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Plaid Cymru supports Rhydyfelin library campaigners

Osian Lewis, Local library campaigner Sue Fisher, Councillor Iago Ap Steffan

Westminster candidate Osian Lewis, Local library campaigner Sue Fisher, Councillor Iago Ap Steffan
Plaid Cymru Pontypridd were out in force in support of the campaign to keep Rhydyfelin Library open.
Westminster Pontypridd candidate Osian Lewis was joined by Councillor Iago Ap Steffan, former Assembly and European candidate Ioan Bellin and local activists at a tea party to celebrate the work of the library.
At the beginning of the event they heard an impassioned speech from Cathy Lisles about the importance of the library to the communities of Hawthorn and Rhydyfelin.

Party of Wales Westminster candidate Osian Lewis, said: "The Rhydyfelin campaign is about more than just books the library is the heart of the community. It encourages young people to read improving literacy, it allows job seekers to access the internet, and it provides classes such as Welsh lessons and yoga."
"The strength of felling towards the library and council’s decision is clear for all to see and I hope that the local elected representatives on Rhondda Cynon Taff Council stand up for their community and act to save the library."
Councillor Iago ap Steffan for the Hawthorn Ward on Pontypridd Town Council added: "I attended the sit-in tea party on Saturday to protest against the closure of Rhydyfelin Library under Labour’s cuts. There were a great number of people present which shows the strength of support for our library, which brings the whole community together.
"I have to praise the whole committee and everyone present showing such passion and pride and thank the staff at the library for putting up with us all. Pontypridd, it seems, is truly facing the brunt of the cuts with funding withdrawn from our museum; the closure of the Muni Arts Centre; the likelihood of Hawthorn pool closing and of course the plans for our paddling pool with the prospect that the new lido will be too expensive for many, especially those with large families and those on low incomes."

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