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demolition starts ot old library

Published Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Crushers and sledgehammers are ready to make the first blow to demolish the old library building on the corner of Ordnance Road, making way for a new facility that will bring a range of services together in one place.

This old library is being replaced and housed in a brand new building that will be constructed on the original site. It will have both doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries and a new community hall for local residents.

Cllr Christine Hamilton, Enfield’s Cabinet Member for Community Well –Being and Public Health, said, “This is a superb solution to a number of community needs recognised by the council. Local people have experienced difficulties finding doctors and dentists and this facility will answer that need.

“The community hall will provide a central place for people to meet; arrange functions and establish groups for all ages; while the library will be fully equipped with computers and the latest IT; a massive store of books, music and films to borrow. It is an exciting time for people living in this part of the borough.”

Enfield Council has been working with the NHS and Enfield Homes, consulting local people and hearing their suggestions. There will be more consultations with architects and builders as plans develop.

Tessa Garvan from the NHS, said, “Medical services are vital for communities and this building will help many families who have required this for some time. The building will be a central focus and I look forward to promoting good health with the other services in the building.”

Joining the demolition is 94 year old Mr Harrison who recalls the original building of the Ordnance Road Library in 1976.

He said, “Living so close to the library, I have been very interested in this development. The library has been very popular and I have no doubt that its replacement and the other services will be enjoyed and appreciated.”

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