Appeal for public to speak out against plan that could close village's only newsagent and post office

The campaign  by Park News to halt  an application by a supermarket, just yards away from its premises, is gathering pace
The campaign by Park News to halt an application by a supermarket, just yards away from its premises, is gathering pace
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A newsagent, who launched a campaign to stop a supermarket from selling newspapers just yards away from her shop, has thanked the public for their “phenomenal” support.

And Julie MacAdam, who owns and runs Park News in Barrowford, is hoping residents will continue to show their support in the coming weeks.

She has asked for as many people as possible to attend meetings to discuss the application by Booths supermarket to Pendle Council to overturn a planning condition, imposed on the store when it opened three years ago, banning the business from selling newspapers and magazines.

Barrowford Parish Council will discuss the matter next Wednesday at Holmefield House in Gisburn Road at 7pm and it will be considered formally at the Barrowford and Western Parishes area committee on Thursday, February 8th.

The condition was imposed before the store was built to protect local businesses.

Julie, who runs the shop with her partner, Chris Riley, said: “We hope that as many people as possible will attend both meetings to show the strength of feeling against this application.

“The support we have received has been amazing.

"Shops and businesses in Barrowford have had our petiton for their customers to sign."

A petition against the application, which the couple say will spell the end for their shop and also the post office which they took on last year, now has 1,500 signatures.

The campaign is being backed by MP Andrew Stephenson and the Post Office which has made a statement to Pendle Council stating that it is "of great concern" that the lifting of the restriction on Booths selling newspapers and magazines has the potential to undermine Park News.

The spokesman said: "Clearly the Post Office is an important facility in Barrowford and we are grateful to Julie and Chris for the investment they have made, alongside the Post Office Ltd, to restore the service in the area.

"The key to the future viability of the Post Office model is for branches to operate alongside a vibrant retail offer.

"Footfall from the core business supports the Post Office and vice versa."

Requests to speak at the meeting in February must be made in writing to Barrowford and Western Parishes Area Committee, Holmefield House, Gisburn Road, Barrowford or by phone on 01282 661654 by noon on the day.