Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Cllr Andrew Morgan
Council Leader, Cllr Andrew Morgan, has taken the decision to re-open Rhydyfelin Library. He will now ensure an open and thorough dialogue with local residents and users takes place as to the future of the facility.
County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council said: "I made a commitment following my appointment as Leader of the Council that I wanted to explain the rationale for the tough decisions we currently need to make more effectively and openly with the public.
"I have taken the decision as Leader of the Council to re-open Rhydyfelin Library. 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.
"The Council is dealing with the unprecedented challenge of tackling a budget gap of over £60 million over the next three years. We have to make tough and inevitably unpopular decisions because of the massive cuts being imposed on the public sector by the UK Government. There is no way of avoiding these choices.
"I would love as the new Leader to be able to categorically rule out future difficult decisions of this nature, but that approach is simply not possible or responsible.
“What I can however do, is seek to ensure that the Council does its best to engage with communities and residents around why we have to make these choices and why we need to go forward with a particular approach.
"To explain the rationale for this approach and what is intended to happen next, I am keen, along with the local members and the new Cabinet Member for Libraries, to meet with the local community to discuss this decision and listen to their concerns."
The decision to re-open the library is however subject to both the consent of the Court and the claimant who has brought the judicial review proceedings withdrawing their claim in relation to the library’s closure.
Following this decision by the Leader of the Council and the appropriate third party consents being obtained, Rhydyfelin Library will reopen as soon as practicably possible.
Following a meeting between the Leader, Councillors and local residents a report on this matter will be considered by Cabinet at a future meeting.