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Petition to UK government

Give automatic interim protection to buildings proposed for listing

Our built heritage is irreplaceable, and most people recognise its cultural and economic value. Listed buildings are given special protection by law, and it is a criminal offence to damage them, but current UK legislation offers no automatic interim protection to buildings which are under consideration for listing. As a result, over many years a long string of historic buildings have been destroyed or deliberately vandalised in order to prevent them being listed. Most famously the art Deco Firestone building in West London was bulldozed over a bank holiday weekend. Since then the same fate has befallen buildings ranging from important industrial heritage to ancient country pubs. More recently a rare and beautiful Jacobean ceiling in a former restaurant in Bristol was ripped out before it could be assessed for listing. It had survived the civil war. It had survived the industrial revolution. It had survived the Blitz and the depredations of 1960's town planning - only to be smashed to pieces as soon as it was put forward for listing.  If a local authority considers a building to be at special risk, they can choose to serve a Building Preservation Notice. But local authorities are reluctant to issue Building Preservation Notices, and often there is no prior reason to suspect that the owner will damage the building. Only a handful of BPN's are issued each year. Numerous organisations including The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, The Victorian Society, Bristol Heritage Forum and The Twentieth Century Society are calling for change to provide interim protection. In Wales buildings under consideration for listing are automatically given interim protection while their status is decided. But the UK parliament has failed to support similar legislation, which was previously proposed in 2008. If this legislation had been introduced when first proposed, many historic buildings might have been saved. The longer it takes to close this planning loophole, the more of our history and culture we will loose. I urge the UK government to amend the law to ensure that vulnerable historic buildings in the rest of the UK have the same protection as those in Wales. Draft 2008 Heritage Protection Bill: Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016: Firestone building: Sittingbourne Paper Mill and Blue Boys Inn: 15 Small Street, Bristol:    Carlton Tavern:  

Neil McKay
6,126 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mr Andrew Tyrie MP, Chichester District Council, Pro-Force Recruitment & West Sussex County Council

Say NO! To housing hundreds of workers in disused South Downs - picturesque East Wittering

Putting hundreds of any kind of large groups of people, (it just happens to be eastern European agricultural workers this time mostly male) into a rural village (Bracklesham Bay) is a ludicrous decision. This is NOT a racist petition and will not support any racist comments on here. Mark Marriott from Pro-Force who is responsible for these workers claims this is “large scale scaremongering through untruths and borderline racism”. This is just a cheap shot to play the race card as these workers are not from the UK. There would have been the same issues had they been a large scale group of young males from the UK. The facts are they are already creating an intimidating atmosphere in the village by forming large groups sitting around on verges smoking and being thrown out of local pubs. There is simply nothing for this amount of young males to do in this village. What this petition is about is having a VOICE. If this had been a planning application we would have been notified and been able to have our say, it is simply that this village can't cope especially in the summer months when it is gridlocked sometime seeing 8 mile tailbacks to West Wittering Beach. Also our community doesn't have the infrastructure as well as services (Doctors/Dentists) to deal with this not to mention the impact on people living nearby. What has annoyed local residents the most though is the way it has been handled by Seawood Properties, Pro--force recruitment and Cre8 property services and they should be held accountable for this issue. A similar idea was stopped in 2015 when the Earnley Concourse was muted to house a similar amount and that petition reached over 2000 signatures. This idea needs to be defended by all local residents.

Bracklesham Residents
1,188 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to IHG Hotels, Whitbread PLC

We demand that London hotels treat their staff fairly and pay a living wage

It is a national scandal that London, in terms of hotel workers, is now one of the most ‘unethical’ tourist destinations in the world. In comparison in New York, which has many similarities to London, the hotel workers have safe, secure and very well paid employment. There is no reason why the big names in London hotels cannot pay their staff a decent wage. The hoteliers need to know that £4 for 37 minutes work to clean a room is unethical and unacceptable (and raise doubts about how clean the room really is). Join Tourism Concern in demanding that London hotels treat their staff decently and pay them at least the London Living Wage. Sign the petition, which Tourism Concern will then present to the hotel sector, demanding better condition for workers.  Additionally, next time you book into a big London hotel ask what wage the room attendants are paid and how many rooms they are required to clean in a shift. By asking these questions you can help create change. The Issue Over the last few years there have been a series of exposes in the broadsheets about the poor working conditions of the workers who clean the rooms in London’s franchised hotels. The Guardian in May 2015, reported an interview, with six Polish women who worked at the four-star Park Plaza Hotel near County Hall. “Four months ago, as employees of Hotelcare, “where first-class service comes as standard”, they were paid £6.50 an hour to clean 13 rooms in eight hours, every day, five days a week– a long way short of the London living wage of £9.15 an hour. Then the contract was taken over by another cleaning services company, WGC, “servicing over 10 million hotel rooms a year”, including Claridges and the Hilton. The women say they were assured there would be no change. Now, they clean 15 to 17 bedrooms in seven and a half hours a day; more work, less pay.” Thirteen rooms in eight hours , that’s an ensuite room, and they are often left in a state by the guests. So that’s 37 minutes per room, not allowing for clocking on and off and getting to and between the rooms. Look at that the other way and it is £4 to clean the room, is that reasonable as a proportion of the cost of staying is an international hotel chain room in London. London is an expensive place to visit and an expensive place to live. The owners and managers refuse to recognise the issue of low pay and exploitation in hotels which trumpet their sustainability credentials. This form the New Statesman in March 2016 “As wealthy guests bed in for a lucrative business trip or luxurious city break, those who clean their rooms and make their visit comfortable are being exploited. Many high-profile global hotel chains employ their London staff via agencies, which break employment law to keep their profits as high as possible. Common employment abuses reported by workers and union representatives include forcing employees to work overtime with no extra pay, being denied holiday days, refusal to pay for sick leave, unfair dismissals, breaking or changing contracts without notice, and even failing to supply a contract at all.” In January 2013 the Institute for Human Rights and Business, which helped launch the Staff Wanted Initiative, called on major UK hotel chains to clean up their act and take more responsibility to stop the mistreatment and exploitation of agency workers in hotels. In 2014 the International Tourism Partnership, which has most of the major franchises in membership, identified health and safety and labour rights as top issues industry stakeholders felt hoteliers needed to address. In August 2016 London mayor, Sadiq Khan was urged to put his ‘economic fairness’ pledge to the top of the agenda by tackling the exploitative work practices in London’s multi-billion pound hotel industry by Unite. Peter Kavanagh, Unite London regional secretary said of the “unethical” London hotel sector that it “… is failing its workforce. It has become a byword for low pay and exploitation. If these stories tell us anything, it is that shameful work practices, similar to those exposed at Sports Direct, have no place in 21st century Britain. “To its collective shame, not a single hotel in the capital pays the London Living Wage of £9.40 per hour. No collective agreement has been signed since the 1980s. Low pay, zero hour contracts and open hostility to trade unions have become standard practice, making London one of the most unethical tourist destinations in the world. “It is a sad fact that hotel workers in places, like Manila and Buenos Aires, are shown more respect when it comes to their basic human and trade union rights, than workers in the capital of the world’s fifth largest economy.” You can read Unite's Unethical London report into the London hotel sector via the Tourism Concern website A snapshot of the report findings: 90% of housekeeping staff surveyed said they were in constant pain caused by their job. 84% of housekeeping staff surveyed said they suffer from back pain 53% per cent of front of house surveyed staff frequently miss meal and rest breaks because of workload and staff shortages 78% of chefs surveyed have had a ‘near miss’ or accident at work due to feeling overtired 71% of waiting staff do not know how their tips are calculated and what percentage they get

Tourism Concern
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