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Petitioning UK Parliament, Department of Justice, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations Security Council, RadioShack, BBC, News Corp., European Broadcasting Union, Facebook, Snap Inc., Google, Inc, U.S. Depart...

Muslim concentration camps in China

Problem(PLEASE MAKE AN EFFORT TO READ EVERYTHING IT WILL TAKE A MAXIMUM OF 6 MINUTES OF YOUR TIME.) China is putting muslims into internment (concentration) camps and no one is doin anything about it. They have detained over a million Uyghurs and other turkic muslims they are forced to denounce islam and pledge allegiance to the chinese state. Methods of torture are being used against them in exchange for any attempt of resistance (teeth pulled out, nails pulled out, snakes being used for "interrogation", beaten till dead, sterilisation, clamped down on a chair hours on end in solitary confinement). Muslims are being sent there for random reasons, any signs that they practice any aspect of islam or have any foreign relations. People are watched so closely that there are Han government caterers that are living in the Uyghur homes. Children are sent to boarding schools where they are taught to hate their own identity, their own religion and are subject to abuse. Parents dont know where their kids are. So why is China doing this to Uyghur and Turkic muslims specifically? East Turkestan is really rich in minerals and resources; by putting people into camps and basically carrying out an ethnic cleansing, china is attempting to maintain tight control over the mineral-rich land. Why has the world been so quiet about this situation? China has tightly controlled it's media so a lot of whats happening can not really be seen by the rest of the world (One of the main reasons why muslims with foreign contact are being detained is so there is no one to contact foreigners). Even when people/government know about it they are forced to keep silent due to chinese pressure and their economic and strategic ties to the country.Solution1. Raise awareness that this is happening because right now most of the world has no idea about this. 2. Pressure your government leaders to acknowledge chinese occupation of east Turkestan and its systematic campaign to wipe out the Uyughurs and other people of East Turkestan.3. Support your local Uyghur communities, they're in dire need of international support.4. Come out to their protests, organise protests in front of Chinese embassies and bodies that can acctually take action to challenge China's ethnic cleansing of the Uyghurs. Personal storyIts the humane thing to do.

Muhammad Kabir
5,517 supporters
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
4,992 supporters
Petitioning Boris Johnson MP, Theresa May MP, David Cameron MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Tony Abbott MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Amber Rudd MP, Nick Clegg MP, Mary Macleod MP, Vince Cable MP, David ...

Lower the age of a "SMEAR" test to 20+ from 25!! THIS IS OUR BODY! AND OUR FUTURE

I have done some research recently which indicates that women under 25 are STILL likely to get cervical cancer even though the chances are slim. (IT IS STILL POSSIBLE!)  I would like you to lower the age from 25 to 20+ as this is the right age range in which to get tested against this cancer.  We as women have a right to prevent all possibilities of getting cancer, As this is our body and we want to protect it at all cost.  And if it was that person in the percentage that did have cervical cancer between the ages of 20-25 they should.. AS HUMANS have a right to have access to treatment and not be turned away because they aren't "of age" and when they do FINALLY get tested at age 25 like the doctors recommend, it is too late. So if it is a risk to perform a smear on women younger than 25.. Why do you carry out abortions to those under 25? Even those under 18? And the procedure in which the female goes under anesthetic and the fetus gets suctioned from the mothers uterus. That in its self poses a higher risk to the female body, in some cases even death on the table.  But you still as a country carry out abortions to women ages between 14+? But cannot provide women tests to check their health?  MORE needs to be done to protect our bodies. Checking only at the age 25 is so bizarre. For some people it is too late by the time, And we should be able to prevent that by being able to get a diagnosis sooner. Just to be safe. We have rights and we demand all women younger than 25 to get checked for cervical cancer! And be offered treatment they deserve. Sooner. We are the future. We have a choice!! 

Lacey Unknown
2,259 supporters
Petitioning Department of Education, Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan, Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education, Stella Creasy MP, john Robert cryer MP, Thomas William Randall MP

Jadens Law: A halt to school exclusions until a suitable alternative education is given.

Jaden Moodie was an intelligent 14 year old boy who was brutally murdered on the 8th January 2019. His life was cut short, some would say he had his whole life ahead of him, yes he did indeed. Jadens school education was also cut short due to the racial systematic system that our children are forced to join. Redhill Academy in Nottingham was the first secondary school to exclude Jaden multiple times until his mother made a decision to take him out of mainstream education to be home schooled. Heathcote Secondary School in London was the second secondary school to exclude Jaden. Heathcote excluded Jaden for an incident that occurred outside of school. They failed to address the situation which lasted 10 seconds and the mother was not made aware of his exclusion.  Statistics have shown that Heathcote in 2019 has had a high level of exclusion rates.  According to a press release in September 2018, 'In London there has been a 26% increase in exclusion rates in the last 3 years. Studies have shown young people who have previously been excluded temporarily or permanently from school are more likely to be drawn into crime'. Both schools reasons for excluding Jaden were "very trivial " in Jadens Mothers opinion. The schools should have worked with Jaden and his family to ensure he was provided with education. On both occasions no alternative education was provided after being excluded from school. Now the whole world knows what it is like to homeschool a child whilst working. This is just a fraction as to how much pressure Jadens mother was under.  We demand nationally clear guidelines for schools and alternative provisions to follow before a child/young person is excluded from school. For example working alongside grass roots organisations, mentors, parents and the community in order to support and keep children in school. It is essential to fill the gap of learning when children have been excluded with a high standard of education provision. This gap was detrimental in Jadens case and resulted in him losing his life through knife crime. These new set of guidelines will be referenced as Jadens Law. Please support Jaden Moodie and his family to get 100,000 signatures to prevent another child from tragically losing their life. www.jadenmoodie.org

Jaden Moodie Movement
899 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan, Stella Creasy MP

Action Against Priory Court Housing Development

Action against the housing development in Priory court, Walthamstow. Priory Court Estate has been providing homes to families in Walthamstow since 1946, when it was constructed as provision for families who needed new homes after WWII. Families reported feeling proud of the large rooms and modern kitchens in the estate; but more importantly, children growing up on the estate (as well as their families) reported how much the community on the estate meant to them. Amenities originally included shops, a youth club, and a GP as well as the current community centre and nursery. Most of these amenities were lost when the council redeveloped the estate during the 1990's as part of a refurbishment scheme for the aging flats. Since that redevelopment, residents have reported feeling increasingly under-resourced and crowded, while violent crime and anti-social behaviour has been steadily increasing on the estate. Residents complain that police presence is minimal and infrastructure is failing to be maintained and express a great desire for more accessible green space. Now, Waltham Forest Council is proposing another redevelopment. The new plans revolve around adding 120 new flats to the estate while squeezing the community centre and nursery into the same building and eliminating nearly all the remaining green space on the estate. Worse, the new flats will mostly be sold at market price or on shared ownership schemes, despite the estate's long history of being predominantly social rent. Residents have expressed deep concerns about the effect this redevelopment will have on their access to transportation, air quality and general well-being on the estate. Safeguarding concerns surrounding plans to adjoin the nursery to the community centre have not been addressed, and no information exists on the environmental impact of destroying the estates trees and green space as well as adding so many new households to an already densely populated area. Residents of Priory Court want their needs to be taken into account in the redevelopment of their home. In particular: - Environmental Sustainability: Waltham Forest Council has declared a Climate Emergency, but has indicated no research or planning to offset the environmental impact of this new construction and has given no assurances regarding air-quality and access to green space for residents. Verbal feedback from councilors has suggested increased landscaping (which is detrimental to the environment) and using nearby allotments as greenspace despite their complete unsuitability and inaccessibility for children and most members of the community. - Community Infrastructure: Priory Court Community Centre offers invaluable services throughout the week to the estate and surrounding neighbourhoods. These include a Baby Bank to support low-income families, a youth club, therapy groups and support groups for the socially isolated. The council has not produced plans for space to continue these services while the new community centre is being built and has not guaranteed that the proposed new community centre will be of comparable size or utility to the existing one. The same is true for the much-beloved nursery, including its outdoor space which has been creatively developed by residents.    

Sudi Khalif
781 supporters
Petitioning Stella Creasy MP, Kelly Tolhurst MP

Prosecute Adnan Khalid - Chingford Car Sales Ltd

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 Chingford Car Sales Ltd (owned by brother Usman Khalid) 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 and as soon as I bought it, the car had major engine, gearbox and internal problems that made it literally impossible to drive. I am in process of fixing these issues which have 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 of 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YsBriwwW28 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). 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 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/ 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. It has also been noted that the older brother Kamran Khalid has also been involved in dodgy car dealerships - please see the 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
669 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
547 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

5 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

5 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

6 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

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