To reply to Richard Mallinson’s comments in the Courier of September 7.
“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decree…” I am sure that the splendid ‘pleasure dome’ of the Halifax Market Hall was greeted with wild delight by all in Halifax when it was built. It truly served the needs of the increasing community with the splendours of country produce as never before and was housed in a majestic building which added to the already rich architecture of the town, much of which, fortunately, is still in existence. A sensible, practical and stunning addition to the town. Other comments to be found in Richard Mallinson’s letter in Your Say of September 7 are, I find, very assumptive in their details. What evidence can he make for the ‘hundreds of new jobs’, ‘the welcoming of Primark’, the ‘progress’ in the destruction of the present Library, ‘the bigger and better’ new Library, the ‘minority affecting the majority’ (to its detriment) and his amazing ‘Boltian’ Olympic capacity to move from the present library in FOUR minutes to the proposed site (try it with a buggy, kids, shopping or in older age)? His comment that there are no other plans for the future improvement of the town apparently misses out the Broad Street, Horton Street, Dunelm and other growth intentions. If we are to believe the illustrations presented of the new library’s form and scale, careful observation will show that the future population of Halifax depicted are to be of a very diminutive stature. The proposed site is approximately the area of two tennis courts yet by ‘artistic licence’ we are being led to believe that the new building will contain space for the library and an equal parking / delivery / garden space. I would not be surprised if the building was in fact little bigger than the new Kings Cross library. If needs be turn this site into the new Green Space. All the other arguments regarding the illogical proposal for the demolition and relocation of the present library had been stated clearly, sensibly and frequently over a considerable period, by many others. Objection to any proposal does not mean that those commenting are ‘unable to move with the times’ but that they need to be shown sensible, justifiable, rational and intelligent alternatives. This is certainly not what is being done in the Central Library situation.