11.
Thorne ward Councillor Martin Williams, said: “As far as I’m concerned, it’s a great thing that it’s being sold off.
“I couldn’t be happier. I want as many of the buildings in Thorne as possible to be occupied.”
Meanwhile, there is a planning application in to turn the old cinema in Fieldside into a residential building.
Coun Williams said: “It’s taken a long time, but things are slowly moving and coming to fruition now. It’s been a long time coming.
“Thorne Hall will make a nice hotel or it could be split into flats. Whatever it is used for, it’s better than it being sat empty.”
Coun Williams added that he had got a planning barrister looking at the way that the council has handled empty buildings in the town.
He said: “If nothing is done about the empty buildings, especially the ones around the market place which have been empty for over ten years now, I am going to take the authority to a judicial review over the way they have let some parts of the town go to rack and ruin.”
Thorne Hall is going up for auction on July 11, at London based auctioneers, Lambert Smith Hampson.
For more information about the sale, contact 020 7198 2278.