A LEADING councillor today pleaded: Let's have a new future for Huddersfield library and Queensgate Market Hall.
Clr Mehboob Khan, leader of Kirklees Council's Labour group, welcomed news that both buildings could be given listed status by heritage minister Lord McIntosh.
And he said it was a great opportunity for the council and developers to give the buildings key new roles in Huddersfield's regeneration.
"I am delighted the Government will listen to local people before making a final decision.
"The library building and the market hall are part of our national heritage. Other councils have been able to breathe life into listed buildings with new uses and preserve their unique heritage.
"These buildings have a special history and great futures. The council needs imagination and vision to safeguard our listed buildings," said Clr Khan.
"Expert opinion is that town centre development can still proceed.
"The loss of the old market hall was deeply felt by Huddersfield people and two wrongs don't make a right.
"We can feel proud that the wisdom, vision and engineering of the 1960s produced a unique building that is not replicated anywhere in Britain.
"No 40-year-old building is perfect and the market hall has technical problems that can be overcome. It needs improvements to meet the needs of stallholders and shoppers."
He added: "Many people have said it would be civic vandalism to demolish the library and market hall.
"Huddersfield is regarded as the most beautiful of England's industrialised towns.
"Both buildings have distinctive architecture, heri- tage and unique engineering.
"I urge people to write to the Department of Culture and their MPs with their views."
Clr Robert Light, leader of Kirklees Conservatives, said: "We oppose the demolition of the library because it is a fine building.
"Its state of repair is down to bad management and neglect of the town's assets by this council over a number of years. It is not acceptable to say it will cost too much to repair, so let's knock it down. This has happened far too often.
"The library and the market hall need refurbishing, and the council should commit itself to doing just that.
"Huddersfield needs to be allowed to settle down following Kingsgate. We can't have one major building site after another."
The council is in the middle of a consultation exercise on redeveloping the library, market hall and piazza area.
Chris Marsden, of the pressure group Huddersfield Gem which is fighting to keep the market, said it was vital people wrote to the Department of Culture.
"We had the people who made Queensgate Market in town this week and they, like us, were delighted with the news of the listing."