Culture chief set to examine alternatives for building facing a £4m safety repair bill

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: DILEMMA: Services may have to be moved from the Central Library DILEMMA: Services may have to be moved from the Central Library

The future of Bradford Central Library could become clear next week after months of upheaval, following the revelation making the building safe could cost £4 million of taxpayers’ cash.

Last year the Telegraph & Argus exclusively revealed that the eight-floor building had been forced to close after being identified as a serious fire risk.

Many community groups, including Bradford’s Family History Society, were forced to move elsewhere because only the ground floor and first floor remained open to the public after the staircase on those floors was fire-protected.

But emergency work still has to be done to make the whole of the central staircase safe because, in its current state, it would act as a makeshift chimney in the event of a blaze.

The remaining six floors, housing the district’s archive and meeting rooms, have remained closed while Bradford Council officers decide what is the most cost-effective way of delivering the city centre library services, including whether to carry out the essential work.

Their options will be handed to Councillor David Green, the Council’s executive member responsible for culture, next week.

They could include relocating to a different building or staying where they are and paying for the work. Coun Green said: “We have to look at the practical and financial implications.

“We need to sit down and come up with the favoured direction of travel, but until I have seen the practical and financial issues it would be stupid to make any announcement.

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10:08am Sat 14 Jan 12

Mr Blonde says...

£4m, isn't that the amount of overspend on the new puddle?
£4m, isn't that the amount of overspend on the new puddle? Mr Blonde

10:59am Sat 14 Jan 12

Avro says...

Correct!
Correct! Avro

4:23pm Sat 14 Jan 12

Yorkshire Lass says...

Surely the Council has funding in reserve for emergencies such as this. Unless they have an hidden agenda or unpublished plans to the contrary, it would be good if the repairs could go ahead and everything can remain as normal instead of, as usual, an upsetting conclucion.
Surely the Council has funding in reserve for emergencies such as this. Unless they have an hidden agenda or unpublished plans to the contrary, it would be good if the repairs could go ahead and everything can remain as normal instead of, as usual, an upsetting conclucion. Yorkshire Lass

8:35am Sun 15 Jan 12

Joedavid says...

The Council found money for the park by thier City Hall.
The Council found money for the park by thier City Hall. Joedavid

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