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New Rockingham Group Petitions Zoning Board

With recent talk of turning a former Bellows Falls mill building into a state prison, a newly-formed citizens group is doing their part in trying to prevent the proposal from becoming a reality.

The group – called Rockingham For Progress – is calling for creative adaptive reuse of the former Liberty Paper Co. located on Westminster street, and also plans to petition the town’s zoning board to restrict construction of a prison.

The petition seeks to change the permitted uses of the riverfront property, and specifically disallow more than 18 people from being incarcerated at any time.

The group launched a website this week at RockinghamForProgress.org in which visitors will find a link to sign its petition to the zoning board.

The group – which is hoping to obtain 250 signature to force a town meeting on the subject – is also distributing lawn signs that read “Don’t Jail Our Future.”

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