Rhydyfelin library to re-open after campaign

Rhydyfelin library which has closed Protesters chained themselves to bookshelves at the library before it closed on 31 May

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People fighting to keep a Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) library open appear to have won their campaign after a council said it would reverse its decision.

But RCT council said it was on condition that plans for a judicial review over the closure of Rhydyfelin library were withdrawn.

Protesters chained themselves to bookshelves at the library before it closed on 31 May.

They were then granted a judicial review over plans to shut the facility.

A judge is due to investigate the council's decision to close the library at a hearing later this month.

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I have taken the decision as leader of the council to re-open Rhydyfelin library”

End Quote Andrew Morgan RCT council leader

Rhydyfelin library was one of 14 closed by the authority as part of plans to save £70m over four years.

But in a statement on Tuesday, RCT council said Rhydyfelin library would reopen as soon as "practicably possible".

"I have taken the decision as leader of the council to re-open Rhydyfelin library," said council leader Andrew Morgan.

"I will now ensure that thorough and frank dialogue is undertaken with local residents and users around the future of this facility and how the revised library service may support this community.

"I must stress that nothing is ruled in and nothing is ruled out but this decision will allow the opportunity for consultation specifically around the future of this facility to take place."

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