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Petition to Hyde Housing Association

Save Oval's Kennington Park Community Centre

Update: watch SAVE KPCC Campaign Video here At the heart of Kennington Park Estate in Oval is our Community Centre which is well used and loved. Hyde Housing now plans to get rid of our Community Centre. In its place Hyde wants to build expensive flats for private sale. Hyde Housing first put forward proposals to demolish our Community Centre in 2014, with a promise that it would be rebuilt. Residents were consulted on what they wanted from a new Community Centre. But now Hyde is not planning to replace the Centre, just build flats in its place. They will be for sale to the highest bidder at a considerable profit to Hyde. Our Community Centre hosts a range of activities, including legal advice sessions for residents; Councillor and MP surgeries; zumba exercise classes; adult learning; computer training; youth clubs, kids’ karate, church groups, pensioner groups, dance classes, weddings, birthdays, yoga, social events; tenants’ meetings and many more. Hyde says that our Community Centre is not used enough - but they stopped people from making bookings for months because of the supposed redevelopment. Despite Hyde's deliberate efforts to run the Centre down, it continues to be an essential and key focus of the community.  There are 750 homes on the Estate and residents need a Community Centre. Hyde is turning its back on its promise to residents that it would support the centre long term, as agreed when the land was transferred from Lambeth Council. In a summary of the housing transfer proposal and the benefits it would provide, Hyde promised: - The existing community buildings will be refurbished to provide facilities for all residents.     - Buildings will be maintained in good repair and in good decorative order. - [To] work with the Kennington Park Estate Community Centre … to create venues for local services such as health screening, older people’s clubs and youth health education classes. Hyde is also planning to get rid of the Stockwell Centre.  More details are here:https://www.hyde-housing.co.uk/tenants/resident-engagement/community-centres-review/ Hyde has now extended the deadline for responses to this consultation to 5pm on Friday 6 January 2017. Kennington Park Estate Tenants Association is fighting these unacceptable plans along with Oval Labour Councillors Jane Edbrook, Jack Hopkins and Claire Holland.  Please sign this petition and share it with your friends and family.  

Kennington Park Estate Tenants Association
299 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Westminster City Council

Get the redevelopment of Whiteleys right!

   A proposal has been submitted to demolish the historic Whiteleys shopping centre, retaining only the façade, and to replace it with a major development, designed by Foster and Partners, which will include two residential towers up to 10 storeys high. The twin towers will dominate the skyline of the Bayswater Conservation area and will block daylight from flats in Kensington  Gardens Square and Queensway. The developers plan to dig down to 3 basement levels, risking subsidence to neighbouring buildings and displacement of ground water and increasing flooding risk in the area. The plan means removing huge quantities of earth, with up to 90 major construction vehicle movements a day through Bayswater’s narrow roads, endangering road safety and disrupting traffic flow over a four year period. There is no plan for affordable housing or public parking, and little or no benefit for local people. As local residents, we would welcome sensitive redevelopment of this historic building. However, we believe the height of the development should be capped at a maximum of 5 storeys, and the depth should be limited to two basement levels. We call on Westminster City Council to withhold planning permission until the developers have amended their plans to ensure this development offers real benefits to the community, is on a scale in keeping with the Conservation Area, protects the right to light of existing residents and is managed in a way which minimises noise and disruption for Bayswater residents.

Wendy Wyver
1,128 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Cllr Tim Warren, Cllr Charles Gerrish, Ben Howlett, Cllr Paul Crossley

Save Bath Central Library!

BANES Council are planning to move Bath Central Library from its current home in The Podium to The One Stop Shop near the bottom of Manvers Street. You can read the reasons for the move by clicking here. The new library will save BANES Council £800,000 a year and they will ‘Uphold [their] statutory duty for the provision of library services’. In layman’s terms they will do the bare minimum to ensure the public have access to library facilities. If you could create a beautiful, functional, multi-use space, what do you think it would look like? Bath Central Library. It's already here, upstairs in The Podium, right in the centre of our town. The new space claims to create a modern library service, with a focus on digitalising and moving local archives to the Guildhall, splitting the resources in the library into two separate locations. This is what we will lose: Parking facilities in The Podium, making Bath Central Library easily accessible to both the elderly and the disabled. The current Library can be reached directly from the carpark via lift. There are no such parking facilities at the One Stop Shop, isolating a key demographic within the community. There is a beautiful gallery space where local artists can display and sell their work. It can also double as a community space for talks and functions. The loss of this space further marginalises the already limited access to arts within our community. The breakdown of socio-economic boundaries. The Library currently offers a central space where everyone is welcome; it has comfortable chairs and a selection of daily newspapers, free to patrons. No one is excluded from using the library facilities and people from all social and economic backgrounds are able to integrate and discuss things that are important to them. A large study area, capable of seating up to 100 people. This is a vital area for local students and is used all year round as a quiet study space, located conveniently in the centre of town. The council wants to save money, but we need to recognise the cultural and social hub that is Bath Central Library in The Podium. We cannot continue to allow the arts and literature to be marginalised for the sake of saving. We need to nurture and encourage community engagement in a safe, central space. To lose The Podium is to lose the heart of Bath’s community and cut off lots of people who are key to making a community thrive. To close such a wonderful, useful, welcoming space is to disown something really worth something. We need to rally around here folks!  Make our voices heard........DON'T MOVE OUR LIBRARY!   

Bath Central Library Rescue Team
3,893 supporters