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Controversial Muswell Hill library move plans put in front of the public

PUBLISHED: 10:29 31 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:59 31 May 2016

The grade-II listed building has been home to a library since 1931. Photo: Polly Hancock

The grade-II listed building has been home to a library since 1931. Photo: Polly Hancock

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Controversial plans to move Muswell Hill library out of its current site have been put in front of the public.

A consultation on the proposal by Haringey Council will run until August 25.

Officials say the current building is inaccessible for people with pushchairs and wheelchairs, and want to move to a new building.

The options being put to the public are for the library to remain in its current location, or move to former Green Man pub in Muswell Hill.

No money is available for upgrading the existing building, which was built in 1931.

The council’s cabinet member for customer services and culture, Councillor Bernice Vanier, who is responsible for libraries, said the move would open up the library to more people.

She said: “I am proud Haringey has kept all of its nine libraries open unlike many other councils in London.

“The changes we are proposing for Muswell Hill would create a new library in the town centre which is accessible to residents who use wheelchairs and parents with children in pushchairs.

Opposition Liberal Democrat members say the library should stay put with a lift installed.

It is thought the building could become a GP surgery.

The consultation can be found at haringey.gov.uk/mhl-public-engagement

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