• Cancel VELO Birmingham and West Midlands on 21 June 2020 and do something better
    A big bike ride is a lovely idea but not when it involves a large corporation telling thousands of people that they have to be restricted in their movements for the majority of the day and that there is nothing they can do about it. Velo is proposed for height of the Summer on 28 June 2020, closing 100 miles of roads across the West Midlands for the majority of daylight hours (04.45am - 19.00pm, and with other restrictions from midnight the day before). CSM Sport and Entertainment is a private global company which will charge 19000 Riders between £70 - £120 to take part. Some riders may raise their own sponsorship for charity which is of course, admirable, but it could be argued that cyclists would be better taking part in the many events across the UK where all money raised, including entry fees, goes to charity and doesn’t close roads all day / impose restrictions on others What happened last year and why you should be concerned: • Many residents were trapped in their own homes as many closed roads were their only exit and entry points, with no diversion route / alternative available. Some people were trapped in their homes for over 13 hours. Public transport was also suspended for most of the day. • Home help and visiting carers were prevented from delivering food, hydration and medication as part of routine care plans; a vet was refused access to a premises because of road closures, leading to the death of two horses. Many people were prevented from travel to work and some were stranded at Birmingham International Airport and train station and couldn't return home for hours. • Previous proposals for this event have prompted grave concern from local ambulance services and previous events / event routes have been cancelled. • As per previous Velo mass road closures, levels of frustration have resulted in sabotage, with nails and razor blades being put on roads, and people trying to break through barriers, which is a risk to public safety and potentially causes a waste of police time. • In addition to stress anxiety and inconvenience, the Velo event can also have a negative effect on communities, many of which have to shelve their own plans for community events and suspend the operation of small businesses, particularly on the new proposed mid-summer date. Your rights compromised: It is highly unlikely that this event is compliant with the Equality Act 2010 in relation to disability and the denying of physical access for some in and out of their homes and to access services on the day. Signs prior to the event, blocked pavements in some areas for the 2019 event (pictured). Last year's event was not only an unwelcome intrusion to a large amount of people, forced to put up with it, but has been seen by many trapped for the day as an infringement of civil liberties and a danger to health and safety. No one asked communities what they want: Many of you will no doubt have read about this via third-party sources as opposed to being notified or consulted with directly. There has been no consultation with those living along the route, with Velo instead relying on a third party leaflet drop (which in the past missed out many people, who weren't aware of road closures when a Velo event was attempted previously) which tells people that the road will be closed and residents vehicles may be towed away from outside their homes - which is a little harsh for anyone who doesn’t have a driveway. It doesn’t have to be like this: Much of this could be avoided by CSM / Velo working out a route which doesn't trap people in their own homes / only routing past homes where residents have an alternative access road to get in and out as they wish (other than on foot). The benefits and the real cost: The benefits of Velo have mainly been promoted along economic lines, yes there may have been a spike in hotel bookings in Birmingham and Coventry City Centre, but this seems to be totally at the expense of the wellbeing of many people along the route. Velo and your Council’s accountability: Despite being contacted, Velo is remaining silent at the time of writing as per the exact route for 2020, and have stated that they will know in around 5 weeks. Last year despite a request they also failed to make available their evacuation plan for communities that were locked-down for the day. The aim of this petition and who it will be sent to: This petition will be presented to the leaders of Birmingham, Solihull, Warwickshire and Coventry Councils and Velo itself, to request that the event is cancelled in its current form, as it has been previously in the North, South and Worcester. This petition will also outline the risks and issues associated with this event, should the event be given permission, so that in the event of a serious incident attributed to the road closures, the Councils' involved and CSM / Velo cannot use the excuse that they were unaware of the potential consequences as a defence, should any legal challenges be issued. Please sign before 3 February 2020, so that this can be submitted in good time. It will help if as well as signing the petition, you include additional information when possible, so please use the comments box to record your experiences particularly / effects on health and safety / poor treatment that you have received at the hands of CSM and the Velo event team. And of course, share as widely as you can!
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  • Mobile phone companies to stop overcharging customers after contracts end.
    After completion of the contract Mobile phone customers continue to pay for a phone they already own. That’s unfair.
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  • Access to digital banking
    It is important because many, like me, either do not have a mobile phone, or do not receive a mobile signal. Some banks, such as Nationwide, have solved the problem by supplying customers with a debit card and card reader. HMRC use my land line in order to send me an access code. Sainsbury's have written to me to say, effectively, tough titty, if you don't like it take your business elsewhere! I live in a rural area, and our access to banks is diminishing daily. Digital banking is the future, and the first signs are appearing that this might disappear too, especially for those of us who live in rural areas.
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  • UK Gov should protect its citizens from large company shyster practices
    Because UK citizens are being duped by some unscrupulous big companies that offer discounts for subsequent purchases without disclosing to their customers the consequences of accepting the discount. For example Hermes will offer a discount to welcome you as a new customer but they do not say that if you apply for the discount you will have to give your bank details to a third party who will take £15 from your account each month and make you a member of a club which claims to give you discounts or money back for other card purchasers. Many people claim to have no knowledge of signing up to a club and do not realise that every month money has been taken out of their account and when they do it is not always easy to cancel. Make our elected MPs stamp out these practices and ensure that companies make it clear to their customers the consequences of customers accepting any offer. There are many stories on the internet about people losing money which you only search for when you have fallen for the same trick.
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  • Make Flaming Hot Monster Munch Vegan
    Hot Wotsits are vegan so why can't monster munch be vegan? I'm not even vegan but vegans deserve spicy feet shaped crisps.
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  • Let Us Keep O'Neills Ilford Open til 2am On Fridays
    This might seem silly to some but to most of us O'Neills Ilford is a little place of freedom away from the normal 9-5 grind of life. We are a wholesome family customers, dj, bar staff and door staff combined and closing the doors early on such an establishment will kill the pub entirely. Some of us are new here, some have been coming 10-20+ years and yet we all come together as a whole. 18 year olds are mixing with 50 year olds singing, dancing and enjoying everything that the pub gives. Please help us get our friendly little pub to stay open like it should. O'Neills is the heart of Ilford and with all the trouble there has been around the local area it's nice to have a place to go where you feel safe but also welcome around strangers.
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  • Save British Steel Scunthorpe
    Yet again the forgotten North has suffered at the hands of the, turn the other cheek, Tory government. Even though Scunthorpe British Steel was making a profit, the company has gone into liquidation today. The government have used excuse after excuse to avoid investing £30 million to save the site. Scunthorpe has been linked to steel for 150 years. Since Victorian times, Scunthorpe played a major role in the industrial revolution. In 1964 weekly production of steel trebled to 9000 tonnes. It played a major part in wartime weapons and vehicle production. In 1988 it was fully privatised, facing the prospect of being undercut by cheap steel from countries such as China. Britain's steel has been renowned for its quality and supply in everything from shipbuilding to railway lines. But cheap imports were favoured above quality, causing a detrimental effect on Scunthorpe's productivity. In Scunthorpe, to lose this major site will result in the creation of a ghost town. Poverty will rise and this government won't prevent this decimation. Yet they happily bail out banks, whose loss was created by greedy bonuses. These men and women have already took pay cuts to save the plant, yet this goes unnoticed. They don't deserve this disgraceful repeat of history. I implore this government to Save Our Steel NOW!
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  • Can UBER please pay its UK taxes
    We need all internet companies to start paying UK taxes so we can have a decent public services eg ‘NHS’ . This needs to be debated in Parliament so I need over 100,000 signatures. Please can you signed this . Thank you for your support.
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  • Put star the tv show on Netflix.
    All star fans want it back.
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  • Provide us with the super fast broadband that we are paying for.
    Residents are paying full price for broadband and are consistently delivered below average speeds and line faults. We are receiving a sub standard service which is not only effecting our home life but many businesses too.
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  • Stop Plastic packaging at Aldi
    There is now indisputable proof that plastic has and is continuing to damage the environment. Aldi customers want to feel good when they shop for food, and know they are not adding to this global catastrophe. Only 9% of plastic has EVER been recycled. In the last ten years more plastic has been produced than in the last 50 years!
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  • Ban company phoenixing
    Phoenixing is destroying small businesses that can not afford to lose money. The people that close a business and reopen the exact same business are literally laughing all the way to the bank... with zero repercussions. This is an example of a phoenixing company https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/anger-winter-funland-opens-event-15531718
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