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Petition to Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Liam Hannaway, Anthony McKay, Glyn Hanna, Mark Murnin, Roisin Mulgrew, Garth Craig, Kate Loughran, Charlie Casey, Laura Devlin, William Clarke, Jill McAuley, Micky Larkin, Declan McAteer, Michael Ruane, Gillian Fitzpatrick, Valerie Harte

Help protect Rostrevor Oakwood Nature Reserve from inner-city style development

***Despite over 4,500 of you signing this petition, six councillors voted to approve the "inner-city" style development and we are now preparing a legal challenge to have the decision overturned! Please continue to show your support for protecting our natural and cultural heritage and donate what you can to our legal challenge. We will continue to post updates on this page and also our Facebook page (RARE - Rostrevor Action Respecting the Environment) in the coming months. Thank you!   Rostrevor Oakwood Nature Reserve, nestled on the lower slopes of the Mourne Mountains, is an ancient native oak woodland covering an area of 41 acres and protected under EU law as a Special Area of Conservation. Situated a stone’s throw from the well-known Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor, and within a Cloughmore’s (“The Big Stone”) throw from the stunning glacial inlet of Carlingford Lough and the Cooley Mountains on the opposite shore, it is clear for all visitors to see how CS Lewis drew inspiration for his fabled land of Narnia from the area. Newry, Mourne and Down Council have approved a planning application for the development of 41 two- and three-bedroom apartments, a 70-bed nursing home, an underground car park and associated infrastructure on a 1.05-hectare site within metres of the woodland’s edge. We are asking for your support in signing this petition to object to this now approved development for the following reasons: The Council’s own planning officer has recommended refusal in four separate reports and each time highlighted the great extent to which this planning application is clearly and indisputably contrary to multiple provisions of the Planning and Policy Statements (PPS). *See bottom of page for full details. The developer has not conducted a full Transport Assessment. This is particularly worrying given the development site’s proximity to the busy A2 Shore Road, part of which collapsed during storms in 2014 and required extensive repairs costing £382,000. Given the increased frequency of extreme weather events, evidenced by the recent storm Ophelia, road safety must be taken under consideration when a decision is made on this planning application. A tree survey and report submitted by the developer omitted any reference to oak trees bordering the site. If disturbance to ancient woodland is to take place then it is vital that the ecology of the woodland is well documented and understood before the disturbance takes place. The developer has not conducted a full piling assessment, meaning no consideration has been given to understanding the impact of piling or ground excavation work on the woodland. The Woodland Trust’s expert recommendation to protect the woodland habitat by creating a 50-meter buffer zone between the woodland's edge and the development site has been completely disregarded by the developer. A scoping bat survey submitted by the developer was conducted using methods involving surveying during daytime hours, when standard practice advocates surveying during evening/night hours to establish bat presence. Bats are protected species and are protected by the full weight of UK and European law. The proposed development is contrary to Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s Tourism Strategy. The proposal in this planning application rather than representing an enhancement of the attractiveness of Rostrevor would significantly reduce the amenity value of the area and thus reduce its tourist and visitor potential. There are a number of examples of such economically and environmentally detrimental development on the north Antrim coast which are comparable and instructive. Inappropriate development of apartments more suited to an urban, high density setting has resulted in the creation of an environment which is unsuitable for and unattractive to families and where apartments are only sporadically occupied. The loss of visual amenity and character has resulted in reduced numbers of visitors and a lower level of economic activity. Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s handling of this planning application has raised considerable concerns. The Council’s Planning Committee originally approved planning permission for this application in May 2017, providing no valid planning reasons for their decision to disregard the advice of their Planning Officer to refuse the application. In September 2017, the Council made the unprecedented decision to overturn their own Planning Committee’s decision to approve the application and rescind planning permission. This decision was made when preliminary Judicial Review proceedings were initiated against the Council, which highlighted a number of procedural flaws in the decision-making process. A decision has now been made to approve this planning application so please show your support and sign this petition to object to the development of what Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s Planning Officer stated “would more properly be found within an inner city location”, not on a site where the Mountains of Mourne actually do sweep down to the sea. For more information please visit:   *Newry, Mourne and Down Council Planning Officer’s reasons for recommending refusal: The proposed development is contrary to Policy QD 1 of Planning Policy Statement 7 (PPS 7) criteria (a), (c), and (g), in that: the applicant has failed to demonstrate that the proposal would create a quality residential development; adequate provision has not been made for private open space and landscaped areas as an integral part of the development; and, the design of the development does not draw upon the best local traditions of form, material and detailing. The proposed development is contrary to Policy LC1 of the Addendum to Planning Policy Statement 7 on Safeguarding the Character of Residential Areas, criteria (a) and (b) in that; The proposed density is significantly higher than that found in the established residential area; and, The proposed pattern of development is not in keeping with the overall character and environmental quality of the established residential area. The proposed development is contrary to the Strategic Planning Policy Statement and Planning Control Principle 2 of PPS 12, in that the proposed density of the development, together with its form, scale, massing and layout does not respect local character and environmental quality The proposed development is contrary to Policy NH 6 of Planning Policy Statement 2 (PPS 2) in that the design, size and scale is not appropriate to the special character of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in general and of the 10 particular locality and does not respect local architectural styles and patterns, local materials or design. The proposal is contrary to Policy DES2 of the Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland in that the development would, if permitted, be detrimental to the townscape of Rostrevor and would not be sensitive to the character of the area surrounding the site with regard to design, scale and use of materials.

RARE - Rostrevor Action Respecting the Environment
5,047 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP

Increase funding for mental health and STOP cancelling/rescheduling our appointments

People with severe mental health problems are being left to fend for themselves as the excruating waiting time for psychiatrist appointments / talking therapy can be months/years long. Increasingly getting more vulnerable as they're passed around from GP to A&E. I'm making this petition as it affects me directly and SO MANY people in the UK. I have been waiting since September 2017 for my psychiatrist appointment. It has been rescheduled four times so far. September to January. January to April. April to July. Most recently July to October.   I'm wanting to enquire about me having Borderline Personality Disorder, it hurts me so much when they cancel and always makes me go into a downwards suicidal spiral. It makes me want to give up. I know that so many others will be familiar with the feeling. If people out there are hearing voices and they have no diagnosis or suitable medication or support or if they're making suicide attempt after attempt and not getting the help they so desperately need vulnerable people will lose their life. I really worry for my life. I am scared I will lose it if someone doesn't give me help (which we all deserve even if we may not feel like it).  It's crucial that more funding goes into this or the suicide rate will go drastically up.  Due to lack of funding, the place where I felt most safe and at home (MIND Newark) has shut down. Places like that help so many out. It got me to a positive place in my life and I was going there once a week and then every other week I'd be there twice a week. As an unemployed young person with poor mental health I can't afford private rates.  I have complained via PALS about this, but all they will do is offer me another appointment and cancel a day before again.  I would love this to go to parliament and hear Theresa Mays thoughts on this. Thanks so much for reading, please help.

Ellie-Mae Gaunt
5,457 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Susan Wilson (Principle Officer of US Consulate General in Edinburgh), Rt. Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Rt Hon David Mundell MP, The Trump Organization

Nae way Donald

It is vital that the people of Scotland are not forced into funding a working visit by POTUS, (1) We the petitioners call upon the UK Government, the US Government and the Trump Organization to full refund any costs incurred by public services in Scotland (including Police Scotland, Councils, the Scottish Government and NHS) and (2) We the petitioners give our full support to the Scottish Government to pursue this matter on behalf of the people of Scotland. Donald Trump, 45th President Of The United States Of America is planning a visit to the UK, which is likely to involve a visit to Scotland. POTUS is not coming to Scotland at the invitation of the people of Scotland, nor is he visiting as part of a state visit at the invitation of The Queen or the UK Government. POTUS has said that his visit to the UK is a working visit, which is likely to include a visit to his business interests in Scotland. Any visit by POTUS to Scotland will be highly disruptive and will have a significant impact upon the budget of valued public services such as Police Scotland and Councils. Police Scotland have already indicated  that around 5000 Police Officers would require to be deployed for security around the visit, with costs of Police operational activity expected to be around £5million.      

Nae Way Donald
297 supporters