CAMPAIGNERS are battling to save Huddersfield's imposing public library.
They have weighed into the debate surrounding the future of the library and art gallery - by bidding to have the building listed.
The 1930s building could be flattened - along with the 1960s Queensgate Market Hall, the adjacent multi-storey car park and The Piazza shopping centre - in a massive and controversial town centre facelift proposed by Kirklees Council
Now, architectural conservation group the 20th Century Society say the 1930s Northern Deco library should stay and will apply for it to be listed.
Kirklees councillors say the £5m repair bill for the decaying building is too much. They are looking at a high-tech replacement as part of a far larger redevelopment.
They have already agreed to appoint consultants to carry out a feasibility study.
Catherine Croft, of the 20th Century Society, said her group would strongly object to the demolition of the library and ``outstanding" market building.
She added: "Huddersfield would be mad to lose two outstanding buildings from this period, one on either side of the Second World War."
Ms Croft said the huge relief sculptures on the outside of the market hall deserved to be saved. "The market hall has sculpture admirably worked into its facade. It would be a terrible loss to a town with no post-war listed building."
However, the imposing stripped classical architecture of the library has never fitted easily with some of Huddersfield's grander buildings, including one of the few classical Grade I listed railway stations in Britain.
Local campaigners hoping to see the library demolished say it is reminiscent of Nazi Germany-style architecture.
The cost of building a replacement could reach £25m.
Consultants who have already looked at the library said the first choice would be to keep the outside, but change the inside.
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