11 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Councillor David Ellesmere, Suffolk County Council, Sandy Martin MP, Dan Poulter MP

Suspend and review the £3.6 million changes to the Ipswich Cornhill

Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) have unilaterally committed to spending £3.6M on broadly unpopular and controversial changes to the Ipswich Cornhill area. The character and utility of this historic public square will be irreversibly changed, by a poorly conceived project destined to become a multi-million pound white elephant. A simple re-paving of the Cornhill with the planting of new trees and maybe some benches are all that is required, and would assuredly cost much less. How can the IBC justify such a sum of scarce funding in this current era of austerity? In Ipswich we are blessed with an abundance of beautiful and well preserved historic buildings. These buildings were here long before us, and will be here long after us. It is with this in mind that we must consider building for all time, rather than the whims of a single trend or short sighted utility.  The bizarre green granite columns are both aesthetically and culturally featureless, possessing no significance to our town, its' people, or its' history. The proposed plans are currently a disappointing waste of both funding and opportunity. Should the plans go ahead, the Cornhill shall no longer be a conventional public square. The town will no longer able to host significant events; moments like Bobby Robson's FA Cup victory celebration in 1978, the Royal Anglian Regiment’s return home from Afghanistan where 16 soldiers lost their lives, our annual Christmas tree, and our weekly market, will all no longer be possible on the Cornhill.  By signing this petition you will help lobby the IBC, Suffolk County Council, and our local MPs Daniel Poulter and Sandy Martin, to halt the current plans and go forward with a revised vision, that has the consent and best interests of the people of Ipswich and the surrounding area. Whether you are born and raised in Ipswich, have moved from elsewhere, or simply care about architecture, please sign this petition to have your voice heard. Please help guide the future of our historic town in the direction that you want, that is to suspend and review the £3.6 million changes to the Ipswich Cornhill.

Dan Lansley
4,251 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Peel Ports

PEEL PORTS /HOLDINGS.... Restore Historical Barton Road Bridge before it is too late!

Barton Swing Bridge is GRADE 2 listed, and is being left to rot away by Owner Peel Ports Holdings. This petition is to try and grab Peels' attention and get them to act now and restore it, before it is too late!. It is now in severe need of re-painting and rot treatment, as it is literally crumbling away. History of the bridge: Barton swing bridge was built during the construction of the Manchester Ship Canal. It was designed by the project's engineer, Edward Leader Williams, and constructed by Andrew Handyside and Company. Williams' design was chosen as the best of three possible plans by James Abernethy, who subsequently became the scheme's consulting engineer. The bridge opened to traffic on 1 January 1894. The total span is 59.3 metres (195 ft) and it carries a 5.6 metres (18 ft) roadway. By the 1930s, the bridge had become a significant bottleneck for workers in Trafford Park, who commuted over the bridge on foot or cycle, particularly during peak hours. It also became an important route for goods vehicles, both heading to Trafford Park and crossing Lancashire, and for parishioners in Eccles travelling to Mass at the All Saints Church on the canal's south side. In 1946, concern was expressed in Parliament over the closing of the bridge to road traffic at peak times. The following year, the Manchester Ship Canal Company agreed that the bridge would generally stay open for road traffic during rush hour, though this could not be guaranteed. A cargo vessel struck the bridge on 28 December 1948, restricting the bridge to single-line working and a two-ton weight limit until repairs had been completed.In 1953, traffic was banned from turning right off the bridge into Barton Road. By the 1950s, the bridge had become part of a de facto outer ring road as it formed part of a main road, the A575, from Stretford to Bolton, avoiding both Manchester and Salford. A traffic survey in 1954 revealed 9,600 vehicles were using the bridge daily and it closed 7,000 times a year. A replacement bridge was considered vitally important to the local economy, particularly that of Trafford Park. William Proctor, MP for Eccles, said "I cannot think of any other project in the North of England which should have higher priority than the Barton Bridge scheme." Construction of the replacement Barton High Level Bridge started in 1957; the bridge opened to traffic in October 1960 and has been referred to informally as the "Barton Bridge". Traffic on the swing bridge has also been reduced by the construction of Centenary Bridge located upstream towards Salford.

3,516 supporters