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Update posted 5 hours ago

Petition to Christine Grahame MSP, The Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Kezia Dugdale MSP, Stuart Bell, Bryan McGrath

Extend Walkerburn Premier Store's Opening Hours to 8PM on Weekdays and 4PM on a Saturday.

I originally come from Innerleithen, and after several years living in Midlothian, decided to return to the Borders with my partner, Natalie - we now live in Walkerburn. I am both saddened and frustrated to say that the village appears to have a severe lack of local amenities. My primary concern is that there is only one shop in Walkerburn, a Premier Store which closes at 6PM on weekdays, 2PM on a Saturday and 1PM on a Sunday. In this petition I am calling to extend the Walkerburn Premier Express Store's opening hours to 8PM on Weekdays and 4PM on a Saturday. I feel this is a realistic demand, and although I'm conscious it won't entirely resolve the issue, it will signify a first step in adding some convenience to the lives of Walkerburn residents.  I have received correspondence from Bryan McGrath, Chief Officer of Economic Development at Scottish Borders Council, who cites the proximity of neighboring village Innerleithen as a reason for the apparent underdevelopment of the village of Walkerburn. I couldn't disagree more with this position, and am angered at the idea that residents appear to be stuck in a predicament where they must incur more expense on public transport in order to do a decent shopping.  Mr. McGrath did suggest Internet shopping facilities, which frankly I find laughable given the network coverage in the area. Please sign and share this petition, I will keep this page updated as I receive responses etc.

Fraser Brown
18 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Sheffield City Council, The Charity commission

Protect Graves Park! Don't sell Cobnar Cottage!

Cobnar Cottage in Graves Park is up for auction at the end of this month. If the Council (acting as trustees of the park)succeed in selling the cottage, it will break the covenants on Graves Park. This will put any of the rest of the park at risk of sale. It also puts at risk all the other covenants on property given to the people of Sheffield by J G Graves. Graves Park does not belong to the Council, it belongs to the citizens of Sheffield.  In 2009 Sheffield City Council put all of the Graves Park covenants into one scheme, to protect all of the park and to stop any future disputes. By selling the cottage they are breaking their own agreements of just 6 years ago. The latest proposed solution is that a stonemason has volunteered to live in the cottage and restore it to its former glory, using his skills. The Friends of Graves Park have agreed to fund his work (he would give his labour for free and would only need funding for raw materials). The stonemason would also like to run training for young people and workshops for the public. The cottage would remain within the Graves Park trust and in public ownership. This is the perfect solution to the fate of the cottage. The Council, however, see no value in a stonemason working in Graves Park and have rejected this proposal. They are determined to sell the cottage. The Council says the people of Sheffield do not care about Cobnar Cottage and support its sale. Act now! Sign this petition! Write to your local Councillors! Write to the leader of the Council! Write to your MP! Help us to protect the covenants before it is too late! Support us in protecting Graves Park!  

Caroline Dewar
12,938 supporters