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Petition to Planning Inspector and the CEO of MBC


We the undersigned are not against the development of Middlesbrough, but do demand that the character of our town and its green spaces,  is conserved and expanded, and indeed celebrated, ensuring it remains a desirable place to live. The right number of homes for the right people in the right places, meeting  the range of housing needs for our town. Middlesbrough Council's Local Plan proposes to build a minimum of 7650  houses over the next 15 years to meet their estimate of Housing need. But this is over 6000 more than are required based on the Office of National Statistics household projections ( link below). We have seen no evidence that there are adequate, effective  funded plans for infrastructure -  transport, education and health. We have seen evidence that the plan is unsound and believe it is driven by a desire to raise Council Tax income rather than by sustainable development. We have also witnessed consultations take place and later, 'goalposts being moved' eg more houses added. We believe that  Middlesbrough Council projections for the next 5 years are adequate for the life of the Local Plan ( 1681 not 7650 houses) and should be adjusted accordingly. If this approach is taken we - that is current and future generations of Middlesbrough - will continue to reap the benefits in terms of health, social and cultural communities, and mental well being. Please give us your support for  our representations to the Planning Inspector who is the only authority for modifying the plan. Note - please use your full postcode as the Planning Inspector will need to know signatories are Middlesbrough residents and MBC will not accept the petition otherwiseUseful Links for other information and groups you can join on Facebook Greenstuff Middlesbrough Ourgreenways Stand  with Orme Friends of Stainton and Thornton  Green Spaces Nunthorpe's Green Spaces Marton in Cleveland Neighbourhood Forum
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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council: don’t sell off Birley Spa Bath House!

Birley Spa is a grade 2 Listed Victorian Bath House situated in a wooded ravine with a garden, large pond and grounds in Hackenthorpe, Sheffield. It is also part of the Shirebrook Valley nature reserve. It has in the past received £500,000 in funding from the Heritage National Lottery and South Yorkshire Forest Partnership. This funding allowed for the renovation of the Spa building in order that it’s large hall could be used by the local community and the Victorian plunge pool would be available for public heritage tours. Local people have happy memories of attending wedding receptions, events and a wide variety of activities at Birley Spa. The grounds are a haven for wildlife and a quiet, peaceful place to visit in a bustling city. People spent their childhood here playing there. Local schools are wanting to visit the site and view the plunge pool as part of educational visits. In recent years, Sheffield City Council, who own the building, have allowed it to fall into disrepair and lie unused. On 14th June 2018, a concerned member of the public wrote to Sheffield City Council about the poor state of the building and grounds. He received the shocking reply that the council were preparing to sell it privately. On 16th July 2018, after another enquiry to Sheffield City Council, the head of Regeneration and Planning confirmed that Birley Spa was not up for sale, nor had it already been sold. On 20th July 2018, local councillor fails to respond to our request to view the building and our offer to negotiate. On 25th July 2018, the councillor responsible for the city’s heritage,  states that a developer may be involved with Birley Spa. Sheffield City Council have not consulted the public over the proposed sell-off or assessed the impact on the Shirebrook Valley Nature Reserve. No thought had been given as to how public access to the site may be affected. Local people are very upset about the possible sale of  Birley Spa and want to see the community room brought back into use and the site properly maintained. The Friends of Birley Spa want to negotiate with the council with a view to bringing the building back into use for the local community and to see the public heritage tours restart. This is an unique site with grounds that could be restored and has potential for all kinds of activities, old and new. It is also part of a Nature Reserve which should be protected for public use.        

Friends of Birley Spa
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