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No date set for Leyton Library reopening after flood

The library closed on 4th December after the floors and ceilings were damaged

By Victoria Munro

Leyton Library

Leyton Library remains closed – with no date set for its return – almost two months after it was damaged by flooding. 

On 4th December, Waltham Forest Council announced on Twitter that the library in the High Road was “closed indefinitely” and would not open “today or tomorrow”.

However, residents – and reportedly even the library’s own staff – have begun to wonder when repair work will be completed.

Speaking to the Echo today, the council’s cabinet member for public services Paul Douglas said repairs are “currently ongoing” after the ceilings and floors of the building were damaged.

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Flooding damage inside the library (credit: Waltham Forest Council)

He said: “Work to repair the library is currently ongoing and we will inform residents as soon as we have a confirmed reopening date. 

“The safety and comfort of visitors and staff is our top priority. All our other libraries remain open to welcome visitors, and we have a book delivery service available for residents who may not be able to travel.”

The council’s webpage for the library currently directs residents to their nearest alternatives in Lea Bridge and Leytonstone.

Those looking for Parking Visitor Scratchcards for Leyton postcodes are currently able to get them from Leytonstone Library.

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