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Maerdy Library Reopens Under Community Ownership

Maerdy Library has become the latest facility to come under community ownership as the Council and its partners continue to seek ways to sustain services and facilities via the RCT Together approach, in the face of continued public sector cuts. 

Members of the local community came out in force to enjoy a free family fun day at the Library to mark the reopening of the facility.

Councillor Keiron Montague, Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member responsible for RCT Together said: “Following the closure of the Library in 2014, work has been ongoing within the local community to find a way of reopening the facility on a sustainable basis. To see it now open again is testament to the hard work of those involved.

“This is the latest example as part of the RCT Together approach, which was launched in recognition of the impact continued public sector funding cuts would have on the Council’s capability to maintain services and facilities. This approach has already led to a number of formerly Council run services and facilities now being run sustainably under Community ownership.

 “The response to the launch of RCT Together from our communities has been superb with over forty expressions of interest received so far and the reopening of Maerdy Library is a great example of what RCT Together stands for and aims to achieve for the benefit of communities in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

“On one hand it is clearly very disappointing that the Council finds itself in a position whereby, through no fault of our own, we need to reduce the level and number of services and facilities we provide. However, as expected, our communities are pulling together and working with us to find sustainable solutions to preserve the services and facilities that mean so much to them locally.”

Assembly Member for Rhondda, Leighton Andrews, attended the event to reopen the Library and commented: “It was great to join residents of Maerdy as the Library was re-opened to the community.

“The Friends of Ferndale have done a great job in getting the new community learning facility ready for a wide range of activities.” 

For more information about RCT Together and how to get involved visit the RCT Together page