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Petitioning George Eustice MP, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP, Boris Johnson MP, Nick Clegg MP, Tony Abbott MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Amber Rudd MP, Greg Hunt MP, Mary Macleod MP, The Hon. Sussan ...

'Virtual Fences' in the UK to Lessen Roadkill and Road Traffic Accidents

ProblemIn 2016-2017 it was reported that more than 3900 animals were killed on the roads in the United Kingdom (Confused.com, 2018). This is 3900 too many. Even more so when you take into account that this only the animals which are reported as roadkill. Have you ever reported roadkill which you've seen? No. Therefore, this number is likely to be much, much larger. Road signs such as, "Animals Crossing" are not effective- drivers simply ignore them. Speed bumps don't work either as they disrupt traffic and result in NIMBYist feelings. However, there is a solution, and it comes from Tasmania...SolutionIn Tasmania, on one stretch of road, there are 'virtual fences', which detect car movement, and animal movement, and when they correspond to one-another, lets out a high frequency sound and flashing lights- which is completely inaudible, and invisible to the driver. This results in the animal being "spooked", and not crossing the road, or it does cross, just when it is safe to do so.Too many people have crashed, or died, in their cars by trying to avoiding wildlife. This simple tool will help to reduce this. In Tasmania this device reduced roadkill by 50%- so fewer animals died, fewer cars were crashed, and fewer people died- a mutually beneficial device to prevent unnecessary deaths.#DontBeOnTheFence Please Share this petition in whatever way you can: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, word of mouth, so that one day this will become commonplace in the UK. If you want to learn more about the 'virtual fences' information can be found at:  https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/australia-virtual-fence-roadkill/   or... Fox, et al., (2018), Roadkill mitigation: trialing virtual fence devices on the west coast of Tasmania, Australian Mammalogy, https://doi.org/10.1071/AM18012 Personal storyMy name is Sam, I am 20 years old, and am currently studying Geography at university. I wanted to set up this petition because when I saw this idea I thought that it should be utilised everywhere- not just hidden away in Tasmania. If it can reduce road traffic accidents, or roadkill even slightly then surely it would be a success?

Sam Street
4,460 supporters
Petitioning Stella Creasy MP, Kelly Tolhurst MP

Prosecute Adnan Khalid!

Hi Everyone, I am writing this petition to stop Adnan Khalid (who uses the fake name Danish, Danny or Adam) - owner of RS Car Sales Ltd (previously Lea Bridge Motors) to stop selling vehicles as they are not of satisfactory quality to be bought. The whole family - Adnan Khalid, his brother Khuram Khalid (uses the fake name Khan) and father Chaudhury Hussain have been selling faulty cars and putting lives at risk for well over the past 9 years under different businesses based around Rosebank Road and Russell Road in Walthamstow. They have been closing previous businesses and opening up new businesses to avoid legal action - please see the list of their current and past businesses below: RS Car Sales Ltd (currently trading under) Lea Bridge Motors Ltd BD Trade Sales Ltd Blue Diamond Cars Ltd Bluegate Cars Ltd Stargate Cars Ltd Blue Diamond Autos Ltd Blue Diamond Motors Ltd BN Motors Ltd I recently bought a car from here for around £4,500 and as soon as I bought it the car had major engine, gear box and internal problems that made it literally impossible to drive. I am in process of fixing these issues which has cost me a lot of money. Adnan Khalid has refused to answer any of my calls/texts and emails. This has caused me a lot stress and pain, I would have hoped that buying from a dealership - the car would be safe to drive. I have discovered that it has been on a programme called "The Sheriffs Are Coming" - which I wish I had seen before I bought the car. https://youtu.be/4i2cvrLMU8Y This is when they were known as "Bluegate Cars" - see the full episode of Dont Get Done, Get Dom - Second Hand Cars below https://youtu.be/XKtxXX-rYhs It goes to show that they con people and change their business name to try and get away with it. They have changed their name over 8 times in the past decade (as mentioned above). I have also done my research and a lot of people have had similar issues to me with this dealership. For example - https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4642189&page=2 https://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/10782799.salesman-called-dodgy-car-perfect-family-vehicle/ Khuram Khalid (Adnan's brother - known as Khan) and father Chowdhury Khalid Husain had an altercation in the middle of a flight - see news article below: https://onemileatatime.com/qatar-airways-diversion-fight/ Adnan has just recently (15/05/2019) been on BBC Watch Dog on Rogue traders - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3Qmqv4tYbwNxwVg02zRKDN4/leabridge-motors-limited https://youtu.be/ZhYx46Iysfs Please can you share this so that no one else buys from this trader. I am very shocked that they are still allowed to trade. I would hope my petition would help to get Adnan Khalid and his family are prosecuted so no one else would suffer. Please see links below to their business: RS Car Sales Ltd in Walthamstow / Leyton, 85 Russell Road, London, E10 7ES https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/11613381 https://rscarsalese10.co.uk/ https://www.autotrader.co.uk/dealers/waltham-forest/leyton/rs-car-sales-limited-10019424?sort=price-asc&page=1&dealer=10019424&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&advertising-location=at_profile_cars&fbclid=IwAR3TXNLUU7xBKTOs8tB04f7Jiwc5xhB0vE_nHrMYHSgWpwpK0s79B8mDoTM https://showroom.ebaymotorspro.co.uk/rs-car-sales-ltd1?page=4&menu=1 It has also been noted that the older brother Kamran Khalid has also been involved in dodgy car dealerships - please see article below: https://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/15790223.jailed-conman-who-posed-as-showroom-owner-and-tricked-man-into-paying-1850-for-car-in-chingford/  

Anayet Rashid
580 supporters
Petitioning The Canadian Health Care System, Government of Canada, The Society of Obstetricians and Gynocologists of Canada, World Endometriosis Society, Government of Alberta, Shannon Stubbs MP, Seema Malhotr...

Help people with Endometriosis get proper diagnosis and treatment.

ProblemOn average it takes 7-12 years To properly diagnose someone with endometriosis in Canada.1 in 10 women have Endometriosis.Endometriosis is a disease where endometrial like tissue is found outside the Uterus. If left untreated it can cause lesions on organs resulting in the loss of these organs, such as ovaries, appendix, and kidneys.Many who have this disease are suffering from debilitating pelvic pain, irregular periods, bleeding between periods, painful intercourse, bowel issues, urinary pain, back and leg pain and fatigue.  The disease in some cases prevents people from living a normal and active life.  Waiting 12 years and in some cases over 20 years for a diagnosis nevermind  treatment is not acceptable! Canada has only 15 Surgeons trained in excision (the removal of Endometriosis lesions). We need more, the wait lists are far too long.Many women are opting to pay up to $20,000 to go to the United States to have surgery due to our lengthy process to get a diagnosis and then up to 18 months for surgical treatment.The problem is most GPs and Gynecologists are not specialized in recognizing the symptoms of Endometriosis And those that can are still using hormone therapy to treat or diagose Endometriosis.Improvement or lack of improvement of symptoms using Birthrol pills or injections does not diagnose Endometriosis nor does it cure it. In a trial of 71 women placed on CHCs (combined hormonal) for 3 months whom Endometriosis was proved by Laproscopic images Found 30 % had improvement of symptoms whereas 41%Had no improvement- sited from the JOCG Volume 32 number 7 July 2010By the time women go through these various rounds of hormone treatment it can be months or years which delays the diagnosis. It also subjects the patient to many undesirable side effects.We need the the medical field to stop making recommendations for hysterectomy as a treatment and cure for endometriosis.  There is evidence that even after the uterus is removed the Endometriosis cells can still survive and grow causing pain and damage to tissues and organs.  We need to stop using AblasionAs a means of treatment for Endometriosis and take it out of medical journals as a noted option for removal of Endometriosis lesion. This is not effective.Ablation has resulted in many failed surgeries often causing more scar tissue, and often a return of pain and symptomsTo the patient just 6 months after the procedure resulting in the need for future surgeries and more missed work resulting in lost wages and productivity.There is a desperate need for More training in the field of Endometriosis.There is not enough awareness Or updated research available to Canadian Family Doctors, Nurses, Gynecologists and Obstetricians.There is a desperate need for more efficient diagnosis of Endometriosis.And a huge need for expedited referrals to properly trained Surgeons specializing in the visual appearance and localization of Endometriosis lesions, and implants and whom have the skill to preform Laproscopic exicission of the lesions caused by the disease.This is considered the Gold standard of treatment and must be made so here in Canada.As Endometriosis cannot be seen on ultrasound imagining all suspected cases of Endometriosis should have a laproscopic procedure. Far too many women have treatment delayed by decades or are turned away entirely after an ultrasound fails to show Endometriosis. This can no longer continue to occur in our country.Please help meTo bring a solution soonFor those sufferingBy adding your name and voiceThanks so much.SolutionThe solution starts with education and awareness.I would like to kindly ask the Canadian Ministry of health and education to fund more reaserch on the cause, ways to identify biomarkers and treatment for Endometriosis. To develope a programIn collaboration with The Endometriosis network CanadaAnd other awareness and support groups that helpBring awareness of the early symptoms of Endometriosis to grade school health programs.Train all medical staff in the Symptoms associated with Endometriosis and how to do refferals to expedite the diagnosisOf Endometriosis.Have the Journal of Obstricians and Gynocologists write an updated version on Endometriosis.Support more Canadian SurgeonsIn becoming specialized in the diagnosis of and excision of Endometriosis.Support the existing Gynecologists that are specialized in EndometriosisThey deserve more Resources to keep doing the great work they are doing to helpAlleviate the pain and sufferingThat is often caused by this disease.Ensure Health Care covers additional treatment needed for Endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain such as: pelvic floor therapy,Nutritionists to recommend anti-inflammatory diets or other remedies to decrease symptoms and pain just to name a few.Personal storyMichelle Aris is a graduate of the community rehabilitation program from Mount Royal University in Calgary Alberta as well an established Landscape Designer Using her talents to help make Gardens more accessible and affordable for allWith her many passion projects.Michelle had her first symptoms of Endometriosis at age 13 but was not diagnosed with endometriosis until nearly 21 years later in 2013 after having a laparoscopic procedure to diagnose the years of constant pelvic pain, ovarian pain, bowel pain, irregular periods, back pain and what felt to be siatic leg pain as well as many other symptoms that often would leave her bedridden for days. Michelle wants to bring awareness about EndometriosisAnd positive change in Canada and around the world.Thanks for taking the time to read this petition and add your name to help thousands of people suffering with Endometriosis obtain proper diagnosis and treatment.

Michelle Aris
520 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Amber Rudd MP, Theresa May MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Mary Macleod MP, Gabrielle Upton MP, Nicola Blackwood MP, Stella Creasy MP, Anna Soubry MP

Comprehensive education in school of the female menstrual cycle

I was on the contraceptive pill from the age of 15 or 16 (now 16 years ago), and from then I got put on the implant. I have since come off all forms of contraception because of the effect it was having on me. To put this in to perspective, the pill made me angry/depressed/uncontrollable/anxious, and it's hard to work out at a young age whether these are just your hormones (ie. you), or whether it's down to the hormones you are pumping your body full of. With the implant, which I was on for 7 years, I ended up a zombie. I felt nothing. No highs or lows. Just existing. This last year I have come off all forms of contraception and I have taken to researching and educating myself on my own body. I think this is necessary in school. I didn't have any education on how your menstrual cycle works, the 5 day period where you are highly fertile and the symptoms of that, and also how it affects your mood- so I can actually tell it's me who is slightly psychotic or if it's hormones.  At school my only education on the subject was in Biology. I think the country would save thousands in the cost of pills, you'd have less girls suffering from depression (known to be linked to the pill), and we would all be more aware of our bodies, also meaning we can spot when something is wrong. It has been far too easy for the pill to be prescribed to girls, yes it may be necessary in some cases, but we are being handed it out for everything- skin conditions, anxiety, depression, to control weight...I can go on and on. It's scary really. Pumping out bodies full of chemicals should not be the solution to so many problems. In fact it's creating more issues.  In an era where women are starting to take back control of themselves, I think this is a vital step to ensuring we have control and knowledge of how our bodies work (because they are amazing), and start opening our eyes to the dangers of the pill/implant.        

Holly Perkins
357 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Sadiq Khan, Theresa May MP, Stella Creasy MP, Boris Johnson MP

Tighten Regulation on Hate Crime & Hate Speech on Social Media towards Muslims

What is "Hate Crime"? The term 'hate crime' can be used to describe a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity. These aspects of a person's identity are known as 'protected characteristics'. A hate crime can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property. The perpetrator can also be a friend, carer or acquaintance who exploits their relationship with the victim for financial gain or some other criminal purpose. Islamophobia is when Muslims are the victims of attacks just because of their religion. Recently we have seen a large increase in hate crime towards Muslims. One of the reasons of this is is that the current punishment is too lenient and is not acting as a deterrence.    According to TellMAMA, there has been an increase in the number of offline incidents since 2014 from 147 to 437 to 2015. This shows an increase of 300% Muslim Woman are more likely to be attacked then Muslim men in most settings. The largest perpetrators are white males. Muslims are fearful of leaving their homes to go to work, shops or even to go and visit their friends. We are living in the 21st Century, hate crime should not exist, the Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society and yet it is still a major problem in today's society.     Resham Khan, a 21-year-old aspiring model and her cousin, Jameel Muhktar, 37, suffered horrific injuries when an attacker squirted acid through their car window in Newham, East London, on the 21st June 2017. What is Islam? Islam is a religion, and the people who follow it are called Muslims. Almost a quarter of the world's population are Muslims and in the UK it's about 1 in 20 people. Islam is the second largest religion in the UK after Christianity. Islam is over 1,400 years old, dating back to the 7th Century. The Islamic word for God is Allah .The word "Islam" means submission to God's will and obedience to God's law. It comes from an old Arabic word meaning "peace." Why are Muslims being targetted? Some people have blamed all Muslims for recent terrorist attacks carried out by extreme groups who say they follow the religion of Islam. But, many people say those terrorist groups have extreme beliefs of hatred and violence that have little to do with what most Muslims believe.  

Sameer Hussain
313 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Mary Macleod MP, Amber Rudd MP, Greg Hunt MP, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Vince Cable MP, Gabrielle Upton MP, George Eustice MP, James Morris MP, Stel...

Prohibit in UK the practice of (Metzitza) Oral Suction Circumcision on 8 day old babies!

TOTAL BAN on the practice of Oral Suction Circumcision (Metzitza) Oral Suction Circumcision (Metzitza) is the ancient barbaric practice of, circumcising 8 day old babies with no anaesthetic and the orally sucking blood from the open wound in the penis. Unbelievably it is still legal in the UK! With all the work and money going into battling FGM, no one seems to raise a whimper in regard to the obvious "sick" factor. The concerns go much deeper  BROOKLYN, NY — The city's health department this week confirmed the first case in 2017 of a baby getting neonatal herpes following a controversial Jewish circumcision process. Metzitzah b'peh was performed on the baby, which is a ritual where a mohel, or trusted religious circumciser, uses his mouth to suck blood away from the circumcision wound on the infant's penis, the department said. The health department calls metzitzah b'peh "direct orogenital suction," or DOS, and said it can transmit herpes to newborn males.Since 2000, there have been 24 confirmed cases of herpes infection following DOS, according to the health department. Two of the 24 babies died, and at least two others suffered brain damage.In 2016, there were two confirmed herpes cases following DOS, and in 2015 there were three, according to the health department. This is the first confirmed case of herpes following DOS in 2017. The baby was put on an intravenous antiviral for 14 days. (Source: patch.com)  

William Smith
252 supporters
We support Mini Holland in Waltham Forest

Hello - I'm writing to update people who have signed this petition ahead of the Waltham Forest Council meeting on Thursday 22nd October, to let you know that I have yet to receive a response to my latest letter about Mini Holland sent on the 23rd September to the Chief Executive of the Council and Lead Councillor for the scheme. If you have not yet seen this letter please email me on stella@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk and I will share a copy with you for information. Please note that as the MP I do not have any direct authority over this scheme as it is managed by Waltham Forest Council. Therefore whilst I can raise this existence of this petition with the council, and will alert the Walthamstow representatives ahead of Thursday to the numbers of people who have signed all the Change.org petitions about Mini Holland, there is no formal status attributed to this petition in their decision making processes. Therefore if you have not been in touch with your councillors about this matter I would encourage you to do so. I will continue to try to ensure Waltham Forest Council is aware of the views about this scheme which are raised with me. kind regards Stella

4 years ago
STOP Mini Holland in Walthamstow

Hello - I'm writing to update people who have signed this petition ahead of the Waltham Forest Council meeting on Thursday 22nd October, to let you know that I have yet to receive a response to my latest letter about Mini Holland sent on the 23rd September to the Chief Executive of the Council and Lead Councillor for the scheme. If you have not yet seen this letter please email me on stella@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk and I will share a copy with you for information. Please note that as the MP I do not have any direct authority over this scheme as it is managed by Waltham Forest Council. Therefore whilst I can raise this existence of this petition with the council, and will alert the Walthamstow representatives ahead of Thursday to the numbers of people who have signed all the Change.org petitions about Mini Holland, there is no formal status attributed to this petition in their decision making processes. Therefore if you have not been in touch with your councillors about this matter I would encourage you to do so. I will continue to try to ensure Waltham Forest Council is aware of the views about this scheme which are raised with me. kind regards Stella

4 years ago
We support Mini Holland in Waltham Forest

Hello! Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with me about the Mini Holland project either via the Change.org system or directly. I'm posting this update to both the pro- and anti petitions. The Mini Holland trial road closure scheme has now been running for a week- it is designed to trial how Waltham Forest Council should spend the £30m the Mayor of London has given them to improve road safety for cyclists and pedestrians around this area. As your local MP and a local resident I know this has caused considerable debate - thats why I am keen to ensure residents affected by this project are given a range of opportunities to contribute to deciding how to improve road safety in Walthamstow. Given these concerns, please find below and attached the response the council has sent me to my questions about resident involvement in this process which I hope is of interest. Please note I have also received a subsequent email from Cllr Loakes correcting the date of the proposed implementation he mentions in Stage 5 to January 2015, not 2016. Yesterday, I and the Hoe Street Councillors took down ideas from more than 60 local residents as part of seeking to gather feedback on this project including asking for ideas for what alternative routes could be more effective to improve road safety- we will submit these directly to the council planners for consideration, and you can now also find this survey online should you wish to share it with anyone else here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6XW6HWV I have also shared with residents following requests the links for both the pro and anti Change.org petitions (apologies that in my e-newsletter this week these links were not correct). I hope this information is of interest to you - if you would like to be on my direct mailing list for updates on Mini Holland please email me with your name and address (these updates are for Walthamstow residents only). My email is below for your information. kind regards Stella p.s. furthermore, if you don't get my weekly e-newsletter about everything Walthamstow please do let me know and I will also add you to the mailing list! my email address is stella@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk email from Clyde Loakes ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Cllr Clyde Loakes Date: Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM Subject: Fwd: Stella Response To: Stella Creasy Cc: Cllr Mark Rusling , Cllr Ahsan Khan , Cllr Saima Mahmud , Cllr Angie Bean , Cllr Peter Barnett , Cllr Richard Sweden , Vala Valavan , Chris Harrison , Keith Hanshaw , Council Leader , Cllr Chris Robbins Dear Stella Thank you for your very constructive e-mail about the two-week highway improvement trial in Walthamstow Village. Your email raises valid points and we’re really encouraged by all of the helpful feedback we’re receiving as it will help us deliver a better scheme for residents. Prior to our successful mini-Holland bid, we had identified the Pembroke Road area for a neighbourhood improvement scheme. In February this year we undertook a pre-scheme survey to understand the main concerns of local residents and businesses. From this survey two key issues were raised; ‘rat running’ traffic and speeding on residential roads. Now that we have secured the mini-Holland funding, we have used this opportunity to take the scheme one step further and produce a new approach to not only resolve those two key issues, but also to give residents, businesses and other interested parties the chance to radically improve their surroundings and the environment in which they live. The live trial from 26 September to 13 October is enabling us to collect valuable background data to see whether our proposals and assumptions can deliver the range of outcomes set out by our earlier consultation. We appreciate that it is causing disruption for residents and value their patience while we test the trial in a live environment to see what works and what doesn’t. The added inconvenience of the burst water main on Hoe Street obviously hasn’t helped but we are stressing that the trial is temporary and is a really valuable exercise. Please find attached an information leaflet detailing the trial scheme, which was distributed to 4,200 local households before the scheme started. We’re now aware that some residents did not feel informed prior to the start of the trial so will be closely monitoring the distribution of any further materials to ensure that surrounding properties are properly engaged, and will be sending update leaflets over the next two weekends. To date we have spoken to 900 people – 400 of whom before the trial started - and we have also already received over 350 emails about the scheme. As you know, the trial has created a local debate and while some residents are undoubtedly opposed to the scheme, there are a significant number championing it. What we want to do over the coming week is encourage people to consider the whole effect on their neighbourhood. During the trial we will be collecting data which will be evaluated against the information we collected before the trial to see what difference, if any, the temporary traffic management interventions have made on individual streets. We know that at this point in the trial, we have seen a 40 per cent reduction in traffic in the trial area, with some 3,000 fewer vehicles on the roads as a whole. As well as this technical evidence we are looking to collect residents’ views, opinions and ideas and are urging people to send their feedback to a designated mini-Holland e-mail address: miniholland@walthamforest.gov.uk During the trial Council officers have been present within Orford Road to discuss any queries the community may have and to offer advice as needed. They have been able to clarify some of the myths around mini-Holland, for example access for the emergency services and refuse collection vehicles, as well issues on the local main roads. We have already and will continue to visit properties in the surrounding streets to gather residents’ views, and are asking residents to complete the attached form to give us their views. Simon Munk mentioned that you are planning to survey residents so hopefully you will find this form useful in terms of consistency. The findings from this trial will not only help inform the final scheme for this area, which will be put out to public consultation before anything is implemented, but also other schemes across Waltham Forest over the coming years. Please find below an outline of the consultation process, which I hope addresses points A-E in your email: Stage 1: Data collection Before the trial started we placed traffic counting equipment at locations and on roads we know are the main ‘rat run’ routes through the area from Lea Bridge Road and Hoe Street. We have also been recording traffic volumes on the roads surrounding the trial area, including St Mary Road and Church Lane. Stage 2: Pilot (in progress) The pilot project was introduced on 26 September, which includes temporary road closures. The trial aims to show local residents, businesses and other interested stakeholders how the village could exist if rat running traffic was removed and the road space reallocated to alternative uses, for example general traffic and parking. During the pilot we will be gathering feedback received from door knocking, the email address as outlined above and an online consulation at the end of the trial period. At the mid-way point in the trial, we will issue an update to local properties followed by an update once the trial is over, which will outline the next steps. Stage 3: Further feedback and development of final proposals for public consultation After the trial period is over, we will run a series of workshops with the local community (including resident groups, businesses, schools and all other interested parties) to provide them with the data we have collected and to get further feedback on the trial. These workshops will cover which elements worked, which did not work, which elements we should retain, amend or remove and which other changes the community would like to see on their street following their experiences of the trial. These sessions will help us develop specific proposals also based on feedback and the data collected by the traffic surveys. Stage 4 Public consultation and statutory consultation In November we will start public engagement activities with consultation documents available, drop in sessions and focus groups. This will be followed by a statutory consultation. Stage 5 Implementation At this stage we anticipate that a staged implementation of the scheme developed in consultation with the community, will start from January 2016. Stage 6 Review We will undertake a review at least six months after the final scheme has been implemented to make any necessary design tweaks. This should allow enough time for any teething issues to have been ironed out post-implementation. We are very aware that during this trial period we have got some things wrong. We are very committed to learning form these mistakes and are attempting to take in-trial remedial action where possible, such as increased signage. We really are very grateful to everyone for bearing with us. Thanks again for getting in touch about the scheme and I hope this has clarified some of the processes we carried out so far. In the meantime, please do encourage residents to get involved in the debate and send their views to miniholland@walthamforest.gov.uk as we’re keen to ensure the final scheme is fit for the community. Yours sincerely Cllr Clyde Loakes

5 years ago
STOP Mini Holland in Walthamstow

Hello! Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with me about the Mini Holland project either via the Change.org system or directly. I'm posting this update to both the pro- and anti petitions. The Mini Holland trial road closure scheme has now been running for a week- it is designed to trial how Waltham Forest Council should spend the £30m the Mayor of London has given them to improve road safety for cyclists and pedestrians around this area. As your local MP and a local resident I know this has caused considerable debate - thats why I am keen to ensure residents affected by this project are given a range of opportunities to contribute to deciding how to improve road safety in Walthamstow. Given these concerns, please find below and attached the response the council has sent me to my questions about resident involvement in this process which I hope is of interest. Please note I have also received a subsequent email from Cllr Loakes correcting the date of the proposed implementation he mentions in Stage 5 to January 2015, not 2016. Yesterday, I and the Hoe Street Councillors took down ideas from more than 60 local residents as part of seeking to gather feedback on this project including asking for ideas for what alternative routes could be more effective to improve road safety- we will submit these directly to the council planners for consideration, and you can now also find this survey online should you wish to share it with anyone else here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6XW6HWV I have also shared with residents following requests the links for both the pro and anti Change.org petitions (apologies that in my e-newsletter this week these links were not correct). I hope this information is of interest to you - if you would like to be on my direct mailing list for updates on Mini Holland please email me with your name and address (these updates are for Walthamstow residents only). My email is below for your information. kind regards Stella p.s. furthermore, if you don't get my weekly e-newsletter about everything Walthamstow please do let me know and I will also add you to the mailing list! my email address is stella@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk email from Clyde Loakes ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Cllr Clyde Loakes Date: Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM Subject: Fwd: Stella Response To: Stella Creasy Cc: Cllr Mark Rusling , Cllr Ahsan Khan , Cllr Saima Mahmud , Cllr Angie Bean , Cllr Peter Barnett , Cllr Richard Sweden , Vala Valavan , Chris Harrison , Keith Hanshaw , Council Leader , Cllr Chris Robbins Dear Stella Thank you for your very constructive e-mail about the two-week highway improvement trial in Walthamstow Village. Your email raises valid points and we’re really encouraged by all of the helpful feedback we’re receiving as it will help us deliver a better scheme for residents. Prior to our successful mini-Holland bid, we had identified the Pembroke Road area for a neighbourhood improvement scheme. In February this year we undertook a pre-scheme survey to understand the main concerns of local residents and businesses. From this survey two key issues were raised; ‘rat running’ traffic and speeding on residential roads. Now that we have secured the mini-Holland funding, we have used this opportunity to take the scheme one step further and produce a new approach to not only resolve those two key issues, but also to give residents, businesses and other interested parties the chance to radically improve their surroundings and the environment in which they live. The live trial from 26 September to 13 October is enabling us to collect valuable background data to see whether our proposals and assumptions can deliver the range of outcomes set out by our earlier consultation. We appreciate that it is causing disruption for residents and value their patience while we test the trial in a live environment to see what works and what doesn’t. The added inconvenience of the burst water main on Hoe Street obviously hasn’t helped but we are stressing that the trial is temporary and is a really valuable exercise. Please find attached an information leaflet detailing the trial scheme, which was distributed to 4,200 local households before the scheme started. We’re now aware that some residents did not feel informed prior to the start of the trial so will be closely monitoring the distribution of any further materials to ensure that surrounding properties are properly engaged, and will be sending update leaflets over the next two weekends. To date we have spoken to 900 people – 400 of whom before the trial started - and we have also already received over 350 emails about the scheme. As you know, the trial has created a local debate and while some residents are undoubtedly opposed to the scheme, there are a significant number championing it. What we want to do over the coming week is encourage people to consider the whole effect on their neighbourhood. During the trial we will be collecting data which will be evaluated against the information we collected before the trial to see what difference, if any, the temporary traffic management interventions have made on individual streets. We know that at this point in the trial, we have seen a 40 per cent reduction in traffic in the trial area, with some 3,000 fewer vehicles on the roads as a whole. As well as this technical evidence we are looking to collect residents’ views, opinions and ideas and are urging people to send their feedback to a designated mini-Holland e-mail address: miniholland@walthamforest.gov.uk During the trial Council officers have been present within Orford Road to discuss any queries the community may have and to offer advice as needed. They have been able to clarify some of the myths around mini-Holland, for example access for the emergency services and refuse collection vehicles, as well issues on the local main roads. We have already and will continue to visit properties in the surrounding streets to gather residents’ views, and are asking residents to complete the attached form to give us their views. Simon Munk mentioned that you are planning to survey residents so hopefully you will find this form useful in terms of consistency. The findings from this trial will not only help inform the final scheme for this area, which will be put out to public consultation before anything is implemented, but also other schemes across Waltham Forest over the coming years. Please find below an outline of the consultation process, which I hope addresses points A-E in your email: Stage 1: Data collection Before the trial started we placed traffic counting equipment at locations and on roads we know are the main ‘rat run’ routes through the area from Lea Bridge Road and Hoe Street. We have also been recording traffic volumes on the roads surrounding the trial area, including St Mary Road and Church Lane. Stage 2: Pilot (in progress) The pilot project was introduced on 26 September, which includes temporary road closures. The trial aims to show local residents, businesses and other interested stakeholders how the village could exist if rat running traffic was removed and the road space reallocated to alternative uses, for example general traffic and parking. During the pilot we will be gathering feedback received from door knocking, the email address as outlined above and an online consulation at the end of the trial period. At the mid-way point in the trial, we will issue an update to local properties followed by an update once the trial is over, which will outline the next steps. Stage 3: Further feedback and development of final proposals for public consultation After the trial period is over, we will run a series of workshops with the local community (including resident groups, businesses, schools and all other interested parties) to provide them with the data we have collected and to get further feedback on the trial. These workshops will cover which elements worked, which did not work, which elements we should retain, amend or remove and which other changes the community would like to see on their street following their experiences of the trial. These sessions will help us develop specific proposals also based on feedback and the data collected by the traffic surveys. Stage 4 Public consultation and statutory consultation In November we will start public engagement activities with consultation documents available, drop in sessions and focus groups. This will be followed by a statutory consultation. Stage 5 Implementation At this stage we anticipate that a staged implementation of the scheme developed in consultation with the community, will start from January 2016. Stage 6 Review We will undertake a review at least six months after the final scheme has been implemented to make any necessary design tweaks. This should allow enough time for any teething issues to have been ironed out post-implementation. We are very aware that during this trial period we have got some things wrong. We are very committed to learning form these mistakes and are attempting to take in-trial remedial action where possible, such as increased signage. We really are very grateful to everyone for bearing with us. Thanks again for getting in touch about the scheme and I hope this has clarified some of the processes we carried out so far. In the meantime, please do encourage residents to get involved in the debate and send their views to miniholland@walthamforest.gov.uk as we’re keen to ensure the final scheme is fit for the community. Yours sincerely Cllr Clyde Loakes

5 years ago