• Better Buses for the Waterside (New Forest): More frequent, more reliable and fairer fares
    The infrequent and unreliable bus service is having a damaging impact on people of all ages on the Waterside.  Waterside Changemakers, a grassroots group trying to make life easier in the cost of living crisis, recently surveyed 272 people about the bus service. We heard shocking stories of how the poor bus service is affecting people’s ability to get to work, school, college, and appointments at hospitals and GP surgeries. Waterside residents are even having to turn down job opportunities because they cannot rely on the buses. Nearly two thirds of people say buses are not frequent enough: 44.5% of respondents say availability of buses is ‘Poor’ on the Waterside, with a further 19.5% rating it as ‘Very Poor’. A majority of respondents are also unhappy with the reliability of buses: 36.4% say reliability is ‘Poor’ and 16.5% say it is ‘Very Poor’. The Lymington Times reported here on our survey. Worryingly, 37.4% of people we surveyed have no access to a car and are reliant on public transport.  Without better buses, there is a real risk that smaller towns and villages like Marchwood, Holbury, Blackfield, Langley, Fawley and Calshot are simply going to be left behind.  Buses can be a lifeline, connecting communities, providing better opportunities for work and study, easing loneliness, and improving lives throughout the Waterside.
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    Created by Ben Webster
  • Restore Swanage Saturday opening times
    The library is currently open six and a half hours on a Saturday but this is due to be cut to just three. The Library will instead open on a Tuesday.  Saturdays are vital because they allow children and young people to visit the library.  This is not only for books, but as a place to do research, study quietly and use the computers. This is especially true in Swanage where many of our teenage children have to travel long distances to attend schools and colleges.  The cut in Saturday hours will reduce the time available for the fantastic educational activities targeted at children and young people that have previously been delivered by our kind and experienced library staff. By reducing the hours available for young people, Dorset Council are disproportionally disadvantaging those least able to improve their circumstances.  The recent consultation concluded that young people and the employed, wanted Saturday and late night opening. There was no demand to open on a Tuesday instead of Saturday. As this change is cost neutral, it should have no impact on budgets.  Well educated and informed young people are not only our legacy, they will provide the future economic growth Dorset so desperately needs.  Swanage opening hours from 1st July 2024 • Monday:  10 am to 5pm • Tuesday: 10 am to 5 pm • Wednesday: 12 noon to 6 pm • Thursday: Closed • Friday: 10 am to 5 pm • Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm • Sunday: Closed Swanage current opening hours • Monday: 10 am to 6.30 pm • Tuesday: Closed • Wednesday: 9.30 am to 5 pm • Thursday: Closed • Friday: 9.30 am to 5 pm • Saturday: 9.30 am to 4 pm • Sunday: Closed
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    Created by Cliff Sutton
  • Save High Street Air Raid Shelter
    Many a local gem has been lost to developers who are all too eager to bulldoze our local heritage in the name of profit. The Air Raid shelter on High Street (behind St. Paul's Mews) is an important reminder of the past and could be an important asset for the culture and heritage of Runcorn. If we demolish all of our history, what is there for future generations? The War Tunnels of Runcorn Charity (Charity Registration Number 1180550 believe this shelter should be preserved. It should be incorporated into the plans for the revamp of the Brindley Centre, and preserved for future generations to come. War Tunnels of Runcorn, as a registered charity, offer our services in preserving this structure and the grounds immediately surrounding it.
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    Created by Joseph Turner
  • Save Amber Valley
    We need your support to oppose these plans and fund necessary landscape and biodiversity studies to ensure the appropriate evidence and insights are used as part of National Grid’s consultation process.  Amber Valley is part of the Derbyshire Peak Fringe and considered a landscape of extremely high quality, thought of as one of Derbyshire’s secret gems enjoying unspoilt views across open countryside. It is an important amenity for the community, as well as generating income for the local economy from tourists and walkers. The Amber Valley is also a recognised haven for wildlife and protected birds such as Osprey and Peregrine Falcons. In addition, Ogston reservoir homes thousands of migratory wintering birds and their flight path will be intercepted by the planned route of the pylons. We support the UK’s demands for green energy, we are concerned however that National Grid is putting the profits of its shareholders ahead of the needs of communities like ours and future generations for which the Amber Valley is an important amenity within an economically challenged region.  We believe there are slightly longer ‘brown field’ routes which would result in less environmental harm, which are not being considered by National Grid due to their potentially higher cost and impact upon shareholder returns. 
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    Created by Katie Hirst
  • Severn Trent 60,000 sewage spills
    Severn Trent has increased its payout to shareholders despite being responsible for 60,000 sewage spills last year. Severn hiked its final dividend by 9% to 70.1p a share after pre-tax profits swelled almost 20% to £201 million. This money needs ploughing into stopping sewage spills.
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  • Re-open Andover Road!
    Our key points: 1.     Winchester Avenue with its high density social/affordable and shared-ownership terraced housing, primary  school, Community Centre and many side roads is an unsuitable, low-capacity road to take this diverted traffic and the result for Kings Barton residents will be:  o   Road casualties - Traffic accidents are likely to increase. o   Community severance - The volume of traffic along Winchester Avenue will make it harder to cross presenting a physical and psychological ‘barrier’ to movement and separating residents from one another and from children’s play parks. o   Noise and Air Pollution and Carbon Emissions - Will dramatically increase, due to traffic queuing in the neighbourhood centre and at access roads and pedestrian crossings.   2.     Traffic will try to avoid delays on the congested Winchester Avenue by diverting through:  o   Harestock and Weeke  where residents will suffer additional traffic on their residential roads such as Harestock Road, Priors Dean Road and Bereweeke Avenue, and o   Headbourne Worthy and Kings Worthy where residents will suffer additional traffic on Spingvale Road, Worthy Road, Wellhouse Lane and Down Farm Lane.   3.     More generally, ALL Winchester residents will suffer from delays in reaching the A34 for travel northwards and residents of Littleton, South Wonston and Sutton Scotney will suffer from delays travelling to the City Centre with additional negative consequences for emergency services.
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  • Stop Polluter Propaganda: Ban Fossil Fuel Advertising
    By eliminating these misleading ads, we can reduce public misinformation about the true impacts of fossil fuel consumption and accelerate the transition to sustainable energy sources. This decisive step will demonstrate the UK's commitment to leading the global fight against climate change and safeguarding our planet for future generations.
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    Created by Charles Davis
  • Reinstate the railway to Ventnor
     This issue is very important to citizens of Ventnor and anyone who wishes or needs to travel here. The main road to Shanklin and Sandown is currently closed and the prospect of it reopening are slim. Meanwhile, the Undercliff Drive remains closed to traffic, belying its name, with no interest from the council in restoring it. Leaving just two transport access roads into the town. Soon the Graben will be closed, albeit temporary,but this problem has a habit of returning, leaving just the Whitwell  road and a major detour via Niton to anyone wishing to reach Shanklin or Sandown. The future of Ventnor lies in its shifting strata but letting it take control should not be an option. Maybe there is not much that can be done about roads damaged beyond safe use and who knows which will be next. But the rail link offers an inviting alternative to vehicle travel to some of the Islands major towns and the mainland ferry. There is also the dreaded net zero to consider. Electric vehicles are not the answer but electric trains could have a large part to play. Let us hope that one day the trains, so rudely taken, will come back to Ventnor, and with their success the rest of the Island’s towns may follow suit and once again see trains arriving in their newly built stations.  NOW MORE THAN EVER VENTNOR MUST HAVE ITS TRAINS BACK 
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  • Pay a real Living Wage for care workers facing poverty in England
    “We all have a connection to care work. Even if you can't immediately think of someone who draws on support or who is a paid care worker, every time you leave your house you are likely to be passed by care workers like me driving from visit to visit. I guarantee you have neighbours who are visited by carers and that there are care homes in your community. To ensure support is available when we need it, it is essential that we are at the very least paid enough to cover the essential costs of living. Currently, vast numbers of care workers are illegally paid below the National Minimum Wage as a result of unpaid travel time. Meanwhile, our income is often insecure, with zero-hours contracts the norm. This makes it practically impossible to plan and prompts many to accept any and all of the hours they are offered, causing burnout and poor quality of care. These terms of employment add untold pressure to a role which already carries a significant level of responsibility. Is it any wonder social care faces an acute recruitment and retention crisis? Paying at least a real Living Wage for care workers which takes into account time spent travelling between visits is an essential place to start in addressing the joint crises of care quality and availability in England. It has already been done in Scotland and Wales, now - a full four years on from the nation's clap for carers - it's time to do the same in England. This country depends on care workers, and the quality and availability of support depends on the UK Government taking action. Every care worker's dignity should be protected through payment of at least the real Living Wage.” Rachel Kelso, care worker and Citizens UK community leader
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  • Save Rape Crisis centres from a funding crisis
    The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund is the only ring-fenced government funding for sexual violence and abuse services, and a core part of the funding for Rape Crisis centres.  However, there has been no official commitment from any political party to extend the Fund beyond March 2025 – putting the future of many centres at risk. The threat is all too real. Only this May, a Rape Crisis centre was forced to close its doors, due to the insecurity of its funding. Unless politicians act now, other centres will follow. Tackling sexual violence and abuse must be a priority for any new government. In England and Wales: • 6.5 million women have been raped or sexually assaulted since the age of 16. • An estimated 1 in 6 children experience sexual abuse. • Women who have been sexually abused by a partner are seven times more likely to have attempted suicide in the past year than those who were not. Any party that is serious about ending sexual violence and abuse and supporting survivors must therefore, at a minimum, pledge in its manifesto to recommission the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund from March 2025. Only in this way will Rape Crisis centres have the security they need to keep providing the specialist, trauma-informed support that survivors in England & Wales both need and deserve. “"(My counsellor) helped me so, so much. What I went through was eating me away for years and was affecting my life every day. (My counsellor) helped me get out of this, I have never had a better experience with any time of counselling" - Survivor who accessed counselling through a Rape Crisis centre.” --- Note: this petition was launched by Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW), a charity working to end sexual violence and abuse (SVA). We are the national membership organisation for a network of 39 independent Rape Crisis centres that support SVA victim-survivors across 49 locations. We also provide specialist information and support to anyone affected by any form of SVA in England and Wales, via our 24/7 national support line. • Contact the 24/7 Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Line • Find your local Rape Crisis Centre • Find out more about our other General Election manifesto asks • Donate to Rape Crisis England and Wales
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  • Scotland, join the mission to fix our economy
    Business-as-usual in our economy isn’t working. The cost of living is forcing many people to choose between heating or eating, we’re working harder than ever but for low pay, inequality is rampant and social security is failing too many people. At the heart of this is a broken economic system - we all work for our economy, but it doesn't often work for us. With a general election coming up, we need the next UK Government to ensure that the economic needs of the people of Scotland are front and centre. Social enterprises, community and employee owned businesses, cooperatives and similar enterprises put people and planet first. We need a new business plan for Britain: one where all of society profits. Let’s fix our economy and build a stronger, fairer, greener future for Scotland and for the rest of the UK.
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  • Traffic Measures Longside
    We have seen car accidents, destruction of property and our vulnerable residents scared to cross the road due to the volume of traffic and speed of some motorists travelling through Longside.  This has been an issue for decades and is only a matter of time before something very tragic happens. 
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    Created by Catriona Molver