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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Ségolène Royal, Nicole Goueta, Patrick Devedjian, Jean-Paul Huchon

YES to R-Urban in Colombes! NO to the temporary car park that is planed to replace it! #saveRURBAN

Save R-URBAN, an internationally acclaimed professional and citizen initiative of resilient regeneration in Colombes, near Paris, and persuade the municipality and other authorities of the general interest of preserving this project whose main site in Colombes is currently threaten to become a temporary parking. R-URBAN was initiated by Atelier d’Architecture Autogeree (AAA) to create opportunities for citizen to change their lifestyle and develop resilient activities: saving resources, recycling, energy production, grey water depollution, social economy, eco-construction, urban agriculture,ecological co-housing, green transports, etc… AAA has started in 2009 several partnerships to develop the first Civic Resilience Units in Colombes (92) funded within the framework of the Life+ programme of Europeen Commission for environmental governance.In this context, the Municipality of Colombes has agreed to host the project and contributed with €240.000 over 4 years (2011-2015).  During the same period, AAA managed to secure more than €1.240.000 (including sponsorship from Europeen Community, Ministere de l’Ecologie, Conseil Régional Ile-de-France, Conseil Départemental Hauts-de-Seine, Fondation de France, etc.) In 2013, the first R-URBAN building Units were finalised in Colombes : Agrocité (Urban Agriculture and Environmental Pedagogy) and Recyclab (Recycling, Social Economy and Eco-construction). Currently several hundred local users regularly develop and run resilience-oriented activities (urban farming, bee keeping, poultry, recycling, eco-design, organic waste processing, etc). Amongst them, dozens of people have been working on the project or have initiated their own jobs.  The ecological balance promoted by these initiatives is exceptionally impressive: 6 time reduction of CO2 emission/year for the Agrocité users,  24t/year organic waste recycling, 50t/year water reduction, 3t/year organic vegetable production.   For their innovative ground breaking intiatives, the R-URBAN Units have received international prizes (Zumtobel, Curry Stone, EIB Social Innovation, European Public Space Prize) and attract numerous visitors   (professionals, urban stakeholders, students, researchers, political representatives, etc.) regularly coming from other cities in the region as well as from France, Europe and other continents (Harvard GSD, MIT, UCL Londres, U Sheffield, U West Sydney, Municipality of Seoul, Municipality of Montreal, MoMA New York, etc). National and International press including France2, Huffington Post, New York Times, The Guardian, Asahi Shimbun (JP) have published R-Urban, which alongside Freibourg, BedZed, and Hamarby, has now become a global reference point in terms of urban resilience. In order to start the implementation of these pioneering activities in Colombes, the R-Urban Units were built on municipal land made temporarily available and designed to be relocated on a mid term basis. These temporary locations were proposed by the Municipality of Colombes which was strongly engaged throughout the Life+ contract to guarantee the dissemination and durability of the project. Suddenly, after the municipal elections in March 2014 and the change of municipal team, the Municipality has asked in June 2014 that Agrocité leave its location without reason given and with no proposal for relocation. Today this decommissioning of the project has been proposed for September 2015, motivated by the municipal team’s desire for the construction of a temporary car park for 2 years. This decision is even more contestable if we consider that after the 2 years car park the site will remain again without use, as no new project proposed for 2018.  In order to find a solution, AAA has mapped several available sites for the alternative parking options, allowing the social and economic development of Agrocité to continue until its relocation, if necessary, after 2018.  In a parallel move by the municipality, Recyclab is also being forced to leave by 30 September 2015, without any concrete reason given.   Only 2 months are left to save R-Urban, as an invaluable model of urban resilient regeneration, and convince the Municipality of Colombes of the need to preserve R-Urban and eventually provide a mid term relocation space for the two units in Colombes, when new urban projects will be approved on the existing sites. We would like to create an international platform of urban resilience, social and economic regeneration, waste reduction, biodiversity preservation and struggle against climate change.  International projects such as Public Works in London Hackney Wick and other partners are now ready to create an R-Urban movement on an international scale. By signing this petition for the preservation of the R-Urban Units in Colombes, you are directly supporting a resilient way of conceiving and practicing urban change.  In addition to signing this petition, you can also: - spread the campaign - get friends to write about it in the press - write letters of support (to be addressed to Mayor of Colombes  - nicole.goueta at, copy AAA - at - sign the R-Urban Charter and join the R-Urban network Follow us on #saveRURBAN  / @rurban_ Related petitions: Oui RURBAN Colombes (fr)

Atelier d'Architecture Autogérée / R-URBAN
3,811 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Councillors Razia Daniels and Neil Sullivan

Save The Meadows

This petition has been produced in cooperation with the Queens Park Residents Association and The Friends of the Meadows. Its purpose is to make everyone in Queens Park and Handbridge aware of plans being drawn up to develop and build on The Meadows. At a public meeting held at Queens Park High School in February it was announced that the Council and The Royal Chester Rowing Club were planning to develop the existing Queens Park High School boathouse situated on the edge of the Meadows into a much larger facility. The red line drawing above shows the proposed site - it will comprise the whole of the first field of the Meadows. At that time it was stated that there were ‘no specific details available’. However, it is now understood that plans are being considered for: • A two storey building with twice the footprint of the existing single storey school boathouse (i.e. 4 times the size) • The cost is likely to be several million pounds. • A car park to service the boat club. The whole of  Barn Field has recently been surveyed. • A bar and social function room. • Of most concern, the development is set to extend into the Meadows itself and develop the whole of the first field - Barn Field. We support and are in favour of improving the existing boathouse to ensure that rowing continues to be offered and encouraged at Queens Park High School and that the community canoeing continues there. But the plan is for the school facility to be extended and merged with Chester Royals - a private rowing club - and to become a much larger and more commercially focused centre. Concerns About Meadows Development Meadows In Trust - The Meadows were given in trust to the Council to ‘look after’ for the people of Chester. Over the years the Council have tried several times to build on the Meadows. This is the latest attempt to develop Meadows land by stealth and to break into the green belt. Wildlife - The Meadows is an area of unspoilt water meadows situated in the “Earl’s Eye” of the River Dee in Chester. It is home to an abundance of wildlife. The land has huge ecological importance and should be protected for wildlife and for future generations to enjoy. Proposal - The proposal is called the “Community Watersports Hub” but a large part of the funding is coming from The Royal Chester Rowing Club - a private members club who service their own members. They intend to sell their existing club-house and move into the new ‘Community’ Hub. Scale - There are real concerns about the hugely inappropriate scale of the current plans and outright objections to any development on the Meadows, which would set a major precedent in this conservation area. Traffic & Parking - Siting a substantial new development in Queens Park will simply add to the current traffic and parking problems in the whole Queens Park and Handbridge area. Hours of operation - Present usage of the site is restricted to the hours of daylight. New plans could allow much longer hours of usage with consequent noise and traffic for longer, potentially into the night. The likelihood of this happening increases if there is a bar and social club as part of the plan. Lighting - With extended hours of use, the new building will need to be lit (as will the car park) and it is known that light pollution adversely affects the considerable wildlife population. Lighting would also spoil the natural look of the Meadows. What To Do? At present there are no plans being made available by the Council. However our local Councillors and the Council themselves would like to hear from you with your thoughts on their proposals to develop our Meadows. You may either: 1. Complete this online petition objecting to any development of the Meadows. Note: The letter below will be emailed to Councillor Razia Daniels if you sign our online petition. 2. Email Councillors Razia Daniels or Neil 3. Write to them at Unionist Buildings, Nicholas Street, Chester. CH1 2NX 4. Ring them on 01244 312392 or 01244 671099 Thank you.

Save The Meadows Action Group
1,598 supporters