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Northwood Library shuts down amid ‘structural issues’

In a recent announcement, Hillingdon Council has confirmed the temporary closure of Northwood Library starting from Saturday, 30 September.

The closure is to facilitate extensive building surveys due to slow-progressing structural issues that have been closely monitored by the council.

The decision follows the results of a recent survey highlighting the necessity for more intrusive examinations, particularly concerning subsidence, within the library building.

There is no reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in the building, the council confirmed.

During the closure period, residents are encouraged to use the nearby Northwood Hills Library, which will extend its operating hours to accommodate the influx of visitors. Conveniently located just 1.2 miles away, the library is easily accessible via the Metropolitan tube line or the 282/H11 bus routes.

Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Deputy Leader of Hillingdon Council and Cabinet Member for Property, Highways and Transport, said: “We have been closely monitoring the changes to Northwood Library’s condition, and these surveys will enable us to further understand the extent of the issue.

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“While the surveys are underway, nearby Northwood Hills Library is a great temporary alternative and boasts a wonderful schedule of activities and sessions for residents to participate in as well as a broad range of books and reference materials.

“Our libraries are valuable community assets, and our Library Strategy sets out our commitment to maintaining 16 across the borough, including Northwood, and further investing in buildings and facilities to ensure they are of the highest quality and meet residents’ needs now and in the future.”

Additionally, Northwood Hills Library will serve as a hub for essential services. Residents can collect recycling bags and visitor parking vouchers at this nearby facility.

For more information about Northwood Hills Library and its services, residents are encouraged to visit the official Hillingdon Council website at www.hillingdon.gov.uk/northwoodhillslibrary.