Go back to the drawing board - demand

THE council should start from scratch consulting people about plans for demolishing Halifax Central Library, according to the Conservatives.

They want the whole process scrapped and an entirely new set of questions to be drawn up to avoid any bias.

These must “set out equably the pros and cons of each option for the current library,” said Coun Ian Cooper (Con, Todmorden) in a motion which will be put to next Wednesday’s meeting of Calderdale Council.

Another Conservative, Coun John Hardy (Skircoat) said: “Although the Labour and Lib Dem cabinet has now included a question regarding the future position of Halifax Central Library, the nature of the questions are still biased towards tearing it down and building a new one at the Square Chapel site.”

*The award-winning architects involved in designing the building spoke about their ideas to library users and other members of the public at a special exhibition.

Dozens of people studied the latest drawings in the central library basement.

Edinburgh-based LDN Architects have won awards for a range of developments, including the Highland Archive and Registration Centre, at Inverness.

Calderdale Council wants to replace the central library and archive at Northgate with a new building on the bottom side of the Piece hall.

The Northgate site would be sold for shopping development, which the council hopes will incorporate big-name retailers.

The council’s economy and environment spokesman Coun Barry Collins, said: “Our architects have a proven track record and an excellent reputation for good design over several decades.

“The Highland Archive is one of Scotland’s national treasures and it says a great deal that the architects who are now involved in our own library and archive were entrusted with the design of this iconic building.”