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Friends of Highgate Library - Shepherds Hill oppose the proposed 'co-location' as it is being termed, of Highgate Library and Jacksons Lane Arts Centre. Highgate Library is a lovely and accessible facility, used by families, individuals and students across Haringey and we want to protect it. We are non-political and non-partisan.
We oppose this for the following reasons:
· We will lose forever our purpose-built library building, which has housed the library for over a hundred years and which is a bright, user friendly facility.
. Highgate Library was fully refurbished in 2002, it is not in a huge state of disrepair. Jacksons Lane Arts Centre does need extensive and expensive renovation works simply to stay within it's current building and modernise.
· The library would be housed in Jacksons Lane Arts Centre, which even with refurbishment will be an unsuitable place to site a library because of noise, conflicts of usage, lack of daylight.
· The library will lose its autonomy. It will be the junior partner in this so-called 'co-location' with Jacksons Lane Arts Centre. This will mean in future that should Jacksons Lane require more space, the library will be forced to contract and probably in the end disappear.
. Maintaining a library service doesn't mean maintaining a library. Our single usage library is peaceful, open to all, free to use and a well loved, much used community asset, with well trained library staff and services. It's already world class, with a beautiful garden: it's a precious oasis and it's free; we don't want to lose it! Highgate Library is the only free public access space in the locality. It is open to young and old, those with disabilities, those from all backgrounds. As a free space it is a vital sanctuary to the community. This would be utterly undermined by this proposed move.
. Friends of Highgate Library - Shepherds Hill have some fantastic ideas for how to make our library even better, it is therefore a shame that Haringey Council are not listening to our local community voices.
. Highgate Library's garden cannot be replicated at Jacksons Lane Arts Centre. Once lost to the public and sold to developers, Highgate Library and it's garden would be in private hands, to do whatever they liked with and we would lose a public service and space asset forever. The garden is a much needed green lung for London in an already polluted locality.
. To email your local councillor: https://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1 will direct you to your councillor. Highgate Library falls into Crouch End, for where the councillors are:
. To contact Catherine West MP: email@example.com
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