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Heritage Buildings

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Petition to Maura Fox, Dan Kelly, Thomas Kerrigan, Raymond McCartney, Karen Mullan, Mark H Durkan, Colum Eastwood, Gary Middleton

Waterside Railway Station plan – Derry Deserves Better

We call on the Planning Committee of Derry City & Strabane District Council to reject Translink’s proposals for Derry-Londonderry’s new rail station. Our city deserves better. In 2013 Translink (NI’s rail operator) announced that Derry would finally get a new train station. This is something that local rail lobby ‘Into the West’, and other groups in the city, have long campaigned for. We argued that the city needed “a regional gateway fit for a regional capital”, and that restoring the beautiful, historic station at Duke Street (built 1875) would be the most appropriate way to do this. However Translink “don’t do heritage buildings”, so they proposed instead to create a new building from scratch. Public and political pressure forced them to hold a consultation on various station options, in which 1,400 people responded – two-thirds of whom wanted the old station re-used. Eventually Translink gave in and bought the historic station. Translink have now applied to the Council for permission to create a new ‘Transport Hub’ at the historic Waterside Railway Station building. However their plans are just a continuation of their original intention of not reusing the historic building. Instead they want to create new station platforms outside the old building. They also intend to convert the historic building into an incredibly bland waiting room, office space, staff rooms, etc. – everything except an actual station for trains. And they’re doing it in a way that is unfit for one of our city’s fine historic buildings. See the recent article on how Translink’s plans fall short. A summary of the main issues are: Trains will not be allowed to enter the station building (trains did enter the building for over 100 years) Translink plans for the interior of the building are bland, mediocre and will obscure the remaining physical heritage The plans will also mean no restoration of the facade of the building (which was damaged in the 1970s bombs). In the area around the station, Translink propose lining the riverfront with a car park, when other locations on the site would be better. Let's not ruin our beautiful riverside with yet more carparks. Derry-Londonderry is Ireland’s most historic city, and the regional capital of the north-west.  We need a restored and enhanced railway station that can serve as a badge for our city’s status and uniqueness. We deserve more than Translink’s mediocre - ‘good enough for Derry’ - plans to create a sham-station. Our city deserves better, and generations to come will blame us for selling them short - yet again - if we don’t fight to achieve it. Please sign this petition to let the local Council and local MLAs know that you are not happy with Translink’s proposals. If Translink do not willingly revise their plans to reflect the concerns of local people, we call on the Council’s Planning Officers and Planning Committee to force them to make the desired changes, by rejecting the current planning application. Let’s ensure we get the new rail station that our city deserves. Keep up-to-date on this issue through our Facebook page.  

Martin Melaugh
2,268 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Plymouth City Council

Plymouth City Council to carry out essential maintenance work on Efford Fort

Efford Fort is one of many historic Palmerston Forts from the 19th century located around Plymouth. The site is on the heritage "at risk" register and is in severe need of scrub and foliage clearance and general maintenance to prevent further permanent damage to an essential but overlooked part of Plymouth's history. Heritage site surveys (publicly available online) have noted that due to neglect several parts of the structure are in danger of collapse. At some point in the forts history, the current or previous site users have treated the location with disregard and used the parade ground, the dry-moat, and the surrounding parkland as a rubbish dump, which can clearly be seen from the public spaces around the Fort. Deer Park and Efford Warren (which form the nature reserves that surround the exterior of the fort) are strewn with waste car parts, glass, baths, metal barrels, tyres, household waste and all manner of refuse that has accumulated around the perimeter of the fort and been left with no consideration for the safety of the passers by who make use of this public space or for the condition of the site. Plymouth City council should undertake measures to ensure that this site of historic and natural interest is maintained. This may involve negotiating with the site users to ensure the space is well cared for, or organising a clean-up crew on a volunteer basis with permission from the current site users, or using council funds to remove trees and growths on the top of the fort, or something similar. Efford fort is a part of Plymouth's Heritage and is unique in it's design, featuring a number of Haxo Casemates and Garrison block. The fort has been on the "at risk" register for a number of years, and yet as of yet no attempts to resolve the situation have been made apparent to the public. Please Don't let our neglected history fall into ruin, sign this petition. Thanks!

connor tuvey
1,374 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to UK government

Give automatic interim protection to buildings proposed for listing

Our built heritage is irreplaceable, and most people recognise its cultural and economic value. Listed buildings are given special protection by law, and it is a criminal offence to damage them, but current UK legislation offers no automatic interim protection to buildings which are under consideration for listing. As a result, over many years a long string of historic buildings have been destroyed or deliberately vandalised in order to prevent them being listed. Most famously the art Deco Firestone building in West London was bulldozed over a bank holiday weekend. Since then the same fate has befallen buildings ranging from important industrial heritage to ancient country pubs. More recently a rare and beautiful Jacobean ceiling in a former restaurant in Bristol was ripped out before it could be assessed for listing. It had survived the civil war. It had survived the industrial revolution. It had survived the Blitz and the depredations of 1960's town planning - only to be smashed to pieces as soon as it was put forward for listing.  If a local authority considers a building to be at special risk, they can choose to serve a Building Preservation Notice. But local authorities are reluctant to issue Building Preservation Notices, and often there is no prior reason to suspect that the owner will damage the building. Only a handful of BPN's are issued each year. Numerous organisations including The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, The Victorian Society, Bristol Heritage Forum and The Twentieth Century Society are calling for change to provide interim protection. In Wales buildings under consideration for listing are automatically given interim protection while their status is decided. But the UK parliament has failed to support similar legislation, which was previously proposed in 2008. If this legislation had been introduced when first proposed, many historic buildings might have been saved. The longer it takes to close this planning loophole, the more of our history and culture we will loose. I urge the UK government to amend the law to ensure that vulnerable historic buildings in the rest of the UK have the same protection as those in Wales. https://www.apollo-magazine.com/is-the-system-for-protecting-historic-buildings-working/ Draft 2008 Heritage Protection Bill: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/22858205/7349.pdf Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016: http://cadw.gov.wales/historicenvironment/policy/historicenvironmentbill/?lang=en Firestone building: http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/626950.25_years_on___the_end_of_Firestone/ Sittingbourne Paper Mill and Blue Boys Inn:     https://cprekent.org.uk/news/standing-kents-built-heritage/ 15 Small Street, Bristol:             http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/01/historic-england-hits-roof-400-year-old-ceiling-torn-day-inspectors/ Carlton Tavern: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/11525262/Bulldozers-level-historic-pub-the-day-before-it-is-due-to-be-listed.html  

Neil McKay
7,042 supporters