Rhydyfelin Library to reopen following legal challenge

On 10th June 2014,  Rhondda Cynon Taf local council agreed to reopen Rhydyfelin library a week before the substantive judicial review hearing was due to take place; permission having been granted at a renewal hearing by Cox J. on 5th June 2014.


Local residents brought a challenge to the decision of the local council to close Rhydyfelin library on the basis that the council had failed in its legal duty to properly consult, failed to appropriately follow Welsh governmental guidance and policy on libraries, failed to properly exercise its equality duties, and that the decision was irrational.


The residents were represented by Nicholas Bowen QC and Graeme L. Hall of Doughty Street Chambers. They were instructed by Michael Imperanto of Watkins and Gunn Solicitors.


See ITV coverage here, Wales Online coverage here, and the BBC’s coverage of the permission decision here.

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