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Library protestors can take case to judicial review

 Mike Powell

Residents protesting against the Rhydyfelin library closure have won their appeal which allows them to move forward with their judicial review.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell was present at the hearing in Newport along with campaigners some of whom had chained themselves to bookshelves in protest last Saturday. He said
"This is good news indeed - the residents have been relentless in their campaign to try and save their library and this has given them a deal of hope. RCT Council officially closed the library on 31st May and it is unfortunate that the case could not be heard before then. Still, the recent decision that the nursery education cuts were unlawfully made has set a precedent of sorts and there is every reason for campaigners to stay positive.
"The library closure was part of the same package of phase 1 cuts one that encompassed the nursery cuts and many of the arguments are the same for both cases. In addition to that Rhydyfelin library was not earmarked for closure in the initial report as the Council's own officers put evidence forward that showed it was in a good geographical position and relatively well used. There was absolutely no contrary evidence given before the Cabinet decided to ignore that recommendation and close it."
The judicial review hearing will take place in Cardiff on 18th June.



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