Major library cuts approved by Welsh authority

Major library cuts approved by Welsh authority

Rhondda Cynon Taf has approved budget plans that will see more than half of its 26 libraries close.

The local authority, the second largest in Wales, has agreed cuts that will see 14 of its libraries shut their doors for good.

Changes will begin in September this year, following the council's decision yesterday (8th January).

According to Wales Online, libraries in Treherbert, Ton Pentre, Penygraig, Maerdy, Ynyshir, Cwmbach, Penrhiwceiber, Ynysybwl, Cilfynydd, Beddau, Tonyrefail, Nantgarw, Pontyclun and Tylorstown will close.

The council claims that the closures will save £800,000, part of the £70m it is looking to save over the next four years.
Other measures the council will implement include increasing the school starter age from three to four.

A second phase of cost-cutting, looking to save a further £3.7m, was also opened to consultation yesterday, with proposals including closing several leisure centres and switching off all street lights in non-residential areas.

The council's deputy leader said ahead of the meeting where the decisions were taken: "There are very few people, if any, in Rhondda Cynon Taf that are not going to feel affected in some way by the time we get to the end of this budget setting process. My message to them is bear with us, take a look at what's happening around the rest of Wales, the rest of the UK - it's not just Rhondda Cynon Taf."