Come clean over the library, urges Linda

THE council has been urged to “come clean” over what is going to happen to the central library and civic offices at Northgate, Halifax.

The town’s Labour MP Linda Riordan said although the council continued to deny various rumours, the issue was still of widespread concern.

She said there was a constant ‘drip feed’ about possible changes but a lack of clean, concise and consistent information, particularly about the future of the library and archive storage.

“Calderdale Council must be clearer – it owes it to the 16,000-plus people who signed a petition two years ago calling for the buildings to stay put.

“I am not against progress or improving the site, but it must be done with the library, archives and Northgate remaining in place.”

Earlier this year, the Courier reported how a developer wanted to bulldoze the office and library blocks and build a Primark clothes store on the site.

They offered to relocate the library and archive to the Borad Street development as part of the deal.

Last week, the council confirmed it was looking at more council administrators working from home, casting further doubt over the long term future of Northgate House.

“Why is a developer still showing interest in the site if the council wants to keep the library and archives?” said Mrs Riordan.

The council has indicated that it will be considering the developer’s proposal alongside office accommodation requirements in a few weeks.

l The council is consulting on options to reduce opening hours and possibly close some libraries in a bid to save £150,000.