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Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Fiona Hyslop, James Dornan, Monica Lennon, Annabelle Ewing, kenneth Gibson, Graham Simpson, Andy Wightman, Kevin Stewart, Alexander Stewart


STOP! NO HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AT CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD! This petition is addressed to  Historic Environment Scotland, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop.msp, Local Government and Communities Committee Members, James Dornan.msp, Monica Lennon.msp, Annabelle Ewing.msp, Kenneth Gibson.msp, Graham Simpson.msp, Alexander Stewart.msp, Andy Wightman.msp and SNP Housing Minister Kevin Stewart.msp  On this site, the Battle of Culloden was fought on the 16th of ApriI, 1746. The Jacobite army led by Prince Charles Edward Stewart, 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' was defeated by Government forces commanded by the Duke of Cumberland . The Battle claimed the lives of approximately 2000 men. The Battlefield is essentially a grave site. Beneath the topsoil, lie the bodies of those 2,000 men. No one really knows where they all are for sure, we don't, but we're not the ones desecrating this battlefields and war grave. The Battlefield at Culloden is designated as being of National importance. It sits firmly within the National consciousness as a symbol of national identity, of cultural and historical significance and, of International importance to those outside Scotland who share a common cultural and historical background. In 2011, Inverness Properties submitted a planning application to Highland Council to build a 16 unit housing development at Viewhill Farm near Inverness and in close proximity to the National Trust protected enclosure of Culloden Battlefield. This development was rejected by Highland Council. The Developer appealed. The matter went to a Government Reporter who had the power to approve or dismiss the development application. The Group to Stop Development at Culloden was created during this time. Thousands joined us in the fight to save Culloden Battlefield from a development - which lies within the Inventory of Battlefields designated as of "National Importance". The Development would be approx. 800 metres from the battlefield enclosure and well within the newly designated, 2015 Culloden Muir Protection Area. The Government appointed Reporter approved the development in January of 2014.The original developer walked away and David Sutherland, the then land owner, became involved with a company called Kirkwood homes, they submitted similar but slightly different plans which had to satisfy Highland Council planning, within the guidelines set down by The S.G. Reporter and would satisfy the restriction offered the area, by the conservation zone protection. Which it would appear they did. Sadly the Developer has now started ground works on the site in readiness for the building of these 16 luxury houses. As we feared and predicted, this has led to a virtual avalanche of other applications to build, further encroaching on the Battlefield and within the defined Inventory Area. We are continuing to fight these applications as they arise by lodging Planning Objections, but need your support to get the Scottish Government to step up and protect the Battlefield area before it is too late. If you did not sign the original petition then please take the time to add your name now and also help us, by writing/emailing/phoning/texting your local MSP/MP/Government /media and friends to make them aware just how much building is being proposed around the site.Internationally, please contact your government officials too, ask them to use their influence on your behalf. This is not appropriate use for this land. STOP THE DEVELOPMENT AT CULLODEN. Group Web Site Our Facebook Group Twitter: G.S.D.C.@GSDCCulloden Email:

George Kempik
103,028 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Michael Ellis MP, Sir Laurie Magnus

Give Peas a Second Chance

For more than two decades the slogan 'Give Peas A Chance' has been emblazoned on Chalfont Viaduct over the M25, a comforting and iconic landmark to many as a sign of journeys nearly at an end, to others of journeys just beginning. That landmark has recently been defaced, with the word "Peas" replaced with "Helch"We, the undersigned, would like the original "Peas" tag to be reinstated, and a protection order placed both on the bridge and on the graffiti message. We believe it is an iconic part of modern British history. The bridge itself, constructed between 1902 and 1906, of blue/black engineering brick with decorative brickwork, is "unique in being the only brick built bridge on this stretch of the M25 and is a local landmark for road users", according to a 2009 Historic Building Recording by Oxford Archaeology.  That report goes on to mention Peas, saying: "The south facing elevation has large painted graffiti on the parapet wall over the three westernmost arches. This has been painted in two stages, the first being the the word 'PEAS' in stylised capitals. Later the word 'GIVE' has been added in front of the 'PEAS' and 'A CHANCE' has been added after. This later graffiti is less stylised although there is an attempt to match the style used on 'PEAS' and the paint used has weathered and run in places. "'PEAS' is the tag of a London graffiti artist and his tag can been seen in many other locations, particularly on bridges. The additional text changing the graffiti to read 'GIVE PEAS A CHANCE' is thought to refer to his continual arrests. The common misinterpretation of the inscription makes bridge a interesting landmark to users of the M25." Not only did the graffiti make an interesting landmark, it has come to be a meaningful part of many people's lives.  The administrator of the 'BRING BACK - Give Peas A Chance - Bridge over M25' Facebook Group, who did not wish to be named, told the BBC: "It's a sign of being nearly home. It's a sign of family. People have been tagging sisters and brothers on the group and saying and 'can you believe this has happened?' and the response is 'oh my goodness this is devastating'." The group has gained more than 8000 followers in just three days.  Minister, please give Peas a second chance, reinstate the graffiti, and protect the bridge as a British landmark. 

Donna Edmunds
6,671 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

Save Matthews Yard

After the riots in summer 2011, I opened Matthews Yard to create a place for our community. We have battled for survival for more than 5 years and thanks to the love and support of the people from Croydon we are still going strong today. We have hosted thousands of events ranging from baby showers and birthday parties to weddings and wakes along with a diverse range of arts, cultural and community events including film festivals, political meetings, activist meetings, charity fundraisers, music gigs, comedy nights and so much more. But now we are at risk of closure because of developers who want to replace us with a housing development. Over 50,000 people have attended events at MY and hundreds of thousands more have passed through our cafe for an informal meeting, or to have coffee, cake or the best burgers Croydon has ever seen (as voted by you the people, in Time Out this year). Matthews Yard is a much needed central and independent focal point for community activity. The Impact Report available on the Matthews Yard website at provides much more information on our achievements. Regeneration in Croydon now directly threatens Matthews Yard and all the work which has gone into building our space. If planning permission is granted and the building is demolished without MY securing an alternative home then we will be forced to close in Summer 2018. To help Matthews Yard have the best shot at success and to ensure a lasting legacy, Matthews Yard has announced it will convert to a Community Interest Company and reinvest 100% of trading surpluses into delivering its community objectives. We now need the support of the Mayor of London to secure our long-term future. If you care about art, culture or community and you want to help save Matthews Yard, then please, please sign and share this petition as far and wide as possible.

Saif Bonar
6,391 supporters