Petition to Michael Gove MP, Greg Clark MP
Introduce a 5p Charge on Disposable Coffee Cups
The UK’s addiction to coffee means that every year 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away. We probably think that these are recycled but the truth is that is the fate of fewer than 1 in 400, the rest ending up on landfill sites instead. If you were to lay all these cups from end to end they would wrap around the world 2.5 times! The introduction of a 5p charge on carrier bags in 2015 saw an enormous 83% reduction in use. That alone shows that change is possible. Let’s introduce this charge and encourage people to bring in a reusable cup to coffee shops for their daily caffeine routine. Recently a trial was done by Cardiff University which proved a small charge would massively reduce the huge piles of waste that we create every year. This simple change would do huge amounts for the environment and create long-term sustainability: Millions of trees are cut down for this every year, destroying billions of animal’s homes, worsening our air quality and wasting tonnes of energy. I know if enough people sign this petition we can get this law introduced. If you want to protect our world, please sign this petition and help us force the Government to take action!
Petition to Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Liam Hannaway, Anthony McKay, Glyn Hanna, Mark Murnin, Roisin Mulgrew, Garth Craig, Kate Loughran, Charlie Casey, Laura Devlin, William Clarke, Jill McAuley, Micky Larkin, Declan McAteer, Michael Ruane, Gillian Fitzpatrick, Valerie Harte
Help protect Rostrevor Oakwood Nature Reserve from JC Campbell development (P/2009/1336/F)
Rostrevor Oakwood Nature Reserve, nestled on the lower slopes of the Mourne Mountains, is an ancient native oak woodland covering an area of 41 acres and protected under EU law as a Special Area of Conservation. Situated a stone’s throw from the well-known Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor, and within a Cloughmore’s (“The Big Stone”) throw from the stunning glacial inlet of Carlingford Lough and the Cooley Mountains on the opposite shore, it is clear for all visitors to see how CS Lewis drew inspiration for his fabled land of Narnia from the area. Newry, Mourne and Down Council have approved a planning application by JC Campbell for the development of 41 two- and three-bedroom apartments, a 70-bed nursing home, an underground car park and associated infrastructure on a 1.05-hectare site within metres of the woodland’s edge. We are asking for your support in signing this petition to object to this proposed development for the following reasons: The Council’s own planning officer has recommended refusal in three separate reports and each time highlighted the great extent to which this planning application is clearly and indisputably contrary to multiple provisions of the Planning and Policy Statements (PPS). *See bottom of page for full details. The developer has not conducted a full Transport Assessment. This is particularly worrying given the development site’s proximity to the busy A2 Shore Road, part of which collapsed during storms in 2014 and required extensive repairs costing £382,000. Given the increased frequency of extreme weather events, evidenced by the recent storm Ophelia, road safety must be taken under consideration when a decision is made on this planning application. A tree survey and report submitted by the developer omitted any reference to oak trees bordering the site. If disturbance to ancient woodland is to take place then it is vital that the ecology of the woodland is well documented and understood before the disturbance takes place. The developer has not conducted a full piling assessment, meaning no consideration has been given to understanding the impact of piling or ground excavation work on the woodland. The Woodland Trust’s expert recommendation to protect the woodland habitat by creating a 50-meter buffer zone between the woodland's edge and the development site has been completely disregarded by the developer. A scoping bat survey submitted by the developer was conducted using methods involving surveying during daytime hours, when standard practice advocates surveying during evening/night hours to establish bat presence. Bats are protected species and are protected by the full weight of UK and European law. The proposed development is contrary to Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s Tourism Strategy. The proposal in this planning application rather than representing an enhancement of the attractiveness of Rostrevor would significantly reduce the amenity value of the area and thus reduce its tourist and visitor potential. There are a number of examples of such economically and environmentally detrimental development on the north Antrim coast which are comparable and instructive. Inappropriate development of apartments more suited to an urban, high density setting has resulted in the creation of an environment which is unsuitable for and unattractive to families and where apartments are only sporadically occupied. The loss of visual amenity and character has resulted in reduced numbers of visitors and a lower level of economic activity. Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s handling of this planning application has raised considerable concerns. The Council’s Planning Committee originally approved planning permission for this application in May 2017, providing no valid planning reasons for their decision to disregard the advice of their Planning Officer to refuse the application. In September 2017, the Council made the unprecedented decision to overturn their own Planning Committee’s decision to approve the application and rescind planning permission. This decision was made when preliminary Judicial Review proceedings were initiated against the Council, which highlighted a number of procedural flaws in the decision-making process. A decision has now been made to approve this planning application so please show your support and sign this petition to object to the development of what Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s Planning Officer stated “would more properly be found within an inner city location”, not on a site where the Mountains of Mourne actually do sweep down to the sea. For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/RARE-Rostrevor-Action-Respecting-the-Environment-303834406659032/ *Newry, Mourne and Down Council Planning Officer’s reasons for recommending refusal: The proposed development is contrary to Policy QD 1 of Planning Policy Statement 7 (PPS 7) criteria (a), (c), and (g), in that: the applicant has failed to demonstrate that the proposal would create a quality residential development; adequate provision has not been made for private open space and landscaped areas as an integral part of the development; and, the design of the development does not draw upon the best local traditions of form, material and detailing. The proposed development is contrary to Policy LC1 of the Addendum to Planning Policy Statement 7 on Safeguarding the Character of Residential Areas, criteria (a) and (b) in that; The proposed density is significantly higher than that found in the established residential area; and, The proposed pattern of development is not in keeping with the overall character and environmental quality of the established residential area. The proposed development is contrary to the Strategic Planning Policy Statement and Planning Control Principle 2 of PPS 12, in that the proposed density of the development, together with its form, scale, massing and layout does not respect local character and environmental quality The proposed development is contrary to Policy NH 6 of Planning Policy Statement 2 (PPS 2) in that the design, size and scale is not appropriate to the special character of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in general and of the 10 particular locality and does not respect local architectural styles and patterns, local materials or design. The proposal is contrary to Policy DES2 of the Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland in that the development would, if permitted, be detrimental to the townscape of Rostrevor and would not be sensitive to the character of the area surrounding the site with regard to design, scale and use of materials.
Petition to Rudi Vervoort, Celine Fremault, Pascal Smet
Laat Brussel op adem komen! Faisons respirer Bruxelles! For more ambition on air quality.
FR – L’air que nous respirons à Bruxelles est souvent pollué. Il est tellement pollué que, chaque année, 632 bruxellois en meurent prématurément. Tellement pollué que la Commission européenne a jugé nécessaire d’initier une procédure contre notre pays et que cinq citoyens ont démarré une action au tribunal contre la Région Bruxelloise. Signez la pétition pour demander plus d’ambition, à court terme, sur la qualité de l’air à nos représentants politiques bruxellois. Le Plan Air Climat Energie est un pas modeste dans la bonne direction, qui a été amélioré grâce à la pression des citoyens, mais des mesures plus importantes sont nécessaires pour protéger les citoyens, les enfants et les personnes agées, les touristes et les navetteurs des effet destructifs de la pollution de l’air. NL - Onze Brusselse lucht is vervuild. Zo vervuild dat elk jaar 632 Brusselaars vroegtijdig sterven, zo vervuild dat de Europese Commissie ons land voor de rechter sleept en dat vijf burgers het Brussels Gewest voor het gerecht dagen. Teken de petitie en eis meer ambitie, en snellere actie rond luchtkwaliteit van onze politici. Het nieuwe Lucht Klimaat Energie plan is een eerste stap in de goeie richting, versterkt na druk van burgers, maar meer zal nodig zijn om burgers, kinderen en ouderen, toeristen en pendelaars te beschermen van de destructieve gevolgen van luchtvervuiling. EN - The Brussels’ air is often polluted. So polluted that 632 people die each year prematurely, so polluted that the European Commission is taking Belgium to court. Sign the petition and demand more ambition and quicker action on air quality from our politicians. The new Air Climate Energy Plan is a modest step in the right direction, improved after citizens’ pressure, but more will be needed to protect citizens, children and the elderly, tourists, and commuters from the destructive effects of air pollution SCHONE LUCHT BXL AIR PROPRE est une plate-forme citoyenne ouverte à tous - is een burgerplatform open voor iedereen. Info: https://www.facebook.com/CleanAirBXL/ or website www.schoneluchtbxl.be - www.bxlairpropre.be - www.cleanairbxl.be.
Petition to Steve Morgan, Joe Anderson, Councillor Richard Wenstone
Joe Anderson and Redrow: Stop The Sale of Calderstones Park
On 14th February, Liverpool City Council's planning committee voted in favour of an application to build 51 luxury homes on part of the Calderstones/ Harthill Estate. In this development, 12.9 acres of one of Liverpool's most loved parks would be lost. Although according to Councillor Richard Kemp 90% of local residents are opposed to the proposals, despite a well attended protest on the day of the planning committee's visit and over 1000 letters of objection, the Mayor of Liverpool maintains that everybody is happy with this development. In 1914, Harthill Estate was purchased by Liverpool City Council to join the adjacent Calderstones Estate. Since that time, local people have recognised Harthill/Calderstones Estate as one combined entity for public use and enjoyment. Although the Mayor contends that Harthill Estate is a separate entity, the Council's own website makes reference to the miniauture railway as being an amenity of Calderstones Park. This miniature railway, that has given rides to generations of children since 1943 and Beechley Stables, an oversubscribed facility for disabled riders, will be forced to relocate as a result of this application. Currently, just 16% of the Liverpool area is considered to be green space. The austerity measures which the Council maintain justify the sale will inevitably be temporary, but once this green space is gone, it is lost as an amenity to this and future generations. Therefore, those who have signed below oppose this proposal, and urge the Council to reconsider the approval of this development.
Petition to Reading Borough Council and Wokingham Borough Council
No park-and-ride on the Thamesside
We the undersigned are petitioning Reading and Wokingham Councils asking them to halt plans to build a park-and-ride on the Thamesside and consider other options. We believe that an almost 400 space, £3 million park-and-ride on Broken Brow, behind the Wokingham Waterside Centre, will blight a wild, green, peaceful area by the Thames. Also, because Reading Council plans to increase the number of car journeys into Reading, this scheme will do nothing to tackle existing congestion and pollution problems in areas such as Cemetery Junction. Finally, we believe it will increase rat running in the Whitegates area to access the park-and-ride.
Petition to Tower Hamlets Council
Save Island Gardens from Development
The Friends of Island Gardens are calling upon Tower Hamlets Council (and the Government if necessary) to investigate possible irregularities in their disposal of what we believe is still publicly owned land; land that should be protected as part of Island Gardens. We understand that the site of the now-closed Calders Wharf Community Centre was part of Island Gardens before the centre existed and as such was transferred by the Greater London Council to the guardianship of London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 1972. In 1980 the land was leased for 30 years to a local Tenants’ Association and the community centre was opened. The council currently maintains that the land itself was included in a transfer to the independent housing association, East End Homes in 2006, yet no paperwork supporting this inclusion has been found by the council. It is our understanding that any disposal of this public asset by the council would have been covered by the The Greater London (Parks & Open Spaces) Act 1967 and as such, subject to certain conditions, yet again, the council has not been able to produce any paperwork for this. Recently obtained land registry records dated December 2016 show that a sale of the land took place from Eastend Homes to Telford Homes, and we know that planning permission exists to construct luxury flats on this site, inside, what we believe at least, to be part of Island Gardens. We are calling upon Tower Hamlets: 1. to investigate whether proper process was followed in the “alleged disposal” of part of Island Gardens, 2. re-assert public ownership of the land if applicable. and 3. to provide every assistance to the Friends of Island Gardens in preventing development on the site, restoring it to being part of the park once again. Here are some ways you can help us fight this development! 1. Sign this petition & share it with your friends and family on Facebook or on Twitter 2. Become a Friend of Island Gardens - join now 3. Make a small donation to support us. 4. Make a larger donation by emailing us to arrange it: email@example.com 5. Contact your local councillor insisting that this is properly investigated - contact details here. 6. Write to the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs or the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. 7. Write to your local MP (Mr Jim Fitzpatrick) - contact details here. 8. If you're a lawyer and can volunteer professional help, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Petition to Mr Dave Lewis
Save the Petersfield Water Meadows for community usage
The Petersfield Water Meadows are currently owned by Tesco. We would like Tesco to gift the meadows to the Petersfield Town Council. This would be for community use and enjoyment for all who walks past this vast area, as well as avoiding the risk of buildings on this land in future years.
Petition to Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Government, Hannah Blythyn AM, Councillor Huw Thomas
Save the trees and ground in Roath Mill and Roath Brook Gardens before it's too late
Join the Battle for Waterloo. As local residents, we believe that the planned flood works in Waterloo Gardens, Roath Mill Gardens and Roath Brook Gardens in Penylan, Cardiff are unnecessarily destructive. We have seen the devastation of Waterloo Gardens and works are due to progress onwards in late November 2017. We want to save the trees and ground in Roath Mill Gardens and Roath Brook Gardens in order to preserve the character of the area, minimise ecological damage and protect the habitats of our local wildlife. We believe that Natural Resources Wales have not properly considered all options available, and that it is, in fact unnecessary to bulldoze park grounds in order to widen the channel of the brook and remove 40 or so mature trees in the process. We want to see work stop until an independent review can consider the other viable options available to mitigate the perceived flood risk to this area. Sign to stop the works before it’s too late!