Judicial review granted over Rhydyfelin library closure

Rhydyfelin library which has closed The library judicial review follows one on nursery school services in the county

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Campaigners who want to reverse a library closure in Rhondda Cynon Taf have been granted a judicial review.

Protestors chained themselves to bookshelves at Rhydyfelin Library before it closed for the last time on 31 May.

A judge will investigate the council's decision to close the facility at a hearing later this month.

Rhydyfelin Library was one of 14 closed by the authority as part of plans to save £70m over four years.

Reacting to the news of the judicial review, a spokesman for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said: "The council has no alternative other than to take tough decisions because of cuts to public sector funding being implemented by the UK government.

"The council will now await the consideration of this review."

Last month parents campaigning against Rhondda Cynon Taf council's plans to raise the age for full-time education from three-year-old to four won the latest stage of their battle at the High Court in London.

Parents Against the Cuts to Education in RCT sought a judicial review after the authority decided to offer only part-time schooling for three-year olds as part of the its ongoing budget cuts.

The council has the right to appeal against the ruling.

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