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  • Asda fines disabled customers
    Once a month, I take my blind amputee brother to Asda supermarket in Perth. During our last visit to the store, we were appalled at our treatment following the use of a disabled parking space. I discovered a fine which had been imposed on the grounds that my brother (who has lived in a care home for many years and cannot drive for obvious reasons) does not have a blue badge to display. Why should a genuinely disabled person be fined in an Asda car park for not displaying a blue badge? Blue Badge Scotland clearly state on their website: "The Blue Badge scheme is for drivers or passengers with severe mobility problems. The scheme provides a range of on-street parking concessions enabling Blue Badge holders to park closer to where they need to go. The scheme does not apply to off-street car parking, for example in privately operated car parks at supermarkets or airports." I immediately contested this fine with the store management and was shocked to discover that Asda have no power to waive these fines under any circumstances. This is because Asda allow a private company - Smart Parking - to run many of their car parks across the country. This company exploits the blue badge system under their "contract" agreement and employ their own staff to cowardly affix parking fines to windshields without care or consideration for who could be using this space. By allowing such a company to run their parking areas, Asda are complicit in this greedy money making exercise. Following my formal complaint, I had a call from an Asda corporate employee who claims to be among the highest echelons of customer service representatives. This individual showed no understanding or compassion whatsoever, responding to my issue with cold bureaucracy. This employee showed (as with any other member of Asda management that i have discussed this issue with) utter incompetence in understanding the difference between criminal law and contract law. I have been persistently shamed as having “broken the law”, which is absolutely not the case. Perhaps the most shocking revelation during this call is that Asda have confirmed they DO NOT provide their own spaces for disabled people who do not have (perhaps have forgotten or never had the need for) a blue badge. Their best suggestion was that I use the drop off point at the front door. This shows an incredible lack of understanding as they expect me to leave my blind, wheelchair bound brother unattended while I find a regular space. My brother is effectively barred from Asda as there are no suitable spaces to allow safe access to their stores. This amounts to discrimination against disabled customers, as confirmed in my correspondence with Citizens Advice Scotland. They have suggested that there is a strong argument here for the discrimination against the disabled and they have notified trading standards with regards to this issue. I am grateful to have guidance and support of local mps and msps on this matter in addition to a local newspaper that intends to run our story. PLEASE SIGN this petition to help prevent other people from suffering this discrimination, humiliation and indignity while visiting their local Asda store. N.B. Tesco have confirmed that they do not treat their disabled customers in this way and are equally shocked by the conduct of Asda.
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  • "Let There Be Light" in Edinburgh's Old Town
    The land in question has been left undeveloped for 40 years specifically for the purposes of an extension to the Central Library, thereby honouring the Library's founder Andrew Carnegie who desired that the Central Library: "grow in usefulness year after year, and prove one of the most potent agencies for the good of the people of Edinburgh for all time to come". With planning permission now granted for the massive proposed hotel this would significantly overshadow the library, with natural light levels projected to decline by up to 80%, thereby fundamentally compromising this important category A listed building, regarded as the finest example of a Carnegie endowed library in Scotland, whose motto above the main entrance is ironically “Let There Be Light”! Besides impinging on the library, the hotel will have a serious impact on the wider area adding to the excessive levels of congestion, noise and air pollution (already in breach of regulations and noted as one of the most polluted streets in Scotland), as a direct consequence of the over provision of existing hotels, hostels, student accommodation, bars, cafés, restaurants, late night clubs etc. This excessive commercial pressure is fundamentally undermining the well being of the local community and casting doubt on both the future liveability for residents and the credibility of the Outstanding Universal Value of the Old Town World Heritage. Given the slavish relationship to the construct of the current discredited economic model and the dire financial predicament of the Council, precipitated through a litany of mismanagement and scandal, a hotel is seen as the only use that can attract the capital receipt targets identified. Yet in pursuing the disposal of this precious land for yet another hotel the Council has undertaken NO public consultation as to alternative uses for the site. Inspired by the recently passed Community Empowerment Act, were this application to be called in and successfully challenged the local community wish to pursue the long held aspiration of developing the land at the Cowgate for the benefit of the Library and are confident of raising funds, inspired by the legacy of Carnegie, through philanthropic endeavour. This aspiration envisions a low level extension featuring a roof top garden dedicated to enlightened figures such as Andrew Carnegie and Patrick Geddes. This would ensure that the original library building was protected from overshadowing and the Outstanding Universal Value of the area enhanced, while mitigating pollution and developing further the reputation of the City for the benefit of generations to come. For more info see: http://lettherebelightedinburgh.org/ and: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/sep/08/edinburgh-endarkenment-public-land-luxury-hotel-india-buildings#comment-82814023 and: http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2016/09/10/a-tale-of-two-andrews/ As well as signing the petition please add comments below which will be forwarded to political representatives. Images of the proposed hotel can be viewed at: http://edinburgh.stv.tv/articles/1330113-plans-for-235-bed-hotel-plan-by-leonardo-hotelsin-the-cowgate-edinburgh/ “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library; this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration. A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” - Andrew Carnegie “Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.” - Andrew Carnegie
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    Created by Simon Byrom
  • Save 1 – 6 Canonmills Bridge
    The traditional single-storey building at 1 – 6 Canonmills Bridge has found a place in the hearts of locals and visitors to the area, serving as an attractive and popular hub for social life around a busy junction. The proposed redevelopment would loom, large and awkward, amongst the lovely older properties around the junction and bridge, destroying the harmonious character of the area. The current structure allows views of a corner turret, the greenery in the valley of the Water of Leith, plenty of sky and an interesting skyline. The City of Edinburgh Council Guidance on Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas February 2014 states that demolition will only be acceptable in a conservation area if the new development preserves or enhances the area – in the eyes of signatories, this is blatantly not the case in this instance. WE URGE THE COUNCIL PLANNING SUB-COMMITTEE TO RECOGNISE THE VALUE OF THE EXISTING BUILDING TO THE COMMUNITY AND REFUSE PERMISSION TO DEMOLISH IT. Note, if permission to demolish is refused, the redevelopment, as approved, will not be able to proceed.
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    Created by Jan Anderson
  • Stop Scottish water contracts going to private companies
    Public provision of water services in Scotland should continue to be a point of pride and a point of principle. Water is a service that should continue to be delivered for the benefit of the people. Public water provision in Scotland has resulted in the lowest average water bills in the UK for both households and businesses. Let's keep it that way by maintaining the responsibility and the benefits of water provision in the hands of the public sector here in Scotland.
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    Created by Angela McCormick
  • Get Rid of Yellow Hue on Esplanade
    Our towns Esplanade is first Port of Call for Visitors .. So I think We Should Keep it classy
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    Created by Jacqueline McNeil
  • Stop Fracking in Scotland. Keep our landscape clean and fresh!
    Fracking ruins our landscape or water and our farms. We do not benefit at all from this action which our prime minister had allowed right after our referendum. He has sold the land under your feet. The land we pay taxes on. This is our heritage and it is going to be destroyed. Help us stop Fracking NOW. They have our oil what more do they want? Protect your future and our kids future! We don't want contaminated Air, water or land animals. We love our fresh council water! We don't want lower life expectancy.
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  • Save the Steps
    -The steps are an iconic place. They have been used extensively by demonstrators. For instance, in the run up to the Scottish Independence Referendum, the steps were widely used by both "Yes" and "No thanks" campaigners. -The steps are popular. Many people use them as a place to sit, eat their lunch, socialise and listen to buskers. -There aren't many places in Glasgow City Centre to sit. Apart from George Square, there really isn't anywhere you can sit. -The steps provide excellent views over Buchanan Street and beyond. These views are captured by local photographers and artists.
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  • Prevent Scottish Power taking on New Retail Customers
    Scottish Power are one of the UK's largest energy providers labelled as one of the "Big Six". Their organisation is in a complete mess having made a disaster of their new systems last year. Since then a range of issues have occurred for everyday people with no sign of improvement on the horizon. Billing errors are creating inaccurate bills causing people to be chased and harassed for debts they do not owe. Innocent people who are not customers, or ever have been are being set-up as customers and being hounded for debts. Families left without gas and electricity for days, vulnerable and elderly people being let down. Their customer complaints is in complete melt-down and they are unable to cope with the sheer volume of contacts. They fail to respond to calls, emails and social media complaints. They fail to log issues causing people to have to start over again. We have had reports of families out of pocket of hundreds of £'s and left without services. A campaign on Twitter started just two weeks ago and has already interacted with 1000's of Scottish Power customers in similar situations. The energy Ombudsman service has been in-undated with complaints. Ofgem need to act and need to act now. Scottish Power's aggressive sales campaigns continue and in our opinion, they are shovelling more customers into a broken system. This must stop until they can rectify these issues. Our website can be found at www.switchtobetterservice.uk Further details can be found on our existing Twitter campaign and we recommend you click on "Favourites" to see the stories from real people. You can find this at www.twitter.com/switchtobetterservice. Our recently added Facebook page is also gaining steady momentum at www.facebook.com/switchtobetterservice UPDATE: on Friday 14th November 2014 Ofgem finally announced that they had launched an investigation into Scottish Power. Our campaign was acknowledged by Ofgem and your voice helped to draw attention to their failings. Read more here: http://switchtobetterservice.uk/2014/11/newspapers-report-on-ofgem-investigation-into-scottish-power/
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  • Use of electoral roll to pursue historic poll tax arrears
    The leader of Aberdeen-Shire Council, Mr Jim Gifford, has stated that he intends to use the electoral roll from the independence referendum, as a means of pursuing unpaid poll tax. Despite the fact, that this flat rate tax, regardless of income, which was trialled in Scotland by the Thatcher government, was universally seen as unfair and undemocratic, the notion of using the recent referendum as a vehicle for debt collection is cynical in the extreme. Many people were disenfranchised due the poll tax, as they could not afford to vote. Now, with the world marvelling at the level of inclusion and political awareness we have witnessed in this country recently, this unprecedented engagement of the people..rich and poor...is being tarnished with this deeply cynical and punitive plan of action. The recent months have shown that this referendum meant more to people than economics alone, but that people wanted a more morally just, and caring society. Mr Gifford...as one of our civic leaders...lead the way! Set an example for others to follow and scrap this selfish and unjust plan.
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    Created by Grant Wilson
  • Petition Against Attempts to Impose Restrictions on Calling Referenda
    There have been widespread complaints of irregular practices associated with the No side in the independence referendum. But even if we accept the vote itself wasn't rigged, that still doesn't alter the fact,that the referendum certainly WAS. Nobody can pretend the NO side won fair and square. There can be no question of saying "Congratulalions old chap, well played". The cheats played with every trick in a very dirty book. The cheats won a cheats' win which won't last. The blatant bias of the British State Broadcasting Corporation and practically all of the State-sponsored mass media rigged the referendum. The blatant lies about "You'll lose your pension" , which continued to be repeated to frighten old age pensioners, long after such stories had been comprehensively demolished, rigged the referendum The false promises of rapid and genuine Home Rule being delivered within a few months rigged the referendum. Despite having the BSBC and all the mass media on their side, in the last week of the referendum campaign, in a complete panic, the NO side resorted to general-election-style politicians' promises which they can't possibly keep. It is this blatant rigging described above that makes the "result" both dodgy and temporary. They ran a general-election-style campaign, focusing on personalities and political parties. They ran a general-election style campaign in making worthless politicians' promises. Because the NO side ran that kind of campaign, of course the "result" won't last a "generation". It is already coming apart. It is in this context that Blair Moffat and others are seeking to impose an anti-democratic rule that this dodgy result has to be "respected" for 25 years. That is an attack on free speech, when it's perfectly obvious the result isn't even much "respected" now, and that it will become less respected as the months and years pass. Please sign this petition to The Presiding Officer of The Scottish Parliament, against the anti-democratic proposal put forward by Blair Moffat, and in favour of the sovereignty of the people of Scotland, who are the only authority qualified to decide when they want another referendum
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    Created by Dave Coull