Telegraph View: Fairytales and a bit more faith

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin. There was once a city where everybody lived in harmony, problems were talked through then solved to the delight of all. Dreams were bold, bright and became a reality.

Thursday, 30th November 2017, 10:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 5:48 am
Nancy Fielder

This city deserves a little bit of happily ever after ... so if you spot a fairy godmother with a wand do let me know.

I deliberate pick a childish introduction straight from a fairytale book because it is beyond time the debate on Central Library started moving forward. Next week your Telegraph will have a special report on that very subject. To be brutally frank, we have been demanding this from the council for many weeks.

Their year is up, in terms of when potential plans for Central Library were first announced. So while I can’t yet give you a factual update on what has been going on behind the scenes for the last 12 months, let’s talk about where the debate should be.

It is quite simple. We must start talking in earnest about getting the kind of library that this city needs at its heart. Modern, able to attract a new generation and offer the kind of services they need now and in the future.

I remain to be convinced that we can get a library of that class in the present building. As I have no evidence whether the Chinese deal to create a 5 star hotel there is on or off, let’s go back to the fairytale. If the deal is on, let’s talk libraries. If it is off, in that glorious city a new library would be built and then brave souls would work incredibly hard together to turn every inch of the old building into something else. Perhaps, a world class gallery, museum, culture space? Crowds who would flock to see such sights. They’d need a posh hotel to stay in.

It would take brave leaders to announce such a scheme and ask for opinions, knowing how hard it would be to get funding and the reaction if they failed.

And the moral? Communication is key. It is our council and our city. A bit of faith from both sides would go a long way. Let’s talk.