Until recently certain of our councilors have been content with having a go at one another through the letters page of the Halifax Courier.
But the recent debate with regards to the demolition of the ‘old’ Central Library, and the subsequent building of a new, not so central, library, seems to have raised the hairs on the backs of some councillors to the extent that they are now directing their ire at the good, few, simple, ‘uninformed’ yet questioning tax payers who are firmly opposed to the whole notion of them ever moving this idea forwards.
(Or, more accurately, downwards and outwards).
The feeling seems to be that by sticking a few sheets of glass onto an iconic (yet, admittedly, externally, in parts uninspiring) building, some kind of magic will take place wherby the same iconic status is duly transfered onto this glass box, conservatory style extension - our new library, set to be used by a new generation of bookless wonders.
In consideration though, this might not be such a bad idea.
Why? Because, if the proposed fate of the present ‘ugly’, utilitarian building (which houses the more ancient form of knowledge and entertainment dissemination), is to be one of ashes and dust, then it seems obvious to say, that, if the new library is to be built, then it would indeed be wise to anchor it on to a building that is already protected in the eyes of the authorities; because, apparently, now-a-days, unless a building is considered to be both ‘iconic’ and ‘attractive’, then it’s very existence as a viable structure is to be brought into question.
Also, you have to wonder, does this mean that the council will now be turning its attentions to other buildings with this same idea in mind? even opened for business.
Will the council let us know, through the letters page of the Courier, whether or not they are planning a military style assault on any protesters who might in future gather outside the Central Library?
You may think I jest, but (read the letter yourself - Dec. 24 : ‘So many facts in favour of new shopping centre’), it seems, that in the eyes of some, if such an assault were to take place, then, at least, future generations would be inclined to gaze skywards at Primark Towers (a building which is bound to be attractive - at least in terms of money generation), and say out loud: “ Here stands before us a truly iconic building, built on the site of the Northgate House Massacre of 2012 - that truly gruesome event in the history of Ye Olde Halifax, when councilors took up their swords and turned on their own citizens, simply because those emboldened folk had dared to carry out ye peaceful protest.”
P.S. Two more burning questions: How on earth is a building meant to have ‘historical significance’ when it has only been allowed to stand a mere 30 years?
And, if the object of this exercise IS to move the library away from its central location, and to enshrine it in a truly iconic and beautiful building, then WHY don’t the council make efforts to buy back the mansion house situated between both Lister and Hopwood Lanes, and relocate either themselves, the library, or both, to where the Halifax Library was, originally, once upon a time, sat minding its own business?