Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has confirmed Rhydyfelin Library will re-open "as soon as practicably possible", after local residents opposed its closure at the end of May.
It says the decision to re-open the library is subject to the consent of the court, and the judicial review proceedings being withdrawn.
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 £60m 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.
I am keen to meet with the local community to discuss this decision and listen to their concerns.
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