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Monument restored after long campaign

An historic monument in Stroud is to receive a much-needed repair job thanks to a campaign by the Stroud News and Journal.

The anti-slavery arch in Paganhill marks an important part of the area’s past but has fallen into disrepair.

In January, the local council voted to spend £10,000 on improving the arch.

And it also announced plans to involve local people and businesses in further fund-raising for the site.

Since then, the News and Journal has pushed for a full restoration, in a series of features and editorial comment pieces.

Now it has been announced that local councils, along with Archway School and the Stroud Preservation Trust, will begin work on the monument next spring.

The working party group has applied for National Lottery cash and will find out early next year if the bid has been successful.

Supporter, councillor Kevin Cranston said: “It’s a local momument, it’s part of Stroud’s slightly radical history and it serves as a reminder that slavery hasn’t gone away.”

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