Now that the planning process has started, for the building of the new library and archive centre at Square Chapel, I hope that people with an interest in these two facilities do get involved, and don’t think that it is just a done deal.
We need to ensure that, even though it is the council that is the applicant, all the questions, fears and concerns are addressed thoroughly and, if conditions need to be applied, they are.
This is now the time that people that didn’t want the new library as there was nothing wrong with the old one (I agree with them) should have their say to ensure that we don’t end up with a white elephant that will have to be pulled down within 30 years, as it would appear our blue sky thinkers think the present library should be.
The debate on whether to keep the library in its present position now seems to be at an end.
We now have to ensure that what we get in its place is what the people want, and not the architects and some councillors want.