Labour backs library consultation

LABOUR councillors are now backing Conservative demands for wider consultation over plans to replace Halifax Central Library.

The 21 Conservative group members want a special council meeting because people are not being specifically asked whether they want a new library or whether it should be built at the Piece Hall.

Meanwhile, the 13-strong Labour group has unanimously accepted that the existing consultation process is too narrow and has said it must include the refurbishment option.

“The Labour group view is that the council needs to move to a new stage of consultation, putting all the options,” said Coun Dave Draycott (Lab, Sowerby Bridge).

The special council meeting date is still to be confirmed.