Campaign joy for Free Press

The weekly Rossendale Free Press has won its campaign against a local council’s plans to introduce paid parking.

The campaign, Keep Parking Free, was launched in January after Rossendale Council announced proposals to introduce parking charges across the borough.

Hundreds of readers signed letters opposing the move, but the council’s review team stuck with its decision.

The Free Press stepped up its campaign until cabinet members bowed to the pressure, scrapping the idea in favour of extending free limited-time disc parking. Editor Stuart Robertson said: “In a borough such as Rossendale, with many small towns and villages struggling for survival, we feel it is vitally important to maintain free parking, and not to place extra ‘taxes’ on shoppers. This was the essence of our campaign.”

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