• Ramsbottom Needs Vintage
    On the basis of a rule from the 1500s, 'Bury Markets' management has the power to decide on whether to allow any trading which is made up of more than 4 stalls in the whole local area. Bury Markets' manager Andrew Hayes has refused to allow Manchester Vintage a license to hold a monthly fair in Ramsbottom despite the fact that this has the support of the public, local businesses and even local councillors. We're not the only ones, many other local events and traders have also been turned down for licenses. We have even been told we have no right of appeal. The argument seems to be that these are the rules and that it could affect Bury Market local traders but our event would be on a Sunday when the market is closed and we don't sell the same products. We'd also be paying 'Bury Markets' for a license so bringing them an income. A monthly vintage fair would be an event for local people to enjoy and would support the local economy. Over 800 people enjoyed our first event and we want to continue. Please sign and share the petition urge Bury Markets to change their decision. Watch our video to see the Vintage Fair in action. http://youtu.be/7_jKNSm0FrE
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  • Save our firestations
    Boris Johnson wanted to cut £45 million over two years from the fire service. To save £28.8 million in 2014, on 9 January 2014 he decimated the London Fire Brigade, closing Belsize, Bow, Clerkenwell, Downham, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, Silvertown, Southwark, Westminster and Woolwich Fire Stations. As part of this austerity drive, he also cut 552 firefighter positions, 14 fire engines and 2 FRUs. Westminster for example has lost its 109 year old fire station - and now uses Lambeth’s instead, over the river. Is it fair that Lambeth taxpayers fund a service used by Westminster? And that world heritage sites, like Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Cathedral as well as tourists and taxpayers are left without emergency protection, with only two bridges into Westminster from Lambeth? Five of the ten closed by the Mayor are Grade 2 listed buildings. And a 6th is just behind Harrods. Others, like Kingsland and Silvertown, are located in areas where property values are rising dramatically (due to to projects like Crossrail and the Mayor's Royal Albert Docks development). This is not about saving money, as the Mayor has found public money to fund vanity projects such as the 'not so public' Garden Bridge (£60 million in public money), the Emirates Air Line and the Barclays Bike Scheme. Closing and selling these fire stations is like selling the family silver to gain a one-off windfall. Southwark Fire Station alone was valued at £10 million in 2010. Once they are sold into private ownership, taxpayers will never be able to get them back. We won’t be able to afford them. And we can’t afford to lose them either. Boris Johnson stated that fire incidence is down (which is disputable). Firefighters do more than fight fires. Recent events like the gas explosion in Marylebone remind us of that. They educate us (and save lives as a result). They assess risks in our homes (for free).They are the ones who will cut you out of your car when you have a road traffic accident. They are our first response when terrorists attack as was the case in 7/7 in 2005. They rush in to the underground or train stations when smoke is pouring out. They have an arson investigation unit. They do voluntary work within the community. They train locally and have local knowledge, like learning where the disabled live or knowing their way around housing estates; all this local knowledge has been dispersed through the closures. Response times have increased and insurance premiums with them due to the reduced fire coverage. All to save the price of a few cups of coffee. An annual increase of £5 on council tax would have prevented the closures. Our communities will be poorer and more vulnerable if we lose these fire stations forever. Please do not let that happen. Please sign and share the petition. And let the Mayor know that what he is doing is dangerous...
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  • Save MOSI
    The forthcoming government cuts to the Science Museum Group's (SMG) annual funding will devastate the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group (MOSI’s parent company) has stated that a further 10% cut in funding in the next round of government spending proposals would mean "almost certainly" one of their 3 northern museums would shut. (The others are the Railway Museum in York and the Media Museum in Bradford.) Manchester was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. It was where they split the atom and created the first programmable computer. Manchester IS science and industry. It needs MOSI. The children of Manchester need to learn about their incredible heritage. They need the museum to harness their inherent scientific enquiry. And they need it locally. It’s unfair, and unrealistic, to expect schools and families outside the south east to fund travel to the Science Museum in London because it will simply not happen, not due to lack of interest, but quite simply due to lack of available funds. MOSI is a much loved and well resourced that affords schools, nurseries, tourists and residents alike a superb insight into scientific and historical developments. Museums cannot ever be a South East only attraction. Save our children's access to scientific exploration!
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  • Save the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester
    The forthcoming government cuts to the Science Museum Group's (SMG) annual funding will have a massive impact on the daily running of four of the UK's most visited Museums. Led by the Science Museum in London, the SMG also includes the National Railway Museum in York and the National Media Museum in Bradford. Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group has stated that a further 10% cut in funding in the next round of government spending proposals meant "almost certainly" one museum would shut. BBC News - Science Museum Group says cuts put museums at risk: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22781573 Revealing interview with Ian Blatchford on Radio 4's The World at One: http://audioboo.fm/boos/1433319-science-museum-director-ian-blatchford-on-the-world-at-one-bbc-radio-4 The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is a unique, world-class visitor destination and delivers a range of inspiring events, exhibitions and galleries. In the month of February 2013 alone, after a truly visionary upgrade to its exhibitions, it attracted over 100,000 visitors, some of whom were schoolchildren from schools in the poorest wards in the country. MOSI gives visitors a rare opportunity to experience many world firsts, including a replica of the world's first computer, working cotton machinery, a tour of the Victorian sewers, a power hall containing steam engines and an interactive Science exhibition for hands-on learning. The closure of MOSI would be a huge loss to the heritage of a city which was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution and would have consequences for the cultural, economic and tourism offer of the City and the Region.
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  • Save the National Media Museum in Bradford
    The forthcoming government cuts to the Science Museum Group's (SMG) annual funding will have a massive impact on the daily running of four of the UK's most visited Museums. Led by the Science Museum in London, the SMG also includes the National Railway Museum in York, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and the National Media Museum in Bradford. Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group has stated that a further 10% cut in funding in the next round of government spending proposals meant "almost certainly" one museum would shut. Out of the four Museums the National Media Museum in Bradford has the least visitors annually and is the most at risk to closure. BBC News - Science Museum Group says cuts put museums at risk: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22781573 Revealing interview with Ian Blatchford on Radio 4's The World at One: http://audioboo.fm/boos/1433319-science-museum-director-ian-blatchford-on-the-world-at-one-bbc-radio-4 The National Media Museum is a unique, world-class visitor destination and constantly delivers a range of inspiring events, exhibitions and galleries in one of the poorest Cities in the UK. The Museum gives visitors a rare opportunity to experience many world firsts and is home to over 3 million objects that track the history of photography, film, animation, television and videogames. The film and festival programme is an exciting offer that welcomes many award-winning filmmakers and artists to the UK. The Museum is the heart of the cultural community in Bradford and its closure would have truly tragic consequences for the cultural, economic and tourism offer of the City and the Region. The National Media Museum may have fewer visitors when compared to its family members in Manchester, York and London but at more than 500,000 visits in 2012 the Bradford attraction is still a popular visitor destination. There is no other public building in the UK that offers this combination of free galleries, temporary exhibitions, cinemas, events and workshops for all types of audiences - schools, families, students, community groups, photographers, film and television lovers, historians and enthusiasts - we can't lose this British gem of an institution. 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the National Media Museum. Millions of visitors have benefited from the heritage, knowledge and inspiration found within its walls. Don't let this institution close and allow these opportunities slip away from future generations. The aim of this petition is not to ask to save the National Media Museum and close another Museum within the SMG. All of the SMG institutions are vital to their Cities and area of expertise. The aim of this campaign is to highlight the individual support for the National Media Museum and Bradford and urge the government to not allow any of the Museums in the SMG to close their doors. The Bradford Telegraph & Argus newspaper also has their own petition to help save the National Media Museum. We have agreed to pool both petitions together so don't worry about which one to sign. We're both pulling in the same direction. And of course, as well as signing these petitions the best way to show your support is to pay the Museum a visit in the next few weeks. Visitor figures are its life blood. http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/
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  • STOP Manchester Museum of Science and Industry and York Railway Museum being closed
    The Museum of Science and Industry ( Mosi ) and York Railway Museum – which welcomes thousands of families each year – could be shut down under plans being considered by the national Science Museum Group. The museum board stated. "There are two problems. The first is we are already in quite a weak position because in the existing spending round we ended up with 25% real terms cuts. "But the real problem is there seems a very strong prospect of a further 10% of cuts which basically means that we will end up with a deficit, currently of £2 million, rising to about £6 million a year which for a museum is a huge amount of money." Asked if that would mean the closure of a museum, he said: "I have to say, with a very heavy heart, it really does. We have done lots of boring and sensible things, awful things like cutting staff, procurement, raising more money. "But cuts of that level bite really deep into our flesh so it means not only big cuts in the Science Museum in London but one of our three great northern museums almost certainly would also have to close." Visitor numbers significantly increased to these museums once entrance fees were removed. They provide so much education and tourism, it is very short sighted.
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  • BBC: Pro-Royal bias
    This is important because it reaches into the heart of the modern British nation. On the one hand there is a publicly funded institution that broadcasts and supports an idea of Britain that many people believe has had its day and on the other hand there is a voice of modern Britain that is being denied its place to be heard. The role of the BBC is to be impartial and to voice all opinions of the British people and not to project only the 'audience expectations' of the BBC Board of Governors. I feel the BBC is badly off target when it comes to understanding its role in modern society and I think that only a massive public response will wake it from it's slumber.
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  • Achieving an Effective Planning Bill
    The current wording of the proposal does not recognise that sustainable development includes economic considerations. The proposals could give unintended additional emphasis on one of the three aspects of sustainable development, all of which must be considered when taking decisions on future development. In Clause 6 the proposed requirement for assessing economic advantages and disadvantages of developments would cause great difficulty in practical delivery. It would also put at risk 40 years of case law developed under the existing system and could lead to major delays in planning decisions.
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  • Save the KB Shop
    The KB shop is an institution at Edinburgh University. The store is is widely used by science and engineering students and run by people who understand their needs and have a good relationship with the KB community. But the University is currently planning to double the rent for the KB shop to fund a completely unnecessary expansion of the premises. As a result, Joan and her staff won’t be able to pay rent and will be forced to close down. We can't allow the University to dictate our food choices. After removing one independent trader they have moved on to the next, limiting our choice as well as acting without regard for the work and effort put in by Joan and her staff. We need to make a stand to tell the University that this is not OK and that we demand consultation before these kinds of changes. This university is supposed to be for its students and staff, let's remind them of that.
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  • N.Ireland dog owners against banning dogs from West Strand beach PORTRUSH
    Portrush is a fantastic place to live and visit due to its natural beauty including its beaches, This beach has been enjoyed by dogs and their owners for as long as I can remember over 30 years and 30 years before that and that again I have no doubt. To enforce this ban would surely stop people from visiting the area, how can that be a good thing when so much money has been spent in the town in recent years.
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  • Fair play for stay at home parents.
    It is essential parenting is not seen as a SECONDARY career choice as it now appears to be in the eyes of our politicians and perhaps even our society. Those parents will now be substantially worse off in monetary terms relative to parents who work outside the home.
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  • Scrap Council 'wellbeing' surcharges for care home residents
    It is important as the cuts are hurting the pensioners and the disabled, as because of the cuts social services and local councils are charging us a so called well being charge, this will only be well being to the council not us who will have to pay this on top of our rents which are high, £623.48 every four weeks.
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