Meeting called to settle the library feud

A SPECIAL council meeting will be held next week to try to resolve the growing feud over council plans to demolish Halifax Central Library.

Conservative councillors have asked the Mayor, Coun Nader Fekri, to arrange the meeting within seven days because of the controversial proposal to build a replacement library close to the Piece Hall.

“We have been inundated with people who are concerned at the lack of open and transparent consultation regarding the central library,” said Conservative group leader Stephen Baines.

“We are therefore requesting that the Mayor calls an Extraordinary Council meeting to consider this matter.”

Councillor Baines (Con, Northowram and Shelf) said he wanted full consultation on whether the central library and archives should remain in its present position or be moved.

It is a highly unusual procedural step and it requires the mayor to call a meeting within seven days of receiving the letter, unless the matter is resolved before that time.