Public will get say on library plans

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councillors are to consult the public over proposals to build a new library beside Halifax Piece Hall.

Until members of the public have had their say on the scheme, other aspects of a plan for the town centre will be put on hold.

Calderdale Council’s Liberal Democrat and Labour Coalition announced the town centre proposals on October 31. The grand plans include the demolition of the council’s administrative offices at Northgate House, renting an information office in the new Broad Street development and the sale of the Heath Training Centre in Free School Lane.

The council also wants to pull down the central library – because that would cost between £4m and £6m to renovate.

The aim is to clear both buildings to make way for retail development, with a Primark store slated as the main tenant. The process will now be subject to a full public consultation, asking library users and the general public what they think of the scheme.

The plan to move the library was expected to increase the number of visitors to the Piece Hall and bolster a multi-million pound Lottery bid to restore the historic building.