A jubilant community group has claimed victory after council bosses scrapped plans to move a village war memorial.
Campaigners and council bosses had been at loggerheads over the relocation of Huncoat War Memorial from the top of a hill off Higher Gate to the corner of Lower Gate Road since the plans were approved in December.
Village residents formed the Friends of Huncoat War Memorial and Recreation Ground group in February in opposition to the move.
Group vice chairman Neil Broadhurst said the announcement was “brilliant” and added the group would continue to work together and would be seeking funding grants to carry out improvement works at the memorial.
He said: “We are all ecstatic after hearing the news, it is brilliant and the end of a long road which started in December.
“It is very inspiring to think that a group of residents can come together and achieve something like this.”
He added: “I became involved with the group as I feel very passionate about the history of the cross. It was placed there for a reason by the families and friends of the fallen.
“It serves as a place where the relatives and villagers can pay their respects as there were no bodies of the fallen repatriated.”
Hyndburn council had originally stated that the relocation plan had been backed by the Royal British Legion, but the Legion later clarified that they would support the will of the local community.
Since their constitution the group has leafleted thousands of homes, held protest events and has petitioned the council to abandon the plans.
Nick Whittaker, committee member on the group, added: “It is fantastic what we have achieved, there has been a lot of campaigning on the issue and it is great that we have got a result. A big thank you must go to the residents of Huncoat who have supported us.”
Hyndburn council, which has carried out a month-long consultation, said there was not enough support for the memorial’s relocation, and said they will work with the group to support any funding applications.
Coun Ken Moss, cabinet member for leisure and arts, said: “We had a consultation and the response we got back was not fantastic in either direction, the number did not justify any action. Something like that needs to have a majority.”