• Stop KFC Opening Next to a School
    The UK has one of the worst childhood obesity rates in western Europe with Fast food companies one of the main culprits for this increase. Childhood obesity is no joke as it leads to a higher chance of premature death and disability in adulthood and a higher risk of developing cancer, diabetes and heart disease etc. 1. Considering the national campaigning by the Govt and NHS etc to reduce childhood obesity rates which is being cited as a national emergency 2. Allowing KFC one of the worst offenders in terms of unhealthy, highly fattening fast food to build another chain directly opposite a school is a disgusting example of inadequacies in the planning system. The information provided to local residents by LCC prior to the start of the build was woefully inadequate to non existent with most local residents not knowing about the plans until the hoardings had gone up and foundation work had started. Please sign to stop this in its tracks before it has a detrimental effect of the children of south Liverpool 1.https://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/childhood_consequences/en/ 2.https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/oct/05/child-obesity-is-a-national-emergency-so-what-is-jeremy-hunt-doing-about-it
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    Created by Anthony O'shea
  • Stand up for climate action students.
    The young people are showing us the way and we must listen to them. We have not responded to climate change quickly enough. We are running out of time. We need to stand up for what is right. We need to protect these young people. We need to stand with them.
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    Created by Beth O'Leary
  • Save the Bombetta trailer
    Save Our Trailer! Bombetta London, is proud to be based in Wanstead and grateful to be voted by its customers as an Opentable Dinner's Choice award and reviewed by Time Out as one of the best Italian restaurants in London, and with glowing reviews in GQ Magazine, The Evening Standard as well as featuring in The Good Food Guide for the last 2 years. Buying fish locally from people in Wanstead, such as Kevin the fishmonger, bread from Ronnie who owns The Duke and The Bread Station and a regular feature in silent auctions and raffles to support local schools, we now need local support. The Bombetta Trailer has now been parked up in our own loading bay, not causing anyone any problems since June 2017! Now in these difficult economic times, our small little independent restaurant is being squeezed by the council. Our trailer is under threat and we are calling for the local community to help us by showing their support for our trailer to be parking in our own loading bay. The council are limiting our ability to use the space we lease and it will threaten the commercial viability of the business. The Background: - Station Approach is a privately owned road on which Bombetta London is based, leading from Wanstead High Road to Snaresbrook Station. - There are loading bays in front of the building for the exclusive use of the occupier, us. - We invested heavily to develop the site from an empty shell which had prior to our arrival, remained vacant for some time. This space is directly in front of our restaurant and forms part of our 20 year lease. - The site was awarded a restaurant A3 planning permission and was purpose built with that in mind, with a chimney fume extract point through the centre of the building. Therefore thoughts about the use and practicality of the loading bay, which is in front of the front door, perhaps were lacking. - Our alcohol licence covers any seating in the ‘loading bay area’ and recognises these practical issues. - Initially Bombetta London took on the lease and applied several times to pave the area as the exclusive user of the space, but this was rejected on the grounds that it made the road narrower. Bombetta spent thousands of pounds with various appeals but to no avail, as in addition to utilising the space more effectively, it also would make the area more safe. - Since this time new buildings have been granted planning permission making the road narrow by default anyway, to house a taxi office and initially and laundrette, now a coffee kiosk. - In addition the car spaces opposite the Bombetta London loading bay have been removed, making the public highway wider than the buildings that were approved. - Bombetta London also rents three parking spaces on the road for its staff and customers and for deliveries so that there is no impact on the road. - The council have previously suggested that the trailer prevents emergency vehicles accessing the station, however the restaurant has provided countless photos of emergency vehicles easily accessing the location and provided detailed vehicle sweep flow diagrams at considerable expense that show an emergency vehicle could access the station even when there were parking spaces opposite. - The trailer can be accessed from inside the restaurant meaning that it can be used for people to sit in, adding value to the restaurant and making it safer for people to enjoy alcohol and food in the space permitted and using the space that Bombetta London are leasing more effectively. - The trailer also protects people physically who come in and out of the restaurant space, from traffic that otherwise would be walking directly onto tarmac from the front door with free flowing traffic and is illuminated with lighting within the walls in addition to internal lights which help highlight it to drivers. - Redbridge council last had dialogue with Bombetta London in November 2017 and have only now in March 2019 sent a letter demanding the trailers immediate removal. - In the latest correspondence, that has come out of the blue, there is now a shift away from concentrating on the narrowness of the road and a focus on how the trailer negatively visually affects the site and area. We adamantly disagree with the council that the our trailer parked on our loading bay is aesthetically an eyesore and should be removed on this basis. We decorate it internally with flowers, candles and fairy lights and externally with flowers and rosemary bushes all within the Load Bay area. Once spring there is here to stay, there would be fresh flowers in pots also along the base. We rely heavily on the seating area to generate enough income to survive. We invested all our funds into developing the site, so this coupled with the length of the lease would make re-location challenging. It would also leave another location in Wanstead empty and it would be a challenging location for many businesses to occupy. Our customers seem to love the area, the roof of the trailer slides back in the summer and as it is parked in our loading bay, if it wasn’t the trailer it could be a van still in the space or a roped off area still used for customers but far less safely. If anyone has any influence over the Redbridge planning office or can offer any support, we really hope you’ll help us. We have until the 12th of April to put in an appeal and we are currently thinking about all our options.
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    Created by Ben Milne Picture
  • Save Late Junction
    In March 2018, Alan Davey wrote "Our listeners are, we know, up for adventure, discovering new things and getting new angles and depths of knowledge on the familiar." (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/entries/9b05cdcd-5c23-4275-893a-9caf3ffd6dde accessed 16/03/2019) The reduction in broadcast time for the one BBC programme that fulfils this remit is a retrograde step, impacting on the pleasure of listeners, the work of artists (often in the most precarious endeavours) and the cultural status of the country. It would be hugely disappointing to lose such a broad, open and exploratory curated programme, and would be difficult to recapture its spirit in the changes proposed. Its reach cannot be replicated, its influence cannot be over-estimated. It is not just background radio to those who listen, but an essential part of their ongoing understanding of the cultural landscape and a connexion to the wider cultural community that is often in this area disparate and isolated, and as Luke Turner points out "Crucially, this has a huge impact on the diversity of the show’s programming"(https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/15/bbc-radio-3-late-junction-carries-john-peel-spirit-into-digital-age accessed 16/03/2019). Although there are cost-saving to be acknowledged, the return on investment from this programme must outweigh any potential savings. The support of small local music venues, upcoming artists, avant-garde labels all benefit from the way this programme is curated and presented; to have that reduced so drastically will have a profound effect on those communities. It is also clear that BBC Radio 3 is the natural home of this programme. Re-iterating Peter Maxwell-Davies' warning at the introduction of Radio 3 that we might 'lose whole realms of experience' (Humphrey Carpenter 'Envy of the World' 1996:262), Late Junction has proved itself a bastion and for it to be shrunk so dramatically would be a sorry retreat. Please reconsider this decision.
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    Created by Mark Reid Picture
  • Electric Cars Shouldn't cost any more than Petrol Cars
    Why should the public bear the cost of pollution? The Government is being fined to breaching pollution laws , the cost of the fines could help pay for economical electric cars. Reducing carbon pollution will not just help save the planet but will save many lives from the toxic diesel & petrol emissions. The Government is not doing enough to tackle pollution.
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    Created by David Harrison Picture
  • Stop the BBC cutting R3 Late Junction
    Late Junction is a vital outlet for new 'folk' , 'experimental' and 'world' music. It is one of the only places on the BBC that gives a platform to new world music artists directly from the BBC Introducing uploader. To cut the already limited potential airtime will be damaging for both artists and fans of these genres. If the BBC needs to save money , please trim some fat from the mainstream programming and leave these vital areas to grow and thrive. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/15/bbc-radio-3-late-junction-carries-john-peel-spirit-into-digital-age
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    Created by Nick Hall Picture
  • Open the Shops
    The Leith Walk community is in real danger of being ruined. The red sandstone building at 106-154 Leith Walk used to house up to 40 offices and shops on its two floors. The developer, Drum Property Group wants ‘vacant possession’ as soon as possible to build student accommodation for the University of Edinburgh. Thriving local community businesses such as the Leith Walk Café, grassroots music venue Leith Depot and others are facing early closure thanks to the joint actions of the University of Edinburgh and Drum Property Group. The University claims that it wants to take the needs of local communities into account when building new student accommodation. It can do so by working with its partner, Drum Property Group, to offer existing business month to month, repeating leases and also offers the vacant shops to new businesses on a similar basis.
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    Created by Lesley Porteous
  • Ban single use plastic
    Plastic is bad for everyone - our environment, wildlife and human life. We are killing our planet with a material that isn’t necessary as there as so many alternatives however there are greedy people in the world who are willingly causing the murder of our home and everything in it carry on.
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    Created by Amelia Dakin Picture
  • Keep Almondbury Community High School Open
    If the high school closes it will affect the whole community
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    Created by Elena Ali Picture
  • Force supermarkets to act as collection points for Terracycle
    Following a successful campaign to ensure that it is at least theoretically possible to recycle Walkers crisp packets, we believe more action is urgently required to ensure that we make the most of this potential to reduce Scotland’s waste mountain. In fact, Terracycle (the company Walkers partnered with) actually have a rather wide range of recycling programmes (https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-GB/brigades) that include: - air and home care products - bread bags - toothpaste products - crisp, biscuits and snack packets - Pringles tubes - writing instruments Obviously, none of these are included in kerbside recycling in Moray (or across Scotland, as far as I am aware). Local Councils are already struggling with cuts to services so do not have the capacity to help, so supermarkets seem ideally situated. We still only recycle 45.6% of waste generated in Scotland (www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-45638111), which is an appallingly low number when we consider how long we've been exposed to the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" mantra. Even though each of the Terracycle programmes is initiated by specific brands (i.e. Colgate), they do not just take their own particular brand (i.e. any kind of toothpaste tube) and each could significantly impact the amount of waste going to landfill. This could be a huge benefit to our environment, enabling us to truly become "Zero Waste Scotland". Sadly, all the initiatives currently seem to have hardly any representation in the places like the Highlands and Islands. For example, the nearest Pringles tube drop-off is in Inverurie (AB51). The "writing instruments" programme has Central Primary School in Inverness (which is only accessible to those with children at the school or staff members) and another in the rather obscure location of "Milton of Rothiemay" (a forty minute drive from Elgin). They are currently closed to new participants. It's great that we seem to have the technology to recycle so much but this current approach just seems ridiculously piecemeal. I understand that the brands are keen to burnish their green credentials and Terracycle offer a means for them to tick the "doing something about it" box. Yet how much is actually being recycled and how accessible are these programmes, particularly in rural locations? That's why I am petitioning the Scottish Government to legislate to force every supermarket in Scotland to collect materials for the Terracycle programmes. We need to have proper processes in place to reduce our waste and safeguard Scotland's future socio-economic prosperity. This seems a common-sense measure that everyone can support. However, we need to show the Scottish Government how passionately we care about this issues, so they take action and don’t get distracted by other objectives.
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    Created by Stephen Duff
  • Let my wife remain with me in the UK
    We have been married for over 8 years, both in our 70,s and simply want to spend the balance of our Golden years in the peace and tranquility of the English Coutryside, without having to go through and over all the hoops and hurdles that we now faced with. We may not have contributed much to this world, but what we have done, we are proud off.
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    Created by David Bates
  • Your dog, your mess, your responsibility.( lets get a dog park for downpatrick)
    We call ourselves animal lovers but a small minority do not take responsibility for the “mess” dog leave. They are only doing what comes naturally, it’s their humans job to clean it! Dog mess is smelly, unhygienic, can make animals and humans sick. There will come a point when dogs will not be allowed to enjoy the beautiful area we live. Owners need to be more vigilant. The council need to step up and supply more bins. We also need an area that dogs can be exercised in safety.
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    Created by Katrina Mckenna