A CALL was made today for full consultation on Huddersfield's library and art gallery before a decision on its future.
The Labour group on Kirklees Council said there was extreme public concern about demolition proposals.
Clr Maggie Blanshard, the party's culture and leisure spokeswoman, said: "Councillors, like the council taxpayers, are yet to be convinced that the total destruction of an historic building is necessarily the best or only alternative."
Experts are looking at a massive redevelopment blueprint which could also include replacing the Queensgate Market Hall and its next-door multi-storey car park.
Council leaders are considering the plan after it emerged that repairs costing £5m were needed for the library.
Clr Blanshard said: "Neither the public nor their representatives have been kept informed of considerations regarding the Huddersfield library. Indeed, a main vehicle of consultation, the council's Huddersfield area committee, has been insulted by not having the issue put to it."
Clr John Smithson, the council's deputy leader, said: "The first stage is the preparation of a number of options for the Piazza area.
"Consultation on these will be carried out in as open a way as is possible."
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