Our local library in Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd serves the communities of Rhydyfelin
, Hawthorn & Nantgarw. Young and old use the library to get local information, do their homework, look for jobs and of course borrow books, DVDs and CDs in the Welsh and English languages.
Earlier this year Rhondda Cynon Taf council published a Phase 1 document of proposed cuts to local services. Our library was not one of those earmarked for closure; despite this the proposed closure was announced before residents had a chance to respond.
Local residents have formed a support group to help fight this unjust and unfair decision, and have obtained legal advice to proceed with a judicial review.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Please print off and display one of our posters, sign the petition at change.org, raise concerns with your local councillor and if possible donate to our fighting fund by clicking the Donate button. All monies received will be used to fund the judicial review.
The second Festival of Literature and Laughs will be held at the library on Friday 2nd October 7:30 PM.
Amongst the guests are author Clare Potter, ukulele maestro Jeff Japers and local musicians from the Watermelons and BBC Horizons series. Tickets are £3 on the door. For more details mail firstname.lastname@example.org
See you there!
Please show your continuing support for our library – and let the council know of the depth of feeling that still exists in the local area – by joining the support group. The file below can be completed and dropped into the library where one of the directors will pick it up, or sent by email to email@example.com
Download the RLSG Membership form
Festival of Literature and Laughs
The Festival of Literature and Laughs kicks off on October 2nd!
All are welcome at the following events to be held at the library itself:
Fri 3rd Oct 7:30 PM Variety Night with The Watermelons, Patrick Jones & other guests
Sat 4th Oct 3:00 PM Meet the Author with Catrin Collier
Sat 4th Oct 7:30 PM An Evening with Roy Noble
Plus events for local schools
Shock news! A full judicial review was due to take place at Cardiff County Court next Wednesday June 18 but RCT Council have just announced that instead of fighting this case, they will now be keeping the library open for the foreseeable future, and will consult with the community on the future of this facility.
For further information and quotes from the local community, see http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/campaigners-joy-shock-u-turn-council-7246559
MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED
Your money (plus generous help from Legal Aid) made this legal battle and result possible.
And of course special thanks to Michael Imperato and the legal team at Watkins & Gunn, Newport
GOOD LUCK TO ALL THOSE FIGHTING TO STOP CLOSURE OF THEIR LOCAL LIBRARY!
Flags, bunting and an outdoor picnic were all in evidence at the ‘last’ day or the library 31st May 2014.
The day ended with a peaceful protest where users chained themselves to the bookshelves – for pictures and comment see http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/rhydyfelin-library-rhondda-cynon-taf-7200185
Next stop is the oral submission of the case at Newport County Court on Thursday where we can hopefully push for a judicial review..
One thing is certain: the residents of Rhydyfelin will not give up the fight to keep this valuable local resource.
Some great pictures here from the library protest at the Welsh Assembly.
ITV news ran a short segment on the library campaign today, which can be viewed here