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Petition to Councillor Nick Kemp

Put Nature on the Map in Newcastle

Nature is faring worse in the UK than in other countries. We must act locally - and nationally - to reverse this trend.  All local authorities are legally obliged to conserve biodiversity - the number and variety of plants and animals in a particular area. ·              Newcastle City Council's local plan removed 9% of Newcastle’s green belt - the biggest proportion of any UK city. ·             The destruction of one the largest areas of mature woodland in the city was permitted by Newcastle City Council in 2015 to make way for unnecessary millionaire houses. ·             Designated wildlife sites were considered as ‘parks and allotments’ in a recent Newcastle City Council consultation on the future of parks, with no reference to their nature conservation value. ·             Planning applications that disregard nature conservation, including those that threaten protected species and pave over wildlife corridors have been approved by Newcastle City Council. ·             Tree cover in Newcastle is well below the UK average. ·             There are only a handful of wildflower areas in the city and glyphosate-based herbicides are still used widely by Newcastle City Council, despite increasing evidence of the detrimental effect on bee populations and other pollinating insects - and humans.   ·              Havannah and Three Hills Local Nature Reserve is set to be hemmed in by residential development, threatening wildlife and protected species in and around the reserve and endangering a nationally significant red squirrel population. The Newcastle and North Tyneside Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) aims to safeguard priority habitats and species, considered under threat locally and nationally. But there is no evidence that targets are being met, nor that objectives are being measured.  We are therefore calling on Newcastle City Council to observe its duty to conserve biodiversity by maintaining and protecting existing wildlife corridors and designated wildlife sites from further destruction and degradation. We want to see the creation of new wildlife habitats through increased planting of trees, shrubs, hedgerows, green roofs and living walls, and the introduction of wildflower areas and weed killer free zones. Not only will this benefit wildlife, but will help to mitigate the effects of air pollution and climate change.  By 2018 we would like to see comprehensive monitoring of all targets in the BAP to ensure targets are met, in particular to guide decisions on planning applications that affect biodiversity and, in so doing, enhance biodiversity value across all habitats in the city.  2,500 signatures on this petition will trigger a full debate at council. Please sign to send a clear message to Newcastle City Council that Newcastle needs better protection for nature.  

Save Newcastle Wildlife
4,049 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Dominic Raab, Sharon Taylor, Stephen McPartland (MP)

HMOs and other Noisy Neighbours... "IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU TOO!"

THE GOVERNMENT, LOCAL COUNCILS & THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT VICTIMS FROM NUISANCE HMOs AND OTHER NOISY NEIGHBOURS! Normally, the victims have to move to get away from the noise while the offenders get to stay. Where is the logic and justice in that?  Moreover, the noise coming from these houses can cause the reduction in the value of one's property and/or make it impossible to sell - as I've already experienced.  You are not safe either (if not now, but in the future) because the government and the councils want to extend HMOs on a wider scale because they benefit from HMOs while the victims suffer. Some of these properties are not suitable for HMO dwellings because of the poor constructions - thin party walls, no soundproofing, so making it impossible to stop the noises coming from these HMO houses into one's own house.  The councils know about the poor constructions of some of these houses, especially ex-council houses, but they refuse to address the situation... HMO noise nuisances and unsociable behaviour from adjoining neighbouring properties can happen to you, too (as happening to me and others) if the government and local authorities have their way.  Because, HMOs are the substitute for the government & local authorities’ failure for not building accommodation to house people. If you feel you are a victim of HMO noise or any other noises and you're not being protected from these noisy neighbours by your Local Council/Environment Health dept. (who seemed to be covering up and protecting the offenders and not prosecuting them) please join me and sign the petition.   My personal experience: Initially, my complaint to the Council's Environmental Health Dept. was about an HMO property owner heavy hydraulic-springe noisy fire doors (that you will normally find in offices and industrial buildings) fitted in a prefabricated, substandard, domestic house that is not suitable for fire doors.  Then, my complaint developed into where the environmental health officer lied and covered up noise evidence (endorsed by her superiors and the Local Government Ombudsman) to support their approved house in multiple occupations (HMO) property owner noisy fire doors. This was because they do not want to spend the money, nor have the property owner to spend his money to have noise fixed.  My observations of the environmental health officer and superiors and council's attitude, also portrayed in letters from them; they have shown me they would definitely rather see my health suffer from the noises and leave me here to die because they do not care! I am not against the fitting of fire doors if it is for tenant’s protections from fire, but the government and local authorities should have property owners purchase solidly constructed houses and/or install soundproofing. Or, even better yet, to purchase detached properties for HMO purpose. I believe there are 6 + heavy hydraulic-springe fire doors installed in the HMO house. And recently, in the past year or so, heavy fire doors were fitted in the flats to the other side of me.  So, I'm stuck between 2 properties and a total of 8 + of these heavy noisy fire doors.  I'm finding it impossible to relax and sleep because of the noises; leaving me frustrated, suffering from anxiety and depression.  And, I already ended up in the hospital for 3 days with high blood pressure and a mild stroke all because of the noises and what the council's environmental health dept. have put me through on top of all my suffering...  My GP informed the Chief Executive of the council about his concerns for me, because of the situation that was placed upon me and my already heart and other medical conditions, but the Chief Executive just ignored it all.

Norbert Glasgow
57 supporters