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Petition to Ian Blackford MP, Kate Forbes MSP, Donald Cameron MSP, John Finnie MSP, Rhoda Grant MSP, Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP, Edward Mountain MSP

Address URGENT local issues before reinstating flights from Ashaig Airstrip

A group has been formed to develop a plan for a twice daily Air Service linking Skye with Glasgow or Edinburgh. The group is made up of The Highland Council, HITRANS, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd, Transport Scotland and Loganair. According to a recent report, the airport could cost up to £880-980k to run per year.  It would require the upgrading of the current airstrip with a permanent terminal building, apron (where planes are loaded and refuelled), car park, garages and storage facilities.  See below link for further information. https://www.highland.gov.uk/download/meetings/id/73767/item_7_-_skye_air_services We believe that issues such as: - Local infrastructure              - Problems caused by tourism               - The housing crisis                - Environmental issues affecting Skye should be looked at before proceeding any further.  Please sign the petition if you agree. This is currently being discussed at https://www.facebook.com/groups/573074446420800 The Highland Council needs to save £15.146 million this year and they have already increased council tax by 3%.  The costs of running flights would mean that tax payers would be heavily subsidising an unnecessary service. There are many local issues requiring urgent attention and spending.  We believe the group should address the following before even considering an air service:- Dealing with existing infrastructure problems - for example, the A82 and A87 trunk roads.  Both roads urgently need improvement, particularly around Loch Lomond.  Potholes are a huge problem on these roads and we know they are causing damage to vehicles.  The Calmac ferry service is in crisis which is affecting locals, businesses and holiday makers alike. Improving and increasing the frequency of public transport to and from Skye to the Central Belt.  Citylink currently charges £88.60 for a return bus journey from Glasgow to Skye.  Scotrail charges around £114 for a single trip from Kyle to Glasgow during peak season.  These services could be subsidised. It is predicted that if the UK’s aviation industry is allowed to grow unchecked it will account for 31% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.  Greener alternatives must be promoted, rather than encouraging a reliance on air travel.  This includes developing nationwide cycle paths, with increasing numbers of people who choose to travel this way.  The Highland Council could be investing in the Skye Cycle Way. Last year, the police were advising tourists not to travel to Skye unless they had accommodation booked.  The roads are clogged with tourists already, which greatly increases journey time for commuters.  Instead of encouraging more tourists, we need better infrastructure for current numbers and we need to make tourism sustainable here.   Due to the Council closing public toilets throughout Skye, tourists are having to use nature as their toilet.  They have not made provisions for the rising number of campervans and wild campers coming here.  A recent wildfire was started near Sligachan by a campervan owner burning his toilet paper.  People are also dumping chemical toilet contents in streams and ditches. Voluntary groups are having to clean up Skye, again due to the Council not responding adequately to the tourism upsurge. There is housing crisis in Skye.  The average home on the Isle of Skye Property Centre website is around £185k – higher than almost everywhere else in rural Scotland.  There is a disproportionately large number of second homes, and 1 in 8 households has an Airbnb listing.  Nothing has been done to address this adequately, and a knock on effect is increasing homelessness and staffing shortages due to lack of long-term lets. For more information, see http://thenational.scot/news/16055921.Forget_tourism_____Skye___s_housing_crisis_is_the_real_emergency/  This project will encourage more people from Central Scotland and further afield to buy second homes, which will only add to the problem. Skye's small businesses are flourishing thanks to tourism and their growth should be supported.  Flights would enable more efficient travel for business people, helping the local economy.  However, there needs to be some protection put in place to prevent the exploitation of land, people and resources through aggressive business practices from larger companies which don't have a sense of responsibility to the area.  The independent businesses shape Skye's unique appeal to visitors, and this market should not be spoiled by an influx of global chains. We call for the Group to consult extensively with local individuals and groups before going any further.  

Ishbel Strachan and Corinne Stephens
285 supporters
This petition won 1 month 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
1,251 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

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.  

Milan Knezevic
13,518 supporters