• hywel dda health board
    this health board has not consulted with the public ..nhs staff.. or involved unions....... they are 70 millions in debt already and want to sell off land occupied by 10 community hospitals to help pay for a new hospital on green belt land 40 miles from the nearest town .... none of this has been costed in any way including access , staffing levels etc...please help to get this to public debate before they ride roughshod to get their
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  • Save Chrisps street market
    This is a historical market trading for 150 years now the council have given it for £1.00 to poplar HARCA and Telford homes and the mayor of London Sadiq Khan is also giving huge amount of grant money. There are over 700 people working there in market stalls , small lock ups small independent retail shops and residents living above poplar HARCA and Telford homes want to build 649 flats and sell to the private sector with no social housing .We want to stop gentrification and social cleansing of this area.
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  • Hedgerow Highways for Hedgehogs and Biodiversity
    We are losing our natural inheritance, though we hold the means in our hands to sustain it! We are biological and need to love our natural companions - whether plant or animal or insect. Parklands were planted to keep people sane and contented. Hedges and trees are a continuum that provide masses of habitat for all sorts of life. With life comes natural defences in biology against pests and fungi, our greatest enemies. We need to return nutrients and natural 'roughage' to the soil. Without constant additions to our 'good brown earth' we will have no topsoil to grow food in. Hedges provide leaves every year, to become soil, and their roots prevent washout of soil during rain. Trees and shrubs act as a natural water storage device and also maintain temperature. They may also have a good effect on climate as they suck up water and transpire it back out into the atmosphere. Monoculture, where one crop is grown, is bad for the kind of diversity that allows different plants and insects and animals to thrive. Pulling up hedge removes a natural protection to the crops and animals in the fields. Hedges keep growing and changing, and well laid hedges are effective animal barriers (for cows and sheep and horses). Hedgerows contain resources for arts and crafts, provide good air to breathe (make oxygen), act as a noise screen, and may contain any plants at all. Hawthorns were early used when hedges were first planted (enclosure). We need to revive the art of producing hedge seedlings cheaply and at home. Cuttings from all sorts of trees - nursery prices can be prohibitive. We are all personally affected by this issue as the huge rainstorms we have wash literally 10s of tons of topsoil off of our fields. We must protect our food production. Hedgerows will protect us - as well as wild life. If you look under a tree on a frosty day you will see there is some warmth there, and less white. If you look on a hot day you will see there is more green under the tree. They do maintain temperature. Each hedge will provide shade, and a windbreak. The Woodland trust has done some research to show that putting 10% of your land to use by trees increases the yield by more than that. I have a personal story about a hedge: A mysterious bird filled lane There used to be behind my house A magical shady lane Attracting bird of yellow hue Oh I would go there again All overhung with boughs of green And trees which overhung a stream The birds would flit from twig to branch And sing to me and flee We crossed the stream which babbled over the path And walked along the central ridge Where beasts had made a path depressed Into the central grass Huge hares and lovely deer would walk At dawn or dusk I'd see them Browsing in the verges when They had not yet seen me And round the corner up the hill The roses thrived and hawthorns too And yet more birds and pheasants bunched Against the hedgerow, rabbits hunched I knew where they all hid But one day came the farmers up With great machines and messed it up All gone are hedges birds and song By dismantling the lane. How many birds have been displaced Where now to propagate their race? I never see the yellow birds now Their food supply and shelter gone The great birds came and ate them up Why does this world do them such wrong? O woe to man who does not see That with them lies his destiny If we eradicate their feasts The land won't make us tasty treats How dull the mind that won't accept There's room for all, they must be kept They only ever took our waste And ate the insects that we hate They gave us pleasure like a taste Of all the glories of our God Who gave us these all for our good.
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    Handing over a Public Park to private development and the Ross Bandstand Trust
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  • Improvements for Kingfisher and Fairfield
    We believe these long term spends would improve access for safe play for residents and people from all over the borough who visit the site. The site is directly next to the local public swimming pool and as such attracts a lot of visitors. Long term solutions are proven to be the right option. We all feel that sending someone to litter pick on the rare occasion a resident makes a complaint simply cannot be accepted as a solution. It is a weak, short term solution for a big problem, and the council need to stop avoiding the issue and do the right thing by its residents.
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  • Save Strongroom
    Founded by Richard Boote in 1984, Strongroom stands as one of Shoreditch’s longest running establishments, enriching a then-sparse area of London and aiding its evolution into the arts & technological center we know it as today. Built as a single studio out of a disused zip factory, the Strongroom grew organically to become 12 world-class music studios, 6 edit suites, 8 offices and an award-winning Bar & Kitchen, serving the community as a shared gathering point with an open courtyard dense with foliage planted by Richard himself. In recognition of his contributions to the regeneration of Shoreditch, Richard was awarded the Mayor of Hackney’s Businessman of The Year award in 2006, and Strongroom has been nominated for and awarded countless studio accolades in its 30+ years as a commercial facility to the likes of Spice Girls, The Prodigy, Nick Cave, Radiohead, Björk, Depeche Mode and many more. On Strongroom, music producer Ben Baptie says: “Strongroom Studios is where I work from all of my creative output. From the moment I first started working here I realised that this was a special place, and not just for me, but for recording artists too. The cultural relevance of Strongroom is one that cannot be ignored when looking at the musical output in the UK. From the original Jamie Reid artwork to the huge outside area to the characteristics of each studio within the building. This is a place where art is made. It is a creative space. It is not something that can be planned or purposefully created, as, like all great art, it is inspired, refined and a one off. Making records is not an easy or quick thing but Strongroom is a place where you feel comfortable doing that, and that is not to be ignored. It takes so much hard work from so many talented people over a long period of time to make that happen, and with each record made here it's importance only grows.” The application to redevelop a small warehouse space into a six-storey office block estimates a continuous construction period of 18+ months. Dust and debris from any construction operation near a recording studio would be deleterious, but for something on this large a scale along the adjoining wall to the premises the noise and vibration alone could put the studios completely out of business. It would also disastrously impact the communal courtyard, and the final construction cast the amenity into complete shadow. The planning application as submitted can be found here: https://bit.ly/2MFQkHB This development may well lead to the closure of Strongroom Studios, and significantly affect trade for the Strongroom Bar and Kitchen, as well as potentially displacing the 18 other businesses based on site, therefore planning permission should not be granted for the following reasons: 1. As a recording studio, and therefore a noise-sensitive environment, any long period of construction in the vicinity would be detrimental but the proposed 18-months of work along the joining wall would ensure constant loud-level and low-frequency leakage into studios that would be picked up by acoustic instruments and microphones. This would render recording services unusable. 2. The constant loud-level and low-frequency leakage would make critical listening impossible, therefore rendering any mixing services also unsuable. 3. This would not only result in loss of earnings for Strongroom studios but would affect, and almost certainly displace, the many other music companies based onsite in studios and offices. 4. The risk to extremely rare and fragile equipment, such as vintage microphones and recording consoles, is a serious concern. As recording equipment, particularly those in studios sharing a party wall, will be incredibly vulnerable to the structural vibration through the ground and walls of the building. 5. Any continued construction work to a building along the party wall would create huge amounts of sustained noise, constant low frequency vibration, dust and debris into the courtyard and other open areas. Both unattractive and unsafe for dining customers of the Strongroom Bar & Kitchen in the courtyard amenity, this threatens a fundamental attraction of its business. 6. The 6 storey building would throw the sunny, leafy, vibrant courtyard amenity almost completely into shade, leaving a major attraction of the complex to onsite offices, studio residents and Strongroom Bar & Kitchen customers by the wayside. 7. Rising rents and redevelopments of this kind are pushing creative industries out of Shoreditch. Strongroom has fought hard to push back against this trend of gentrification and strive to keep our studio and amenity spaces inviting and affordable for creative companies. 8. It is imperative and part of the stated policy of Hackney that creative industries are an important asset to the development and continuation of cultural growth in the area. Developments such as this will kill culture. 6. As yet there has been no consultation with the applicants on any issues facing Strongroom and no compliance with the Party Wall Act. They are already over 250 letters of objection with Hackney and letters of support will follow from industry organisations as well as further objectors. The purpose of this petition is to widen out the issues and let people have their say. There is a point of philosophy here to be explored which is, to what extent should a development be allowed if it will seriously and deleteriously impact the livelihood and success of a business such as a recording studio which brings not only revenues and employment but also kudos to an area. We feel that the planning application and the process being followed is unjust and we would invite you to record your agreement by signing the petition. Please keep signing and sharing the petition! We will keep you informed of progress throughout. Many thanks The Strongroom Team
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  • Make the notorious Beck Street crossing safe for pedestrians
    For staff and frequent visitors in nearby buildings, it has been well-known for years that the green man signal here is dangerously misrepresentative. However, to those pedestrians unfamiliar with this crossing, to children, to people with health conditions and impairments, and to the elderly - being able to place trust in the safety of a green man signal is vital. We have been raising this issue with the Road Safety department at the City Council, Cllr Jon Collins who's ward the crossing is in, and Nottinghamshire Police who are responsible for enforcement (but not road safety design itself) over several years now. Drivers making this turn are paying attention only to the two oncoming lanes of traffic. On accelerating into a gap in the traffic they are upon the pedestrian crossing immediately since it runs immediately alongside Huntingdon Street. If they see a pedestrian on the crossing at this stage, stopping means halting sideways on in two lanes of on-coming traffic. In June 2018 I was hit by a car making this illegal turn on the crossing, with green man on. The accident could easily have been much worse. Next time, it may well be. Drivers are able to make this illegal manoeuvre with impunity, and it is a fatal accident waiting to happen. In September 2018 footfall across this junction will increase several times over, with the opening of a second university building across the junction, splitting NTU's Confetti Campus across Beck Street - resulting in hundreds more pedestrian journeys over this lethal crossing daily. The Council are well aware of this issue and have chosen in their statement in June 2018 to prioritise the potential inconvenience to traffic over the safety of pedestrians. "Options for making changes at this junction would unfortunately lead to traffic congestion and delays" said Nottingham City Council on 26 June. This position is no longer (nor has even been) acceptable and we ask for an immediate reassessment of pedestrian safety at the junction and measures to solve the problem of traffic persistently turning right through a green man signal. References: https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/death-dangerous-city-centre-crossing-1738515#ICID=sharebar_facebook https://nottstv.com/programme/meet-the-locals-campaigning-for-better-signage-at-one-nottingham-junction-26-06-18/ *Photo by Angela Ward of the Nottingham Post.
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  • Save Feltham Showman's Site
    The Showman's Guild Community have been resident in Feltham for over 100 years. We have lived in partnership with the wider Feltham community as the town has grown around them. The land and properties are mainly individually owned by the showman residents, with the rest being council housing. We base our well-established traditional businesses in this area; raise their families and contribute to the wider community. A lot of the residents in the Station Estate Road and New Road, the areas that are being threatened, were born and have lived all of their lives in this close knit community as have several generations before them. Feltham has recently been designated a Housing Priority Area and Hounslow Council has formulated a Master Plan in accordance with this. This Master Plan has identified Station Estate Road and the adjoining New Road Homes for development. It is the only site identified that is already residential. We would have to relocate if this plan goes ahead. This is against our wishes and insults the heritage of our community. The Council have not made alternative plans for this community; they have no idea where they would relocate us and no understanding of our needs. Any land designated for showman's usage needs to be sanctioned for their sole use and be deemed appropriate; they cannot just be given open land. On Station Estate Road and New Road we have built our homes and storage for our businesses. The multi-story development that the Council is proposing is not necessary and not wanted by the wider local community. It would remove the open suburban feel of Feltham that you get when leaving the Railway Station. The additional properties being proposed would put additional strains on the Feltham Infrastructure. Please support our historic community and prevent us from being dispersed by signing this petition against the relocation of Feltham Showman's Site.
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  • Stop the Velo South Cycle Event - 23rd September in West Sussex
    The event will hold hostage thousands of residents in their own homes around the 100 mile route for up to 8 hours, cost local businesses real money, risk the livelihood of farmers and welfare of farm animals, all for the commercial gain of Velo South. West Sussex County Councillors were not able to democratically vote on this and neither were Chichester District Council nor the Parish Councils.
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  • Save Victoria Road School
    The brave, hard working fishermen of Torry gifted money to the City Council to build a school for their children to ensure they would receive an education.
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  • Speak up for Fordingbridge's natural, recreational resources!
    To promote/maintain the mental and physical health and wellbeing of local residents and visitors; To retain the rural nature of this town and its views of importance; To safeguard the tranquility of this particular area for existing and future residents; To protect the wonderful natural landcapes and rich biodiversity of this area; To continue to provide wild open spaces, where local children and adolescents can experience and connect with nature (which is also linked with improved childhood mental health and wellbeing, similarly to adults); For the District Council to take the lead and set new nationwide standards, by truly putting biodiveristy and health & wellbeing, at the heart of their local planning decisions. Can I please suggest that everyone read the plan, spread the word and also make their own individual representations via the official response form on NFDC website: http://www.newforest.gov.uk/localplan2016 Then.email it to: [email protected] Or post it to: Policy and Plans Team, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7PA. By 12/08/2018. This area is used widely by a lot of residents, who may not live directly by the proposed sites and therefore may not have received correspondence from the NFDC about the plans...so please spread the word far and wide so.we can send a united response to the NFDC that calls for some reasonable changes to the proposed Local Plan!
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  • Preserve Shoreham by Sea Public Library
    This building is a classic piece of mid twentieth century architecture. It beautifully complements the historic and verdant churchyard adjacent. If it closes as a library, which we hope it will not, then it would make a first class art gallery, which Shoreham desperately needs.
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