historic preservation

33 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Weymouth

Weymouth Quay Heritage Campaign

  The Weymouth Quay Heritage Campaign is a movement to save and preserve the disused railway branch line that runs along the harbour in Weymouth, Dorset. The Weymouth Tramway opened on the 16th October 1865. It closed in September 1987 and several railtours ran until the 2nd May 1999. The tramway has not been used or maintained for nineteen years (2018). The reason of closure is not because of cars, as is generally presumed, rather it was because electrification of the mainline reached Weymouth and was a difficulty with the tramway, thus concluding in closure. Various campaigns have run in the nineteen years and only one was successful, which a Parry People Mover was tested and failed due to poor maintenance. All other campaigns were either dropped or never got passed the newspaper stage. The Weymouth Quay Heritage Campaign was launched in July 2015 and had a goal to maintain the movement and still does. The campaign featured in the September 1st 2015 issue of the Dorset Echo and many other news reporters. The campaign reached a landmark when it features on BBC Spotlight on the 9th April 2016. The campaign has the goal of saving the tramway from permanent closure (currently under 'not in use' status) and preserving the line. Once acquired and preserved, the tramway will be continuously maintained and will be made safe. Features like replaced rails, sleepers and rubber tubing will make the tramway fit for all in this day and age. By doing all this, there is a possible chance of running short trains down the tramway route again. History is a vital part of our planet, without development in history we wouldn't be where we are today. The Weymouth Tramway has played an astounding part in Weymouth's past with the growing town, goods, population and fits into most other features. If the tramway is ripped up, then the next generation will not be able to appreciate what has been a vital part for them being where they are. Heritage Railways, running or not, are very popular even for a non-enthusiast. It is extreme vandalism if the tramway is harmed in anyway and will be regretted in future years. The Weymouth Tramway is the sole survivor of the rare street railways, and must be saved. By signing the petition, you will play a big part in showing that people want the tramway to stay. Our biggest nemesis' are Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Network Rail. This petition has already proven useful in reports and the argument against the tramway being ripped up.  Please be sure to also support our campaign by following our websites. Over there, regular updates of news with the campaign and history on the branch line will be posted. Facebook: If you have any questions, concerns or complaints, please message us on Facebook and you'll receive a response in less than 24 hours. Thank you for reading, and hope that you will join the movement on saving our heritage!  

James Newall
3,598 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to 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 1908 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, 9th July, we have 207 signatures. By my estimation we need at least 500 to get the powers that be to take us more seriously. 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,  students and staff at Imperial College and the White City campus of the Royal college of Art, 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
207 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Harborough District Council

Stop houses being built on a well loved nature reserve and history filled field

I am asking for signitures to save our well loved nature reserve! I have lived in scraptoft from a child, i grew up surrounded by fields and the village had a beautiful community spirit... after years and years of constant building around us, we are now left with this beautiful nature reserve as our only piece of countryside... But this field is not just a nature reserve, it holds a rich history... PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION! This is the last piece of history our village can hold on to, it is a huge nature reserve home to hundreds of animals.. England is a beautiful country, but there will be no room for wildlife, greenery and trees if houses are being built on every piece of field their is, it will just be 1 big city!! Please take 2 minutes to sign this petition, to help this village who is desperate to keep their last piece of history!....   Harborough District Council has suggested the former prisoner of war camp in Beeby Road, Scraptoft, be given over largely for housing. During the Second World War, just before D-Day, from February 1944, the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, of the US 82nd Airborne Division, was based at the site, known as Camp March Hare. Many brave young men from this site went on to fight – and die – in Normandy. For them, Scraptoft would be the last place of peace and friendship they would ever see. One such soldier would be Private First Class Charles N DeGlopper.   A REPORT ON THE PLANS READS:Last home: Medal of Honour winner, Charles N DeGlopper, left, with Staff Sergeant Kirby McDonald, of the US 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, at Camp March Hare, in Scraptoft, in March 1944.From New York, he was the only soldier from the regiment to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He was also the only soldier from the 82nd Airborne to receive the award during the Normandy campaign. As his citation explains: “A member of Company C, June 9, 1944, DeGlopper advanced with the forward platoon to secure a bridgehead across the Merderet River at La Fiere, France. “At dawn, the platoon penetrated an outer line of machine-guns and rifles, but became cut off from their company. “Vastly superior forces began a decimation of the stricken unit and put in motion a flanking manoeuvre which would have completely exposed the American platoon in a shallow roadside ditch where it had taken cover. “Detecting this danger, DeGlopper volunteered to support his comrades by fire from his automatic rifle while they attempted a withdrawal through a break in the hedgerow 40 yards to the rear. “Scorning a concentration of enemy automatic weapons and rifle fire, he walked from a ditch onto the road in full view of the Germans and sprayed the hostile positions with assault fire. “He was wounded, but continued firing. Struck again, he started to fall and yet his grim determination and valiant fighting spirit could not be broken. “Kneeling in the roadway, weakened by his grievous wounds, he levelled his heavy weapon against the enemy and fired burst after burst until killed outright. “He was successful in drawing the enemy action away from his fellow soldiers, who continued the fight from a more advantageous position and established the first bridgehead over the Merderet. “In the area where he made his intrepid stand his comrades later found the ground strewn with dead Germans and many machine-guns and automatic weapons which he had knocked out. “DeGlopper’s gallant sacrifice and unflinching heroism while facing insurmountable odds, were in great measure responsible for a highly-tactical victory in the Normandy campaign.” After the US Airborne went to France, German prisoners came back the other way. The now-empty camp became POW Camp No 4, capable of holding up to German 2,000 prisoners. With the war’s end, it became a repatriation site for its internees and, with the post-war housing crisis, became home to homeless families. Though the buildings have gone, the camp’s outline is clearly visible and is thought to be the last such site in Leicestershire. With Leicester full of derelict brownfield sites sitting unused, even just suggesting the deliberate destruction of such a historic greenfield site is mind-boggling. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION! This is the last piece of history our village can hold on to, it is a huge nature reserve home to hundreds of animals including some monk jack dear!  The residents of scraptoft have had years and years of constant construction and building going on around them, it is time for peace!!!! But unless we get signatures we will not be heard!!!! Please please sign!  Thank You  

chloe Bibby
489 supporters
Update posted 2 months 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 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
12,109 supporters