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Victory for people power as RCT Council back down over Rhydyfelin library

June 10, 2014 3:24 PM

RCT Council have seen sense over Rhydyfelin library and have announced they will be keeping it open. They faced a judicial review next week over the decision and given the excellent case that campaigners appeared to have then a substantial amount of public money could have been wasted on legal costs.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell who has been involved in the campaign to keep the library open from the start said

"Congratulations are due to the hard working residents who have fought this battle every step of the way. Rhydyfelin library was not earmarked for closure in the initial report to the Cabinet, and the report itself gave all the reasons why it should be retained. The decision to close it was made behind closed doors and residents were not given a proper opportunity to air their views.

"The Cabinet's decision was not based on any evidence and both the consultation and the equality impact assessments were severely flawed.

"The decision was based on the same report that introduced the proposals to cut nursery education, a decision that was deemed unlawful following a judicial review last month, and it seemed highly likely that the Council would have lost this battle too.

"It will maybe give them pause for thought in the future with regard to how decisions are made."

Rhydyfelin library