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Petition to Haringey Council

Save Highgate Library

Friends of Highgate Library - Shepherds Hill oppose the proposed 'co-location' as it is being termed, of Highgate Library and Jacksons Lane Arts Centre. Highgate Library is a lovely and accessible facility, used by families, individuals and students across Haringey and we want to protect it. We are non-political and non-partisan. We oppose this for the following reasons: ·       We will lose forever our purpose-built library building,  which has housed the library for over a hundred years and which is a bright, user friendly facility. .       Highgate Library was fully refurbished in 2002, it is not in a huge state of disrepair. Jacksons Lane Arts Centre does need extensive and expensive renovation works simply to stay within it's current building and modernise. ·       The library would be housed in Jacksons Lane Arts Centre, which even with refurbishment will be an unsuitable place to site a library because of noise, conflicts of usage, lack of daylight. ·       The library will lose its autonomy. It will be the junior partner in this so-called 'co-location' with Jacksons Lane Arts Centre. This will mean in future that should Jacksons Lane require more space, the library will be forced to contract and probably in the end disappear. .     Maintaining a library service doesn't mean maintaining a library. Our single usage library is peaceful, open to all, free to use and a well loved, much used community asset, with well trained library staff and services.  It's already world class, with a beautiful garden: it's a precious oasis and it's free; we don't want to lose it! Highgate Library is the only free public access space in the locality. It is open to young and old, those with disabilities, those from all backgrounds. As a free space it is a vital sanctuary to the community. This would be utterly undermined by this proposed move. .     Friends of Highgate Library - Shepherds Hill have some fantastic ideas for how to make our library even better, it is therefore a shame that Haringey Council are not listening to our local community voices. .    Highgate Library's garden cannot be replicated at Jacksons Lane Arts Centre. Once lost to the public and sold to developers, Highgate Library and it's garden would be in private hands, to do whatever they liked with and we would lose a public service and space asset forever. The garden is a much needed green lung for London in an already polluted locality. .      To email your local councillor: https://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1 will direct you to your councillor. Highgate Library falls into Crouch End, for where the councillors are:  Natan.doron@haringey.gov.uk jason.arthur@haringey.gov.uk sarah.elliott@haringey.gov.uK .       To contact Catherine West MP: catherine.west.mp@parliament.uk  

Tamara Cincik
1,572 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Bjorn Ulvaeus, Ingrid Sutej, Staffan Holm, My Blomgren, Lambeth Planning, Coin Street Community Builders, Mamma Mia The Party, Cllr Jen Mosley, Cllr Kevin Craig, Cllr Ben Kind, Kate Hoey MP, Petter Hakanson, Cllr Clair Wilcox, Cllr Joanne Simpson, Gorel Hanser, Florence Eshalomi, Cllr Lib Peck

Björn Ulvaeus: don't put your Abba-themed party on land intended for social housing

Waterloo residents oppose plans for an Abba-themed restaurant party venue  Mamma Mia -The Party! (MMTP) to be constructed on land that has always been earmarked for social housing in a highly residential area. The impact will be catastrophic with 500 party revellers flocking every day/night (twice at weekends!) to an area that is already overly congested with tourists and vehicles. Landowners Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB*) have an obligation to provide social housing on this site but this obligation runs out in 2025 and after that, the land would be lost to the community forever, if MMTP is still going by then. What's wrong with this proposal? The lease for this proposed 'temporary' pop-up theatre was  originally for 10 years! Now reduced to 5 years with an intent for 10 years - who are they trying to kid? The venue/site is right next door to hundreds of people's homes Crowds of 500-1000 people would bring anti-social behaviour from 6pm-11.30pm/midnight daily, e.g. noise, litter, public urination, intrusion into people's space/gardens There would be an increase of vehicles to transport visitors and for deliveries, with no extra parking facilities in the vicinity This would increase pollution not only in terms of air quality but also noise and light pollution from the venue itself There has been minimal local consultation and no public consultation yet the planning application has already been submitted giving very little time to voice concerns One of London's biggest crises is the lack of 'affordable'/social housing. CSCB has a duty to provide this and could easily do so with temporary pop-up housing as evidenced by the project in Lewisham https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/18/pop-up-village-in-south-east-london-to-house-homeless-families And Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus and team could easily find another venue for their riotous new party attraction that would draw unwanted drunken revellers to highly residential parts of Waterloo. MMTP in Stockholm is set in an entertainment resort so come on Abba - please don't sell the people of Waterloo down the river! Help us to find a solution that works for all.  *Background: CSCB acquired the site cheaply along with several others in 1985 after a ten-year campaign by the local community to get affordable housing and facilities including workspaces, a community centre, shops and a park. They were sold the sites on a subsidised discount by the Greater London Council on the basis that they would swiftly develop a community-backed scheme approved in 1983. CSCB haven’t built any affordable housing for 15 years, and earlier this year, privately stated that they don’t intend to build any more. They claim that they intend to ‘move forward’ on the site as an extension to the Neighbourhood Centre. But this is already the biggest community centre in London given the modest number (220) of households served by it! Mostly it is vacant or taken up with commercial events, not community activities. The board of CSCB is non-elected. Residents have a reviewable 5 year lease only, with no say in the running of CSCB.

Waterloo Residents Alliance
729 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Gavin Patterson, Clive Selley

Bring Fibre Broadband to cabinet 2 at East Wickham, Welling.

For most people a fast reliable broadband connection is a necessity. Unfortunately, for some residents of East Wickham in Welling an extremely slow connection is all that's available. If your internet connection is via a standard telephone line it makes no difference what Internet Service Provider you choose. They all connect via a BT/Openreach street cabinet, and if thats not fibre enabled, the internet is very slow! The area that is served by the BT/Openreach cabinet called "Kidbrooke PCP2" has no other option but to use this old slow ADSL connection. BT/Openreach were scheduled to enable the cabinet for fibre broadband in 2010. Since that date BT/Openreach have given many excuses, the most popular is that there are too many cables and pipes in the location of the proposed new cabinet. This means that there is no fibre broadband available and hundreds of local households have to suffer from a substandard internet connection. The speed averages 3-4Mbps down and 0.2Mbps up, meaning that sometimes it's impossible to use the internet. For example, it's not possible to watch Netflix, Youtube or iPlayer when anyone else is using the same connection. Also, uploading files of more than a few megabytes in size is not possible, and working from home via the internet is simply not feasible.  What makes this even worse is that every other telephone cabinet in the local area has been upgraded long ago and other options like Virgin are not available. Last year new houses were built on the old Hill View council site and have fibre directly to the house, bypassing the need for a telephone cabinet. They enjoy 330Mbps download speeds and a useable internet connection. The area is about nine miles from central London and yet the internet speed for people connected to this cabinet is slower than some of the most remote places in the UK. We call on BT/Openreach to upgrade the "Kidbrooke PCP2" cabinet now, without delay. How to help. Sign this petition and ask others to do the same. Register with Virgin Media, the more people that register the better! Ask our MP James Brokenshire to talk to Openreach about the problem Complain to Openreach Complain to @OpenreachGB on Twitter Complain to BT Send your story to BBC Watchdog More information can be found at www.wellingfibre.co.uk These are the affected postcodes: DA16 2RE  1- 25 Bellegrove RoadDA16 2RJ  1 – 28C Welling WayDA16 3QU 1 – 39 Sandringham Drive DA16 3RT 202 – 298 Bellegrove Road DA16 3RH 261 – 315 Bellegrove Road DA16 3NL 168 – 202A Wickham Street, inc Green man Pub. DA16 3RL  349 – 379 Bellegrove Road DA16 3LQ  1- 56 Lulworth Road DA16 3LG  1 – 4 Jubilee Flats, Lulworth RoadDA16 3RB 148 – 156a Bellegrove RoadDA16 3RE 174 Bellegrove Road (Dr Surgery)DA16 3LW 2 – 37 Baltimore PlaceDA16 3NP 1 – 12 Wickham Court, Wickham StreetDA16 3NR 206  – 212 Wickham StreetDA16 3RA 189 – 201 Bellegrove Road, inc Bridge Garage & Welling Methodist ChurchDA16 3LH 1 – 56 Newlyn RoadDA16 3RD 164 – 196 Bellegrove Road, inc Mulberry CourtDA16 3AH  Bains Court, 197 Bellegrove RoadDA16 3LL  Peters CloseDA16 3LN 1 – 31 Maryville, Baltimore PlaceDA16 3LD 1 – 4 Lulworth RoadDA16 3RG 1 – 18 Bellegrove Close

Steve Jackson
145 supporters