A HIGH Court judge has ruled against the Save Rhoose Library campaign group, with their fight now heading to the Court of Appeal.

The group are taking legal action against the Vale of Glamorgan council to try and overturn the decision to make Rhoose library a volunteer run service as part of cost cutting measures rolled out across the Vale earlier this year.

In a judgement issued last week, the High Court ruled against the campaigners but also gave them immediate leave to appeal to one of the highest courts in the UK, the Court of Appeal.

“We’re naturally disappointed that the Judge didn’t rule in our favour,” said campaigner Adam Riley.

“We’ve maintained throughout that the Vale of Glamorgan Council didn’t follow correct procedures and, as a result, elderly and young people in our community will lose a much valued service.

“Our fight on behalf of these people and the whole of village is definitely not over - we get to have our case reviewed some of the most experienced and respected judges in the country."

The campaigners are now preparing for the Court of Appeal hearing which will be held at a future date in London.

Michael Imperato, one of Wales’ leading experts in Administrative and Public law and partner at South Wales law firm Watkins & Gunn is representing the Save Rhoose Library campaigners.

Mr Imperato said: “Rhoose library is a very important case that is part of a bigger issue concerning the viability of libraries. I’m delighted that we have been given the opportunity to take this matter forward.

"It’s important that local authorities are aware that they need to follow correct legal consultations procedures otherwise they will be held accountable.”

The Vale council have maintained that "a fully open and accessible consultation" was conducted on its library strategy.

Jennifer Hill, Director of Learning and Skills at the council recently said: "The Council is currently considering this plan, and only once it has been reviewed will we take a decision on the future of the library service in Rhoose.

“The claim that the Vale of Glamorgan Council has taken a decision to close the library is premature, as no such decision has yet been taken.”