• Sense Not Fence - let's find alternatives to fencing at Stoke Lodge
    Cotham Academy continues to state that it will erect a 2m high, 1500m long perimeter fence around Stoke Lodge without the need for consent, they have confirmed they will start to build a fence in DECEMBER 2018. Cotham Academy has so far spent around £200,000 in their pursuit of fencing Stoke Lodge, under the premise of safeguarding and with the repeated inference that this is a requirement from Ofsted. Ofsted themselves have confirmed in writing “to be clear Ofsted has not required Cotham School to erect a fence on these playing fields”. Why doesn’t the local community want a fence at Stoke Lodge? ● There is no need for a fence, many schools today use open fields to play sport. The community, schools and sports groups previously coexisted peacefully at Stoke Lodge for nearly 70 years without a fence, many health and saftey experts have confirmed a fence is not required as have OFSTED ● This is the last remaining open green space in the area after two other school playing fields were sold off to developers, and it is vital to thousands within our community ● The fence leaves minimal space for walkways around the majority of the perimeter of the field and would be built over footpaths which people have used for over 70 years - these well trodden paths have validated public right of way applications awaiting a committee hearing ● No Equality Impact Analysis has been completed to assess the impact of the fence. Local people, including many with a range of disabilities, rely on access to this vital green space for their ongoing health and wellbeing ● No detailed risk assessment has been completed to determine the health and safety risks of installing a fence from those playing sports through to access for emergency services such as the air ambulance ● Stoke Lodge itself is a beautiful Grade 2 listed property, and planning is required for any development in the curtilage of a listed building ● Stoke Lodge contains many amazing trees under Tree Protection Orders, some of which are of national importance. The proposed fence will damage these trees ● The erection of such a large perimeter fence will cause irreparable damage to wildlife, with active badger sett/s and many other species of animals at the Lodge ● Bristol City Council, who own the land and act as landlord, has formally, publicly and repeatedly promised that Stoke Lodge would never be fenced What would the local community like to see at Stoke Lodge? ● For Cotham Academy to return to Stoke Lodge again for their sports lessons as soon as possible ● For Cotham Academy to leverage the best practice from many other schools in Bristol and beyond (with higher risks) who use open playing fields yet still get rated highly by Ofsted for safeguarding ● For local sports teams to be allowed by Cotham Academy and Bristol University, who currently sublet and maintain the land, to return to play sports at Stoke Lodge as soon as possible ● If Cotham Academy still believes that the perimeter of Stoke Lodge needs to be strengthened, for more appropriate and cost-effective solutions be implemented. ● For no further public funds (and vital school funds) to be wasted in pursuit of a ‘fence at all costs'.
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  • Make Hailsham’s High Street Disabled Access Friendly Again
    The High Street does look good with the improvements and the bollards were meant to stop cars parking on the pavement. But now there’s a problem on the narrow parts for disabled people using scooters and wheelchairs and people with prams. They can’t stop to go into the shops as another scooter/wheelchair/pram can’t get past and they can’t pass another from the opppsote direction. They can’t do a U turn either. Please sign so that Hailsham Town Council comes up with a solution to suit disabled people and the car parking problem. Even if you aren’t disabled please be kind and sign as disabled people are often thought of last, if thought of at all. Thank you.
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  • Save N Ireland's meadows
    Species rich meadows and pastures are scattered across the N Ireland landscape in areas where traditional, low-intensity farming practices have survived. These provide a home for threatened wildlife and are a key part of our natural heritage. Over the past 2 years I have visited over 100 meadow and pasture areas between Coleraine and Maghera. The vast majority of these are in poor condition, no longer suitable for the rare species that depend on them. However, some extremely wildflower-rich places remain, packed full of declining species such as greater and lesser butterfly orchid, meadow thistle, whorled caraway, marsh fritillary butterflies, nesting curlew and the Irish hare. These areas lead a precarious existence: 2 of the best are imminently threatened by development (that could easily be located elsewhere), and many more are being drained, over-fertilised, sprayed with herbicide, grazed inappropriately, and dumped on top of. The same pressures are destroying some of our best wildlife sites before they are even ‘discovered’: a comprehensive survey of our meadows and pastures has never been undertaken. The first step towards securing their future is to protect the best ones that remain. This falls under the remit of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (a body within the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs), which has the power to designate our most important wildlife sites as Areas of Special Scientific Interest. However, in recent years the number of new protected areas created has fallen dramatically, as targets for declaring new sites have been dropped. This is despite a huge backlog of threatened areas waiting to be assessed for protection. Whilst this places all kinds of natural habitats at risk, meadows and pastures are amongst the most seriously impacted: unless a site is protected it is very difficult for farmers to get financial support so that they can continue farming in a way that is beneficial to wildlife.
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  • 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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