Who’ll clean all those windows?

Better shopping facilities in the centre of Halifax and a new state-of-the-art library and archive for the town are at the heart of proposals approved by Calderdale Council's Cabinet.'Members last night agreed plans which would see:''�         A new central library and archive next to the Square Spire and linking into the historic Piece Hall. ''�         Disposal of Northgate House and central library premises, creating an attractive redevelopment site, which will be targeted at non-food retail business.''�         Sale of the Council's Heath site in order to locate Council services together in the town centre
Better shopping facilities in the centre of Halifax and a new state-of-the-art library and archive for the town are at the heart of proposals approved by Calderdale Council's Cabinet.'Members last night agreed plans which would see:''� A new central library and archive next to the Square Spire and linking into the historic Piece Hall. ''� Disposal of Northgate House and central library premises, creating an attractive redevelopment site, which will be targeted at non-food retail business.''� Sale of the Council's Heath site in order to locate Council services together in the town centre
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THE idea of a new glass library for Halifax has brought a huge response from Courier readers.

And one recurring question is: “Who is going to clean all those windows?”

The proposed library – to replace Halifax Central Library, which would cost £6million to restore – would have a glass front and sit next to the Piece Hall and Square Chapel.

It would be built on the site of the council’s HQ, Northgate House, which would be demolished.

The library is seen as a key part in the jigsaw of invigorating the town centre.

But not all opinion is in favour...

Wendy Stones, 70, from Luddenden Foot, said: “A lot of old people use the library and they use the bus to get here so this is in the ideal position for them at the minute.

“And who’s going to polish all the windows?

“I think they should invest in more books.

“Calderdale Council don’t think about anything - they get everything wrong and I think locals could run it better.”

Paul Hope, 41, from Hebden Bridge, said: “I’m disgusted. What a waste of money. What’s wrong with Central Library?

“If they want to move there are plenty of empty buildings in the town already.

“And it can’t be a good idea having a brand new glass building in town on a Saturday night.”

Lindsey Lewis, 30, from Shelf, said: “I think it does need some investment. The choice of books for very young children is quite limited and some of them are quite old and tatty.

“If they had a coffee shop you could go and meet people in the library and more people would be inclined to use it.

“They also need better promotion of the groups and services on offer as not a lot of people seem to know about them.”

Stephen Small, 22, from Illingworth, said: “It’s a waste of time and a waste of money.

“It does everything you need. They should put new computers and facilities in.

“There is the new Broad Street Plaza and if we keep getting new buildings it will end up looking like Leeds.”

Janette Fee, 46, from Siddal, with her son Edward, said: “We use the library every week.

“The facilities are good here and it seems a shame to knock down a relatively new building.

“I hope it’s not a waste of council tax payers money.”

Nasreen Iqbal, 45, from Pellon said: “I live near the King Cross Library and it’s free to park up there and use the library. But in town you have to pay just to park for half an hour.

“I take my little girl to the library and she enjoys it.”