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Stop criminalising Hackney's rough sleepers

Hackney Council's new "Public Space Protection Orders" will give police and council officers the power to ban "anti-social" activities such as sleeping rough or begging. Those who breach an order could be issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice or a fine of £1,000.  As homeless charities have pointed out, this will criminalise the homeless who are already vulnerable. It is absurd to impose a fine of £1,000 on somebody who is already homeless and struggling. People should not be punished for the "crime" of not having a roof over their head - there is nothing inherently "anti social" or criminal about rough sleeping. Criminalising rough sleeping privileges the appearance of Hackney and the convenience of customers over the damage caused to the vulnerable and homeless.  Note that Kay Zell Huxley, a duty manager at a pub in the area was reported to have admitted that the "vagrants hanging around" do "respect the businesses and the pubs and are generally well behaved." It is completely unjustifiable to criminalise these people simply because they "may be intimidating for people outside." We should not privilege the convenience and desire of customers to have a good night out without having to see any homeless people over the lives and rights of those who are homeless and vulnerable.  We already know that homeless people are amongst the most vulnerable in our society and are already victims of exceptionally high levels of violence, crime and victimisation which is often committed by the general public and largely goes unreported. Researchers at the London School of Economics confirmed this in a study commissioned by Crisis as far back as  2004 and the rate of homelessness has only increased since then.  We should not allow measures which will make the lives of those with nowhere else to go even harder than they already are.  We have seen public pressure stop similar measures when they were proposed by Oxford City Council. Let's make sure we also stop this in Hackney and everywhere else it is proposed - we must force councils and policy makers to deal with the lack of affordable housing and rising levels of homelessness in London as a whole, rather than allow them to get away with shifting the "problem" into another borough.  Please take a moment to sign this petition. Let’s make sure that Hackney Council doesn't make rough sleeping harder than it already is!  

Zahira Patel
79,973 supporters
Petitioning Hackney Council, Cllr Rob Chapman

Divest from companies that support the occupation of Palestine

We demand that you follow through on your ethical commitments and divest the Hackney Local Government Pension Scheme from all companies that operate in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  Research published by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has uncovered LGPS funds collectively hold at least £3.2bn in companies complicit in Israel’s grave breaches of international law and Palestinian human rights. Hackney specifically holds investments in Elbit, Israel's largest arms manufacturer, and in Caterpillar, who produce the bulldozers used to demolish homes, schools, waterpipes and other key infrastructure, in order to make way for settlements. These and other companies are listed by the UN Human Rights Offices as complicit in Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.  Israel can only maintain its grave violations of Palestinian human rights because of products, equipment and services it receives from complicit companies. These companies are complicit through: Supplying the Israeli military with weapons and other technology used to oppress Palestinians. Providing technology and equipment used to maintain Israel’s infrastructure of military occupation, such as its checkpoints and the apartheid wall. Investment and other activity in Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, built on stolen Palestinian land.

Hackney PSC
59,479 supporters
Petitioning Hackney Council, Boris Johnson

Make Dog Theft and Attempted Dog Theft a Specific Offence

Under the Theft Act, animal companions are legally regarded as inanimate objects when stolen. Stolen pets come under theft offences such as burglary or theft from a person. Sentencing is dependent on the monetary value of the stolen animal (under or above £500), and the crime is treated as a category 3 (fine to 2 years in custody) or 4 offence (fine to 36 weeks in custody) in magistrates court. We need to change this. After personally experiencing an attempted theft of our little puppy, Rudie, we’re passionate to get suspects reprimanded for their actions and get higher sentencing - as are all the dog walkers and owners of the Hackney area.  This September, a man attempted to steal our little Rudie while we were walking him (on the lead!). He came up from behind and tried to scoop him up in a plastic bag. If it wasn’t for my partner being vigilant and realising what was happening, our situation would be very, very different.   The outpouring on social media about our story has been astounding - and not only from people in our area. It’s clear this is a nationwide problem. Since puppy prices have sky rocketed since COVID-19 lockdown, dog theft crimes have shot up. From snatching while on a dog walk, to stealing dogs from their homes, there needs to be harsher sentences to stop this from happening. Having spoken to dog owners and walkers in our community, it’s evident that we’re scared to walk our dogs, to enjoy all our local parks, to let our dogs off the lead - this is not okay. We don’t want to live in fear that our furry friend might be stolen. Dogs are not a possession. They are so much more than a handbag, a laptop, an iPad - they’re our family. If you agree, please sign this petition and help us get justice for our dogs! 

Alice Carroll
58,843 supporters
Petitioning Hackney Council

Save our Happy Man Tree, Hackney. Ancient Plane tree to be cut down by Berkeley Homes

This beautiful London plane tree grows on the public pavement on the North End of Lordship Rd. It began to grow around 1870, which makes it around  150 years old. At that time in this area there were large private houses being built. The tree survived that development.  In the 20th century these houses were replaced with the Woodberry Down estate. The tree survived that development. It also survived  many other changes to its surroundings such as the arrival of the motor car and road widening schemes. But now, in this  latest intervention by humans,  this tree has been condemned to be cut down. Berkeley Homes are developing the estate over a period of 30 years. They have not been able  to consider how  something as ancient and  majestic  as this tree might be incorporated into their business plans for the area. And because it is not part of their consideration, the tree has now been condemned to be cut down. This was confirmed at a Hackney Council planning meeting on April 23rd where permission was granted. This is despite the tree being under various protection legislation. By now it is abundantly clear how important trees are to our planet. For example, the carbon capture potential of this tree is enormous. But replacing it with saplings is not the point. It takes 150 years to grow a 150 year old tree. It probably takes 4 hours to destroy one. No compensation offered can make recompense for a 150 year old plant being destroyed. This is no longer about calculations of benefit and cost it is about how we want to live our lives and how we respect the other beings that live on this planet. Many of us become upset when looking at the pictures of trees being felled in the Amazon and we demand action from our governments. Here in our own road one equivalent tree is being allowed to be cut down by our council and its officers. Please sign this petition and stop this happening      

Happy Man Tree
32,539 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Amber Rudd MP, UK Parliament, The British Council, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Vince Cable MP, British Airways, Department of Justice, Hackney Council, Human Rights Ca...

Justice for Delsie Gayle, the elderly lady racially abused on Ryanair flight.

On Friday 19 October, 77-year old Delsie Gayle was physically threatened and left shaken after receiving a horrific torrent of racist abuse on a Ryanair flight. A white male passenger launched a screaming tirade of racism at Delsie on a flight back from Barcelona to Stansted. As shown in this video, he aggressively invades her space, leaning over his seat and pointing his hand so threateningly that another passenger has to intervene to stop him hitting her. His comments include:  “I don’t care whether she’s f****** disabled or not – if I tell her to get out she gets out.” “I will carry on as far as I can with this ugly black bastard.” “If you don’t go to another seat, I’ll push you to another seat.”  “Don’t talk to me in a f****** foreign language you stupid ugly cow.” The incident began when Delsie's arthritis prevented her from moving out of her seat quickly, to let the man into his window seat. Delsie was travelling back from Barcelona with her daughter, who had planned the holiday to try and give her mum something to smile about after losing her husband of 50 years. Since the incident, Delsie has not heard from Ryanair. She has been left feeling so depressed that she 'can't sleep or eat'. “I feel very low, because he pay his fare to go on holiday, I pay mine, so why does he abuse me for that due to the colour of my skin?" ******************************************************************************************* Ryanair's terms and conditions clearly state that: 11.1. If, in our reasonable opinion, you conduct yourself aboard the aircraft so as to endanger any person on board, or obstruct the crew in the performance of their duties, or fail to comply with any instructions of the crew...or behave in a manner which we reasonably believe may cause or does cause discomfort, inconvenience, damage or injury to other passengers or the crew, we may take such measures as we deem reasonably necessary to prevent continuation of such conduct, including restraint. You may be disembarked and refused onward carriage at any point, and may be prosecuted for offences committed on board the aircraft. This is the airline that turned a flight around after a man drunk too much and fined him £2,500. Yet this perpetrator was allowed to racially attack a vulnerable women and received no restraint from cabin crew - to the point that other passengers had to step in and the women herself had to move. I am therefore calling for the following: A full apology from Ryanair to Delsie Gayle, a refund of her flight and agreed compensation. A full police investigation into the incident; with the aim of bringing judicial action against this man for committing a criminal offence with his threatening behaviour and racist, hateful language. Ryanair to be fined for breaching their terms and conditions, and code of conduct, therefore putting passengers in danger. An explanation from Ryanair as to why the situation was handled so inadequately. It is 60 years since Rosa Parks was forced to give up her seat because of racial discrimination. It is imperative that we refuse to accept such events today. We've come too far to sit back and let anyone be treated in that way, simply because of the colour of their skin. Please share with your networks accordingly.     

Candi Williams
7,560 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Hackney Council

#JusticeForRash - The officer in the case should be suspended or resign!

Rashan Jermaine Charles was a 20 year old young man, born and raised in Hackney. He was someone's father, son, grandson, brother,  nephew and friend. His life was tragically taken away on Saturday 22nd July 2017, following an altercation with the Police. This unexpected tragedy has not only left his family and friends bereft and in total shock and disbelief , it has also left them with a financial burden of having to pay for the funeral cost, in order to lay him to rest, along with the now long and drawn out process of finding out the truth of what happened to their child and their quest for justice. Thousand of community members and people on many social media platforms have been horrified at the CCTV images of the incident and have sent messages of condolences, kindness and support to the family at the horrific way Rashan lost his life. His death echos the increase of police brutality that we are facing especially within the BAME community. The officer who was dealing with the cases is still currently at work 9 days in to the investigation, as you can understand it is causing a great deal of distress for Rashan's family and friends. It will be within the officers and within the public interest for the the officer to be taken away from the force until further notice.  The office in this case insists that Rashan swallowed something which later led to his death, if that is the case then please explain why the force is not abiding by their own rules and regulations stated bellow. College of policing states: Authorised Professional Practice guidance on custody and detention - Alcohol and drugs.   "If officers know or suspect that a detainee has swallowed a or packed drugs, either for the purpose of trafficking or to avoid imminent arrest or detention by the police, they must treat the person as being in need of urgent medical attention and transfer them straight to a hospital. Leakage from a package can prove fatal, if a package is swallowed to avoid detection. It is likely to have been prepared hastily and there is an imminent risk that it may open or burst inside the person. If this happens death can quickly follow." 

Pembe Tokluhan
3,129 supporters
Petitioning Hackney Council

Revoke the Hackney Council draft licensing policy for 2016 by implementing a support system solution

This petition has been set up to try to enforce measurements to resolve the proposed Hackney Council draft licensing policy for 2016. As a community, it is critically important to address ways to improve nightlife in Hackney, rather than look for direct ways to revoke the council's propositon, which is a reocurring issue. We have the power to formulate and implement a support system that improves the condition of Hackney's nightlife, for now and the future. This would increasingly improve the area for businesses, owners, promoters and any other group of individuals that play a role in such a vibrant and diverse community. Licensing is a significantly grey area in London and is a complicated issue, which is why it is critical to find a new avenue to oppose the motives of the council, such as a support system which would show a unified solution to what has already become a pressing issue for the council. NTIA chairman Allan Miller is in full support of protecting London's most vibrant area, he said: 'we need to be very mindful and remember bars and clubs are stakeholders in the area, as well as consider the mix between businesses, residents and visitors, and the eco system that comes from the nightlife in Hackney.' 'Hopefully everyone can work together to talk about carrying on to improve the area, with a smart 24 hour strategy, and by keep on providing for the borough and London to keep the talent coming. It is not 1950s or 1980s Britian anymore, we need to move forward as a grown up nation.'    

2,341 supporters
Save our Happy Man Tree, Hackney. Ancient Plane tree to be cut down by Berkeley Homes

Thank you to everyone who has signed this petition or contacted us about the removal of this much-loved tree. It's absolutely a last resort, and something we spent months working with local residents to explore alternative options to. To everyone’s disappointment, we could not find a way to avoid removing this tree without huge delays to the construction of desperately needed genuinely affordable homes for social rent, and a complete redesign of the project. In total these new Berkeley Homes plans include the planting of 175 new trees as well as the equivalent of 29 tennis courts of new open spaces, including a new fully public park. It’s also why there will be 4,135sqm of biodiverse green and brown roofs, including vegetation and planting, as well as an energy centre to provide low-carbon heat for the entire estate and 1,060 new cycle parking spaces. Already, the regeneration of the estate has seen 425 new trees planted, 50 bird and bat boxes installed and the opening of the fantastic Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve to the public for the first time in nearly 200 years. This huge investment in green infrastructure will benefit generations of local people for long into the future. This is on top of the other ways we, as a Council, are responding to the climate emergency with Hackney’s biggest ever tree planting programme, with 35,000 new trees across the borough by 2022, including over 5,000 new street trees – as well as switching to 100% clean energy, reallocating roads for green spaces and supporting low-carbon transport.

2 years ago
Save Britannia Leisure Centre

The last thing Hackney Council wants to do is to remove leisure facilities from the Britannia site – in fact, we want to build a new leisure centre with better facilities. We also need to provide 1,650 new secondary school places by 2020. We have to make the most of the limited land we own, so we want to find out if it would be possible to build a new secondary school and new leisure centre on the Britannia site. The Council does not have the money to fund a new school and new leisure centre, so we would need to build housing too. The money we make from the housing would go directly into building a new leisure centre and school. We are currently carrying out a feasibility study to see what would be viable. The feasibility study will focus on options that involve keeping the existing leisure centre open whilst the new facilities are built. Britannia Leisure Centre’s facilities are old, reaching the end of their life and are not cost effective to operate. As an absolute minimum we would want a new leisure centre to include: a 25m main swimming pool, a new learner pool, an introduction to water area, a children’s soft play area, two squash courts, a 140 station fitness suite, a spinning studio, two exercise studios, a sports hall, five-a-side pitches and a café and toilets that can be used by park users as well. When we have the results of the feasibility study, we will share them with residents and leisure centre users and hold open drop-in sessions for people to find out more and feedback their initial thoughts. There would be further opportunities for people to have their say if plans progress. Find out more about the plans here:

6 years ago