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STOP NEWHAM COUNCIL PUTTING ANIMALS' LIVES AT RISK!

HELP SICK AND INJURED ANIMALS OBTAIN ESSENTIAL AND EMERGENCY  VETERINARY TREATMENT IN OUR CHARITY CLINIC  BY ASKING NEWHAM COUNCIL AND TfL TO WORK TOGETHER TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE PARKING BAYS ALONG BOTH SIDES OF THE BARKING ROAD, LONDON E16 . NEWHAM HAVE TAKEN AWAY THE ONLY PARKING THERE WAS AND NOW PEOPLE ARE FINDING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO ACCESS OUR SERVICES.

The Celia Hammond Animal Trust has run a very busy animal charity clinic in Canning Town, East London since 1999, providing a full low cost veterinary service for pets belonging to clients on low incomes and an extensive ongoing neutering programme. We treat approximately 20,000 animals a year whose owners cannot afford private veterinary fees and yet do not qualify for assistance from other animal charities. We also provide a 24 hour emergency service and are a lifeline for people whose animals would not otherwise receive any treatment at all.

We discovered from a Notice in the local paper on 17th September 2014 that Newham Council was going to close the nearby Maud Street car park in order that developers could build a 14 storey block of luxury flats. This car park with over 100 spaces had, for 16 years, provided essential parking for pet owners using our clinic and for customers of local businesses. There was no consultation last year with us, local businesses or residents yet it was stated in a document dated 8th December produced by Head of Commissioning (Highways and Traffic) Newham Council, that consultation had taken place and that over 350 letters had gone out to "local addresses" notifying them of the closure. Not one single person can be found who received one of these lettters or who has been consulted. In spite of a massive campaign, including a petition with 1800 signatures from local people, businesses and residents objecting to the closure of the Maud street car park, the community's objections were rejected by Newham Council at the Council meeting on the 8th December 2014 and the car park closed on the 6th January this year with catastrophic results for the community.

Overnight, people had nowhere to park to bring their animals to the clinic or visit shops and businesses. Newham Council has identified parking spaces in four side streets, which do not provide anything like a comparable number of spaces. The spaces are hundreds of metres away from the clinic and are almost invariably full (see above).  People from all across East London have to drive around for 20, 30 or 40 minutes to try to find a space, sometimes having to drive away, phone and cancel their appointment because they can’t find anywhere to park.

Many of our clients are elderly or disabled and are struggling to walk such long distances carrying heavy cat baskets or with injured dogs that are unable to walk – assuming they can find a space at all.

The charity also runs an emergency rescue/rehoming service responding to calls concerning animals from the Police, Social Services, Housing Associations, mental health teams, etc., when people have died, been evicted, arrested, hospitalised or where they are living in hoarding situations. We also pick up countless sick and injured strays from the streets in East London every year.

Newham has a directly elected Mayoral system with a Cabinet chaired by the Mayor and consisting of Councillors chosen by the Mayor so Sir Robin Wales is responsible for all decisions made in Newham. Canning Town is now the only designated town centre in Newham with no car park and no High Street parking.

Please support this petition and help us continue to provide our essential services for animals in areas where there is great need and much suffering. Many animals that cannot reach the clinic in time, because their owners can not find anywhere to park, will die.

www.celiahammond.org

This petition was delivered to:
  • Transport For London
  • Sir Robin Wales, Mayor, Newham Council and Transport for London


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