Letter - Feedback over new Wakefield library

IN the recent past I have appeared in print in your letter pages with criticisms of the questionable “developmental improvements” in Wakefield.

It is a pleasure to write now with congratulations to the council and all concerned with the new central library.

It is an absolute delight in every way and should prove a real asset to Wakefield residents, young and old.

Many thanks to all those involved at every level, from the planning stages to a successful ‘up-and-running’ system.

Well done.

Elaine Riches

Jerry Clay Lane


I don`t know if anyone cares or not or will do something about the following Kafka-esque situation at Wakefield One Library.

Since last week it has become necessary to obtain the permission of a security guard in order that one might be allowed to relieve oneself at what were only a fortnight ago acclaimed in the media as “public toilets”.

Louis Kasatkin

Peterson Road


Simon Hope, head of communications and customer relations at Wakefield Council, said: “We’ve had incredibly positive feedback from visitors since the building opened, who have taken advantage of a brand new library and museum, a state of the art customer access point, and recently a new café run by independent social enterprise Create.

“As for the toilets, they are public toilets and are accessed by a swipe card, as is common practice, but there are two security guards on hand at all times to let customers in.

“They are also available to guide people to the library, museum, customer access point, and café, and to help people have an enjoyable visit.”