Lib Dems launch fight to keep Herts Advertiser in St Albans
ST ALBANS Liberal Democrats have launched a high-profile campaign to keep the Herts Advertiser in the community, after it heard reports that the St Albans and Harpenden newspaper would be relocated to Welwyn Garden City.
They have launched a petition calling on Archant, the Herts Advertiser’s owners, to work with local groups to keep the newspaper based in the district.
They hope to collect 500 signatures which would ensure a debate on the issue at the next meeting of the district council on November 23.
Cllr Robert Donald, group leader of St Albans Lib Dems, said: “We are shocked at the suggestion that the Herts Advertiser could, after 155 years, be leaving St Albans.”
He added: “It is vital for many local businesses to advertise in the local newspaper, which also provides an essential channel for democratic dialogue for local residents.
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“I hope that all those who want to keep competitive local newspaper going in St Albans will sign this petition, so that this matter can be debated at the next council meeting. I hope that cross-party support can be achieved on this important matter.”
Lib Dem Cllr Chris Brazier will be in St Albans Market Place tomorrow to collect signatures for the peition.
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The full text of the petition is available and can be signed at www.stalbanslibdems.org.uk/HertsAd