Recent history

On 7th December 2011, Calderdale Councillors voted on a resolution to run a public consultation on their plans to sell off the Calderdale Central Library / Northgate House site and to build a new library/archive near Piece Hall. However the resolution was ambiguous and, despite many Councillors thinking that the consultation would include a questions relating to the demolition of the Library/Archives building, it merely asked what facilities people would like in the new building, most of which were, incidentally, required by law.

The decision was reported in the Halifax Courier on 4th January under the headline ‘You will get a new library – whether you like it or not!’. 

Following criticism from DBOL and others, the Council then produced a second questionnaire, which was bundled up with the first one and the original (in DBOL's view highly biased) consultation document. The second questionnaire did ask whether people wanted to keep the library where it was, but only after it had asked questions about a new building.


Need more proof of how strong local opinion is against the demolition of the Central Library & Archives?

DBOL session outside the library/archives: 1,422 Say NO to relocating the Library and Archives building!

On Saturday 25 August DBOL held a information/leafleting session outside Calderdale Central Library and Archives between 10:00am and 2:00pm. 1,422 people braved the weather to sign our flyer to show their support for DBOL's position. (a link to the flyer can be found at the bottom of this page)

Halifax MP Linda Riordan with DBOL supporters outside Calderdale Central Library and Archives. Former Halifax MP Alice Mahon with DBOL supporters

Need proof of how strong local opinion is against the demolition of the Central Library & Archives?

 

2 Hour Petition Result:1,435 Say NO to relocating the Library!

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During National Libraries Day on 4th February, DBOL held a 2 hour petition - between 10:30am and 12:30pm 1,435 people signed our petition which said:

"We, the undersigned, oppose any plan to demolish the purpose-built, heavily used and easily accessible Central Library/Archives in Halifax and to relocate the present facilities to another site."

 

The petition was presented to the full Council meeting on 15th February by Councillor Colin Stout. Many thanks to everyone who took part.


 

Need more proof of how strong local opinion is against the demolition of the Central Library & Archives?

2 Hour Petition Result: 1,270 Say NO to relocating the Library!

On Saturday 21 July DBOL held a 2 hour petition - between 10:00am and 12:00pm 1,268 people signed our petition which said:

"Having reviewed the latest consultation document “Your Calderdale, Your Future” we the undersigned wish to confirm our support for the Central Library & Archive remaining where it is."

 

Many thanks to everyone who took part.


 

 
 
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