Petition to El Consejero, El Alcalde, El Director
Salvemos Valdevaqueros, ¡nuestro paraíso natural!
(IN ENGLISH BELOW) Las máquinas excavadoras ya están en Valdevaqueros. Imagínate, el paraíso natural de Valdevaqueros destruido por culpa de un macroaparcamiento para 400 coches y un chiringuito que permitirán a cientos de personas circundar por allí. Tenemos que impedirlo de forma urgente. Yo llegué a España hace 10 años y esta zona me pareció una maravilla; por eso me quedé. No me puedo creer lo que estoy viendo y que estén a punto de destrozarla. Entre todos, debemos frenar esta atrocidad. Por eso te pido que firmes esta petición. En ella le estoy pidiendo al Ayuntamiento de Tarifa y a la Consejería de Medio Ambiente de Andalucía que paralice estas obras. Si continúan, van a tener un impacto terrible sobre el entorno natural y sobre el yacimiento arqueológico romano que hay justo debajo, conocidos como “Mellaria”. Todo proyecto dentro de la Red Natura 2000 debe tener una NO Afección al Parque Natural por exigencia europea y no la tiene. Se nos permite solamente ir a los Juzgados mientras las máquinas están trabajando y hasta que lo logremos, todo estará hecho. No se está respetando las directivas europeas, ni leyes españolas y Constitución española en su artículo 45, pero las obras han comenzando. No tenemos tiempo, es urgente la actuación de todos y todas. Pídele al Ayuntamiento de Tarifa y a la Consejería de Medio Ambiente de Andalucía que paralice la construcción de un macroaparcamiento y un chiringuito en el paraíso de Valdevaqueros. The diggers are already in Valdevaqueros. Imagine the natural paradise of Valdevaqueros destroyed by a car park for 400 cars and a beach bar for hundreds of people. We have to prevent it urgently. I arrived in Spain 10 years ago and this area seemed magical to me; that's why I stayed. I cannot believe what I am seeing and that they are about to destroy it. Together we must stop this atrocity. That's why I ask you to sign this petition. In it I am asking the Town Council of Tarifa and the Ministry of Environment of Andalusia to stop the construction. If it continues, it will have a terrible impact on the natural environment and on the Roman archaeological site just below, known as "Mellaria". Every project within the Natura 2000 Network must have NO affect on the Natural Park. This project does not meet this European requirement. We can only go to courts while the machines are working and by the time we achieve this, everything will be done. European directives, Spanish laws and article 45 of the Spanish Constitution are not being respected but the works have begun. We do not have time. Everyone must act urgently. Ask the City Council of Tarifa and the Department of Environment of Andalusia to stop the construction of a car park and a beach bar in the paradise of Valdevaqueros.
Petition to Julie Dore
Save Street Trees in Heeley, Meersbrook, Newfield Green and Gleadless, Sheffield
We, the undersigned, refute the assertion that the felling of over 30 trees in Heeley and many more in the neighbouring districts of Meersbrook and Newfield Green in Sheffield is necessary. We demand, and believe it imperative that sensitive, alternative highway engineering specifications for footway, kerb and drain (1) be adopted and implemented to enable the long-term retention of these trees. As such, we request that no further street trees are felled in Heeley, Gleadless, Newfield Green or Meersbrook unless they can be independently verified as being dangerous, dead or dying beyond any reasonable chance of survival. Evidence indicates that such large trees contribute significantly to local climate regulation (2), filtration of atmospheric pollutants (3), sustainable urban drainage (4), biodiversity (5), ecology (6): health and wellbeing (7) and amenity (8); through their beauty and our pleasure of its enjoyment, which enriches our lives. So far, between August 2012 and January 2016 over 3500 trees have been felled across the city. Sheffield City Council argue that the trees are damaging the pavements and roads and are therefore are "dangerous and/or discriminatory to disabled people and those using pushchairs". We believe the damage is minor and does not significantly hinder access or mobility, or use by people with disabilities, prams or pushchairs. It is our opinion that sensitive, alternative highway engineering specifications, such as pavement restructuring and localised remediation near trees, with kerb stones sculpted to accommodate root morphology, would represent a sustainable solution to perceived problems, enable the safe long-term retention of mature trees, preserve valuable ecosystem service benefits, and prevent irreversible environmental degradation. We would like a relaxation of kerb specifications and the use of flexipave to enable the safe retention of these trees. Loss of these trees would represent a significant loss of a valuable foraging resource for bees, bats, owls and many other insects and birds, and will negatively impact on the emotional wellbeing of Sheffield’s residents. Lines could be painted on the road to prevent parking under trees, thereby minimising the risk of damage to vehicles, to a level firmly within the “broadly acceptable region” of tolerability (9). SCC and Amey have pledged to plant small ornamental trees to "replace" the mature trees. Such trees have a smaller crown at maturity and significantly shorter useful life expectancy. It is impossible for saplings to provide the magnitude of valuable ecosystem services that mature trees can. Some of these trees are over 100 years old. We need and request a responsible, sustainable approach to management of the city-wide tree population – the “urban forest”, as agreed by European Ministers in 1993 (2). We urgently need a Tree Strategy. Each land-use context requires a sub-strategy of its own to guide and inform decisions. The precautionary principle applies: “Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.” (10)In addition EU Directive 2001/42/EC requires: “…the preservation, protection and improvement of the quality of the environment, the protection of human health and the prudent and rational utilisation of natural resources and that it is to be based on the Precautionary Principle” The Council should adopt a consistent and transparent strategic approach to assessment: an approach that permits appropriate, adequate, balanced assessments by competent people, with the assessments used to inform decisions, ensure that they are defendable and help temper a destructive, risk-averse approach. If they cannot afford to do this (e.g. valuations; cost:benefit analyses; risk assessments & analyses), the precautionary principle must apply. Furthermore, to avoid liability and meet legal duties, all the council is required to do is to ensure their acts and omissions are “reasonable”: i.e. compliance with good practice, including the aforementioned approach, taking in to consideration all circumstances of the case. (11) Sub-veteran, mature trees represent our cultural heritage (12) and are irreplaceable. We request that sensitive, alternative highway engineering specifications be implemented as an alternative to felling. Amey have stated:“One of the AIMS of the Streets Ahead project is to retain healthy trees wherever possible. …A new tree can never replace a mature specimen. … If it is felt that the tree could be saved by pruning and maintaining it then that is what will happen. …we are committed to retaining, maintaining and investing in the city’s tree stock for future generations”* Streets Ahead Customer Services stated: “The Streets Ahead project aims to work to best industry practice and guidelines … improving our processes and building industry good practise.”** The Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport has stated before full Council:“Taking the tree is the last resort, Lord Mayor.”*** The SCC Head of Highway Maintenance has stated:“If an engineering solution can be applied, then it will be applied. …and a tree is removed as a last resort.”† The Director of Regeneration and Development - leader of the trees strand of the Streets Ahead project - has stated: “…removal of any highway tree is always the last resort…”‡ NOTES* e-mail from Jeremy Willis (Operations Manager: Amey): Ref: 101002355831** e-mail: Ref: 101002358788*** An assertion made by Cllr Fox on 1st July, 2015, at the meeting of full Council in Sheffield Town Hall.† Comments made on 23rd July, 2015, at the inaugural meeting of the Highway Trees Advisory Forum, by Steve Robinson.‡Comment by David Caulfield, in Beardmore, E., 2015h. TREES: New council chief to lead Sheffield felling confirmed after secret recording apology. [Online] Available at: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/trees-new-council-chief-to-lead-sheffield-felling-confirmed-after-secret-recording-apology-1-7530838 [Accessed 22 October 2015]. References:1) Trees and Design Action Group. (2014) Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery. TDAG http://www.tdag.org.uk/trees-in-hard-landscapes.html2) Forestry Commission (2011). The UK Forestry Standard: The governments’ approach to sustainable forest management. 3rd ed. Edinburgh: Forestry Commission. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/ukfs3) Karl, T., Harley, P., Emmons, L., Thornton, B., Guenther, A., Basu, C., & Jardine, K. (2010). Efficient atmospheric cleansing of oxidized organic trace gases by vegetation. Science, 330(6005), 816-819.http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6005/816.shortEscobedo, F., Kroeger, T. & Wagner, J. (2011). 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Edinburgh: Forestry Commission.http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/publications.nsf/searchpub/?SearchView&Query=(FCMS024)&SearchOrder=4&SearchMax=0&SearchWV=TRUE&SearchThesaurus=TRUE10) Joint Nature Conservation Committee - http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=251911) Health and Safety Executive. ALARP Guidance. http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/theory/alarpglance.htm12) de Groot, R., Alkemade, J., Braat, L. & Hein, L. (2010). Challenges in integrating the concept of ecosystem services and values in landscape planning, management and decision making. Ecological Complexity, Volume 7, p. 260–272. http://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?cluster=17957884838351513211&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5
Petition to Oxford University Press, Michael Gove
Nature related words should be reinstated in the Junior Oxford English Dictionary.
By removing many words to do with nature from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, Children will, rather than caring for the earth and everything on it will be more insular and lead less healthy lives. This is alarming at a time when there are more and more species approaching extinction and more and more children suffering from mental illness and obesity. Some of the replacement words are also questionable choices. For example Blog must surely easier to spell and discover the meaning of than say hedgehog or cygnet. A group of authors have written to OUP and point out "“When, in 2007, the OJD made the changes, this connection was understood, but less well publicised than now. The research evidence showing the links between natural play and wellbeing; and between disconnection from nature and social ills, is mounting.” They also said, “There is a shocking, proven connection between the decline in natural play and the decline in children’s wellbeing,” Research reveals that a generation ago, 40% of children regularly played in natural areas, compared to 10% today, with a further 40% never playing outdoors. “Obesity, anti-social behaviour, friendlessness and fear are the known consequences,” they say. This petition echos their request to the Publishers: “that a deliberate and publicised decision to restore some of the most important nature words would be a tremendous cultural signal and message of support for natural childhood”, and ask it to “take that opportunity, and if necessary, bring forward the next edition of the OJD in order to do so”. We understand that the Oxford Primary Dictionary does include a variety of nature words of use to Primary age children and that this is a more encompassing dictionary than the Oxford Junior Dictionary, but are concerned that some very basic words for the very young are being supplanted by words that they are probably quite familiar with anyway. We do NOT condone any abusive comments and these will be removed from the discussion if spotted.
Petition to Duško Marković
Save Skadar Lake, one of Europe's last true wildernesses, from devastating construction
SCROLL DOWN FOR THE ENGLISH VERSION Sačuvajmo Skadarsko Jezero, jedno od poslednjih Evropskih preživljelih divljina od razorne izgradnje Skadarsko jezero, najveće močvarno na Balkanu, je zatićeni Nacionalni park u Crnoj Gori još od 1983. i dio je svjetske liste zaštićenih močvarnih područja, koja je pod Ramsarskom konvencijom od 1996., kao priznanje za njegovu ogromnu vrijednost kao vodeno stanište. Netaknute kamenite obale jezera, ostrvca, mnoga sa manastirima na njima, močvarna područja, šume vrbe, otvorene vode i milja plutajuće vegetacije koja su dom, kako se procijenjuje za više od 281 vrsta ptica, 48 vrsta riba, 50 vrsta sisara, brojnih vodozemaca i insekata uključujući i neke od najugroženijih životinja u Evropi, kao što je rijedak kudravi pelikan-rezidentna ptica. Ukratko, navedeno predstavlja prirodni raj. Sada je taj raj u velikoj opasnosti od neposredne izgradnje masivnog odmarališta. Ipak, uprkos obavezama Crnogorske Vlade da zaštiti ovo ekološko blago, kao i svoju obavezu da ga čuvaju kao kandidat EMERALD i NATURA 2000, Ministarstvo Turizma I Održivog razvoja je dozvolilo gradnju mega turističkog rizorta, Porto Skadar Lake, uništavajući ekološki karakter ovog posebnog jezera i odričući se svojih strogih propisa, kao što je zabrana gradnje na obali jezera već decenijama. Kompleks, sa 600 luksuznih smještajnih jedinica i 30 vezišta za brodove, je sam vrh ledenog brijega. Novi prostorni plan, izrađen iza zatvorenih vrata, predlaže izgradnju još nekoliko velikih turističkih poduhvata u srcu Nacionalnog Parka, i samim tim uništavanje onog što Nacionalni Park čini posebnim, kao što je dragocijena delta rijeke Morače-značajno međunarodno stanište ptica (IBA) i još mnoštva drugih dijelova. Pojava masovnog turizma u ovoj oblasti stvoriće nesposobnost da se zaštiti životna sredina od velikog broja posjetilaca i pojave ilegalnih aktivnosti. Već imamo jako loše primjere ovog sistema u praksi: zadnjih 15 godina, veći dio Crnogorske obale je nepovratno divljački uništen izgradnjom velikih zgrada, kuća, hotela za tržište. Građani Crne Gore su zauvjek izgubili svoju obalu, od koje nemaju nikakave ekonomske dobiti, osim nekoliko pojedinaca koji rade za minimalne plate. Ovo stanje je odraz postojanja građevinske mafije tj.male grupe tajkuna i Vlade, kako bi se napravio ogroman profit. Ako sada nešto ne preduzmemo, jednostavno Skadarsko jezero, koje je izbjegavalo ovo ludilo do sada, može biti izgubljeno zauvjek. Prirodni kapital je jedan od rijetkih sredstava koji su ostali u Crnoj Gori, a eko-turizam je svijetla ekonomska budućnost za lokalnu zajednicu-ali ovi megalomanski planovi bi okončali status Nacionalnog parka, pokrenuli divlju gradnju i otjerali turiste koji posjećuju region Skadarskog jezera u sve većem broju, koji hvale lokalnu ekonomiju, koja im nudi usluge malih, preduzetničkih poslova kao što su ture brodom, privatan smještaj, domaće vino, med itd.. Postoji ljepši put za naprijed. Zajedno, pozivamo Premijera Crne Gore Duska Markovica, da stavi hitno moratorijum za izgradnju unutar Nacionalnog parka Skadarsko jezero, kao i doživotnu zabranu projekta u Mihailovićima, na zoni gdje je planirana izgradnja kompleksa Porto Skadar Lake, i da se složi sa razvojem naturalnog turizma ili opcijom 1 u prednacrtu buduceg prostornog plana za NPSJ, dozvoljavajući da turizam raste prirodno na jezeru, poštujući životnu sredinu Nacionalnog parka i postojećih strogih pravila zaštite. SAVE SKADAR LAKE, ONE OF EUROPE'S LAST TRUE WILDERNESSES, FROM DEVASTATING CONSTRUCTION Skadar Lake, the largest wetland in the Balkans, has been a protected National Park in Montenegro since 1983 and was added to the World List of Internationally Important Wetlands, held by Ramsar, in 1996 in recognition of its enormous value as an aquatic habitat. Now at threat from imminent building of a massive resort, the lake’s untouched rocky shores, islets, marshlands, willow forests, open waters and miles of floating vegetation are home to an estimated 281 species of birds, 48 species of fish, 50 species of mammals, numerous amphibians, reptiles and insects including some of Europe’s most threatened wildlife such as the rare Dalmatian Pelican – a resident bird. In short, it is a natural paradise. Yet despite commitments made by Montenegro’s current Government to protect this ecological treasure, including its obligations to conserve it as a candidate EMERALD and NATURA 2000 site, the Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development is permitting the construction of a mega tourist resort, Porto Skadar Lake, destroying the ecological character of this special lake and waiving its own strict regulations, which have prohibited building at the lake’s shore for decades. The complex, with its plans to sleep 600 in “luxury” and provide berths for 30 boats, is just the tip of the iceberg. A new spatial plan drafted behind closed doors proposes the construction of several more big tourist infrastructures at Skadar Lake National Park and the removal of some areas of the National Park altogether, such as the precious Moraca River delta – an Important Bird Area (IBA). This is mass tourism in an area which has almost no capability to protect the environment from huge volumes of visitors or monitor for illegal activities. We already have a terrible example of how the system works: within the last fifteen years, much of the Montenegrin coast has been savagely destroyed by the large-scale construction of flats, houses and hotels for the market. Montenegrins have lost their coast forever, with most not even benefiting economically, while the “construction mafia” (the presumed alliance between a small group of tycoons and some in Government) have made enormous profits. If we don’t take action now, precious Skadar Lake, which has escaped this building frenzy until now, could be lost forever. Natural capital is one of the few assets left in Montenegro, with eco-tourism a bright economic future for local communities at the lake – but these plans would end its National Park status internationally and drive away the nature tourists who are visiting Skadar Lake in growing numbers, boasting the local economy with their preference for services from small, owner-managed businesses offering boat tours, private accommodation, etc. THERE IS A BETTER WAY FORWARD. TOGETHER WE CALL ON MONTENEGRO’S PRIME MINISTER DUSKO MARKOVIC TO PUT AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON NEW BUILDING INSIDE SKADAR LAKE NATIONAL PARK, INCLUDING THE PERMANENT ABANDONMENT OF PROJECTS IN THE MIHAILOVICI ZONING AREA WHERE PORTO SKADAR LAKE IS PLANNED, AND AGREE NATURAL TOURISM OPTION 1 IN THE DRAFT OF FUTURE SPATIAL PLAN FOR NPSL, ALLOWING TOURISM TO CONTINUE TO GROW NATURALLY AT THE LAKE, IN HARMONY WITH THE NATIONAL PARK ENVIRONMENT AND EXISTING RULES FOR ITS STRICT PROTECTION.
Petition to Newcastle city council
Don't Hem in Havannah
Newcastle Great Park Consortium wants to build 1,200 houses and two schools within metres of Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve, in Newcastle upon Tyne. Havannah and Three Hills is a designated Local Nature Reserve and Local Wildlife Site and a last haven for red squirrels in Newcastle. Several protected species, including birds, bats, badgers and great crested newt depend on the reserve and surrounding fields, which are used by several threatened bird species, including skylark, linnet, curlew, lapwing, yellow hammer and grey partridge. Havannah is one of only two areas of lowland heath in Newcastle and provides habitat for twenty butterfly species – including the rare Dingy Skipper – and hundreds of moth species. Land around the reserve currently acts as a buffer zone between red and grey squirrels. Greys carry the deadly pox virus and outcompete reds for food, but 1,000+ houses with gardens would see the loss of this important buffer zone and grey squirrels would quickly colonise the reserve, wiping out the red squirrels. The proposed number of houses far exceeds the number originally intended for the site. The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan allocated land for 880 houses - not 1,200. The application is flawed in terms of the principle and legality of the proposed location of playing fields in Cell B1 and the proposed residential development in Cell A. Increased recreational activity and the introduction of more domestic pets in and around the reserve will have severe adverse effects on wildlife, which will be compounded by light spill, noise and other disturbance. So many houses in such close proximity to the reserve would devastate local wildlife populations and threaten a nationally significant red squirrel population. Please sign the petition to ask Newcastle City Council to significantly reduce the proposed number of houses on site and preserve one of Newcastle’s most important wildlife habitats.
Petition to fingal county council
Streetlights For Tír Na nÓg
The local park is a place for the whole community to enjoy. It is right next to a small shopping centre and a secondary school with over 1000 students. It is situated across the road from a primary school and is in a residential area. A young woman was sexually assaulted in said park. Part of the reason this was able to take place is because of the lack of streetlights in the park. At night, it is pitch black in over half of the park. This is a danger to the community as the park serves as a crossroads between many different residential estates and serves as a way for children to get to and from school. Parks should be a place of pleasure NOT fear. We are petitioning to have more streetlights installed in all aspects of the park to make it a safer place for our community during all seasons and times of day. Please support our cause by signing our petition.
Petition to Sr. Paulo Morgado, Sr.ª Presidente Maria Joaquina Matos, Sr. Fernando Manuel Neto Severino
NO to giant Avocado Monocultures! YES to a healthy Algarve! NÃO à monocultura de abacates!
NÓS ESTAMOS PREOCUPADOS --- English version below --- Há cerca de dois anos e meio, começou uma grande limpeza de terras perto de Barão de São João. A empresa CITAGO comprou mais de 100 hectares de terra, sendo que 70 destes foram destinados a uma plantação de abacates que é agora a maior monocultura de abacates da Europa. Graças a tecnologia moderna e ao herbicida Montana Sapec, os abacateiros cresceram bastante rápido sem qualquer concorrência por parte de outras espécies de plantas. Com isto, cresceram também as preocupações da população local que puderam testemunhar os efeitos-colaterais deste projecto durante o verão do ano (2017): diminuição de insectos, seguida de uma diminuição das aves, naturalmente relacionados com o uso de herbicidas, bem como, a grande quantidade de água que 21.000 abacateiros precisam para crescer. E tudo isto está a acontecer num momento em que Portugal atravessa o maior período de seca das últimas décadas e em que o Parlamento Europeu discute a proibição da utilização de Glifosato, uma vez que pode provocar cancro. Em Outubro de 2017, pudemos ler no jornal Barlavento que a empresa CITAGO tem planos para criar uma outra monocultura de abacates do tamanho de 45 hectares. Foi exactamente neste momento que o nosso grupo se formou. Alguns habitantes e população local reuniram-se para manifestar a sua preocupação. Em alguns jornais e também na newsletter da Almargem, foram publicados artigos sobre os perigos que o glifosato causa para a saúde humana e para meio ambiente através da sua infiltração nas águas subterrâneas. Também o grande consumo de água e o seu impacto nas áreas envolventes foram mencionados. Em relação a outros países europeus, Portugal dispõe ainda de um ambiente intacto. Nos dias de hoje e dada toda a informação de que dispomos, existe como alternativa a agricultura biológica que em Portugal cresceu cerca de 20% nos últimos 4 anos. Crescimentos económicos e ambientes saudáveis podem não se excluir um ao outro. O objectivo com a assinatura desta carta é o de informar a população em geral sobre os efeitos-colaterais das monoculturas, do grande consumo de água necessário para plantar plantas tropicais no Algarve e do uso de herbicidas. Pensamos que é extremamente necessário evitar a outra plantação de 45 hectares de abacateiros, perto da que existe actualmente. O ideal seria criar-se uma “mesa redonda” com a Câmara Municipal de Lagos, a Citago e a população local. Apesar de existirem diferentes pontos de vista, acreditamos na possibilidade de um entendimento mútuo que poderá beneficiar todos os envolvidos: humanos, plantas, animais, solo, água, ar. Pelo bem do planeta. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- WE ARE CONCERNED --- versão portuguesa em cima --- About 2 ½ years ago a huge area of land started being cleared of indigenous trees and vegetation near Barão de S. João. CITAGO, the company undertaking the work, had acquired more than 100 hectares. Over 70 were transformed into an Avocado plantation that is now described as the largest Avocado Monoculture in Europe. Thanks to modern technology and the herbicide MONTANA SAPEC, CITAGO’s planted trees have grown extremely rapidly without any ‘competition’ from other plants. Growing also however is the concern of local residents who have witnessed the ‘side effects’ of this project. The summer of 2017 brought the impacts into sharp focus. There was a drop in the prevalence of insects followed by a consequent fall in habitual birdlife which we believe to be related to the use of the herbicide which contains the controversial compound linked to cancer, glyphosate. There was also an incidence of a borehole ‘drying up’ which we fear could be a consequence of the trees’ regular irrigation from underground aquifers. In October 2017 we read in JORNAL BARLAVENTO that CITAGO plans to extend the Monoculture of Avocados by another 45 hectares. This was the moment our group was formed. Some residents and involved people came together to manifest their concern. In some newspapers and also in the newsletter of ALMARGEM articles were published about the health and environmental dangers posed by glyphosate. Also the consumption of water and its impact on the surrounding areas was mentioned. In relation to other European Countries Portugal still has areas of unspoilt countryside. These days too see alternative biological farming methods, which Portugal especially has embraced in the last few years, showing that economic growth can be attained hand-in-hand with a healthy environment. The objective of the people signing this petition is to inform the public about the ‘side effects’ of monocultures and herbicides like Montana Sapec, as well as warn of the high water consumption of tropical plants. We think it is absolutely necessary to avoid another 45 hectares of this avocado plantation. Our goal is to create a Round Table Talk between the CÂMARA MUNICIPAL DE LAGOS, CITAGO and local residents. We believe in the possibility of mutual understanding that can benefit everyone - even in this case where different viewpoints clearly exist.
Petition to Balderton Parish Council
PRESERVE BALDERTON LAKE AND CEASE PLANS TO ALLOW PADDLE BOATING AND DEVELOPMENT.
This petition urges Balderton Parish Council to cease/reject any current and ongoing plans to allow recreational paddle boating and building by the YMCA on and surrounding Balderton Lake in New Balderton, Newark, Nottinghamshire. Continuing development will have a significant negative impact for the diverse species of wildlife currently living on or around the lake. Instead, we urge Balderton Parish Council to preserve and protect Balderton Lake in its current form. We also urge Balderton Parish Council to adhere to the by-law they have in place, which states publicly: BALDERTON PARISH COUNCIL PLEASURE GROUNDS, PUBLIC WALKS & OPEN SPACES. "Byelaws made by the Council of BALDERTON under (Section 164 of the Public Health Act 1875, section 15 of the Open Spaces Act 1906 and/or sections 12 and 15 of the Open Spaces Act 1906) with respect to Lakeside and immediate surrounds. Bathing and pollution of water; fires, boats 14. No person shall in the ground: (d) place on any ornamental lake, pond, stream or other water, any boat other than a model yacht or toy boat in pursuance of an agreement with the Council. Penalty 18. Any person offending against any of these byelaws shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale" The lake is home to an abundance of birds, many of which are on the RSPB amber (decreasing population) list and/or protected species. As a haven for birds, the increase of rare and never before seen species has increased on Balderton Lake substantially in the last 2-years. The following birds can be seen feeding, nesting, residing on and visiting Balderton Lake throughout the year: Please note: Amber (Decreasing populations), Green (No current concerns) Blue tit (green), Long-tailed tit (green), Great tit (green), Chaffinch (green), Greenfinch (green), Goldfinch (green), Blackbirds (green), Sparrows (tree & house – amber), Dunnocks (amber), Wren (green), Thrush (song – amber), Robin (green), Starling (amber), Wood pigeon (green), Collared Dove (green), Crow (green), Magpie (green), Jay (green), Cormorant (green), Heron (green), Kingfisher (amber), Pied Wagtail (green), Egret (green), Yellowhamer (amber), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (amber), Treecreeper (green), Canada Geese, Mallard (amber), Tufted Duck (green), Great Crested Grebe (green), Red-necked Grebe (amber), Coot (green), Goosander (green), Moorhen (green), Pink-footed Goose, Mute Swan (amber), Greylag Goose (amber) The petition also requests that Balderton Parish Council ceases removing natural plants, trees and hedgerows on and surrounding the lake, which destroys vital habitat for wildlife. This destruction includes removing and culling the majority of wildflowers, brambles, reeds and hedgerows, all of which are a vital food source for the wildlife on and around the lake, including pollinators. We urge Balderton Parish Council to declare Balderton Lake a protected wildlife reserve and increase education about the importance of such habitats. There are very few places locally where wildlife can be viewed in such vast abundance, making the lake a place of interest for the many people – adults and children – who visit the lake daily. This petition also urges the public to contact Balderton Parish Council directly to request they reject the YMCA plans, along with contacting Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and the RSPB.