COUNCILLORS are demanding details of how Huddersfield people will be consulted over the future of the public library.
Their call comes after a meeting heard of fears that the public would only be asked for their views as an after- thought.
Labour councillor Jean Calvert said: "The option that the library might be demolished has come like a bolt from the blue.
"I am disappointed there is no mention of a consultation strategy. I want to know how the public will be allowed to have their say."
Clr Calvert was speaking at a Huddersfield Town Hall meeting called to examine plans which could lead to big redevelopment in the area around the library.
Both the library and Queensgate market hall could be pulled down and replaced.
Clr Calvert, chairman of a Kirklees Council scrutiny panel, said answers were needed about the condition of the library building.
Her panel is asking for survey details to be prepared for the next meeting on Tuesday, November 25.
Clr Calvert said she was disappointed that no mention had been made of arrangements for a temporary library or market if demolition went ahead.
She added: "We need to know about technical reports, the financial implications and the consultation strategy."
Clr Mehboob Khan, the Labour group leader on the council, said there had been secrecy around proposals.
In August, Liberal Democrat leaders revealed the stunning news that at least £5m was needed to be spent on the library and art gallery.
It still might not meet modern needs even if it was repaired, says the council Cabinet.
Clr Khan said: "The public should be asked for ideas before consultants are called in."
Council deputy leader Clr John Smithson repeated denials that a decision had been taken.
Huddersfield people would be fully consulted once experts have compiled a report on all the possibilities, he added.
Clr Smithson said: "We are happy to have more options put in, but they will have to be examined thoroughly. We are determined not to have a half-baked consultation with answers that are not feasible or realistic."
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