Shop owners' final appeal for public to support campaign against supermarket's bid to sell newspapers

Julie MacAdam is pinning her hopes on public support to speak against an application she claims will be the deathknell for her newsagent's shop
Julie MacAdam is pinning her hopes on public support to speak against an application she claims will be the deathknell for her newsagent's shop

A newsagent has made a final appeal for people to support her campaign to stop a supermarket from selling newspapers just yards away from her shop.

Planning officers have recommended that the Barrowford and Western Parishes area committee give the green light to the application by Booths supermarket to overturn a planning condition, imposed on the store when it opened three years ago, banning the business from selling newspapers and magazines.

Newsagent Julie MacAdam, who runs Park News in Gisburn Road with her partner, Chris Riley, launched a campaign against the application which she says will spell the end for her business and also the post office which the business took on last year.

Park News is the last remaining newsagents and post office in the village. The restriction was put in place three years ago when Booths opened three years to protect the viability of local shops and businesses.

The committee will meet and make a final decision this Thursday evening at a meeting at Holmefield House in Gisburn Road.

The public are allowed to speak at the meeting, which starts at 7pm.

Requests to speak at the meeting 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.

In a report supporting the application, planning officers state that the scale of the proposal would have a minimal impact on the shopping centre of Barrowford and clearly there was "no justification" for the restriction.

The report points out that there are at least three outlets within Barrowford which offer this service including the newsagent, Spar and Premier Shop so it is not "reasonable or fair" to Booths as it restricts competition.

Julie, who collected a petition bearing 1,500 names against the application, said the support shown for the campaign had been tremendous.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson supported the campaign and even called on Booths to withdraw the application.

And Barrowford Parish Council voted unanimously against the application.

Julie said: "There is still time to speak out against this application which, if allowed to go ahead, will spell the end for our business and the loss of an asset to the community."