Cardiff’s Liberal Democrats have welcomed the decision by Cardiff Council to reverse its planned cuts to the city’s libraries.
Following strong grassroots campaigns supported by Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners, libraries at Radyr, Whitchurch, Rhiwbina, Rhydypennau, Rumney, Cathays and Roath have been saved from Labour’s cuts.
Reacting to the announcement, Jenny Willott, the Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central said:
“It’s brilliant that thanks to the determination of Cardiff’s campaigners, our libraries won’t be facing Labour’s axe this time. Hundreds of residents signed local Lib Dem petitions against these closures, and I wouldn’t be surprised if such strong campaigns across Cardiff helped tip the balance.
“However, we must cut through the spin and not forget: Cardiff Labour councillors wanted to cut our libraries, and not a single Labour councilor in my constituency voted to keep our libraries open. If Labour really understood just how precious libraries are to people in Cardiff, they wouldn’t have threatened to close them in the first place.”
Cardiff’s Liberal Democrat Leader, Cllr Judith Woodman, added:
“I suspect that, having seen the sheer scale of opposition to their reckless cuts, Labour decided they’d lose too many votes by axing our libraries.
“Of course, cuts to our libraries wouldn’t have been necessary in the first place if Labour councillors hadn’t spent over £1million on a management restructure that cost more money than it was meant to save.”