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Petition to Tower Hamlets Development Committee


What’s the story? Sainsbury’s have submitted plans to Tower Hamlets Council for an over-sized development of their megastore in Whitechapel, east London. Whitechapel is a diverse and ever changing area, which makes its character all the richer. However the proposals, based primarily on cashing in on high value apartments, causes irreversible harm to the surrounding community and environment.  1. Disproportionate Scale The development is radically out of context with the surrounding low-rise Whitechapel area. The proposed 28 storey tower (101m) would be the tallest building in the 3 mile stretch between at Aldgate and Canary Wharf. Even the eight ‘smaller’ blocks of up to 15 storeys (59m) would introduce a density beyond Council guidelines. The enormous tower will block daylight to hundreds of homes and businesses, and overlook countless more. 2. Damage to Local Heritage The scheme will overwhelm the historic setting of the Whitechapel Market and Stepney Green Conservation Areas and their 52 listed buildings. The tower also intrudes significantly on the Grade 1 listed Trinity Green Almshouses, sited just 100m to the east of the site. The current proposals demonstrate little evidence of how this remarkable context has influenced the design, which Historic England has described as “substantially harmful”. 3. Lack of Affordable Housing Of the proposed 559 residential apartments only 89 apartments (16%) are to be ‘affordable’, falling far short of the Council’s targets of 35-50% to align with the London Plan. A tiny 6% are family dwellings, making the mix wholly inappropriate for this part of Whitechapel, and doing little to address the wider London housing crisis.  What can I do? Please support this campaign by signing this petition - it takes just a few seconds, and please spread the word! Opposition has been raised by Historic England, the Georgian Group, SPAB, the Victorian Society and the East End Preservation Society but we need much more support to ensure the development is rejected by Tower Hamlets council. You can send your objections to Tower Hamlets Council to (ref:PA/15/00837), and join the Friends of Trinity Green at where you can find a template letter objection. STOP SAINSBURYS, SAVE WHITECHAPEL Thank you for your support. 

Friends of Trinity Green
6,657 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Kathleen Wynne, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, PC Leader Patrick Brown, Deputy Premier Deborah Matthews, MPP Vic Dhillon, Minister Tracy MacCharles

End Tarion’s new home warranty monopoly NOW: Give Ontario's new home buyers a choice!

Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne said the time for monopolies is over (National Post, Apr. 17, 2015). We think she’s absolutely right! Monopolies are notoriously inefficient and ineffective - the prices are too high and the production is too low - and they can "capture" the political and regulatory processes (CBS Money Watch, Sept. 18, 2014). And now Justice Cunningham has recommended ending Tarion's monopoly as a result of his Tarion Review! "...I am recommending the introduction of a competitive multi-provider model for warranty protection.  Introducing competition should encourage continuous improvement and innovation. This in turn can lead to better consumer outcomes such as enhancements in warranty protection beyond minimum amounts..." (Justice Douglas Cunningham, Tarion Review Final Report, Dec. 16, 2016). But the Wynne Government has not yet accepted Justice Cunningham's recommendation to end Tarion's monopoly.   Tarion is a private corporation created as a monopoly by the Government of Ontario to provide warranty protection to new home buyers and to regulate builders. The legislation was established in 1976 – 41 years ago – and many agree that it has never worked properly. Numerous media reports show that there are many serious problems resulting from the legislation and how Tarion is administering the legislation - and now Justice Cunningham has agreed!  The following summarizes the situation in three other provinces – and then in Ontario: Prov       2015 Housing starts    # of Warr Providers       Avg #        Alberta             37,282                         7                         5,326 BC                    31,446                        5                          6,289 Manitoba          5,501                           5**                      1,100 Ontario             70,156                         1                         70,156  This means that Alberta, BC and Manitoba offer a CHOICE of warranty providers AND, on average, the warranty providers in those provinces have a much more reasonable number of homes to service than Tarion.     Sign this petition to ask Premier Wynne to end Tarion’s monopoly and offer a number of warranty providers in Ontario -- like Justice Cunningham recommended -- and like other Canadian provinces are doing.  It's time for Ontario to catch up! ------------------------------------- * Statistics Canada  **effective 2017

Canadians for Properly Built Homes
1,070 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Stephen Logan

Santa Cruz wants a sports complex with housing at the Capitola Mall

The new owners of the Capitola Mall are interested in reinventing the mall to bring in more customers and more business.  Vice president of development Stephen Logan and architect David Geiser are "trying to figure out what would attract more people to the county’s only mall... when 96 percent of shoppers today shop online." (Capitola Mall: Merlone Geier asks what would work) In a unique opportunity, the mall owners actually want to know what the community desires.  An indoor sports complex could be the answer, if the community expresses interest.  This would be complimentary to retail and housing projects, and wouldn't need to take up the whole mall. A roller hockey rink would be the centerpiece, but imagine all the creative uses beyond hockey:- birthday parties- public skate - indoor soccer- roller derby- dodgeball- lacross- martial arts- yoga, zumba, etc- daycare/preschool play space- kids sleepovers at the mall- summer camps- charity auctions- craft fairs- other community events A local roller hockey rink has been missing from our community since 2009 when the Scotts Valley center closed.  Since then, hockey players have been forced to travel to Marina or South San Jose to play, or give up the sport.  Let's help them stay local, while supporting new businesses and community engagement in the middle of the county.  As a hockey player, I am tired of the long, dangerous drives to do what I love.  I miss the community and friendships forged through sports that such a complex provides. Sign this petition and add your voice in support of a sports complex in the heart of Santa Cruz County. Endorsed by:Bob Slawinski - former owner of the Scotts Valley Sports CenterTravis Hawkins - professional roller hockey player, Team USA member, sports program managerWes Koenig - Santa Cruz County Lacrosse AssociationUCSC Ice Hockey TeamUCSC Men's SoccerKaplan Volleyball No Attitudes Allowed Volleyball

Jack Marden
636 supporters