• No fish farms in the Sound of Canna
    Multi-million pound corporation MOWI wants to build the largest fish farm in the UK off the coast of Canna, an island in the Hebrides. The Sound of Canna is one of the most environmentally protected areas in the UK. If the fish farm is built, Scottish National Heritage says it will have significant impacts on the environment, polluting the sea, and threatening birds and marine animals like puffins, porpoises, and seals. Scotland’s wild salmon populations are the lowest they’ve ever been, and building a new fish farm could put more wild salmon at risk of contracting deadly diseases from farmed salmon. Please sign the petition now, and tell the Highland Council to protect the Sound of Canna, and reject MOWI’s proposal to build the UK’s biggest fish farm.
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  • Air conditioning on the Bakerloo Line
    For the comfort of passengers, who are after all paying the same fares as passengers travelling on other tube lines. There are people with health problems, elderly people, children etc, who are particularly vulnerable.
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    Created by Pratibha Graham
  • Don't raise the state pension age to 75
    The government is considering plans from Conservative think tank the Centre for Social Justice that could see our retirement age go up to 75. But some jobs are impossible to do after a certain age, and for some of us working anywhere could be a struggle by the time we reach 75. And for others it would mean ripping up the plans we've made for our well-deserved retirement. The age we can all get our pension is already set to go up to 68 - meaning some people will be forced to keep working long after they're comfortable able to do so. And these new proposals would hit some of the most vulnerable people in our society hardest, like people who can’t work due to illness, or caring responsibilities - or people who don't have access to a private pension.
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  • Reduce children's Asthma and other serious illnesses.
    One in eleven children in the UK suffer from asthma which is higher than any EU country and rising faster than any other EU country. Researchers have found 3.5 times the exhaust fumes in lungs of children in low prams compared to what is in their mum's lungs because they are at a higher position. They are recommending higher prams and using side and not main roads. The ongoing cost to the NHS must be huge plus the human misery resulting.
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    Created by Ron Gager
  • Transparency of Think Tank Funding
    Many think tanks interviewed or quoted in the news present themselves as independent researchers acting in the interest of the general public, when in fact the opinions and research they put forward serve the interests of a corporate rich and powerful elite.
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  • New ARDEN Theatre for Titchfield
    The new application. For the Arden theatre is due to be heard on 21st August and it would seem pretty sure that it will be refused by both FBC officials and Councillors. It is clear that there is a degree of protectionism for the revitalization of Fareham centre which is ailing and failing with footfall down by a third. This includes the refurbishment for Ferneham Hall. It would seem that we are direct competition to this and FBC require a clear playing field in which to invest £4 to £10 million of public money. We have never been competition so not sure how we are suddenly seen as this now? Of course FBC Officials and Councillors will deny this and give other reasons cited below which they can conveniently hide behind. perhaps we can explode some of the myths!. CAR PARKING Yes we know we have not enough parking on site, yes we don't encourage parking in the lane and have called on several occasions for the authorities to yellow line the lane to no avail. Yes we have tried to purchase,lease, licence or rent the whole, part or a strip of the adjacent field. We have approached HCC Councillors and officials at the highest level all to no avail. They will not even meet us to discuss anything. They insist the field is for start up agriculture use,despite the field having lain unused and uncropped for over 5 years! They will deny this but everyone knows it's TRUE since we all have eyes and can see for ourselves! We have had initial contact with the farmer who leases the land and he would be keen to do a joint venture with us. This would ensure that the field has a viable agriculture crop as well as give him a rental income. The farmer is however precluded from discussing this very viable project with us and has clearly been warned not talk to us. Again HCC Councillors and officials will deny this but the field being unused speaks volumes! (No doubt the field will now get immediately ploughed and the farmer made to sow an unviable crop...lets face it he would have to grow a marijuana crop or something similar to recoup the amount of cash he could make via TFT!! ) Despite the above TFT are nothing if not lacking in innovation. There are over 300 combined parking spaces available at the Great Barn, Holiday Inn and in Titchfield itself this is besides the parking onsite at TFT and possibly in St Margaret's Nursery. We have proposed a park and ride scheme initially using 2 electric buses to and from these locations, if successful we would increase this to 6 electric buses. On average 1 parking space is required for every 3 patrons. We would therefore require 300 spaces only if all three theatres operated at the same time at full capacity! This even in our wildest dreams will never happen! In reality we will never need no more than 200 spaces and we will never have all 3 theatres operating at the same time. Instead of embracing this green,sustainable option Councillors and officials have completely pooh poohed the idea...and will not even give the idea the chance to work. NOISE Did you know that you, our patrons according to our neighbours, FBC officials and Councillors are an unruly,noisy drunken bunch who keep them up at all hours slamming car doors and screaming at the tops of your voices! We get the impression that perhaps the neighbours have us mixed up with the centre of Fareham on a Saturday night. Especially since no noise complaints have been made to the local authorities in the 9 years we have operated at St Margaret's lane! We see no reason why this would change particularly as there are no extra parking spaces available at our site so risk of increased traffic fro there..( in fact there will be less as there will be no traffic from our industrial neighbours!) Patrons would come and leave as quickly and quietly as they always have done even those using our park and drive scheme who can wait in the foyers and bars until the buses are available to pick them or their drivers up. But obviously our patrons cannot be guaranteed to do.this.Perhaps we should hand a gag out with every ticket! SETTING We are likely to be told that the setting of the building we are proposing is not in keeping with the area. We believe it is self evident that turning a rundown 1960s warehouse into a new theatre which will look like a modern day globe can only be an improvement to the area. We have already made the lane look so much better with the new frontage and the rest of the building which cannot be seen from the lane but only from the A27 will further improve the area. Yes the building will be higher but this will not be seen from the neighbours in the lane since the angle of vision is too close or obscured by bushes. Clearly officials or Councillors haven't got an an ounce of design knowledge between them to recognise this. Nonetheless they are allowed to pontificate what we propose is not acceptable to the neighbours and essentially to all those hundreds of fleeting cars who will look at the building on the A27! Frankly neighbours should be giving us money for increasing the value of their properties by getting rid of an unsightly factory. One has only to look at the size of the Estee Lauder building at Kites Croft now shrouded by trees to know that this is a complete whitewash of an argument. It is a sad situation when a Local and County Council Authority are willing to forego a £3.6m input into what is already a thriving Community Arts centre in order to safeguard an ailing and failing council run white elephant on the say so of less than 500 people who responded to their miserable survey . Both FBC and HCC are still in complete denial of what many academics and leading authorities are saying . That is- that William Shakespeare definitely spent time in Titchfield (not Fareham) and instead of celebrating this fact by allowing a first rate world beating theatre to flourish they would rather plough millions into their Arts black spot (The Arts Councils words not ours)
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  • Stop fracking in the UK
    On Thursday 15th August 2019 the firm Cuadrilla started fracking a second well at Preston New Road near Blackpool in Lancashire. Cuadrilla had obtained permission to do so from the Environment Agency. This was despite a recent admission that Cuadrilla's well that was fracked in October 2018 has now suffered cement failure. They have also previously cold-vented gases over local communities. Already earth tremors have re-started. The site is located near to nuclear facilities. Lancashire County Council had voted not to permit fracking but had been overruled by central government. Other fracking sites are being opened up throughout England. Tell the government to ban this dirty, dangerous fossil fuel industry and protect England's green and pleasant land!
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  • Re: British Steel
    Recently the Scottish Government nationalised Fergusons ship yard When asked in parliament to help British Steel the then Prime Minister stated it would be unlawful. If it is lawful for the Scottish Government to do it, there is no reason why the English Government can not step in and help our steel industry. Why must Britain allow a Turkish pension scheme to have our British Steel Industry. Our jobs and Steel Industry need to be protected NOW and our Government needs to step up to the mark and prove that they are TAKING BACK CONTROL.
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  • UK Parliament to return from summer recess
    The country is facing a crisis. It would seem that the current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is intent on forcing through a no deal Brexit which would be disastrous in a number of ways, including: · Serious damage to both the UK economy and to that of our European neighbours. · The potential loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. · The potential shortages of medicines with the potential for people to die. · Potentially hundreds of businesses folding. · Adverse environmental consequences including increased carbon emissions from people increasing trade with non EU countries (in general, much further away). It is clearly much more sensible and environmentally efficient to trade with our near neighbours. Given that we are facing a climate crisis this is particularly important. · Further uncertainty and anxiety for both EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in EU countries. · Subsequent to a no deal, all areas of our relationship with the EU would have to be worked through at a micro rather than a macro level, creating a massive amount of work for both the UK and our European partners. One of the factors potentially making no deal more likely would seem to be the lack of parliamentary time available between now and 31st October. Given the urgency of the situation, I believe that Parliament should be recalled as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for MPs to discuss and agree alternative options. No deal has the potential to be disastrous for the country so every effort needs to be made to avoid this.
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  • Save former Friends School for community opportunity & education. Protect the buildings & trees
    Friends School was very kindly bequeathed by local man George Gibson 'for the education and benefit of the community' Saffron Walden has a desperate shortage of both sports facilities and other public open space, and so it is important that these are protected. Last year, in response to widespread public concerns, the Town Council made its position clear in writing in relation to the developer's proposal to build on the former Friends School. Development of new homes on the site of the former Friends School is against both national and local planning policy and therefore should be rejected. All of the playing fields and other open spaces, as well as the sports hall and swimming pool, are specifically protected unless replacement facilities are provided that are at least as good in terms of location, quality and quantity. This planning application (Ref: UTT/19/1744/OP ) does not comply with these requirements, so the Town Council’s position has not changed. It is disappointing that the public consultation for this planning application is during the summer holidays (when many people are away) and the deadline is coming up very soon. The Planning Committee meet on the 4th of September) Public comments can sent to Uttlesford District Council. via email planning@uttlesford.gov.uk, via Uttlesford District Council online planning portal, or else via letter (several can be delivered in one envelope) Comments need to give Ref: UTT/19/1744/OP and It's helpful to give reason/s for objecting.
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  • Save Foley House Children's Centre
    We'll let the service users explain in their own words... 'Someone got in touch with me regarding the cuts to Newmarket's Children's Centre. People are way more switched on than the Tories take them for. They see through the double speak. I've taken out the name. If this brave individual wants to come forward I'm leaving it up to her. 'With regards to Foley House being part time and how it will affect people locally , the childrens centre is a life line for new isolated mums! It is chance to meet new people in the same boat as you when you are all of a sudden stuck at home with a newborn. I have used their groups the past 2.5 years with my daughter all of their groups and classes seem popular such as wiggle and jiggle and infant massage. If anything they should be offering more groups and classes for people to attend. The help and support is there all week, they welcome new mums to breastfeed, bottle feed and change their babies at foley house if they are in town. This ican be quite important for new breastfeeding mums as it can be quite a daunting prospect feeding in public early on. Also their groups are all free, there are other baby toddler groups in town but not all mums on maternity pay and low income families can afford the going rate of £5 per group (without paying for siblings!) 3, 4 or 5 days a week. Im not sure what the 'revamp' means but i can only presume part time means a cut in support for mums, families and their children and a cut in what foley house has to offer as a whole! Fair enough there are other childrens centres in red lodge and mildenhall but not everybody drives or can attend centres further afield.' ''When I was pregnant with my first child I didn't know anyone in Newmarket and I really wanted to meet other mums and learn more about babies and parenting. I went with my husband to Foley House to sign up and that's how it all started. I have attended so many different groups, classes over the years..from baby sensory to potty training sessions, toddlers groups, weaning, breastfeeding, almost anything that was offered. I have met many mums that some of them are now my best friends. In a short time I went from not knowing much about pregnancy, babies and not knowing anyone here to then having so much support and many great friends. It felt great, I was doing groups every day, seeing people every day. Sometimes people on maternity leave say they feel lonely and don't know who to ask for help and staying home with small babies can sometimes be very isolating - that's why having a place like Foley house is so, so important! This is definitely not the area where the money should be cut and rather where it should be invested even more. Parents who have more support are I believe happier and will be able to raise their children in a calmer and more educated way. This is investing in our future. I do hope that the cuts won't affect the Foley house as they are really providing a great support for local families.'
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    So we can actually cheer for our team when we score a goal and make football fun again
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    Created by Football Fan