• Stop fracking at Tinker Lane in Nottinghamshire
    It will ultimately lead to the development of a well site that will be hydraulically fracked. I am a mother and I believe that we all have a responsibility to protect our children and our future. The independent Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) study of the environmental impact of the shale gas technology has still not been published despite a legal requirement to do so. The CCC report could have a material impact on the planning application if it is been made public in time. Under Section 49 of the new Infrastructure Act 2015, the Government must seek independent advice from Lord Deben’s Committee on whether shale gas production can be compatible with future carbon emissions targets. Barry Gardiner, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, said “The Government is now losing the trust of the public on this issue who can see that the Energy Secretary has been sitting on this independent report for 56 days whilst simultaneously threatening to impose fracking on communities against their will.” Planning Application Number 3524
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  • Save the Pyrford Green Belt
    Pyrford’s fields, particularly those either side of Upshot Lane, are essential to the character of our semi-rural community and fulfil clear green belt purposes as laid down by the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework). The farmland is a rare resource in the Woking area providing a home for declining farmland birds and a natural setting for many heritage assets, which include Pyrford Court and Gardens and St. Nicholas Church. Pyrford’s farmland provides a setting for an escarpment which provides outstanding views to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; views which may be enjoyed by the general public from the Sandy Lane Path (Surrey Bridleway 401) where local residents planted a WWI Memorial Hedgerow in 2015. Furthermore, the biodiversity of neighbouring Pyrford Common SNCI (Site of Nature Conservation Importance), and Rowley Bristow Woods would be damaged by the fragmentation of irreplaceable wildlife habitat. If Pyrford’s Green Belt is lost, it will be lost forever. Pyrford residents and their supporters wish to ensure this valuable asset is saved for future generations.
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  • Ban Dangerous Pesticides in Croydon
    The use of glyphosates has already been banned or restricted in 8 countries. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not. This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees. If you don't live in this area, click here to start a campaign for your city: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-a-pesticide-campaign
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  • Keep Bath's London Road Safe For Cycling
    Council members are proposing to extend loading times and bays on the refurbished off-road cycle lane approaching Cleveland Place, These changes will either force cyclists into the heavily trafficked [two-lane] west bound carriage ways; OR into potential collisions with pedestrians. The Council also wants to remove the curb build-out at Snow Hill, which was designed to protect cyclists and prevent illegal ingress by motorists onto the on-road cycle lane. The Council may also be considering complete complete removal of the on-road cycle lanes, simply to increase traffic flows. All of these plans contradict previous agreements and undertakings supporting improved cycling access, agreed by all the parties, in the Bath Transport Strategy.
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  • Ban Dangerous Pesticides in Westminster
    The use of glyphosates has already been banned or restricted in 8 countries. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not. This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees. If you don't live in this area, click here to start a campaign for your city: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-a-pesticide-campaign
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  • Ban Dangerous Pesticides in Cheltenham
    The use of glyphosates has already been banned or restricted in 8 countries. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not. This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees. If you don't live in this area, click here to start a campaign for your city: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-a-pesticide-campaign
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  • Ban Dangerous Pesticides in Lambeth
    The use of glyphosates has already been banned or restricted in 8 countries. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not. This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees. If you don't live in this area, click here to start a campaign for your city: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-a-pesticide-campaign
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  • Ban Dangerous Pesticides in [Write your town / city here]
    The use of glyphosates has already been banned or restricted in 8 countries. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not. Products are being sold in Wilkinson, their weed killer is therefore carsinagenic. Check all weed killers to avoid the above pesticide. This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees. If you don't live in this area, click here to start a campaign for your city: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-a-pesticide-campaign
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  • Ban Dangerous Pesticides in nottingham
    The use of glyphosates has already been banned or restricted in 8 countries. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not. This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees. If you don't live in this area, click here to start a campaign for your city: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-a-pesticide-campaign
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  • Ban Dangerous Pesticides in Glasgow
    The use of glyphosates has already been banned or restricted in 8 countries. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not. This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees. If you don't live in this area, click here to start a campaign for your city: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-a-pesticide-campaign
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  • Ban Dangerous Pesticides in Torbay
    The use of glyphosates has already been banned or restricted in 8 countries. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not. This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees. If you don't live in this area, click here to start a campaign for your city: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-a-pesticide-campaign
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  • Save Highbury Fields
    Islington is the borough with the fewest green spaces in the whole of London. Highbury Fields is a precious open space that the people of Islington have enjoyed for more than 250 years. But it is being threatened by the council's inability to manage the public health and safety risks caused by the huge number of barbecue parties on Highbury Fields. A simple survey done by Islington Council in August 2015 shows that about half of the users of the park come from outside the borough. Other councils in London have decided that their green spaces should be for everybody not just those who barbecue. But in Islington those who simply want to enjoy the open air on Highbury Fields find themselves in a smoke zone. These are the main dangers threatening the Fields and why you should be concerned: AIR POLLUTION A dangerous pollutant known as PM2.5* is released into the atmosphere when burning charcoal in barbeques. In 2015, multiple spot readings were taken of PM2.5 levels using personal monitors. Kings College London's Pollution Unit produced a report which showed that barbeques on Highbury Fields were affecting PM2.5 concentrations on and adjacent to the park - some of these spot readings were extremely high (rivalling those of Delhi and Beijing) This means that users of the park, passers-by and residents were exposed, the amount of exposure being greater the closer to the lit barbecues. The study also showed that the levels measured were 2-3 times worse than that of the traffic at Marylebone Road - a major trunk road (where King's have a monitoring station). Short term pollution can affect health - coughs, wheezes, increase in hospital admissions, strokes and heart attacks, worsening of asthma, smarting of eyes, headaches, sore throats, etc. DEFRA states that: Exposure to high concentrations of PM2.5 (e.g. during short term pollution episodes) can [also] exacerbate lung and heart conditions, significantly affecting quality of life and increase deaths and hospital admissions. Children, the elderly and those with predisposed respiratory and cardiovascular disease, are known to be more susceptible to the health impacts from air pollution (http://laqm.defra.gov.uk/public-health/pm25.html). The World Health Organisation states that small particulate pollution (PM) have health impacts even at very low concentrations - indeed no threshold has been identified below which no damage to health is observed. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs313/en/ In other words, even small concentrations can have an impact on health and there is no safe level of PM. Some residents living in the vicinity of the park (who arguably are exposed to longer periods of pollution) have significant health problems including respiratory illnesses. Some have difficulty in breathing - their health and wellbeing are seriously affected by the high levels of PM2.5 coming from the smoke from barbeques, and they have nowhere else to go. A 2nd scientific study was undertaken last year, which confirmed the findings of the King's report. There was a strong correlation between barbecues on Highbury Fields and PM2.5 exposure, as measured by a fixed monitoring station 25 meters away. This occurred during weekends and weekdays too, and at times, persisted for hours. Yet Islington Council has ignored advise that PM2.5 pollution levels during barbecues are extremely high and does nothing to stop the smoke wafting over children's play areas in the Fields. Barbecues are banned in most of the parks of London on safety and health grounds. But Islington continues to encourage them and says "there are no public health grounds" for changing their policy. *PM2.5 are tiny particles produced in barbeque smoke which are so small they can penetrate deep into the lungs. Long term effects on health include stunted lung growth in children, lung cancer, asthma and early death. It is also implicated in dementia and diabetes. DAMAGE TO GRASS As Islington's barbecue policy attracts growing crowds from the boroughs where barbecues are banned, the park's grass has become scorched with hundreds of burnt patches. Last year one spot count revealed more than 230 deep burns - unsightly, sad and unnecessary. But Islington's environment department says this level of damage is not excessive. LITTER Rubbish has become a major issue. Scores of hot disposable barbecue units are discarded and food debris, bottle and broken glass are left strewn across the Fields. Animals on the Fields suffer from cuts or eat plastic and inappropriate food and become ill. Discarded food attracts foxes, rodents and pigeons - all pests and a threat to health. Dog walkers, strollers and joggers and those who simply want to sit and enjoy the Fields all have to suffer them looking like a rubbish tip. This Summer, a resident counted 82 bins altogether in the park servicing the immense amount of rubbish generated by barbeque users. FIRE Each year the Fire Brigade is called to put out fires started by those who barbecue. Fire engines have had to attend on two consecutive days in May this year. Each visit costs hundreds of pounds. HEALTH AND SAFETY RISKS All users of the Fields are at risk from hot coals, bin fires, metal grills from disposable barbecues, broken glass and debris left behind. It's an accident waiting to happen. HIGHBURY FIELDS FOREVER For over 250 years Highbury Fields and its leafy walks have provided a haven for the people of Islington. In 1885 Islington Council and the Metropolitan Board of Works purchased the Fields as a "lung of the parish" essential to the health and well being of the thickly - peopled district surrounding it. Thousands of us have pushed our prams, taken our first steps, learned to ride our bikes, courted, skated, picnicked, walked our dogs and played on the Fields. Help to keep Highbury Fields for all of us.
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