More than 1,000 sign petition against new library in 2 hours

HUNDREDS turned out to show their disgust at council plans to move the Central Library.

Shoppers signed petitions and banners were raised as campaigners battle to keep the library where it is.

The campaigners were only outside the library for two hours on Saturday morning but 1,435 people signed the petition which organisers said shows strength of feeling.

Anne Kirker, coordinator, said: “People were queuing here when we arrived at 10.10am.

“It seems a huge waste of money to demolish a building that has only been here 30 years and is completely fit for purpose.”

Halifax MP, Linda Riordan, signed the petition and voiced her support alongside campaigners who say the existing library is more fit for purpose.

“The library is a gret facility,” said Mrs Riordan. “I can’t see the point in knocking down the library for any reason other than to sell the land for a Primark.

“There are other places to situate cheap clothes stores with some lovely Victorian buldings in the town not being used.”

The petition will be handed into the Council in the coming weeks.

Calderdale Council has attracted criticism for its handling of the library situation with initial questionnaires simply asking the public what they wanted in the new library.

A new questionnaire does address whether people want to retain the old library but supporters said the coucil had already damaged its reputation over the issue.

Mrs Kirker said: “I think a lot of people don’t trust the Council and and consequently the consultation - there’s a lot of pressure on them.”