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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), Mark Carne, Samantha Dixon Leader of CWAC Council, Chris Grayling Secretary of State for Transport

Make Hoole Bridge in Chester, safer for pedestrians & cyclists

The problem - The footpaths on either side of Hoole Bridge are not wide enough, if two parents pushing prams meet at any point along the bridge, one of the parents is forced to put their child / children, into the flow of oncoming traffic, in the same way, cyclists using Hoole Bridge take their lives in their own hands, as the pavement is not wide enough for them to share with pedestrians, leaving the roadway as the only route over, thus making themselves a physical obstruction to the heavy flow of traffic, with no room to pass safely, many drivers become impatient as cyclists slow whilst going up hill and often try to squeeze past, risking the cyclists lives, day in day out. The History - Over the years there have been a number of attempts to improve the narrow, dangerous roadway the Bridge carries. In the 1870s the Hoole Local Board complained about its state and how the railway’s vehicles queuing at its weighbridge impeded the flow of traffic. In 1902 a conference at Chester Town Hall called for it to be widened, “on cattle market days it was impossible for pedestrians”. A scheme was proposed for a carriageway at least 30 feet wide plus 10 feet wide pavements; this was ruled out and in 1905 an amended scheme costing £15,500 was agreed, the costs to be shared between Chester, the County Council, Hoole Urban District and Newton Parish Councils; this would see the construction of a footbridge alongside the existing structure. 112 years later, we are still waiting.  Source: Article by Ralph Earlam, initially published in ‘Hoole Roundabout’ in February 2017 - In 2009 Cllr Byrne argued that due to the danger to pedestrians and cyclists, as well as motorists, County Engineer Steve Kent, who was director of environment at the new council, should carry out a study to see how pedestrians and cyclists could be separated from cars, vans, lorries and buses on the narrow bridge, what this would cost and how long it would take. Hoole bridge now carries over 21,000 vehicles a day, 87% of which are cars. The remainder of the traffic, involving light and heavy goods vehicles and buses, is said to be "a high percentage" for a route of that type. In 2009 nearly 300 cyclists crossed the bridge in a 12 hour period and almost 3,000 pedestrians. Footways on the bridge are 1.5m wide and "do not meet current standards", according to the then chief bridges engineer John Violet. There is no separate provision for cyclists and for pedestrians there is "just enough width" for two to cross side-by-side. "It is possible for a lorry wing mirror to clip a pedestrian if the lorry is running very close to the kerb". The road itself is too narrow for a cycle to pass at the same time as two cars are passing and many cyclists use the footway instead of the road. The result of this investigation and these admissions, nothing.  Source: Chester Chronicle  The Solution - Ultimately we would like the Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) to agree to build two separate footbridges on either side of the existing structure, one of which was promised and agreed in 1905, and turn the current pavements on the bridge itself, into a safe cycleway. This is nothing less than the people of Chester, specifically the residents of Hoole, Newtown, Upton and those living and working in the city centre itself should be afforded, for the safety of themselves and for the protection of their friends and family. PLEASE SHARE & SIGN THIS PETITION - BEFORE SOMEBODY IS KILLED. 21,000 vehicles a day, 300 cyclists in 12 hours and almost 3,000 pedestrians a day are at risk, every day until positive action is finally taken. Campaign Team: Steve Howe, Marko Williams and Adam Dandy.

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Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Debbie O'Neill (Chief Finance Officer, Countess of Chester Hospital), Mr Ian Harvey (Medical Director, Countess of Chester Hospital), Tony Chambers, Sir Duncan Nichol CBE, Simon Holden, Alison Kelly, Sue Hodkinson

Save The Chester Childbirth Appeal Café

PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION TO SAVE THE COMFORT ZONE SHOP & CAFÉ, AT THE COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL, WHICH HAS BEEN GIVEN JUST 9 WEEKS TO CLOSE ITS DOORS, AFTER 16 YEARS PROVIDING LOVE AND SUPPORT TO THE PEOPLE OF CHESTER, OFTEN IN THEIR WORST HOURS ALIVE, IN MANY CASES AFTER THE TERRIBLE NEWS OF THE LOSS OF THEIR CHILD OR CHILDREN. THIS CAFÉ IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF INCOME FOR THE CHESTER CHILDBIRTH APPEAL CHARITY, WHICH HAS DONATED OVER £2M FOR SERVICES TO PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AT THE HOSPITAL OVER THE YEARS. WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE. The Comfort Zone shop & café, which raises much needed funds for Chester Childbirth Appeal has been given notice to quit by the Countess of Chester NHS Trust board by Monday 16th January 2017.Former midwife-tutor Pat Daniels MBE founded the charity in 1991 and since then has raised in the region of £2million for services to patients and their families, much of it through the café and shop.Pat Daniels said,“Our shop employs 16 people as well as dozens of volunteers. We also provide work experience placements and help Duke of Edinburgh Award participants as well as several volunteers with extra support needs. Without the Comfort Zone we would not be able to pay for much needed help for the Women and Children’s. We have also given £50,000 to the hospital’s own Babygrow Appeal. All this would be lost if the Comfort Zone is taken away from us.We are currently taking legal advice as we have been running the Comfort Zone for 16 years and believe we may have some rights to stay. In the first instance we would hope that the hospital would accept a market rent which we are more than willing to pay. If we cannot reach agreement on a rent we will be mounting a massive campaign to stay. We know that we have the support of many people in the wider community, many of whom have been patients at the Countess.” Please share this press release with everyone you know in Chester and ask them to support us in our campaign.TO OFFER YOUR SUPPORT OR JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN, PLEASE CONTACT PAT DANIELS ON: 01244 350755 / 07774753418

Chester Childbirth Appeal
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Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Samantha Dixon, Kate Mavor, Christian Matheson MP, Gerald Meehan, Cllr Gareth Anderson, Cllr David Armstrong, Cllr Val Armstrong, Cllr Martin Barker, Cllr Michael Baynham, Cllr Richard Beacham, Cllr Don Beckett, Cllr Robert Bisset, Cllr Alex Black, Cllr Tom Blackmore, Cllr Keith Board, Cllr Pamela Booher, Cllr Matt Bryan, Cllr Stephen Burns, Cllr Angie Chidley, Cllr Lynn Clare, Cllr Brian Clarke, Cllr Angela Claydon, Cllr Jess Crook, Cllr Brian Crowe, Cllr Razia Daniels, Cllr Andrew Dawson, Cllr Martyn Delaney, Cllr Hugo Deynem, Cllr Paul Dolan, Cllr Paul Donovan, Cllr Charles Fifield, Cllr Carol Gahan, Cllr Lynn Gibbon, Cllr Louise Gittins, Cllr Howard Greenwood, Cllr Pamela Hall, Cllr Don Hammond, Cllr Mark Henesy, Cllr Miles Hogg, Cllr Jill Houlbrook, Cllr Eleanor Johnson, Cllr Brian Jones, Cllr Mike Jones, Cllr Nigel Jones, Cllr Reggie Jones, Cllr Susan Kaur, Cllr Tony Lawrenson, Cllr John Leather, Cllr Alan McKie, Cllr Nicole Meardon, Cllr Jane Mercer, Cllr Pat Merrick, Cllr Evenleigh Moore Dutton, Cllr Sam Naylor, Cllr Mary Nelson, Cllr Ralph Oultram, Cllr Margaret Parker, Cllr Stuart Parker, Cllr Patricia Parkes, Cllr James Pearson, Cllr Lynn Riley, Cllr Diane Roberts, Cllr Peter Rooney, Cllr Bob Rudd, Cllr Tony Sherlock, Cllr Karen Shore, Cllr Gaynor Sinar, Cllr Stephen Smith, Cllr Mark Stocks, Cllr Niel Sullivan, Cllr Harry Tonge, Cllr Gill Watson, Cllr Helen Weltman, Cllr Chris Whitehurst, Cllr Andy Williams, Cllr Mark Williams, Cllr Paul Williams, Cllr Norman Wright, Adam Dandy

Uncover Chester's Amphitheatre don't let Council give it to developers for 150yrs years.

Please sign and share this petition to stop Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) from leasing off part of the land (inc. Dee House) above the unexcavated part of Chester's Roman Amphitheatre which was built in the 70s AD, to developers for the next 150 years, until the year 2166!  Our petition to CWAC Councillors reads: I feel that the public and I as the signee have NOT been fairly consulted on this proposal, this is highlighted by the recent outcry from over 11,000 other members of the public on this petition alone to date, a number which is growing by the hundreds day by day. It is further highlighted by the growing number of local Chester businesses (62 at the time of writing this letter) who have all written and signed an Open Letter to you, the letter highlights the discontent across the city of Chester towards the proposal to develop Dee House and remove any chance of the Chester Amphitheatre being uncovered for the next 150 years. Furthermore the reaction on the Chester Chronicle website to this proposal to develop Dee House and condemn any possibility of the Amphitheatre being excavated in the next 15 decades, is clear for all to see. It is apparent that a high number of Cestrian's want you as a Councillor to apply for Dee House to be de-listed and then either demolished or even moved so that the Chester Amphitheatre can be uncovered or in part, rebuilt. We appreciate that this might not be possible now or even in the next few years, but if you vote to lease Dee House to a developer for the next 150 years, without giving the public a proper period of public consultation first, then you will be condemning this wish and strongly held desire by a high number of those who you represent and who put their trust in you to act on their behalf. I know that Dee House is listed, but it’s been left derelict for over 20 years now, it is described by most as an eyesore and a very large number of voters here in Chester want it demolished so that the Roman Amphitheatre can one day be uncovered and turned into the jewel in our crown here in Chester, a place for Cestrian’s to be proud of, I hope that it could even be rebuilt in parts to show what it used to look like! Could you imagine the draw that such a site would create for millions of tourists over the next 150 years, making Chester a must-see destination, drawing new businesses back to the city centre rather than to Cheshire Oaks or Broughton Park, the city of Chester has heritage which most other cities around the World, let alone the UK, can only dream of having, it must utilise every drop of it to draw the crowds, who bring the money, which creates the jobs and businesses, instead of yet another hotel which will ultimately be turned in to more student flats like the old Travelodge on the fountains roundabout. Any developer paying the millions required to make Dee House safe again will need a maximum return on investment and won’t think twice about converting the rooms in Dee House into Student flats, after all they will give the best return on investment at present. Can you image if this happens, student accommodation on top of Chester’s Amphitheatre, can you imagine what the public outcry will be like if this happens? What the headlines will say and it will all be too late, the horse will have already bolted as they say and there will be little if anything that you can do about it. If it can't be de-listed, then keep it for the people of Chester by turning it in to a much needed visitors centre like the Jorvik Centre in York, which could one day dig down. Last year Jorvik welcomed it's 18 millionth visitor! Thats over half a million tourists every year that York is pulling in. If York can do it, then why can't we here in the famous Roman town of Chester? It would be the greatest missed opportunity that the City of Chester has ever witnessed and it will have occurred on your watch! Britain’s Biggest Amphitheatre one day uncovered and potentially rebuilt in places with a world class visitors centre, or student flats, hotel rooms and offices… I know that Historic England say that they don’t support any plans to demolish Dee House, but that's because they can’t be seen to publically approve a listed building being demolished, but if CWAC Council applied for it to be delisted and were successful then Historic England's stance could change. It may not change tomorrow, or even in the next five years, but it would surely change decades before 2166, which is when they’d have to wait until if you vote to go ahead with this proposal, especially given the fact that Historic England themselves are this week funding other archaeological digs across the county, with no thought of leaving remains left in situ or until new technology becomes available! To leave discoveries buried for future generations to uncover is simply illogical, it goes against the grain of us as a pioneering seafairing nation, for thousands of years we have risked life and limb to discover what lies over the horizon and yet right here in our own great city of Chester we have a discovery waiting to be unearthed, which has the potential to change our great city for generations to come and enhance our lives with the discoveries which still today could lie beneath or be rebuilt in their place to show what once was. I implore you therefore that on Thursday the 8th of September, please act as my elected representative and vote to allow a full and fair period of Public Consultation on this proposal, which is nothing less than this important site deserves and furthermore talk to others and get their views on whether they would wish for an uncovered Roman Amphitheatre one day or more accommodation and offices.PLEASE VOTE OR ASK THOSE IN THE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE TO VOTE FOR A PERIOD OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THURSDAY 8TH OF SEPTEMBER.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN & SHARE WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW ESPECIALLY IN CHESTER.

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