A senior councillor has insisted that no decision has been made on the possible closure of libraries.

Enfield Borough Council has launched a consultation about its plans to create a “comprehensive" library service and “flagship” libraries.

The authority says Edmonton Green library could double in size, and has mentioned 'digital hubs' and improved Wi-Fi as part of plans to have “community” libraries supporting possible flagship libraries across the borough.

But opposition councillors have raised concerns about "veiled" closure plans.

Lee David-Sanders, the Conservative group's spokesman for libraries said: “We are in favour of the development of the library offer in Enfield and would welcome the council investing real money in making libraries a working community hub, with state of the art IT equipment, offering facilities to pay your council tax and access services that are currently provided in limited locations across the borough.

“We would not, however, support this as a veiled proposition to reduce the number of libraries in the community, which would put at risk the poor and the vulnerable within our community who may not have the luxury of affording the their own home computer and internet facilities.”

Cabinet member for education, children’s services and protection, Councillor Ayfer Orhan, said: “Enfield’s community is changing and our libraries need to change to reflect the needs of our community including the young, elderly and those with a different range of abilities now and in the future.

“We have developed an ambitious vision and set of proposals that present an exciting future for libraries and enhances our comprehensive library service.

“We now want to get the views of local people, both library users and non-library users to help us shape new and exciting ways to deliver our library service before any decisions are made.

“No decisions have been made yet on the type of library or the location of libraries. The final decision on the library service, location and different types of libraries will be made in February or March next year following the conclusion of this consultation.”