A COUNCILLOR is calling for the future of Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery to be decided by the whole of Kirklees Council.
Labour group spokesman Maggie Blanshard said it was wrong to leave the decision only in the hands of the Cabinet.
Crucial decisions on the future of the building should be fully discussed by all Kirklees councillors at the next full council meeting on October 29, she said.
"An alleged £5m cost of repairs to the library building has been `conjured up' to scare people into believing that demolition is inevitable," said Clr Blanshard.
"The idea of public consultation has only been added after Labour councillors demanded to know why local people were being kept in the dark."
She added: "The council should act now and stop developing options that involve demolition. Now is the time to ask local people, to find out their views."
The council's Labour group says local people have clearly stated their overwhelming support to save the building.
A report on the building is to be considered tomorrow by the Cabinet, which is run by Liberal Democrat and Green Party councillors.
Under council standing orders the decision can be referred by the Cabinet to the full council for debate.
The Liberal Democrats say no decision will be taken until there has been full public consultation.
They have asked for the building's future to be examined along with sweeping proposals for The Piazza, Queensgate Market Hall and the Queensgate car park.
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