Surplus stock raises cash for Telford & Wrekin

Firewood, a book about beekeeping, a kayak and office furniture are among items placed for sale on eBay by Telford & Wrekin Council.

The authority is moving into a new building and is auctioning surplus stock, which has so far raised £2,000.

Councillor Bill McClements said the sale went a small way to easing budget pressures.

Items already sold include a set of law reports which went for £720, and a bunch of mixed logs for £5.

'Outlive usefulness'

Mr McClements, cabinet member for finance, said: "We are not talking high finance here but, as a certain successful business might say, every little helps and whatever we can raise can be used to help further protect our front line services.

"We know as a council that we have to continue to reduce our dependence on government money and this is one of the many initiatives we are introducing to contribute to that."

Canoes from the Arthog Outdoor Education Centre in Snowdonia are among the lots which are said to have "outlived their usefulness", he added.

Among the items still available are 28 pieces of maple-coloured office furniture, and an 1864 report about poverty in London.

The Labour-led council is looking to save £50m over the next four years.

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