historic preservation

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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 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
11,686 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Andrew Slaughter, Mike Cartwright, Mayor., Steven Cowan LBHF, Tasnim Shawkat, Kim Dero, Ian Ross


Do you know what your local park in White City is called ? It's called Hammersmith Park​ even though it is no where​ near Hammersmith main streets, shops, flyover or Bridge. WIKIPEDIA actually lists it as Shepherds Bush and as we already have a Green there l think it's perfectly reasonable to have our park called White City. It is after all on the edge of our Estate. It is also set near all the developers boards announcing new homes, hotels, leisure facilities and shops at White City living and White City Place. People come to work here via White City Tube station.  Imperial have named their innovative ground   breaking new campus, at the top of Wood lane, White City. " WHITE CITY PARK "is a 1.4 mile walk from Hammersmith Town Hall on King St . IT TAKES WELL OVER 20 MINUTES TO GET TO HAMMERSMITH ON FAIRLY SWIFT FEET !! We have other aptly named parks and open spaces in the area. Wormholt Park near Wormholt Estate and Wormwood Scrubs by Wormwood Prison/ Old Oak Estate. Ravenscourt Park is considered to be the Boroughs flagship park, yet it bears it's geographic location name. Why has our rich heritage of the White Pavilions from the Great Exhibitions of 1902 to 1910 been overlooked, not to mention the Olympics and Commonwealth games. I have no idea how it came to be named Hammersmith but l believe this is an opportune point in time to have it changed. Other names in the hat are White City Green, Wood Lane or the popular non geographic Television Park ( echoes of its nickname BBC Park) which is in keeping with its later 20 th & 21st Century incarnation as a sister to the newly revamped Television Centre development residences, hotel, and underground media studios. We can ask our council to take a name change proposal seriously, amend the borough maps and website. We can urge our MP Andy Slaughter and ward Councillors Colin Aherne, Max Schmid, and Sue McMillan to assist. I can request Google to verify its new name as a local guide level 8. We can then proudly direct people to their own park, not a satellite of Hammersmith.  To date on March 20th we have 201 signatures which l believe means the decision makers will have to address this issue through a public meeting in May or soon after. During the local elections we have an ideal opportunity to raise our target to 500 which would carry even more weight. Every resident living in Batman Close, Wood Lane, along South Africa Road, Loftus Road, Frithville Gardens and on White City Estate is eligible to sign, visitors past and present and of course all those who work in the area that regularly use this wonderful green space. Imagine if they did !  It would be a loud declaration of pride in where we live and a powerful claim of honourary ownership of our park. So you see every signature gets us nearer to that great vision and helps create a genuine 21st legacy for our children and grandchildren. We are not a satellite of Hammersmith. We want to play and picnic in a park  that is called WHITE CITY, or a name chosen by a popular democratic vote. I PROMISE YOU A RELAUNCH OF THE PARK WORTHY OF ITS NEW NAME whatever that turns out to be. A non geographic but fitting one has been thrown into the mix.... TELEVISION PARK ! I think Stanhope would love that.    

Suzanne Iwai
201 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Save Easthampstead Park

Easthampstead Park is a beautiful Victorian mansion set in the Berkshire countryside, it is listed by the Department for the Environment as "a building of historic and architectural interest. Surrounded by 60 acres of woodland, parkland and formal gardens it is a much loved wedding venue, event showground and business conference centre. The house and its surrounding grounds are owned by Bracknell Forest Council and due to government austerity cuts they are considering selling the house and its grounds. More worryingly Bracknell Forest Council HAD submitted the grounds to their own housing development process (or call for sites) which estimated the site could have a maximum potential yield of nearly 600 houses (although the council has suggested 114 flats could be more suitable). During the first week of this petition it received over 6,000 signatures from concerned residents and Bracknell Forest Council have taken these concerns on board by withdrawing the Easthampstead Park from the current site allocation process which is FANTASTIC news. HOWEVER the future of Easthampstead Park House and its grounds remain uncertain while the council continue discuss its potential sale. The concern is if sold BFC will have no control over the fate of the house or its grounds and it will inevitably be converted into flats and the grounds partially consumed by housing. Residents of the greater Bracknell area must unite to protect this historic and well used community asset and as such it should remain undeveloped and within the safe hands of the borough council. The aim of this petition is to encourage the borough council to change their mind and instead offer a guarantee to protect Easthampstead Park house and its grounds.  

David L
6,662 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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
1,382 supporters