Haringey Council has told the Liberal Democrats that there are no specific proposals to move the site of Muswell Hill library, despite an admission that facilities are inadequate at the present building. Haringey Council was responding to a request for more information from Cllr Lynne Featherstone following concerns from residents in the Muswell Hill area that the Council was planning to move the library.

The Council says that the public areas and facilities are poor at the library, which occupies a prime site near Muswell Hill Broadway. Work is currently being undertaken to see how this can be improved within the existing building, but there are major doubts based on the design of the building, its listed status and the likely cost of development for rather limited benefits.

The Council says that the library could be relocated if and when an opportunity arises. As yet, there are no options on the table and there is no money available. The Council has given an assurance that it will consult widely should any changes be proposed.

Lynne Featherstone, Lib Dem councillor for Muswell Hill, comments:

“I hope this will deal with fears that the library may be moved unexpectedly. If the library were ever to relocate, we would want to ensure that facilities were substantially improved and that it remained easy to access for all residents in the area. There must also be the maximum possible consultation with residents over any changes.”