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Muni will reopen, pledges MP.

THE Muni Arts Centre will reopen - that's the pledge from Pontypridd MP Owen Smith after the venue announced that it was to close.

In a statement posted on the venue's Facebook page, the centre said it has been "dogged by financial problems."

It said it had been in difficulties since a community asset transfer from Rhondda Cynon Taf council three years ago. With debts increasing, the company that ran the centre took the "very difficult decision" to shut the venue with the doors closing on Saturday, December 22 at 2.30pm.

Staff were told they were to be made redundant at the same time.

However, Mr Smith has pledged that the closure will be temporary, after reassuring constituents who had contacted him.

In a statement, the MP said: "Some of you have been in touch, worried at reports that the Muni has closed. I want to reassure you all that this will be temporary and plans are already in hand to reopen at the earliest possible opportunity." He added: "I have been liaising with the council over recent months about the situation, which I feared would result in this crisis and closure."

In addition, Rhondda Cynon Taf council said it had been "actively monitoring the situation at the Muni" and is speaking to "interested parties".

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Date:Dec 24, 2018
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