Anger over library closure

Residents told to use other local libraries instead

Ponders End Library (credit Google)

Ponders End Library (credit Google)

Ponders End Library has been closed despite temporary replacement facilities being unavailable until next year.

The library was shut in October as the building in College Court is due to be redeveloped as part of the ‘Electric Quarter’ scheme. A new library in Ponders End High Street is due to open in 2021.

The council had promised to provide temporary facilities in the interim period, but now says these will not be ready “until spring 2019”.

Anthony O’Connor, who has lived in the area for 40 years, told the Dispatch: “There was supposed to be a public meeting in September to discuss the closure but it got cancelled – the whole thing has been done very quickly and has given us no time to react.

“I mainly use the library for the computers because you get an hour free and I don’t have the internet at home. I usually go there three or four times a week.

“A couple of years ago the council spent a fortune upgrading the library, and Age Concern moved in, so I don’t understand why they did all that if they wanted to close it.”

Ponders End residents have been told to use other nearby libraries for at least the next four months. A council spokesperson said: “This is to enable the £50million redevelopment of the ‘heart’ of Ponders End, including a range of new homes, shops, community space, and a fantastic new library facility.

“From spring 2019, temporary library services will be provided in a fully-accessible venue. In the meantime, library users can order books, DVDs, CDs, audio books and other resources at any of our other 16 libraries across the borough – including at Edmonton Green and Enfield Highway – and will be given extended renewal time.”