29 petitions

Started 1 month ago

Petition to John Lindley, Sajid Javid, John Glen

Help revive our city after nerve agent attack #SalisburyIsOpen

Three weeks ago the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury hit the headlines across the world for the nerve-agent poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, thrusting our small city community into the international spotlight. What was missed in the coverage of this terrible event, is that Salisbury is a special place with a unique character - and it is one that needs your help! People have stopped visiting our beautiful city, causing local businesses to suffer. That’s why I’m calling for the Salisbury International Arts Festival to be held even though it was not scheduled to take place this year. It could provide much needed support to our local businesses. I have always felt that those who have never visited Salisbury are missing out on an open secret. There are few places where a city (albeit a small one) is so connected to both history and the countryside. Our streets used to be bustling with locals and tourists enjoying our charter market, shopping in our unique independent shops, or enjoying a meal in our restaurants, all while soaking up the history of our medieval streets and cathedral. We could lose this if we don’t act. After the world’s media descended onto our streets, we experienced a massive drop in visitors to the city centre even though the cordons are in place for a very small area. For those like me who are lucky enough to call Salisbury home, the impact of this event to our local economy is of huge concern. The reduction in visitors is having a devastating effect on our local businesses. Staging a festival for the summer of 2018 would provide a fantastic focus to revive the city after this terrible event, and to share with the world what locals already know - it’s a simply magical place to spend time. Salisbury’s International Arts Festival has in previous years hosted 200 events over 6 days before the grand finale - a party in the cathedral close. It’s terrible timing that, just as we find ourselves in desperate need of an event to bring in tourists the International Arts Festival is on a scheduled break until 2019. Even a downsized festival would be of great value. While our thoughts are of course with those who were poisoned in this terrible incident, we desperately need to spread the message that not only is Salisbury a wonderful and special city, but that it is very much open for business. Please sign this petition to help support our city.#SalisburyisOpen

Heather Mackenzie
698 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland, Mid Ireland Tourism, Brendan Griffin TD, Shane Ross TD

Tourism Ireland - Stop promoting greyhound racing

Less than two weeks after RTE's Prime Time exposed dog doping and animal cruelty in the Irish greyhound industry, Tourism Ireland welcomed the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) to its stand at a major tourism event in the UK. Despite shocking revelations about the cruelty involved in greyhound racing and the damage undoubtedly being done to Ireland's international image, the greyhound board was allowed to be part of the Tourism Ireland stand at the Tourism and Travel Show 2017, held at the NEC Birmingham on March 22nd and 23rd. A photograph taken at the event shows the Irish Greyhound Board stand which prominently featured the Tourism Ireland logo. Messaging from the tourism show, the greyhound board said: "Ready to go for 2 days of selling a Night at the Dogs in Ireland to Tourism Trade at the British Tourism & Travel Show 2017". In a press release issued ahead of the show, Tourism Ireland confirmed that "Tourism Ireland is exhibiting alongside its stand partners including...Irish Greyhound Board..." The IGB's presence at the show was to encourage tour operators to direct tourists to Irish greyhound tracks. The travel show listing for the Irish Greyhound Board described a visit to a dog track as "the perfect mix of night-time entertainment, Irish culture and good food". There is, of course, no mention of the ugly reality of the greyhound industry - the suffering of dogs, the mutilations, abandonment, injuries or deaths. Speaking on the Prime Time programme, greyhound protection campaigner, Marion Fitzgibbon left no doubt about the appalling cruelty. She told viewers: "We believe there are probably 10,000 greyhounds put to sleep every year. They can be killed in all sorts of fashions. We've had so many instances of finding them shot, ears cut off, drowned" - Clearly Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and other tourism bodies should have nothing to do with this disgusting industry. They should recognise that the greyhound industry is bad for Ireland's image and note the growing opposition to greyhound racing in Ireland, Europe, America, Australia and all around the world. Ireland has so many wonderful tourist attractions - there is no need for Tourism Ireland or Fáilte Ireland to resort to using greyhound racing as a selling point.

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
31,103 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to George Freeman MP, Breckland District Council, Watton Town Council

Reinstate the Railway Line to Watton from Thetford

In the 1960s, a very short-sighted decision was made to close a large amount of railway lines in the United Kingdom, this made travelling in rural counties such as Norfolk difficult and longer as many smaller towns have poor or lengthy bus coverage to other towns with railway stations. Watton is one of these towns, about 7,200 people live here, and we have to either drive to Attleborough station (10.9 mi), or either go pop on the bus to Norwich station (26.5 mi, including the walk from the bus station to the train station), having a railway station back in town would ease travel times for people leaving and entering the town. The line could become a Community railway, or could become a heritage line with steam engines running as a shuttle between Watton and Thetford The line would follow the route of the former Bury and Thetford Swaffham Branch and terminate near the old station at a new site on or near Griston Road, where there are no houses at the far end of the road. There would also be an option to add request stops/halts outside the village of Great Hockham and in the village of Stow Bedon. A station for Watton would also serve surrounding villages such as Carbrooke & Saham Toney The line would be single track, be standard gauge (So trains could continue beyond Thetford) and would either have wooden or concrete sleepers. Trains could be once an hour or once every two hours.

James Mattock
1,239 supporters