Options for the future use of Muswell Hill library and the building proposed for its relocation will be explored further before any decisions are made on a move, says a recommendation to Haringey Council’s Cabinet published today. The recommendation to next Tuesday’s (November 15th) cabinet meeting comes after people were asked for their views on a proposal to move Muswell Hill library from its current location in Queens Avenue to a new site at 54/56 Muswell Hill (the former Green Man pub).
The new building in 54/56 Muswell Hill would offer 25% more space with fully accessible toilets, better technology and with better heating, cooling and lighting.
Out of 1,282 responses to Haringey’s consultation, 27% said they wanted to move to a new library and 63% opposed a move. In a second question which asked whether the library should stay in the current building on Queens Avenue, 71% agreed it should stay and 20% disagreed. Out of those opposed to a move there was a strong feeling that the existing library building should be retained for community use.
Cllr Bernice Vanier, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Culture, said: “We want modern, fully accessible libraries with the best technology and facilities. Yet it is very clear from the consultation that there are very strong feelings about the current building. People understandably want it retained for community use. Therefore it is right that we separate out these decisions. Before any decision is made on relocation we must first explore in detail what the options are for the current and new building. That will help inform the final decision.”
A report will be brought to Cabinet next spring when a decision on relocation will be made. The consultation was held over a 12-week period from 31st May to 25th August.
A feasibility study showed it would cost between £680,000 and £1.6million to make the building more accessible – money which the council does not have.