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Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

Save Basingstoke Sports Centre

In order to meet the Council’s requirements, petitions may only be signed by people who live, work or study in the borough area, including those under 18 years of age. Please do not sign more than once (this includes if you have already signed a paper petition). We're aiming for 10,000 signatures.  Petition Summary The Council's proposal for a large leisure hotel at Basing View is the biggest threat in our 47-year history putting at risk the very existence of Basingstoke Sports Centre and the registered charity itself. Confidential Council papers (obtained through a Freedom of Information request) recognise this additional large scale leisure provision is unnecessary and will displace our own customers. This will have a devastating impact. The leisure hotel will only be viable because the Council is to spend £3,000,000 to enable the development and give Village Hotels a 250 year lease on a peppercorn rent. There will be a staggering loss of opportunity for regular physical activity for all ages, including the hundreds on our Cardiac and Cancer Rehabilitation programmes. Almost 1 million visits to the town centre would disappear every year, and more than 180 jobs could be lost. Whilst it may be two to three years before the hotel will open, we need your support now to ensure the community facilities of Basingstoke Sports Centre are available for generations to come. Please sign the petition or read on for more detailPlease note, your address will not be published on this petition, however we do require it to verify your identity. In October 2016 the Cabinet of Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council agreed a proposal to enable the development of a large leisure hotel at Basing View. The large leisure hotel, Village Hotels, would need to generate a third of its turnover from health and fitness. The Council already recognises that the town centre is well provided for in terms of health and fitness and this is referenced in two of their published documents – Leisure Recreation Needs Assessment (2015) and Built Sports Facility Strategy (2016). Through Freedom of Information requests, we have obtained a copy of a confidential Council report considered at Cabinet which states “the recent research carried out, strongly indicates that any new gym, or a significant expansion to an existing gym, would simply displace gym users from existing provision and undermine the viability of existing providers”. Furthermore, this same Council report also states “Certainly, significant displacement from Basingstoke Sports Centre could jeopardise not only the community health programmes, it may impact the viability of the Sports Trust Charity that operate the Basingstoke Sports Centre”. We understand that Village Hotels only regard Basingstoke as a marginally viable location and so the Council have agreed to spend £3million of Council money to help enable the development as well as giving Village Hotels a 250-year lease on a peppercorn rent, foregoing multiple millions of pounds of income to the Council in ground rent over the term of the lease. We have commissioned independent research which shows that up to 23% of our health and fitness membership could be displaced and that the impact on the charity’s income could be as high as £800,000 per year. This would lead to the winding up of the Charity; the closure of Basingstoke Sports Centre, and the loss of all that it adds to the town in terms of regular physical activity, health and wellbeing and children’s activities, and an economic impact on the town through loss of jobs and decrease in town centre visits. Basingstoke Sports Trust is a registered charity. Charity No. 301731. We, the undersigned, ask the Council to reverse their decision and stop this development from going ahead and to seek only those alternative proposals which do not include such a large leisure offering in order to protect the future of Basingstoke Sports Centre.

Basingstoke Sports Trust
3,781 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Our MPs, Press Editors like George Osborn of the Evening Standard, The Met, The ASA

Stop Selling Sexism

10% of pre-teen kids addicted to Porn (NSPCC)90% of mainstream Porn shows Violence against Women90% Women in Prostitution want to Get Out   We call on: Newspaper Editors to stop making money by advertising porn and prostitution The ASA to stop allowing ads for porn, sex chat and prostitution in our newspapers or on non-restricted sites on line. Our MPs to take measures to ensure The Sport is sold on the top shelf only and take action on the relentless objectification of women and girls by the British media and popular culture which flies in the face of all policies on reducing violence against women and girls and presents a serious issue of child protection. #HarveyWeinstein Retail Regulators like the NFRN (National Federation of Newsagents) to issue new guidelines to retailers to sell The Sport on the top shelf only.   The Metropolitan Police to re-launch their initiative calling on all newspapers to stop publishing sex/porn ads because of the harm of these industries and their inextricable links with coercion and trafficking. In addition to view this as a matter of child protection.   The London Mayor and Transport for London to tell ES and METRO to stop advertising sex chat and prostitution or lose their huge distribution network on London's Transport system.   George Osborn of The ES to stop promoting Sex Chat and 'Chat or Date' (aka prostitution).   David Sullivan, owner of both The Sport and West Ham Football Club – to promote family sport (football) not women as sport (The Sport).

Not Buying It
880 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Sport Imperial, Imperial College London

Save St Mary's pool, Imperial College London

Imperial College London have taken the decision to close the swimming pool at St Mary’s Campus this summer after 80 years, citing the need for cost savings across campus services. With no prior warning or consultation senior decision makers at Imperial College and Sport Imperial have announced the closure of the popular swimming pool due to financial reasons and the supposed low usage amongst Imperial staff and students. Not only is this decision deeply disappointing, short-sighted and unjust but it is also directly opposed to Sport Imperial’s current strategy of promoting mental and physical wellbeing amongst the college community, encouraging participation and access to sporting and health facilities at all levels. Serving the community for the last 80 years St Mary’s pool is a vital asset to a wide cross section of students, staff, sports groups, former employees and students, local school groups, local church groups and the wider local community. The pool is a vital asset not only for its health benefits but also for boosting mental wellbeing amongst users and has hosted many sports groups including the synchronised swimming and water polo teams, who were recently relocated to the South Kensington campus. Established in 1930 as a facility to support students keen to stay fit, the pool also boasts developing the talent of international sporting stars. It is difficult to reconcile Sport Imperial’s current strategy with the decision to close the pool, which is one of the last remaining sporting facilities at St. Mary’s Campus. Their assertion that maintenance of the pool is financially unsustainable contrasts with offers of increased funding from local schools that regularly use the pool which have been declined. Furthermore Sport Imperial did not attempt to raise money by any other means, for example through extended opening hours, increased membership fees or by allowing the pool to be used by Imperial’s many student societies and sports clubs. Existing alternative facilities available to users at South Kensington and other College campuses are already at maximum capacity and are not a viable or practical option for the St Mary’s community. This proposed solution would also not help members of the public, or NHS staff based at St. Mary’s, on whom the college depends for its medical teaching and world-class research. There are many research benefits of Imperial College maintaining a campus alongside St. Mary’s Hospital. While it may be convenient for Sport Imperial to centralise its facilities in South Kensington, the decision to close this much-loved pool, echoing an earlier move to close the squash courts and sports hall housed at Wilson House, suggests that staff and students at St. Mary’s are at best an after thought and at worst an inconvenience, for whom the benefits of working and studying at Imperial College do not apply. A campaign group made up of regular pool users from Imperial, the NHS, local schools and the wider community has been set up to fight this move for closure.  Please support our campaign and save our pool. Danny Laydon, Research Associate in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology states "I have used St. Mary’s Pool throughout my PhD and post-doctoral research, during which time it has been a wonderful resource and a hugely positive factor in my work life balance and health. It has also helped my mental wellbeing at times of family crisis, and other users have told me that it has been a source of similar comfort to them. I strongly believe that the pool has increased my productivity, and it being in the same building has made it easy and fun to exercise (it also provides a much-needed incentive to work on a Saturday). Through swimming at St. Mary’s, I have made friends from outside my own department and had the rare pleasure of participating in a shared experience with the wider community. The decision to close the pool is deeply sad, short-sighted and disheartening. I hope that Sport Imperial reconsider". Postgraduate student Sophie Korenhof agrees "the swimming pool at St Mary's is a good place to rest your mind in between study hours. It being so close is a big advantage, at South Kensington the pool can be quite busy". Nathan Godleman a pool users based locally to Paddington concurs “I have been using the pool regularly for nearly a year now. It is a special place and a real community facility. Over eighty years of continuous use! How much good it has done and continues to do for so many! Why threaten to close it now?” We the undersigned strongly oppose the closure of the pool at St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College London. We request that Sport Imperial reverse their decision and consult with St Mary’s Campus management to find sustainable ways to fund the facility and expand its use. Please also read the article in Felix:

Save St Mary's Pool Committee
2,365 supporters