13 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Tamsin Law, Case Officer,

Protect the Welsh countryside. Say no to a chicken broiler unit, pollution and endless traffic.

In a valley in Mid-Wales, near Shropshire, is the vibrant town of Welshpool, fondly referred to as "the gateway to Wales", and an area of countryside that is extremely precious to both locals and visitors. Admired for its stunning location, vast landscape views, public footpaths such as Glyndwrs Way, pristine streams, ponds teaming with protected wildlife such as crested newts, a rare butterfly and abundant birdlife, the area is enjoyed by everyone from farmers, residents, ramblers and dog walkers to tourists and visitors.  It is here, at Frochas Farm, in this beautiful valley, that there is now an application which has been submitted to the Powys Council, to build a 7,200sqm major industrial development, intensive poultry unit (IPU), which could turn out over 1 million broiler chickens for meat per year. The site would be less than one mile from the centre of Welshpool and the high street. One mile from Powis Castle, 300 metres from Llanerchydol Hall (a Grade II* hall with historical gardens and park). 500m from Glyndwr's Way, a national walking trail. About 250m from Dingle Nurseries & Garden, a RHS listed garden, which attracts many visitors.  For those who may have objected previously to this industrial development through the Welshpool Council, Roger Perry & Partners and/or this petition, it is critical that you now submit a final formal objection to Planning Services council to have an impact on the final decision.   The application is now showing on the Powys Council website, to read more and submit your objection to Planning ServicesClick Here We will be submitting this petition to the council, but we desperately need your objection on the Planning Services website, linked above, as that is where your "vote" objection matters most.  Each individual member of a household or business may submit an objection – this is strongly recommended. People may share the same email address.  Obviously, the more objections the council receives the bigger the consideration for the case officer. We encourage you to share this information with your friends, family and colleagues who are also entitled to object.  We are of the understanding that the deadline for objections is August 2, 2019. Welshpool is home to a number of tourist attractions such as the historic and impressive Powis Castle, part of the National Trust, the heritage railway steam train, a thriving high street, Montgomery Canal (which is a site of specific scientific interest) and Welshpool golf club. This industrial size chicken factory could seriously jeopardise tourism to the town and turn shoppers away.   To read more information about the impact of IPU's click here.  Poultry dust and gas levels are usually highest in winter. Read the Quick Guide to Poultry Dust from Health & Safety Executive The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales has been very active in raising awareness on a government level about the long term effects of IPUs in Wales on the environment. Further information can be found; CPRW Stats, Data & Maps "IPUs pose a very real threat to the county’s landscapes, ecosystems and to the tourist industry. We will continue to campaign for appropriate support to be offered to farmers to ensure the future of the county’s small farms," quote from CPRW Brecon & Radnor website.  For more information about IPUs (intensive poultry unit) and broilers please go to Compassion in World Farming We would like to thank all of you that have signed this petition so far, it is very motivating to see just how many people don't want this industrial site in the middle of such beautiful countryside. 

Residents of Llanerchydol
618 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Michael Gove

Stop Species Loss across the UK. Stop Chemical Agriculture.

Mass extinction of insects and the drastic fall in bird numbers are connected. The biggest killer has been the way we produce our food, and that is something we can change.... before it's too late. 1,745,383 People did it in Germany, we can do it here in the UK. Bees are just one species that are part of this horrendous decline.We need drastic changes to UK farming practices, we don't have time to wait. Nearly half of ALL insects are in rapid decline and one third are facing extinction. We need to set an implementable target for 20% of UK farmland to be organic by 2025 and 30% by 2030.Waterways and meadows desperately need protection from chemical run off and soil erosion.  If we wait for industry and farmers to do this without a huge push from the people of the UK and government in particular, nothing will happen. The wildlife and Countryside act 1981, is hopelessly out of date and no longer fit for the purpose it was originally written for. We need to enact new laws to phase out pesticides, herbicides, glyphosate and  the planting of GM crops. Currently there is nothing being done to change, by law, the way our environment is farmed.I started this petition because…I run a small Organic farm in Oxfordshire, but we are an island in a landscape of chemical agriculture. Driven since the second world war by massive multinationals  and Government, encouraging the use of more chemicals and fungicides by farmers to produce greater and greater yields. This has led to the destruction of our flora and fauna on an unprecedented scale and all at the cost of cheap food and human health. Please help us force change, without your voice nothing will change! read all about how they did it in Germany.

Tim Thompson
6,360 supporters