The council has announced the closure of one of the borough’s libraries to make way for a major regeneration scheme.

Ponders End Library will close today (Friday, October 12) as part of a £50 million plan for new homes, shops and a community space in the area.

People who want to use the library will have to wait until next spring until a temporary facility is provided.

At a cabinet meeting in September, Ponders End Councillor Doug Taylor raised concerns about the re-provision of amenities, including the library, at the end of the regeneration plan.

He said he was unsure whether the previously stated plan for the library to be relocated to a prominent location in High Street “was still an aspiration”.

The council says a new Ponders End Library will open in 2021.

An Enfield Council spokesperson said, “As part of the Ponders End High Street Regeneration programme, Ponders End Library will be closed from the evening of Friday, October 12 2018 until Spring 2019.

“This is to enable the £50 million 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 until the brand new Ponders End Library opens in 2021. This will provide a comprehensive range of books, access to the internet and wi-fi.

“In the meantime, Ponders End library users can order books, DVDs, CDs, audio books and other resources which they can pick up at any of our other 16 libraries across the borough – including the local libraries at Edmonton Green and Enfield Highway – and will be given extended renewal time.”