Petition to Richard Graham MP
Keep Gloucester Folk (Life) Museum open
Gloucester's beloved Folk Museum (renamed last year to 'Gloucester Life') is due to close some time after Heritage Open Days in September - a matter of just a few weeks - unless we intervene. As one of the country’s oldest buildings dedicated to social history, this really is a treasure; I don’t think we can over-emphasise its importance. Bishop Hooper’s lodging, as it’s also known (it's believed he stayed there before being executed for heresy in 1555), with its beautifully preserved 16th-century wall paintings, is a precious piece of Gloucestershire’s heritage in itself. The building was also home to Gloucester's important pin-making factory from the 18th to 19th century - in fact, pins can still be seen lodged between the floorboards, where they fell a couple of hundred years ago, and the old forge is still in place. It’s so important that it remains open for the people of Gloucestershire – as well as its international visitors – to enjoy. The museum is also a lively hub for community events, hosting the Cotton Motorcycle meetings, annual Apple Day with cider-making using its mill, school visits in the Victorian schoolroom, book launches in its modern purpose-built extension, Morris dancing events... the list goes on. As with all museums, what the public see is just the tip of the iceberg; the collections which have been built up over the years fill the many store rooms on every level of the building. As an employee there many moons ago, I had the privilege of helping to conserve and record the collections, and there are many, many jewels the public have not yet been able to learn from and enjoy. Its collection includes items from Gloucester's Civil War history; fishing on the River Severn; folklore; costume; agriculture; industrial revolution; transport; childhood toys and games; domestic appliances; and the people who helped shape the county's history. There is absolutely no way these important artefacts are all going to be saved by storing at the City Museum – which has what has been suggested – there simply won’t be room. I really do feel strongly about this and, if it’s not a money-saving exercise, as has been stated, and is just to provide a nice new home for the Civic Trust (wonderful though they are), this must not be allowed to happen. Before it’s too late – let’s fight to save our wonderful Folk Museum! Thank you.
Petition to The Revd Prebendary Edward Mason
Save Bath Abbey's exceptional Victorian interior!
Please join The Victorian Society’s campaign to urge Bath Abbey to reconsider permanently removing the beautiful Victorian pews from the Abbey nave. Bath Abbey, one of the wealthiest parish churches in the country, has secured Heritage Lottery Funding of £12.1 million to fund refurbishments that involve the removal of Victorian pews designed by famous architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. Meanwhile, hundreds of other historic churches are on Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ register with their futures in jeopardy due to lack of funds for essential repairs. The Victorian Society believes removing these historic pews is unnecessary and would have an extremely detrimental effect on the architectural and historical significance of this important religious building. The Church of England is exempt from the requirement to obtain listed building consent and its parallel consent system is difficult to understand and largely unknown to the public. Therefore, we ask you to sign our petition to urge Bath Abbey to halt their destructive scheme. Scott’s restoration scheme was a major phase of the Abbey's development and has great historical and aesthetic importance; there is no doubt breaking it up would harm the Abbey's significance. Bath Abbey justifies its plans with its desire for a more flexible style of worship, but we believe the negligible benefits of removing these historic pews in no way justifies the substantial harm it would cause to one of Britain’s most important historical building. Daily Mail columnist, author and local Bath resident Bel Mooney agrees: “I believe that people in the future will look back and decry the early 21st century fad for ripping out church pews and replacing them with expensive modern chairs which do nothing to enhance the building, and (when not needed for some reason) have to be stacked in ugly towers. What is this for? The Abbey has worked beautifully (for concerts as well as worship) since the Scott pews were installed and will continue to do so when common sense, aesthetics and economics prevail to retain them.”
Petition to Steve Smith, Secretary, Nottingham City Council
Save the Old School Hall on Windmill Lane from being demolished.
dOSH (development of the Old School Hall) is a working group established to save the Old School Hall building in Sneinton, Nottingham. The building is a former primary school and community centre. It is one of the oldest buildings in the area, dating from 1843. It has been closed to the public as it has fallen into a poor state of repair and unless a financially sustainable new use can be found, it is threatened with demolition. dOSH was formed as a result of a series of public open meetings hosted by Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum in September and October 2016. These meetings brought together a variety of members of the public, local community groups and former hall users, with a shared aim to save the hall building and the ideal to retain community use of the site. The remit of dOSH is: To help save the Old School Hall by meeting to discuss feasibility and develop ideas arising from the community to create a business planFor further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Chair: Tom HughesTreasurer: Gillian DackSecretary: Wendy Honeyman-SmithMinutes secretary: Chris Heuvel
Petition to Cllr Corney, Alison Twyford, Cllr David Bard
Save Granny Gentle's Cottage Garden
We wholly object to the planning proposal for a 3-bedroom Scandinavian bungalow with a driveway for 4 vehicles in the ancient orchard of this beautiful Grade II listed property -- first and foremost because this application poses a threat to human life. The fire in the Orwell shop on 5/3/2011 proved that emergency vehicles cannot access the spur of Town Green Road where Number 35 is located. This alone must render the proposal void. We are calling this out now so that any consequential fatalities or devastation to property would not rest on our consciences. The access at the spur of Town Green Road is already extremely congested and any increase in traffic would further endanger pedestrians. This includes young children who use the footpath on route to Petersfield Primary School. Again, we call out this serious road safety danger. The applicant sought planning permission (S/2924/16/LB October 2016) to move his garage due to this very congestion, because, in his own words, it "conflicts with traffic movements from the driveway opposite" (p. 2). The present planning application (S/3972/17/FL) seeks to put a driveway for 4 vehicles plus visiting traffic in the very location that the applicant felt was so inconvenient, just a year ago. This makes a mockery of the planning process. No heritage statement has been prepared in support of this application, yet it sits between three Grade ll listed buildings. Even the minimum requirement (NPPF para. 128) has not been included in the DASP. We call for a full heritage assessment to be carried out, in order to comply with the integrity of due process and to reflect the importance of this historical site (the original Miller/Gentle Farm) which is crucial to the identity of Orwell and South Cambs District. The LPA is obligated by law to consider the habitat of bats and newts. This proposed site provides habitats for bats and newts. We believe that it is entirely uncontroversial to suggest that scoping for bats and newts should have taken place prior to the application. We call for a full bat and newt survey urgently, in order to comply with the integrity of due process. Over the past year, the applicant has compulsively felled the ancient trees on his property. Five handsome fruit trees and one mature Ash tree were even cut down three days after the application for planning permission had been signed. This should be taken as a circumvention of due process. The DASP which supports this application requires careful scrutiny. In Orwell Parish Council's view, and in our own view and experience, the DASP contains many inaccurate statements, which in turn render it an unreliable document. In our opinion, the DASP undermines the NPPF which is supposed to protect us from speculative proposals. Heidi Allen MP is working hard to protect residents during this period of LDF suspension, but we will not be able to share in the benefit of her hard work if this proposal is not given the attention of the South Cambridgeshire Planning Committee. For full details of all of the many neighbours' objections raised, do feel free to check out the link below: http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/3972/17/FL&backURL=%3Ca%20href=wphappcriteria.display?paSearchKey=1421100%3ESearch%20Criteria%3C/a%3E%20%3E%20%3Ca%20href=%27wphappsearchres.displayResultsURL?ResultID=1914004%26StartIndex=1%26SortOrder=rgndat:desc%26DispResultsAs=WPHAPPSEARCHRES%26BackURL=%3Ca%20href=wphappcriteria.display?paSearchKey=1421100%3ESearch%20Criteria%3C/a%3E%27%3ESearch%20Results%3C/a%3E
Petition to Abingdon Town Council, vale of the white horse district council
Save our Guildhall
1. We wish Abingdon Town Council to renovate the Abbey Hall, as promised. We want the residue of the (£1.2m) Vale grant to be invested to help fund a large town centre space to serve our growing population of 38,000 people. The Hall is needed for civic functions, for Abingdon's many clubs and societies and for activities for all ages. It should have disabled access to public rooms. A cinema would be good. DO NOT SELL THE ABBEY HALL FOR DEVELOPMENT. 2. We need Abingdon Town Council to maintain and preserve the beautiful and historic Guildhall and its 18th Century staircase intact for future generations.
Petition to Shiraz Khan, Ged Potter, Sara Claxton
Stop the Demolition of the Derby Pepper Pot Towers
The two towers are all that remain of the former Hall & Young's Derbyshire Royal Hospital a building that was built in the early 1890s and demolished in 2015. With the site now cleared a scheme has been proposed for a new 500-home neighbourhood that will retain one of the "Pepper-Pot" buildings and see the other demolished. Though on the Derby City Councils list of buildings of local importance they are not statutory listed. Currently the demolition decision has been deferred but public support is required to ensure that both of these iconic buildings are retained and incorporated into the proposed housing scheme.