A popular library is set to be moved as part of a town centre regeneration scheme.

There were concerns that Gayton Library, in St John’s Road, Harrow, was under threat as local authorities across the country look to save money.

But staff and users have been assured that it is simply moving up the road as part of the Harrow Square development.

Cllr Keith Ferry, who is responsible for regeneration at Harrow Council said: “Our town centre library is in no danger – in fact we are creating a bigger and better one that will be open very soon.

“It will feature bigger and better creative spaces, facilities and resources for our children and adults.

“Being in the heart of Harrow it is really easy to get to, so even more people can make the most of all it has to offer.”

The council will be holding a consultation next week asking residents about how it should furnish the library and what sort of things people would like to see there.

It is believed that the new library will be operational at the end of 2019 or in early 2020.

Husain Akhtar, of Harrow Monitoring Group, recognised the merits of a new library, describing it as “a valuable community resource”.

But he urged the council to consider maintaining the “historic” name of Gayton Library amid suggestions that a new one might be taken upon opening.