Haringey Council today denied it plans to close a library - and at least one Labour councillor has denied it is to be relocated.

Led by Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone, Haringey Liberal Democrats have launched a petition to save Muswell Hill library, which they say is under threat of closure.

The council’s budget proposals currently state that the library could be moved to “an alternative location, on one of the high streets, or creating a new, purpose-built library as part of the development site”.

In its medium-term financial strategy document the authority says it plans to save £30,000 by relocating the library. 

MP Lynne Featherstone said: “Budget papers show Haringey Labour’s clear intention to close Muswell Hill Library. And they haven’t given any assurance about where the replacement would be – leaving local residents very concerned about the future of the service.”

The Liberal Democrat has launched a petition against the relocation which currently has more than 1,200 signatures.

But Labour councillor for Hornsey Adam Jogee branded Ms Featherstone “cynical”, claiming the library will stay on the current site.

He added: “I’m sorry that such fear was peddled without our MP even calling to find truth if she was unsure.”

Councillor Jason Arthur, cabinet member for resources and culture, also tweeted the MP to call her campaign an act of “appalling cynicism”.

He said: “Your campaign isn’t working because Muswell Hill library isn’t under threat.”

A spokesman for Haringey Council today said: “There are no plans to close Muswell Hill library. We are looking at all options to provide high quality space and facilities for library users and resolve issues such as accessibility.  

“If a decision was made to relocate the library, we would consider a number of nearby sites and the current library would remain open until a new site has been found.”

Ms Featherstone said: “Residents that I speak to on the doorsteps are greatly concerned about losing the service and the building. And they’re deeply sceptical about the relocation plans.

"Haringey Labour has promised replacement services before, which have never materialised.”