‘Final’ protest over new Halifax library

A three-year campaign to try to persuade councillors to restore Halifax Central Library rather than build new premises by the Piece Hall is about to reach it’s climax.

Members intend to lobby the final council meeting to resolve the issue at Halifax Town Hall from 5.15pm on Wednesday.

Despite petitions containing thousands of names and three public consultation exercises, Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors say the old the library and archive must go to create space at Northgate for a large clothes store, which could create more than 200 jobs.

DBOL has argued that the latest consultation questionnaire was designed, along with the supporting documents, to produce the result the cabinet wanted, and that therefore its results are not representative.

The council expects to borrow £9 million to build the new library.