• Stop new Oil extraction at Brockham in Surrey
    Brockham, in Surrey’s Green Belt, is about to be subject to a new and controversial type of oil extraction and production. This involves the use of chemicals, acids, reinjected waste fluids and gas flaring which can release toxins into our air and water sources. These risk harm to our health and environment. Astonishingly, no statutory body is monitoring air or water quality, nor have they required disclosure of the type and quantities of chemicals to be used. This is because the site is being allowed to operate under an old-style environmental permit appropriate for a simple nodding donkey type pump – NOT the new technique about to be deployed. The Environment Agency has been in the process of putting in a modern-style permit for over 2 years, but it is still unclear when this will be completed. The Environment Agency wrote last year: “We are in the process of bringing their permits up to a modern standard, including a declaration of chemicals used. As a result that information will only become available in time.” The time has surely come. The new 'sidetrack' hole was drilled without authorisation or planning permission in January 2017 when Angus Energy misled Surrey Council into believing they were simply performing maintenance work. Despite being misled, Surrey County Council shockingly issued retrospective planning permission in August 2018. We have serious concerns over the operator's competence and integrity. Angus Energy now have carte blanche to commence extraction from unconventional geology using new methods that are neither properly regulated or monitored. Brockham is in an area with much groundwater and numerous water courses and we are highly concerned about the water pollution risks this new activity presents. During a recent test from the same rock formations at Balcombe in Sussex, the same company Angus Energy hit "unexpected high-pressure water" through "fractured communication" with other layers, highlighting the reality of the risks we face. We are also concerned about the impacts on public health from the gas flaring and gas engine combustion, which are projected to produce significant emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and undetermined quantities of Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S). Brockham will be amongst the first sites in the country to attempt commercial production from shale rock. The target Jurassic Kimmeridge layer has been compared by the authorities to the Bakken Formation in North Dakota, where the use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling brought about mass industrialisation and thousands of wells. In the interests of people's health and the environment this new activity should not be allowed, at the very least until a new Environmental Permit with stricter modern regulation and control is in place. We simply seek to properly respect and protect our health and environment and are asking the Environment Agency and Government to do the same. - - - [1] Brockham Oil Watch are raising funds to commission professional baseline air and water monitoring. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/brockham-oil-watch?fbclid=IwAR1kPGcARen3kaNHqysTe7JfrbhVHlTMOjUGpmiaqeKM4HAJUvk7IlDNMdU [2] More detail here: https://drillordrop.com/2018/06/14/residents-uncover-regulatory-loophole-at-surrey-oil-site/ [3] and here: https://drillordrop.com/2018/10/23/leading-surrey-councillor-lists-challenges-of-working-with-weald-oil-companies/
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  • Save historic Edinburgh school from demolition
    New information has come to light that this Neo-Georgian building is the first newly-built Catholic school in Edinburgh (and possibly Scotland) after the Scottish Education Act 1918 integrated Catholic schools into the state system. Like the listed Leith Academy in Edinburgh, it was designed by the architects Reid and Forbes and like Leith Academy, we believe it should be saved and given a new lease of life, either as much-needed housing or as a community space serving the needs of all local people. We welcome the notion that there should be replacement parkland, intended to compensate for the loss of Portobello Park to the site of the new High School. However, demolition of the various prefabricated surrounding buildings, but retention of the main St John's building, would still allow for a significant new landscaped park to be created on this site. It seems counterintuitive to demolish a historic building in order to create a slightly larger parkland adjacent to the existing 14 hectare Figgate Park. We need to stop and consider what is the most efficient and beneficial use of this historic resource.
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  • Save Oaklands Home - Lowton
    Lowton is a village full of history, caring people and a strong sense of local community. Part of our heritage is in our historic buildings, yet once again we're in danger of losing another incredible building. The Oaklands Home (Heskesth Medow/Newton Road) is in the verge of falling into the hands of the money minded and greedy. Recently it came to light that Wigan Council plan to obliterate the home in way for 28 new houses, adding to the already troublsome conditions of traffic in the area. The house is believed to be from around c1880's, serving as a residence, a Childerns home and most recently, Wigan & Leigh young cares centre. The building was also left to the people of Lowton, as well as the trees being protected under a conservation act. If the council accept the planning permsion, they're being ignorant to the will and right of the people. I hope you can all join me in the disparity of the situation and in oppositing this decision. For the past, present and future of Lowton. Thank you.
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  • Sensible parking restrictions in Grantown-on-Spey
    Grantown Initiative and Grantown-on-Spey and Vicinity Community Council recently wrote to The Highland Council regarding the changes to parking arrangements in Grantown-on-Spey which appear to have been made without due consultation with community organisations or consideration for businesses in Grantown-on-Spey. We believe that changes made to the parking arrangements in Grantown-on-Spey have resulted in a dangerous situation for drivers and pedestrians, are potentially damaging to businesses in the town and generally make the Square far less attractive to visitors. Meanwhile Highland Council has failed to provide adequate additional parking in spite of the fact that it holds land at the former council depot which could be used for such. A review of these newly made parking restrictions and a meeting to discuss was requested by both groups. Whilst we support the principle of Highland Council taking civil enforcement powers in respect of parking in Grantown, we must object to the implementation of this draft Order. We feel that that the Parking Scheme recently introduced in Grantown, over which Highland Council appears to be seeking these powers, is not fit for purpose. Not only does it raise serious safety concerns but it has removed essential parking bays around the Square and along the High Street. Not having had the opportunity to discuss the recently introduced parking scheme, Grantown Initiative now requests that The Highland Council takes immediate steps to rectify these issues enact sensible parking restrictions in Grantown-on-Spey. Specifically we request the following changes; • The removal of the parking bay(s) opposite the Co-Operative which have added to congestion around the busy High street / Seafield Avenue junction and have created a hazardous situation for pedestrians and motorists alike. • Removal of the chicane style parking bays along the length of the square which creates congestion, particularly around the Bus Stops where busses cannot properly access the stops due to parked cars. We would suggest that spaces be realigned to allow easier access for buses and freer flowing traffic and reduce unnecessary congestion. • Removal of the new double yellow lines, which have robbed the square of 20 parking places. • The creation of a new off street parking facility to provide sufficient parking for the town as a whole. This could be provided at the site of the old council yard adjacent to Grantown Primary. This could also be used to provide a safe drop off area for the school. • Provide an opportunity for the community to have a say in parking restrictions in Grantown-on-Spey
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  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council, stop persecuting the homeless
    Stoke-on-Trent has the dubious distinction of being called the Monkey Dust capital of the U.K. A blite on the reputation and economy of Stoke-on-Trent. We the undersigned, are disgusted and ashamed that Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire Police, rather than tackling the supply and use of drugs and other street crimes, are focusing on the homeless and fining them £100. This proposal is not only sadistic but increases the pressure on the police, courts, probation services as well as council resources, during a time of peak demand and will do nothing to reduce genuine homelesses. We demand that as the Councillor responsible for Communities, you take immediate action to stop the persecution of the most vulnerable people in our city and drop plans to fine the genuinely homeless. This is the second year in a row that Stoke-on-Trent City Council has attempted to victimise the homeless and profit from their misfortune In a move so disgusting that Scrooge himself would be ashamed by it. Homelessness will not end by hiding the problem nor profiting from their misery but by acting with compassion, decency and vision. To be clear, we have no objection to the prosecution of criminals, who feign homelessness to take advantage of the public or aggressively beg for money, however, we seek an acceptance and protection for the genuine homeless.
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  • Stop the planned build on Nethercote Gardens
    Nethercote Gardens is a cul-de-sac with several specific strengths and challenges. The River Cole on which we sit is a haven for local wildlife and must be protected - our low position also puts us at risk of flooding and our road was disproportionately affected by such flooding earlier this year. Many residents feel that recent housing developments which have been completed in recent years have increased the risk of localised flooding; by increasing concrete and build areas we are rapidly losing valuable soft ground which absorbs water. This creates water run off during times of extreme weather and means homes like ours are more likely to flood. Adding another property to the road will be to the detriment of our local wildlife population which local residents are already fighting to support. The plot on which the development is planned sits immediately opposite 177a Nethercote Gardens which is a shared supported living home for people with assessed care. The residents of this property are extremely vulnerable adults and not able to object to this build, which would impact their daily lives, on their own behalf. Our residents have faced and are facing enough challenges due to our unique position and feel that we have been let down at numerous points by the local authority over the years, by allowing local building work, by not having adequate flood supports in place both during and after such events. Our small community are opposed to this build and will keep campaigning to ensure that it does not go ahead. Please, please sign our petition and add to our collective voice - we need to make some noise about this; small builds that negatively impact residents can sneak under the radar but they all add up to people having lower quality of life and our countryside being affected. Enough is enough. Please, please sign our petition. Thank you. "What we allow will continue."
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  • Bramhall Skatepark
    Riding on skateparks has been proven to help with depression as it takes your mind off things Skateboarding and scootering is also a rather inexpensive hobby. Decreases youth crime in the area. Gets kids up, out and active instead of being inside as there are an increasing amount of kids that are becoming more overweight than in the last 5 years. Wont take up much space. Can increase the amount of people coming into the park for example, if there we to be a competition at the skatepark, more people would come therefore increasing sales in café’s overall making money for the park. If kids were to want to do scootering/skating/bmxing as a career in the future, having a park here would increase the chances of them pursuing what they love doing. Local residents wont have to ask parents to drive them to skate parks just to ride, I know this from personal experiences how frustrating it is that you really want to ride but there isn’t a park near and parents are at work. Can also increase social interaction with other people, making more friends to scoot/skate with, in theory making them come out more. Gets kids and teenagers off the streets, vandalising peoples property by grinding on ledges etc.
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  • Save the Intimate Theatre, Palmers Green!
    The Enfield Local Heritage List describes the building as having landmark status, rarity value, historical association and social value in the local community. The Theatre was the home of the John Clements Theatre Company, and the site of the first play ever to have been broadcast live on television. By the end of the 1960s it had become the last repertory theatre surviving in London. The theatre still plays host to a range of dramatic and operatic societies, and local events. Many famous people appeared on stage here, including Richard Attenborough (in his stage debut), Irene Handl, Anna Wing, Nicholas Parsons, Roger Moore, Arthur Lowe, Bill Owen, John Inman, Dad’s Army writer Jimmy Perry and his wife Gilda, Tony Blackburn, Steven Berkoff, Davy Graham, David Bowie, The Wurzels, Joe Brown, George Melly, Tommy Trinder, Hinge and Bracket, and, in panto, Bill Pertwee, Ruth Madoc and John Noakes. Local resident Stevie Smith attended regularly. John Clements was knighted for his contribution to film and stage - Bristol University holds an archive in his memory. This is one of the last local theatres left in London. The two-storey frontage is in red brick with stone quoins and window surrounds and seating for an audience of up to 406 people. While the parish clearly has plans to redevelop, if they see the local and national opposition this will create they may look to revise their plans. To make this happen, please sign this petition now! Thank you!
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  • Keep the Good Ship as a music and entertainment venue.
    This plan will result of a 50% reduction in "useable" "pub" space. The proposed "cave in the basement" will never become a viable pub or music venue and as planned ground floor ceiling at the rear will be too low to be suitable as a music venue. So Kilburn will lose its last live music venue. In time the rest of the pub will converted to housing.
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  • Save our Essex weather boarded cottage
    Wickford has few historic buildings left and this forms a wonderful group, including the weatherboard cottage that is the oldest building in the town centre. And the brick building to the right was Wickford's first bank that was also the Headquarters for the first home guard during the second world war.
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  • Save Shaftesbury Cattle Market
    Shaftesbury Cattle Market is the last undeveloped publicly owned space in the centre of Shaftesbury. North Dorset District Council (NDDC) supported by Shaftesbury town council, against the wishes of the people of Shaftesbury, as proved by a public vote, wish to sell the site to a developer. The site may be used for a supermarket, although there is an empty supermarket in the centre of Shaftesbury, housing or a care home. The petition is to stop the sale so that the land is used for the benefit of the people and businesses in Shaftesbury. A community centre, car parking, fitness suite, new doctors surgery, leisure centre have all been suggested. The money from the sale will line the pockets of NDDC a council which will cease to exist in April 2019 and not benefit the people of Shaftesbury.
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  • NO to settlement boundaries for Abinger Common
    Abinger Common forms an important part of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its widely spread out clusters of dwellings set in rolling countryside are an excellent example of the openness and beauty of the ideal Green Belt settlement. It also contains a Mesolithic pit dwelling that is testament to the many centuries of human habitation. The imposition of boundaries would facilitate the removal of Abinger Common from the Green Belt and thereby also "development in depth" of housing across an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that should be preserved for the nation to enjoy.
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