• Save recycling in Shipley. Say No to supermarket development at Crossley Evans site.
    SAVE a recycling business with 100-year heritage SAVE over 100 jobs SAVE the local environment and help the carbon footprint SAVE one of the only working rail sidings left in the UK SAVE a unique wildlife habitat SAVE the future expansion plans for the production of biomass fuel and the creation of 200 new jobs STOP more traffic mayhem in an already congested part of town STOP the carbon footprint from increasing in Shipley STOP the developers from wiping out an established, third generation business STOP the local economy from suffering further through forced redundancies STOP the local wildlife habitat from disappearing forever Family-owned Crossley Evans has been part of the Shipley economy for over a century and is one of the UK’s leading waste management and recycling facilities. It covers six acres of land, two of which have been given over to local wildlife, offering a unique habitat. 1,000 tonnes of materials are transported by rail weekly, so the company’s location by Shipley station is imperative, as it is supported by rail sidings that are not only hugely significant to rail heritage, but to the viability of the Crossley Evans’ business. Over 95% of materials are recycled for businesses and local authorities, supporting their carbon footprint targets and the local and wider economy. THE SITUATION COULD HOWEVER CHANGE ON 19 DECEMBER. If Bradford Council grants planning permission for a supermarket to be built on its site, Crossley Evans would be forced to close forever, as there is NO other suitable location for this recycling business. It relies heavily on the local infrastructure to transport waste to and from the site. Without this, the company would no longer be viable. This is devastating for Crossley Evans, for local people, businesses and the environment, so we need your support TODAY! SAVE RECYCLING IN SHIPLEY AND SIGN OUR PETITION TODAY OBJECT ONLINE: http://www.planning4bradford.com/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=MMW6KGDH02F00 You can also make your views known and spread the word through our facebook page. Campaign Twitter page: https://twitter.com/Crossley_Evans
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  • Stop Fracking in Northern Ireland
    Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, ‘fracking’, is a way of extracting oil and/or gas. Water, sand and toxic chemicals are injected at high pressure into underground rocks to shatter them. This releases the gas/oil which can be collected. But investing in carbon-intensive fossil fuels is a distraction from the need to decarbonise our electricity supply. And it's hazardous. Studies show that fracking pollutes water supplies (with arsenic and lead), causes earthquakes, and spoils local communities. And there are nightmare stories coming form the States. Like in the town of Dimock, PA, residents have reported their water turning so brown that it stains crockery. Their water was later found to contain methane, and a host of toxic chemicals. But it gets worse. "My son had sores up and down his legs from the water." " My daughter... would have to get out the of the shower and lay on the floor." Those are the words from Greg Saunter, a local resident, whose water supply was shut off for his own good. He cannot shower in his own home. Or drink water out of his taps. Fracking has ruined his life. It cannot happen here. We call on the council to preserve the quality of life of its residents, and reject all planning applications for fracking.
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  • STOP THE NEW LOWER THAMES CROSSING INTO ESSEX
    Thurrock is the most polluted area in the whole of UK but the Government have put forward proposals for a third Thames crossing between Essex and Kent which could make local people's lives a misery. Option C for the crossing would devastate over 100 acres of Green Belt as well as destroying a Fen, villages and a wildlife Hospital. Thousands of people will be given no choice but to sell their homes to the government and relocate. There is very little pristine land left in this part of the country. The new Thames crossing is being proposed on the grounds of reducing delays and congestion. Yet evidence from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England shows that new routes actually increase congestion and road usage rather than reduce it. And with toll gates due to be removed on the existing crossing and bridge from 2014 the problem could be eased without the need to build another. Kent and Essex councils have already backed route C and whilst the department for transport says that it is considering all options there are indications that the decision has already made. Not only this, but at £5 billion Option C is more than double the cost of other routes at a time when budgets are stretched. Please sign the petition and help us stop these plans.
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  • Keep the cycle lanes in Wandsworth Common and Tooting Bec Common
    Even the analysis used by the Council to justify the change suggests that cycling speeds will only be reduced by 1 or 2 mph. In the space of a couple of hours, over 120 users of Wandsworth Common signed a petition to oppose the change. The Council chose to ignore them, to ignore their own policy, to ignore the needs of disabled people and ignore common sense. The Council used money from Transport for London to put the lines in. They now plan to use more money from TfL to take them out! Doing nothing would be infinitely preferable to this crazy scheme. By spending a fraction of £85,000 on simply improving the existing lanes and signage, the safety of all users could be improved. (NB funding amount was originally stated in this petition to be £82K).
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  • Waste to Energy plant application SAY NO
    We totally object and refuse permission to have the proposed waste to energy plant near a densely populated housing estate namely Islands Brow and object strongly to the fact that in the very near vicinity there are 3 infant/Junior Schools that will be in danger from the emissions regardless of the chimney height. This is totally unacceptable, Mr And Mrs McGuinness Copy to Councillors McQuade /Maloney /Cunliffe and the St Helens Reporter
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  • Save The Vale 2013
    It is Public Open Space and, by law, the proposed sell-off should have been the first proposal to be publicised. Even the councillors were not told until all the following decisions were made.The area in question is recognised on the council's own documentation in 2002 as "A Site of Importance to Nature" also as "the least disturbed woodland in the entire Country Park" The Country Park Boundary (set by Stockport MBC) was conceived and made public to make sure that the urban sprawl did not ruin the Country Park and to conserve wildlife and places of importance to Nature. If such concepts are obsolete in less than eleven years , what hope is there for our children?
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  • Save the Wheatsheaf - Tooting Bec
    Since the Wheatsheaf has been refurbished the pub has become a real magnet for local people, showing that in the right hands it is very much a viable business. On Friday 19th July rumours were circulating that the lease had expired and the present tenant Gregarious (formerly Antic) were on 24hr closure notice. There was also concern that whilst Gregarious want to buy the lease they were being outbid by Tesco. On Saturday 20th July this petition was launched. Some 10 days later, over 8,000 people had signed the petition. Early wins - but there is still work to do: Sadiq Khan MP received a letter from Enterprise Inns (the owner of the freehold) on Tuesday 30th in the afternoon stating that they are no longer selling the pub. Tesco have also, via our MP, confirmed that they are no longer looking to purchase the pub. There are a few on-going actions to ensure that we can secure the pub should Enterprise Inns change their minds. An application to get the pub listed as a community asset has been made, an application to get an article 4 listing has been made, and we are also looking to get the building listed as a 'Wandsworth Borough Council Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest'. Tooting is fortunate to have a diverse range of shops, and a lot of independent traders. We need to show the council the amount of support that exists to keep this community asset. On the blog you can find out more about how you can help to make sure that we win this battle. Tweet: #SavetheWheatsheaf and link to the petition please.
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  • Former Pimlico Library for the local Community
    That corner of Pimlico is in desperate need of sympathetic rejuvenation and local young people need jobs and a career platform. All local Residents Associations and businesses repeatedly stated they are against Sainsbury moving in and explicitly support MCW social enterprise, an innovative entrepreneurial training centre for young creative people creating jobs and stimulating existing local businesses. This is in keeping with Pimlico's artisan history and neighbouring Millbank's creative brands (Tate Britain, Chelsea College of Art & Design, Random House, Burberry, Channel 4).
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  • Save Aireborough's green spaces
    There are many potential sites for new houses around Leeds which could be developed to create affordable homes within short distances of the City Centre where most employment is found. By allowing development of green fields on the outskirts of Leeds, the Council are increasing the congestion on local routes and public transport, as well as destroying some of Aireborough's most beautiful resources and it's uniqueness of character.Say NO to thoughtless and ill-concieved solutions to demand for homes. Say YES to a more careful and considerate approach to housing which respects and enhances Aireborough as a beautiful place to live.
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  • Respect the Listed Buildings system - SAVE the Grade II listed Edwardian Jessop Hospital building
    SAVE Britain's Heritage and The Victorian Society took this case to the High Court and then the Court of Appeal in order to prevent a dangerous precedent in the misinterpretation of the new National Planning Policy Framework (Paragraph 133). They established that the public benefit achieved by demolition per se, needs to be considered, not just the overall 'public benefit' of a scheme. We are quite certain that this particular question was not properly considered by Sheffield University or Sheffield Council. English Heritage guidance states that "Grade II buildings are of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them". So far there has been no sincere effort to consider the public benefits of including the Grade II listed building in a new engineering building scheme and the option to keep the building was dismissed in six paragraphs of the University's 'Heritage Statement', as it did not meet the University's 'brief'. Façade retention would have lost a mere 5% to 10% space, yet this option was considered too much of a compromise. The most eloquent letter of objection to the scheme was written by the planning officers involved in the application themselves. This letter and other documents referenced here can all be viewed from the campaign website (link to side of this page: www.jessophospital.org.uk). Months later, their views had not changed and three weeks before that planning meeting, the Council's own Head of Urban design and Conservation advised the first author of the planning report: "As you are all too aware my view (reflected by that of Conservation Advisory Group, the Design Panel and fellow officers) is that the proposals for Jessop east have both serious conservation implications and constitute poor design and should therefore be refused in accordance with the NPPF... I've done my best to think of some positives but have come up with very little." We now know that the draft City Development Plan, which had been adopted, contained a clause (unchallenged since 2010) which expressly forbade the University from harming the listed Jessop buildings or their settings, given the "economies of scale" offered to the University by the site. English Heritage had been involved in tightening up the wording of this clause. This clause was silently removed by Sheffield City Council. Some University representatives have spread misinformation about the building, denigrating its status as a worthless extension. Yet this is in marked contrast to an independent historical report, commissioned by Sheffield University in 2008, which leaves no doubt about the architectural and historical merits of the building, reflected in its listing. The Jessop Women's Hospital takes its name from a great Sheffield philanthropist. Yet it is the architect, John Webster, who designed both Victorian and Edwardian buildings, who is the unsung hero of this story. Webster devoted his life to charitable causes and his role was pivotal in the development of Sheffield hospitals, which had a strong influence on what was to become the National Health Service. At the time that Jessop founded the women's Hospital, Webster co-founded and was chair of committee of Sheffield Children's Hospital, another great institution, at first located across the road from Jessops on Brook Hill. When the Children's Hospital moved to Western Bank, it was Webster who designed the new building. The Jessop's Hospital for Women is how both of these figures will be remembered. The two buildings, side by side, designed by the same notable architect 25 years apart and in different eras are a treasure which should be cherished and preserved together. They would long outlive the new building which is being proposed. Historic buildings have the power to connect us tangibly with our past. This building should be protected to enable our children to value and learn from a time when a sense of progress and Civic duty, not simple profit, was foremost in the minds of our nations' prime movers. This application began as an initiative to gain the University's Engineering facility every possible advantage. No one is against a New Engineering Building, but given all that has since come to light, we ask that the council of Sheffield University take the opportunity which is now available to urgently re-evaluate the demands of the original planning proposal. With the University now one year ahead of schedule, and English Heritage still to be offered an opportunity to record the building (a statutory requirement) this is a vital chance to seize the initiative and avoid untold and unnecessary damage.
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  • Save Dungeness
    Dungeness is the UK's only official desert. Its flooded gravel pits are invaluable nature reserves. Its unique human geography has led it in recent years to become home to a thriving artistic community. In its wider context, The Romney Marsh is a timeless haven of ancient churches and marshland farming, which gave the world its particular breed of sheep. Allowing this expansion to go ahead is perverse and completely unnecessary with Manston capable of taking passenger jets and the Marsh infrastructure unsuited to a growth in road traffic. The developer's promise of jobs is a chimera as any possibilities for locals will be limited to a few cleaning and catering posts and will be outweighed by the losses in the tourist trade. This corner of an already overdeveloped south-east deserves to be valued; for its cultural, environmental and aesthetic importance. It's beauty may be unconventional but this makes its conservation so much more vital. Please support this petition.
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  • Better, safer, people-friendly streets for Clapham Common
    This will allow local residents an opportunity to experience their streets and the common in a different way and see if it delivers the proposed benefits. On the basis of experience elsewhere, the changed layout should: Stop through motor traffic on Nightingale Walk and Windmill Drive Make a more quiet and pleasant local environment. Make it safer for local residents, and users of the common. Reduce pot holes If towards the end of the trial local residents feel that it has not been an improvement then it will be easy to re-instate the current layout. Worth noting that this approach has already gone through the system for a network of streets in Tooting. By end August we should know when it will be implemented. This approach is also supported by the Wandsworth Cycling Campaign (part of London Cycling Campaign - http://www.lcc.org.uk), and Wandsworth Living Streets (local group of Living Streets - http://www.livingstreets.org.uk).
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