8 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks 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
4,192 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to The Revd Prebendary Edward Mason

Save Bath Abbey's exceptional Victorian interior!

Please join The Victorian Society’s campaign to urge Bath Abbey to reconsider permanently removing the beautiful Victorian pews from the Abbey nave. Bath Abbey, one of the wealthiest parish churches in the country, has secured Heritage Lottery Funding of £12.1 million to fund refurbishments that involve the removal of Victorian pews designed by famous architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. Meanwhile, hundreds of other historic churches are on Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ register with their futures in jeopardy due to lack of funds for essential repairs. The Victorian Society believes removing these historic pews is unnecessary and would have an extremely detrimental effect on the architectural and historical significance of this important religious building.   The Church of England is exempt from the requirement to obtain listed building consent and its parallel consent system is difficult to understand and largely unknown to the public. Therefore, we ask you to sign our petition to urge Bath Abbey to halt their destructive scheme. Scott’s restoration scheme was a major phase of the Abbey's development and has great historical and aesthetic importance; there is no doubt breaking it up would harm the Abbey's significance. Bath Abbey justifies its plans with its desire for a more flexible style of worship, but we believe the negligible benefits of removing these historic pews in no way justifies the substantial harm it would cause to one of Britain’s most important historical building. Daily Mail columnist, author and local Bath resident Bel Mooney agrees: “I believe that people in the future will look back and decry the early 21st century fad for ripping out church pews and replacing them with expensive modern chairs which do nothing to enhance the building, and (when not needed for some reason) have to be stacked in ugly towers. What is this for? The Abbey has worked beautifully (for concerts as well as worship) since the Scott pews were installed and will continue to do so when common sense, aesthetics and economics prevail to retain them.”

The Victorian Society
2,645 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to An Bord pleanala

No to High Rise Hotel for Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge

A 365-bedroom budget hotel, 9 storeys tall with a ground floor bar is planned for a sensitive site on the corner of Liffey Street Upper and Middle Abbey Street. The proposed building is a bulky eyesore that will disfigure the surroundings of Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin's most recognisable landmark and tourist attraction. It will also dominate the skyline from the River Liffey and many other vantage points  The plans will require demolition of at least two historic buildings, one Georgian house and one house which may be much older.  This hotel will be a magnet for hen and stag parties which already overwhelm the Temple Bar area  Please sign and share to show your opposition to this disregard for Dublin's streetscape, built heritage and skyline.   The deadline for objections to Dublin City Council Planning Department was the 25th of September. The petition has been submitted to the planning section of Dublin City Council signed (reference number is: 044356)  If permission is granted, it may be appealed to An Bord Pleanála -- signatures are therefore still helpful and the petition will remain open for the time being   Further information and link below: It will be 11,780 sq m and include a public bar. The planning application can be viewed here (application reference 3697/17): View the proposals:  

David Watchorn
579 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

A statue for La Bourdonnais in London

Welcome to the campaign for a statue of La Bourdonnais, chess master, possibly the strongest player in the early 19th century. Welcome to the campaign that will transform the way you explore trends, opportunities, disruptions and major shifts on the horizon. Blending influence and ideas, a statue of La Bourdonnais in Lambeth is no coincidence. London mixes cultures and languages, bridges Europe and the rest of the world, flirts with the old and the new. Much like this natural hub for creativity and innovation, London is a blend of influences, a cross between disciplines, a hybrid creature that pulls together divergent trends to turn them into exciting opportunities. London remains a collaborative environment specifically designed to provoke collisions and spark new ideas. London inspires talents and executives across continents and industries to challenge their biases, shift their perspective and explore completely new ways of thinking opportunities. Louis Charles Mahé La Bourdonnais (1795-1840) and Alexander McDonnell (1798-1835) fought a series of battles that remain unrivalled in the history of chess for sheer intensity and magnitude.Many books recreated the drama and the atmosphere of this great legacy. Founder of the first British French chess magazine, the Palamede, he pionnered the popular rise of chess game in Europe, thanks to the famous match that opposed him with the Londoner Alexander McDonnell in 1834. Indeed, Fifteen years later, the first international race took place in London, on the sidelines of the Worldwide Exhibition of 1851. Other legacy : He was the grandson of Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, naval officer and successful administrator of the Indian Ocean's Golden Age, during peacetime with the French Navy, breakdown of the piracy and interfaith dialogue with all Indian Ocean neighboring communities. The peace potential of religions was encouraged with the construction of Al Aqsa Mosque - still alive at Calcutta Street, Port Louis, Mauritius. The first Mosque to be erected in the world, in 1805, with all official requirements needed. Several places were named after him, including Mahé (Seychelles), Mahébourg (Mauritius) and two streets in Pondicherry: Labourdonnais street and Mahé de Labourdonnais street. Port Louis, Mauritius has a hotel which bears his name, the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel and also a school bearing his name Lycée La Bourdonnais.  

Kevin Lognone
51 supporters