THE message was today hammered home to councillors: Hands off Huddersfield library!
Dozens of people have come forward to demand that the imposing 1930s building is kept intact in a huge revamp of the town centre.
And while they concede urgent repair work is needed, the campaigners insist the facade must stay.
The Examiner was inundated with calls from readers anxious to make their point to Kirklees Council.
Dozens telephoned, sent text messages, wrote letters and composed e-mails with the message that the building is a part of the town's heritage that must stay.
The furore has followed news that Kirklees Council is planning to take a look at a huge slice of the town centre for redevelopment.
They have agreed to bring in expert consultants to put forward proposals for the library and art gallery, The Piazza shopping centre, Queensgate Market Hall and the Queensgate multi-storey car park.
Councillors have said that the library building, with its frontage dominating the town centre, is in urgent need of repairs and renovations costing at least £5m.
And although no firm proposals have yet been made, there is a possibility that the building could be demolished to make way for new, improved facilities.
But the people of Huddersfield appear adamant that the library building is a key part of the town's heritage.
Many of those who have expressed opinions agree that much must be done to revamp the interior of the library and art gallery.
And many also agree that a new-look market hall would be a boost to Huddersfield.
Clr John Smithson, acting leader of Kirklees Council, said: "I am delighted and interested that so many people are coming forward with their opinions.
"We also note very carefully their concerns about the facade of the library building and will ensure that all of those concerns are passed on to the consultants appointed by the council.
"We will insist that the concerns are included in whatever proposals may come forward in the future."
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