Muswell Hill Library: plans delayed yet again

Promised plans to refurbish Muswell Hill Library and provide vital disabled access that were due to take place this year have been postponed yet again by Haringey Council. Muswell Hill Library has been waiting for years to be refurbished but at Tuesday night’s (15 July 2008) Council Cabinet meeting the all Labour membership voted to delay refurbishment till 2009/10, dashing the hopes of local residents.

Cllr Gail Engert (Muswell Hill ward) commented:

“Muswell Hill Library is in a lamentable state with wallpaper hanging off the walls, toilets in an unacceptable condition and the top floor not accessible to disabled residents. Residents and local Liberal Democrat councillors have been campaigning for years to have this listed building returned to a fit state and accessible to all.

“Yet again the Labour Council have reneged on their promises and let residents down.”

Lynne Featherstone MP added:

“I worry about how long it can be left in such an awful state before Muswell Hill Library becomes beyond repair.Local people are being let down by Labour while another of our community treasures is left to rot.”