Calderdale Council have now abandoned any current plans to demolish the library and have postponed any decision until after a further consultation exercise in June (after the May elections). See Halifax library consultation will be re-run in June
Calderdale SOS have agreed to be a named supporting group of the ‘Don’t Bulldoze our Library’ campaign (DBOL) and you can obtain further information from www.dbol.org.uk
The story so far
Following our demonstration outside the council meeting, the Halifax Courier (10/12/11) reported that:
“Calderdale Council’s cabinet had wanted the old library site and nearby Northgate House to make way for a store, possibly Primark.
But a last-minute amendment by deputy council leader Tim Swift was approved, meaning redevelopment can only go ahead “subject to detailed consultation” on the new library.
Exactly what form consultation will take has still to be confirmed.”
Halifax Courier (14/12/11) You will get a new library – whether you like it or not!
The Halifax Courier (12/1/12) Cabinet question time descended into turmoil when protesters tried to get answers to questions about plans for building a new library beside Halifax Piece Hall.
The Halifax Courier (14/1/12) has reported that:…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).
Halifax MP Linda Riordan in the Morning Star – 28/1/12: Halifax: Books to the future