A few weeks ago, the Council applied for planning permission to build its proposed new Halifax central library next to the Piece Hall. Only a few years ago, over 16000 people signed a petition against moving the library. Last year, the Council’s own open consultation process showed that a majority of residents favoured redeveloping the existing library building rather than moving to a new site, yet despite the wishes of the public, the Council has refused to back down.
The new library will cost £9.25 million to build, money which will in part come from Brighouse residents paying higher Council Tax. The rest, over £5 million will come from borrowing. Clearly the Council has not learnt anything from the mistakes of the last government: not only do they show disregard to the views of the public, but they blindly pursue projects for which they haven’t got the money, choosing instead to saddle the ratepayers of tomorrow with their debt.