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Petition to Carwyn Jones, Geoff Lowe, Rodney Skelland, Ken Skates, Mark Pritchard, Lawrence Isted, Phil Wynn

Justice for Wrexham AFC - #wheresourshare

Back in 2009 the owners of Wrexham AFC, a company called Wrexham Village, submitted planning applications to develop land around the Racecourse Stadium. The Chief Planning Officer at the time stated that… "This requires the erection of a 5,000 seat stand. The cost of building the stand should be apportioned to each of Phase 1 and Phase 2. Otherwise Phase 1 could be completed and the new stand not started at all, and then the cost of the new stand might not make it financially viable to proceed with any of Phase 2 and Phase 3." After stating that obvious fact, the Council then put no measures in place to secure the integrity of what is a hugely significant part of the Welsh sporting and social landscape. We the undersigned call on the Welsh Assembly Government to call in and investigate all aspects of planning applications P/2008/1295 and 6. This to include the legal advice highlighted by former Council Leader Aled Roberts in the BBC Week in Week out documentary of 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9wmLBYPvvc Councillor Roberts stated that the council had taken the best advice in determining its response to the applications. The subsequent outcomes have proven far from satisfactory. The Council has refused to release any detail regarding this advice and the current Council Leader has refused to answer any questions on the subject. The only response from the Guildhall has come from Council Officers who were involved in the original flawed decision. It defies all definitions of openness and fairness. Wrexham is a town in North Wales but the current council regime seem to believe that it is a Banana Republic. Put simply. In order to gain planning permission to build their flats the developers told a series of outrageous lies. They lied to the council. They lied to the fans and they lied to the Town. All of this was done with the connivance of Council Leader Aled Roberts, Chief Planning Officer Lawrence Istead and Chief Legal Officer Trevor Coxon who failed to protect the basic interests of the Town whilst claiming to have taken the “best legal advice. “ The actions of Wrexham Village should be subject to a police investigation on the grounds of “obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception” but it is the role of Wrexham Council that needs to be examined here. The history of this piece of land is well known locally but perhaps needs repeating. Wrexham Village took the land out of the club in exchange for debts run up by their own incompetence. They paid £5m for this land. They built student flats on part of the site and that is now valued by themselves at £13m. They sold the stadium part of the land to Glyndwr University for £2m and are currently selling the remainder of the land to Macdonalds for around £6m. So a £5m investment has yielded a return of over £20m. And yet they claim that there is no profit in order to fulfil their promises. Not a single penny. They are supported in this by their friends at the Guildhall. A long term solution for that site needs to be found. Hell will freeze over before Wrexham Village do the right thing and deliver on their promises. Wrexham Council are unwilling to enforce the promises made by Wrexham Village and that leaves the Welsh Assembly Government as the only body able to ensure justice for Wrexham AFC. Macdonalds must not be allowed to develop that land until a solution is found to the needs of Wrexham AFC. We have run up against a brick wall at the local authority where the Councillors fight with the Council Officers to see who could give less of a toss to this important local issue. The assembly is the last hope that we have in saving this important national asset. ###################################################### Yn ôl yn 2009 cyflwynwyd gais cynllunio gan gwmni o'r enw Wrexham Village, perchnogion Wrexham AFC, i ddatblygu'r tir o amgylch y Cae Ras. Dywedodd y Prif Swyddog Cynllunio ar y pryd ... Mae angen codi eisteddle gyda 5,000 o seddi. Dylid rhannu cost adeiladu'r eisteddle newydd rhwng Cyfnod 1 a Chyfnod 2. Fel arall gall Cyfnod 1 cael ei gwblhau heb gwychwyn ar eisteddle newydd o gwbwl, a gall cost eisteddle newydd olygu na fyddai'n ddichonol yn ariannol i barhau ag unrhyw ran o Gyfnod 2 a Chyfnod 3. Wedi datgan y ffaith gwbwl amlwg yma, ni chafwyd unrhyw fesurau penodol gan y Cyngor i sicrhau rhan hollol allweddol o dirlun cymdeithasol a hunaniaeth chwaraeon Cymru. Rydym ni sydd wedi arwyddo isod yn galw ar Lywodraeth Cymru i archwilio pob rhan o geisiadau cynllunio P/2008/1295 a 6. Dylid cynnwys y cyngor cyfreithiol cafodd ei amlygu gan cyn Arweinydd y Cyngor Aled Roberts yn rhaglen ddogfen BBC Week In Week Out yn 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9wmLBYPvvc Dywedodd Cynghorydd Roberts fod y Cymgor wedi cael y cyngor gorau posib wrth ddod i benderfyniad ynghylch eu hymateb i'r ceisiadau. Nid yw'r hyn sydd wedi dilyn yn foddhaol o gwbwl. Mae'r Cyngor wedi gwrthod rhyddhau unrhyw fanylion ynghylch y cyngor yma ac mae Arweinydd presenol y Cyngor wedi gwrthod ateb unrhyw gwestiwn ar y mater. Daw' unig ymateb ar hyn o bryd gan Swyddogion y Cyngor fu'n rhan o'r broses ddifygiol wreiddiol. Mae hyn yn mynd yn erbyn pob diffinaid o chwarae teg a thryloywder. Mae Wrecsam yn dref yng ngogledd Cymru ond mae'r Cyngor presenol yn credu ei fod yn rhyw fath o Weriniaeth Fanana. I siarad yn blaen, er mwyn sicrhau hawl cynllunio i adeiladau eu fflatiau bu'r datblygwyr yn rhaffu celwyddau. Cafwyd celwyddau noeth yn eu trafodaethau gyda'r Cyngor. Cafwyd celwyddau noeth yn eu trafodaethau gyda'r cefnogwyr a'r dref. Cafwyd hyn oll gyda goddefiad Arweinydd y Cyngor Aled Roberts, y Prif Swyddog Cynllunio Lawrence Istead a'r Prif Swyddog Cyfreithiol Trevor Coxon fethodd a sicrhau buddianau'r dref ar ôl honi iddynt gymryd y "cyngor cyfreithiol gorau." Dylai gweithred Wrexham Village fod yn destun ymchwiliad gan yr heddlu ar sail “obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception” ond rôl Cyngor Wrecsam sydd angen ei ymchwilio yma. Mae hanes y llecyn yma o dir yn adnabyddus yn lleol ond efallai bod angen ail adrodd y stori.Llwyddodd Wrexham Village i gyfnewid y tir am ddyledion cafodd â ddeiliwyd o'u methianau hwy fel perchnogion. Talwyd £5m am y tir ac adeiladwyd fflatiau'r myfyrwyr ar y safle. Mae nhw eu hunain yn credu fod gwerth o £13m i'r fflatiau. Gwerthwyd y stadiwm a rhan o'r tir i Brifysgol Glyndŵr am £2m ac maent, ar hyn o bryd, yn gwerthu gweddill y tir i Macdonalds am tu £6m. Felly mae eu buddsoddiad o £5m wedi elwa dros £20m ond eto maent yn honi nad oes unrhyw elw i wireddu eu haddewidion. Dim un ceiniog. Maent yn cael eu cefnogi yn hyn o beth gan eu cyfeillion yn Neuadd y Dref. Mae angen dod o hyd i atebion hir dymor ond mae'n debyg mai breuddwyd gwrach yw disgwyl i Wrexham Village wireddu eu haddewidion. Mae Cyngor Wrecsam yn anfodlon gorfodi'r addewidion a wnaed gan Wrexham Village ac mae hynny'n golygu mai llywodraeth Cymru ydi'r unig gorff all sicrhau cyfiawnder i Wrexham AFC. Ni ddylwn ganiatau i Macdonalds ddatblygu'r tir nes bod datrusiad wedi ei ganfod i anghenion Wrexham AFC. Rydym wedi methu'n glir â thrafod efo'r awdurdod lleol ble mae'r Cynghorwyr yn brwydro yn erbyn Swyddogion y Cyngor er mwyn gweld pwy all falio'r lleiaf am y mater lleol pwysig yma. Y Senedd yw'r gobaith olaf sydd gennym ni er mwyn achub yr ased cenedlaethol yma.  

Dismal Jimmy
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Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to UNESCO, The Federal Government of Malaysia, The State Government of Melaka

Please help protect and sustain the well-being, environment, and heritage culture of the Portuguese Settlement at Ujong Pasir, in Melaka, Malaysia, as indiscriminate development threatens to wreak irreversible destruction

Media Coverage of the Crisis That Needs Urgent Addressing: The Rakyat Post: Heritage being destroyed to make way for Malacca Gateway, claims Portuguese settlement The Sun Daily: Portuguese colony sidelined by Melaka Gateway project The Sun Daily: Residents call on govt to intervene Portuguese Settlement land reclamation works Why must the Portuguese Settlement be protected and preserved for the future generations? The Portuguese Settlement is the so-called last bastion of the Portuguese descendants in Melaka and in this part of the world. It is irreplaceable and the reclamation of its seafront will definitely destroy this already fragile community.  For centuries, the sea has been an integral part of the community’s survival, not only as a source of income but more so as a way of life of the people. The homogeneous environment of the Portuguese Settlement and its seafront provides and enables the language, customs and cultural activities of the community to be perpetuated and transmitted from generation to generation. The loss of historical settlements of Tranquerah, Kubu, Bunga Raya and Banda Hilir due to reclamation and development, makes it paramount that this last place be safeguarded for future generations. Their language called ‘Papiah Kristang’, a creole of Portuguese, is unique and classified as an endangered language in the UNESCO RedBook of Endangered Languages. There are only about 300 native speakers left, and most of them reside at the Portuguese Settlement in question. The annual Festa De San Pedro or Feast of St. Peter, patron saint of fishermen and seafarers, which is listed in the Malaysian Calendar of Events and celebrated on the 29th of June, will be the first casualty if the sea is reclaimed for development. And soon others like Festa De San Juang and Intrudu (the Water Festival) will follow. All these characteristics of the community and their intangible cultural heritage has helped Malacca to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even though, the Portuguese Settlement at the moment is protected under a Preservation and Conservation State Enactment 1998 because of its historical and cultural significance, any physical change to its characteristics will have a tremendous ill-effect on the community, especially if the sea is reclaimed. The community has also helped enrich the national language with more than 500 words, and the ‘Joget’ has many similarities to the Jinkli Nona – a traditional folk dance of the Portuguese descendants of Malacca. The ‘Sarong Kebaya’, one of Malaysia’s national costumes is of local Portuguese origin. Even the community's 'Curry Debal'or 'Devil Curry' has become a popular Malaysian dish. The Portuguese Settlement is a famous tourist spot. It draws thousands of tourists during its annual festivals, including Christmas, where the place becomes a fairyland of lights, because of its natural homogenous environment. The Portuguese Settlement attracts many students, both from local and foreign universities to do their theses for their Ph.D. The unique characteristics of the community makes it a place for research and study. The community has also played a big role in the fields of education, sports and the civil service of early Malaysia. They have provided many loyal, dedicated and moderate people to help Malaysia become a truly multi-racial and multi-religious society which the country must be proud of. Like the ‘Orang Asli’ of Peninsula Malaysia and the indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak, the community, the smallest minority found in Malacca, must be helped and protected and not destroyed by the massive reclamation projects along the Malacca coastline, especially the Portuguese Settlement and Ujong Pasir. They need to survive and sustain themselves, lest Malaysia loses one of it’s most unique minority groups. The Sea is our Life and our Life is the Sea. It’s like ‘Isi dengan Kuku’. It must not be separated. The promises of the former Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Ali Rustam of Melaka that the seafront of the Portuguese Settlement will not be touched, due to frequent protests in 2008 by community members, has come to nought. The current Chief Minister of Melaka says reclamation of this area will go on.

Save Portuguese Community Action Committee
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