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environment

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Petition to Councillor Nick Kemp

Put Nature on the Map in Newcastle

Nature is faring worse in the UK than in other countries. We must act locally - and nationally - to reverse this trend.  All local authorities are legally obliged to conserve biodiversity - the number and variety of plants and animals in a particular area. ·              Newcastle City Council's local plan removed 9% of Newcastle’s green belt - the biggest proportion of any UK city. ·             The destruction of one the largest areas of mature woodland in the city was permitted by Newcastle City Council in 2015 to make way for unnecessary millionaire houses. ·             Designated wildlife sites were considered as ‘parks and allotments’ in a recent Newcastle City Council consultation on the future of parks, with no reference to their nature conservation value. ·             Planning applications that disregard nature conservation, including those that threaten protected species and pave over wildlife corridors have been approved by Newcastle City Council. ·             Tree cover in Newcastle is well below the UK average. ·             There are only a handful of wildflower areas in the city and glyphosate-based herbicides are still used widely by Newcastle City Council, despite increasing evidence of the detrimental effect on bee populations and other pollinating insects - and humans.   ·              Havannah and Three Hills Local Nature Reserve is set to be hemmed in by residential development, threatening wildlife and protected species in and around the reserve and endangering a nationally significant red squirrel population. The Newcastle and North Tyneside Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) aims to safeguard priority habitats and species, considered under threat locally and nationally. But there is no evidence that targets are being met, nor that objectives are being measured.  We are therefore calling on Newcastle City Council to observe its duty to conserve biodiversity by maintaining and protecting existing wildlife corridors and designated wildlife sites from further destruction and degradation. We want to see the creation of new wildlife habitats through increased planting of trees, shrubs, hedgerows, green roofs and living walls, and the introduction of wildflower areas and weed killer free zones. Not only will this benefit wildlife, but will help to mitigate the effects of air pollution and climate change.  By 2018 we would like to see comprehensive monitoring of all targets in the BAP to ensure targets are met, in particular to guide decisions on planning applications that affect biodiversity and, in so doing, enhance biodiversity value across all habitats in the city.  2,500 signatures on this petition will trigger a full debate at council. Please sign to send a clear message to Newcastle City Council that Newcastle needs better protection for nature.  

Save Newcastle Wildlife
2,839 supporters
Update posted 17 hours ago

Petition to Glasgow City Council, Historic Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Restore Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow to create a shipbuilding heritage park #SaveGovanDocks

We the undersigned request Glasgow City Council, along with other relevant stakeholders, support the renovation of the Govan Graving Docks at Clydebrae Street in Glasgow to create a shipbuilding heritage park on the site. As much as possible of the existing dock structure should be retained, including the renovation of the pump house building as a café and visitor centre. The site is Category-A listed and identified in the Register for Scotland as being at risk. It is a significant part of the city’s industrial heritage however since closing down it has fallen into disrepair through years of neglect. It consists of three large drydocks that were capable of accommodating the largest ships in the world when they were built. The dock walls are of solid granite and despite showing much cosmetic wear they are likely to be structurally intact. Most other docks in Glasgow have been filled in to make way for modern developments and this is one of the few remaining docks on the Clyde, apart from those still in operation, that have not been completely filled and built over. As such any modern developments that would destroy the character of the site should be ruled out. A shipbuilding heritage park would be a major tourist attraction for Glasgow and fit well with other redevelopments in the surrounding area such as Pacific Quay and the Riverside Museum. Further information on the site is available at http://www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk/details/909298 The site is one of the most important features of Glasgow's industrial heritage and represents a major opportunity to educate future generations about the city's past in a way that is more meaningful than looking at old photographs in a museum. Glasgow was once at the forefront of global shipping and there is still potential for Govan Graving Docks to be used partly as a working dry dock again. This could allow restoration of historic ships to de done as a key feature of the development. A shipbuilding heritage park it has been estimated could create up to 250+ meaningful long term jobs and learning opportunities for young people in heritage, skills preservation, leisure, tourism and urban ecology. This would be a major boost to a city that is seeing a proliferation of low-grade retail. If developers are allowed to build luxury flats on these docks then this opportunity will be lost forever.

Iain McGillivray
8,907 supporters
Update posted 21 hours ago

Petition to Transport For London, London Borough of Hackney Streetscene, Sadiq Khan, Councillor Feryal Demirci, Mayor Of Hackney

Hackney Council & TfL - Reconsider CS1 Wordsworth Road Closures

Hackney Council & TfL have recently implemented experimental road closures in 3 places - (1) where Wordsworth Road meets Matthias Rd, (2) where Cowper Road meets Wordsworth Rd & (3) Pellerin Rd. Wordsworth Road forms part of the CS1 ‘Cycle Superhighway’ The consultation background and report can be found here (contains diagrams, etc): https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/cs1-wordsworth-road Hackney & TfL believe the closures will improve the area for cyclists, however, the benefits are minimal, with other problems being created for local residents, schools, churches, doctors surgeries & businesses: longer journey times (for cars & buses), potentially faster cyclist speeds along Wordsworth Rd, dangerous U-turns in narrow roads, safety concerns around quieter streets at night, more pollution on Stoke Newington Road. Traffic will overspill into roads such as Brighton, Walford, Allen & Nevill Road. Most residents support the promotion of cycling & calming of traffic in the area. However, the plans are were not consulted properly, are poorly structured & can be improved. If you are not satisfied with these changes please write to the council - EVERY email, letter & petition signature counts. You have a rare opportunity to influence council policy. Please send an objection email to: info@hackney.gov.uk and consultations@tfl.gov.uk - CC in palatinepeople@gmail.com Use the subject - ‘CS1 Wordsworth Road Closures’. If you’d like help / a template, contact palatinepeople@gmail.com  

Liam R
511 supporters