Saltburn mortuary could become beach chalet

Saltburn mortuary: Photo Redcar and Cleveland Council The grade II listed structure was built as a mortuary in the 1800s

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A former mortuary, a reading room, and a cafe are among a number of council-owned buildings for sale on Teesside.

Redcar and Cleveland Council is undergoing a disposal of its surplus assets, in a bid to raise £18m and reduce its running costs.

The grade II listed structure on Saltburn Foreshore was built as a mortuary in 1881, but stopped being used for that purpose in the 1960s.

Once sold or leased it could be converted into a beach chalet.

The former Methodist church and hall described as "a striking building at the heart of the regeneration of South Bank" is also for sale.

'Economic turbulence'

Other properties include Normanby Reading Room and a cafe in Skelton High Street.

The council said that as well as purchase opportunities, there was also the chance for community groups to take on the lease or management of the surplus properties under a "community asset transfer" policy.

Councillor Norman Pickthall, cabinet member for corporate resources, said: "In the present economic climate, it makes good sense for the council to operate its services from fewer buildings or share accommodation with its partners.

"This ongoing programme of disposing of assets will generate funds and reduce our running costs during times of unprecedented economic turbulence.

"As a result, we are now seeking people who can reinvigorate these buildings and put them to good use to help regenerate the area."

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