Ipsos Mori, one of the country’s largest and best known research companies, has been appointed to quiz people about plans to demolish Halifax Central Library.
“This consultation is one of the most important we have ever undertaken, so it is right that we appoint an organisation with a reputation for the highest standards of fairness and integrity,” said the council’s Labour leader Tim Swift.
Ipsos MORI will start by sending a questionnaire to a random sample of homes in early July. Questionnaires will also be available online and in other locations.
The consultation results will be published in November, when councillors hope to reach a decision both on their town-centre plans and the future of the library and archive.
They have already agreed to vacate and sell Northgate House administrative offices and would like to doe the same with the library to free-up the entire site for retail use.
Rose Neville, associate director in Ipsos Mori’s social research institute said she hoped as many people as possible will take the opportunity to take part.
“This is people’s opportunity to have their say on a major issue. We want to ensure that the consultation is conducted without bias and that we gather the broad range of local opinion”.