Plans to merge two north London colleges, creating a “bigger and stronger” college were made public this week.

The College of North East London, CONEL, in Tottenham and Enfield College in Ponders End, plan to merge to form one single college serving the whole of the Upper Lea Valley.

The college, to be named the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, or CHENEL, would remain on its sites in Haringey and Enfield, but a further £100million would be spent to expand the buildings.

The scheme would provide vocational hairdressing and beauty salons, a health centre, nursery and library to offer better vocational and life training.

The move, agreed by a committee of governors of both colleges last summer, hopes to provide an “Olympics legacy”.

In a joint statement, the chairmen of governors at CONEL and Enfield College, Keith Brown and Steve Wright, said: “The merged college will bring together the strengths and potential for development of Enfield College and CONEL. It will add value through increased choice and opportunities for learners, employers and the local community.

“We hope local residents and employers will support our vision.”

The plans are now out to consultation with the public before they are considered by the London Skills Council in May next year. If CHENEL gets the go-ahead the merger will take place in August 2009.

Principal of CONEL, Paul Head, said: “We think the decision to go to consultation will enhance the education the colleges will offer to our part of the Upper Lea Valley.

“We have got a good, well maintained set of buildings but it will enable us to have a college for the future.

“It’s exciting. We think the sum of two strong, good quality colleges will be greater than they are on their own.”

Enfield College principal Jean Carter said: “It is very exciting. We have planned which strategic options are best for the community.

“We want to deliver the best education and training services for local people and local communities and this does that.

“It builds on the strength of the two colleges.”