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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: www.facebook.com/WeymouthHeritage 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
3,601 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

Save the Shepherd's Bush Market Businesses

Shepherd's Bush Market is one of London's long standing Markets, established in 1914. For over 100 years, the independent traders of Shepherds Bush Market have kept the open-air stalls and railway arches open for business, rain or shine. Famed for its broad offering of exotic foods, fabrics, jewellery, fashion and much more, all for good value, it is one of London's well loved and frequented markets.  Many of the businesses within this 100+ year old market are family-run, and have been passed down from generation to generation.  The SBMTA - Shepherd's Bush Market Tenants' Association have strived for many years to raise awareness to protect and secure this exceptional community of ethnically diverse, independent, and unique businesses. In 2014, Transport for London sold the market to redevelopers Orion Land & Leisure, for the development of a private block of 200+ luxury flats adjoining Shepherd’s Bush Market. In the 12 months that have followed, over 10% of the Market businesses have closed down, and the remaining businesses' livelihoods are being threatened. The redeveloper’s scheme is removing the tenants' security and forcing additional costs and liability onto the Market businesses. It is wrong that the Shepherd's Bush Market Businesses should be compromised. Please sign this petition to show your support for the SBMTA and the businesses of Shepherd's Bush Market, and help us in our battle to protect and preserve these valuable, long-standing, independent businesses.

SBMTA Shepherd's Bush Market Tenants' Association
10,820 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 http://www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk/details/909298 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
12,112 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to Kerry McCarthy MP, BT, Virgin Media, Sky, VirginMedia

Better broadband speeds for Barkleys Hill, Bristol and environs

October Update: We have the quote and are now fundraising for the upgrade click here to donate We would like to petition the main broadband suppliers (BT, Sky, Virgin) to improve the substandard internet connection on Barkleys Hill and the neighbouring streets of Little Parr Close, Baileys Mead Road and The Chine. Superfast broadband is defined as a connection with download speeds of 24Mb or above. Broadband under 2Mb is considered to be slow enough to apply for a government grant.We have one of slowest internet connections in Bristol with download speeds of 2Mb to 5Mb and yet many of the surrounding roads in the area get download speeds of 22Mb to 40Mb. Our local exchange, Fishponds New (SSFIS), is enabled for Openreach FTTC and should be able to provide a better speed however the broadband suppliers need some additional convincing that it is financially worth their while to upgrade the connection. I am hoping that with this petition and completing the 'register your interest' links will help with this. Barkleys Hill is a family area and the slow speeds are surely putting a strain on households with the increase in mobile devices, streaming TV shows and sharing photos. Any resident trying to run a home business would struggle to keep an effective connection with the current speed levels. We would therefore urge residents and local businesses to push suppliers to take action to enforcing superfast broadband in the area to enable homes and offices to maximise their internet experience and to remove the current limitations and difficulties they face with lower upload speeds. Please check the website for updates and how you can help:https://sites.google.com/site/barkleysbroadband I would urge all signees to register their interest directly as this will also make a big impact: BT: http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/products/speed-checker/Virgin: http://www.virginmedia.com/cablemystreet/Sky: https://fibre.sky.com/shop/broadband-talk/broadband-options/sky-fibre-broadband/

Eva B
1,488 supporters