Councillors have finally confirmed that Halifax Central Library and Archives will be demolished and the site cleared for retail development.
A new building costing more than £9 million will be put up on the Square Church site beside the Piece Hall by the end of 2015.
Objectors tried in vain to scupper the decision at last night’s meeting of Calderdale Council, claiming that the new library would be a waste of money and far less accessible.
But Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors said that it would be better for jobs and the future of the town in the long term to use the site at Northgate for retail purposes.
It could also raise an extra £400,000 a year in business rates.
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