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This is a simple plea in-spite of the Millions to be spent shifting sand artificially along the Adelaide Coastline. While there are other, more effective and long term solutions being washed up on Glenelg Esplanade.
Noone could artificial develop anything as environmentally friendly as this sand-trapping solution, ingeniously invented to the beach by a storm. Let alone as cost effective.
Mr Vella has been a resident of Richmond Borough for 30 years and owns a family run business that has been operating for over 60 years selling ice-cream in the local area. He has repeatedly requested to be licensed by Richmond council to sell ice-cream out of his van.
Every application he made was refused without valid reasons. The council seem to issue licenses to most if not all applicants. He has even been fined twice by the council for selling ice-cream, to the tune of over £8000, and has offered to donate 20% of his profits to the soldiers that have lost their arms and legs in the recent Afghan conflict in order to assist the cause and get the license.
Unlike some other operators who won't consider the safety of children, Mr Vella is extremely experienced at his job and ensures all his customers are safe and treated with respect - and at times even gives free ice-cream away to children who can't afford it.
"...They have taken away my livelihood and victimised a hard working local trader. We have been here for two generations. I am only trying to make a living selling ice-cream, been doing this since I was 7. They give licences to everyone else all around Richmond apart from me..."
We have already received 2,000 signatures. Help him get 10,000 to take it to central government to get a judicial review and perhaps finally get a licence. Help him find out the REAL reason why he has been refused a license for over 5 years.
‘Vivid’ is a light and entertainment festival run over 17 days in Sydney which, last year attracted half a million people to the city, enhancing community spirit and supporting business and trade operators.
On 8 April this year North Sydney Council agreed to fund the expansion of the Vivid festival to include North Sydney with a $100,000 contribution in 2013 to the over-$1million contribution being made by Destination NSW to this development. Expanding ‘Vivid’ to North Sydney would bring an estimated 350,000 visitors to our shores – to our cafes and restaurants, to Luna Park , our art galleries, small businesses one and all, and bring great economic benefit and much needed ‘life’ back to our region, especially important in the colder months and outside business hours.
Last Monday 15th April at an Extraordinary meeting, the Council rescinded this decision, denying any funding and thereby any potential for economic benefit in North Sydney. We were at the meeting and heard all the arguments as to why the Council should not participate, however, there are many better reasons for this project to be supported.
North Sydney Chamber of Commerce has written an open letter to the Councillors explaining why we think they should support Vivid – and now we are asking for your support. We believe that businesses in North Sydney LGA have been ignored for too long and that it is time that we stand up and demand to be heard.
The North Sydney Chamber of Commerce is absolutely apolitical about this – we only want the best for business in North Sydney LGA and international events such as Vivid are about much needed economic stimulation. We hope we can count on your support.
And Vivid is just the beginning - we need more and more activities of this nature and we need to tell that to Council!
If you would like Council to be more supportive of business and listen to us when we ask to be heard, please sign this petition. Time its tight for this project as we would like to present this petition to Council on Monday, so please don’t delay – and please pass this on to your business colleagues.
Canada Bay Council has lodged a Development application (DA89/2013) to build a Council Office and Site Office on the park which has been designated as the “Community Precinct” for the Rhodes Community (30 Shoreline Drive Rhodes. This is the new park on the water near the corner of Shoreline Drive and Gauthorpe St).
This site was subject to a previous application (DA 630/2008 Development Application for Open Space & Public Domain) for the construction of Community facilities including Tennis Courts, Children’s Playground and paved areas. Council later had this DA amended to allow for construction of the current park without the listed facilities.
The Council is now applying to use this land for a Council Building rather than the outdoor Community facilities originally planned for the site.
The Council has further suggested that in the future they intend to use this site for the construction of permanent Council offices, rental halls and commercial properties such as Cafes.
The Rhodes Peninsula when completed is expected to accommodate a population of many thousands of residents and will be one of the most densely populated areas of Sydney outside of the CBD.
One item that most residents of the Rhodes Peninsula lack and need is a back yard. As council has continued to approve building of increasing density, it must also compensate the Community with open space. The Community Precinct has already become the suburb's “back yard” and this is what the Community wants more than anything for this area.
The area is currently used on a daily basis for sports activities, ball games, children playing, personal training, dog walking, social group meeting areas, tai chi, flying kites, etc. To use this wonderful waterfront location for the construction of Council buildings, further impacting on density levels, would result in a disservice to the Community and would be at odds with the purpose of the site, which should be, and currently is, for the benefit of the Community.
We call on the Council to work with the Community to develop the site for its original purpose of outdoor Community facilities, NOT buildings.
The Bedroom Tax, which started in April 2013, is a tax on tenants on low incomes needing to claim housing benefit in order to be able to pay their rent. Added to the background of widescale cuts already affecting the poorest in society, the Bedroom Tax further attacks poor and vulnerable people by snatching 14% or 25% off their already tiny incomes.
For Ashfield social tenants this brings an increased risk of eviction and homelessness as things stand.
This is an attack not just on those unlucky enough to be unemployed in the current economic climate it also affects those with jobs - in the past few years approximately 90% of new Housing Benefit (HB) applications have been from people with jobs!
Contrary to the political rhetoric blaming claimants for being 'greedy', the high cost of Housing Benefit is due to landlords charging very high rents and employers paying very low wages. Politicians claim that the Bedroom Tax is about cutting the 'welfare bill' and reducing homelessness, but if those were genuine aims the government would re-introduce rent controls and build more council houses. Instead of these simple and fair measures, the Bedroom Tax further impoverishes the poorest people and paves the way for further privitisation and landlord profits.
Ashfield Homes Ltd and Ashfield District Council can choose to evict tennants falling into arrears through Bedroom Tax or choose instead to assist them in various ways:
A row about rules which mean Dudley borough private hire cars must be painted white came to a head at a meeting of the authority's taxi's committee last month.
Councillors threw out an application for a relaxation of the rules from the Dudley Private Hire and Taxi Association, who argue white has become a popular colour for car buyers which has increased demand and pushed up prices.
The Dudley Private Hire and Taxi Association, which has around 600 members, says white cars can cost up to £2,000 more than similar vehicles in other colours.
The way the council and animal control dealt with the jimbo incident was completey wrong and there should be an inquiry. Lack of animal welfare in the pound and more animal training in regards to the officers that work there. Lack of maintence and repairs of roads and footpaths, flooding of water drainage systems ie/behind jedburgh and st andrews drive. Which any cause drowning. Decisions made without consulting ratepayers. Cleaning up and/or closure of some alleyways which brings about thrugs and vandalism. Having all these alleyways encourage anti-social behavour and allow criminals a quick getaway.
Removal of some large trees that cause up-lifting of roads and footpaths and damage to pipe lines, slipperly cobblestone footpaths in town centre which is hazzard to public safety. Council need to work alongside police and rental agents to put better tenants in rentals and rental agents would have to do their jobs if they are answerable to both the council and police. Better recycling removal.
The clock tower and raised plant bed at the intersection of London Road and Leith Walk were an integral and appreciated aspect of our neighbourhood.
There is some indication this will be re-introduced, as the tram project has been downsized, but we wish to exert every effort possible to advocate for this.
The 2012 Lake County Budget was over $142 million. The 2013 county budget is $143 million which is an increase of over 1% when the total assessed value of properties in Lake County decreased.
Both budgets were reduced by the Department of Local Government Finance because expected revenues (taxes) were insufficient to meet the submitted budget. The Lake County Council is discussing an income tax of anywhere from 1-3% of your income.
Labour-run Durham County Council has for 30 years been paying clothing allowances to its Chair and Vice Chair.
This now amounts to £12860 a year plus National Insurance costs to the Council. For 30 years this has always been paid to Labour Councillors.
This money would be far better spent on protecting frontline services.
Paper copies of this petition can be printed off from www.markwilkes.mycouncillor.org.uk
Paper copies can be returned for free to FREEPOST, DLD, RRSZ-ZHTA-CATA, 55A OLD ELVET, DH1 3HN
Wrexham Council is proposing to close libraries in Gresford, Brymbo and one of three in Cefn Mawr, Rhosllannerchrugog or Ruabon.
Two of those libraries under threat have been recently refurbished at a cost of hundreds of thousands. It is mindless, a reminder of why we need libraries to educate future generations of the follies of the past.
Every year in February and March, the Soundwave Festival tours Australia, bringing much-anticipated international and national bands to our shores for one day of hardcore excitement. However, due to scheduling conflicts, many of the festival's punters are unable to see the bands they want. In fact, hundreds have voiced their displeasure in the timetable on various platforms.
To solve this situation, we, the 300,000+ strong fanbase request that, to accommodate for these horrific clashes and the disappointed and saddened fans, the curfew be reconsidered for the festival in it's 5 states. As ticket holders, we feel that we should be able to see the bands we want without having to make a heart-breaking choice. The festival is, for many, the only way to see these bands, so you could (hopefully) understand the frustration and sadness that arises from these bands clashing.
We ask that you please consider lifting the curfew to the fair suggestion of midnight. If the show were to run a mere 2 hours longer, many of these clashes would not only be resolved, but bands would be able to play longer sets for their high-paying, loyal fans.
Note from Sarah-Jane: I, myself am attending Soundwave with my special needs sibling and a friend who legally blind. I will not feel safe with punters running between stages between acts for my sibling and friend. I feel the curfew raises safety issues. A longer timeset would ensure more bands could play in the one allocated spot. Additionally I am worried about the crowds forcing their way to the front of stages after other acts at different stage locations causing fights and drama.
Note: This petition is directed at the council and venues of the Soundwave events (excluding sideshows). We fully support and appreciate Soundwave staff and what they do for their fans.
An early years experience can transform people's lives.
It's too important to lose!
The condition of the tarmac surface of Broad Street, Griffithstown, has deteriorated rapidly over several years. Although Torfaen County Borough Council have patched up various sections of the road, it is only ever a temporary measure. Large potholes are common along the whole street making it unsafe for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
The Senior Highways Inspector recently acknowledged that Broad Street was one of the worst roads in Griffithstown. The Council have refused to repair the road's surface because they have insufficient funds and other roads have greater priority.
The Street Traders in Station Street Burton have been in place since the 1980s. There are currently 5 successful small business' operating on the street.
The Council has cut the number of pitches available to 3 - and is opening up bidding for those 3 pitches to traders from elsewhere, and have explicitly advertised the pitches in the Leicester Murcury.
The Petition has been set up in order to tell ESBC that the people of Burton want the current traders to be guaranteed a place under the new scheme, and any new traders should have new pitches created for them.
On 22nd September 1930, the New Victoria Theatre opened for the first time. The biggest picture house outside of London, the theatre held 3,318 people at any one time. In 1950, it changed names to the Gaumont franchise and between then and 1969, stars such as The Beatles, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Lulu came to perform to the masses.
In 1969, the picture house was converted into twin screen operation and in 1988, was further converted into triple screens. It was one of the most successful Odeon's in history.
It closed its doors for the final time on 2nd July 2000. Grange Estates bought it and put planning permission in for a casino and bar complex. They pulled out in 2003 because of "Bradford's weak economic climate." Then, Yorkshire Forward bought it and when they were disbanded in 2011, the building was passed on to the Government's Homes and Communities Agency. They plan to demolish the iconic building and build four glass-fronted office towers which the City of Bradford does not need. More offices when Thomas Cook has shut down opposite? Another hotel opposite the Jurys Inn and in the vicinity of the Travelodge, Premier Inn and Hilton?
ODEON = OSCAR DEUTSCH ENTERTAINING OUR NATION
SIGN THE PETITION, SAVE FROM DEMOLITION!
Skateboarders are woven into the cultural fabric of every urban community in North America. While young, they are stewards of the creative force that adds diversity to our cities.
Skateboarding is an essential option for a huge percentage of today’s youth; nearly a quarter of the 61-million youth in the U.S. skated this year and most of those identify themselves as ―skateboarders.‖
Given skate boarding’s popularity it’s surprising that so many cities have perhaps one skate park, maybe two, to meet the needs of their thousands of youth. While this need remains, the news is filled with rising obesity rates, struggles with urban sprawl, and juvenile delinquency.
Skateboarding is clearly not the sole solution for these community issues, but it’s obviously what millions of kids want to be doing. We can support this healthy, positive activity by making sure that there are enough skate parks (or places to skate), and that they’re designed and built for sustainability and success.
The Redcliffe Peninsula needs somewhere for families to be able to enjoy riding off-road vehicles without disturbing local residents and law enforcement.
All the places that were used for this in the past have been removed. There originally was a few places for people to enjoy this sport but we need a family friendly area designated to this for the locals of Redcliffe and Morton Bay Region.
We are a group of local residents and business owners who share a range of concerns about proposals by a company called ASH (Renishaw) Ltd to gain planning permission to use a site to de-comtaminate industrial waste (including hazardous materials), on Station Road, Renishaw, Derbyshire.
Our concerns include:-
People are fearful over the long term health implications of breathing in the emissions from a plant decontaminating hazardous wastes.
Above all we are united in the belief that Station Road is the wrong site for a hazardous waste decontamination facility.
The site is in the center of the village and is too close to residential homes and schools, as well as to incompatible businesses, the Trans Pennine Trail, Chesterfield Canal and the confluence of the rivers Doe Lea and Rother.
Access to the site (via Station Road and adjoining roads/country lanes) is also considered unsuitable and unsafe for the estimated 40 HGV movements per day carrying waste to and from the site.
We are raising awareness of this planning application so that members of the community are able to inform themselves about the development and, if they are concerned, provide them the opportunity to express their views to Derbyshire County Council who will make the final decision as to whether to refuse or approve planning permission.
This petition is to demonstrate to the Tavares City Council that the citizens of Tavares, employees of businesses located within the City of Tavares, and Tavares Police Department employees and their families want to keep the Police Dispatch Center in-house.
The City made this same move several years ago, and ultimately brought the dispatch center back in-house, investing in the most up-to-date technology and creating an eight person team, dedicated to providing the best service possible to the Citizens of Tavares and the Officers they rely on.
The loss of the dispatch center will not only impact the eight individuals who rely on their jobs, but also the Officers they support and the Citizens who depend on them for prompt and courteous assistance with their emergency and non-emergency needs.
Gosford City Council is a member of ICLEI which is a United Nations-sponsored group which designs and writes policy for your area on land use, energy goals and measurement, and water usage.
ICLEI is a paid consultant and/or receives dues from your taxes & Rates and received Tax Exemption status in Australia.
ICLEI was formed after the United States (George Bush, Sr.) and 178 other nations met at the United Nations Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and agreed to use certain principles as their guidelines. Those guidelines include major reductions in energy and water usage, and huge increases in the number of living units in city centers. This is called UN Agenda 21-Sustainable Development.
In 1993 President Clinton formed the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and gave a multi-million dollar grant to the American Planning Association to write Growing Smart: A Legislative Guidebook to bring UN Agenda 21 to the United States. Smart Growth was the result. Multi-story condos or apartments over small retail with little parking, crammed in your town center. The reason for this style of construction is that, as UN Secretary General Maurice Strong said, ‘the affluence of Americans is a threat to the planet.’ Single family homes are a threat.
Across the nation, in large cities and small towns, like this one, identical programs are being rolled out. Land use restrictions, ordinances reducing energy usage, Smart Meters, school programs, & candidate trainings, are designed and implemented without your vote. You may be invited to city visioning meetings, but the outcome is decided before you enter the room.
Using ICLEI greenhouse gas emissions goals, your local government is in the process of controlling where and how you live, what you eat, what your children learn, and what laws you will live under. With the cover of ‘environmental concern’ your personal rights are being restricted. Soon, you will lose the right to travel freely without being asked for your ID. Lose the right to water your garden. Lose the right to refuse a Smart Meter. Lose the right to live in a rural area. Lose the right to drive a private vehicle.
Under the guise of ‘Sustainable Development’ your property and civil rights are being systematically eliminated.
KICK ICLEI OUT OF GOSFORD.
In 2011 a new development of around a hundred allotment plots was created on a field in Armitage, Staffordshire. The take up was rapid and within months local people were producing fruit and vegetables for themselves.
A number of small sheds were erected on some of the plots, but Lichfield District Council soon served notice that the sheds required planning permission as they are permanent and substantial structures, and should be removed immediately. Since then it has been made clear that should planning permission be applied for it will be denied.
We believe that a 6 foot by 4 foot shed does not require planning permission for the following reasons;
The sheds are small in size.
The sheds are not physically attached to the ground in any way.
The sheds have no services such as water or electricity.
The sheds are easily moveable.
Many other councils have decided that 6 foot by 4 foot sheds on allotments do not require planning permission, and LDC could do themselves. The reason given by one councillor was “it is sensible to allow allotment holders to have a small shed on site in which to store various equipment”.
Sheds are a valuable asset to allotments; they have an environmental benefit by removing the need to travel by car with a boot full of tools, as well as by linking with water butts to reduce the use of the water supply. They make allotments neater and tidier allowing tools and other bits and bobs to be stored when not in use.
The allotments have rapidly become a valuable resource to the local community, used by young and old alike, and accessible to so many because of the sheds. Without sheds there is a real danger the use of the allotments will become limited.
Proposed plans to put offices on the skatepark site remain.
The council have said that an alternative location for the skatepark would have to be provided.
BUT there is no specific alternative for relocating the park.
The draft plans are not specific enough to guarantee the future of the skatepark and we ask that you join us in petitioning the planning department of Kensington and Chelsea council further.
!Do not allow the loss of this amazing community resource!
Thank you for your support, please spread the word!
History of MK Delta Lands Group & How it happened:
• In 2004, when the Burns Bog area owned by the McLaughlins was under foreclosure, the McLaughlin family asked Jack Matthews to rescue the Bog from foreclosure. He did. (J.M. Pers. Comment, 2004.)
• Jack Matthews then sold Burns Bog minus the 525 acres to Delta, the GVRD (Metro Vancouver), the Province of British Columbia and the Federal Government.
• The original piece of bogland owned by the McLaughlin family included the three pieces currently owned by MK Delta Lands Group Inc.
• In 2005 the Kerbel family (Ontario) and Jack Matthews (originally from Ontario, now Dallas, Texas) created MK Delta Lands Group Inc.
10770 – 72nd Avenue, Delta – 89 acres (26 hectares)
• It is surrounded on two sides by Conservation Area. This isolates the land from the community.
• The peat ranges from 10-17 metres thick in this area. (AGRA Earth & Environmental Ltd., 1999a up to 21.8 metres or 70ft. Pers. comment, MK’s hydrologist, April 29,2012).
• A good part of this area is identified as moderate to high habitat (50-75% of the best in the province) suitable for three rare and endangered mammal species (Pacific Water Shrew, Southern Red-Backed Vole, Trowbridge’s Shrew).
• Partly covered with historic pine, spruce, and yew forest. (Map 5.5 Ecosystem Review 2000).
• Water flows back and forth underneath Highway 99 between this property and the property on the west side owned by MK Delta Lands Inc.
• Impacts on people’s health regarding diesel particles coming from roads. (South Fraser Perimeter Road Tech. Report No. 16, Page 39 states that there will be increased respiratory and cancer related illnesses due to the construction of the road)
• Potential impact on the Conservation Area. When/ where is the tipping point where the Conservation Area can no longer withstand buildings and roads on unprotected bogland?
• This area is in a floodplain area. Water flows downhill from the Panorama ridge.
2004 Survey by the Burns Bog Conservation Society
• 93% of the people responding to the survey stated that the Society should “keep working on ways to protect that extra 426 acres" (currently identified as 525 acres).
Is destruction of this land inevitable?
• Before this land can be rezoned for development, the Corporation of Delta must change its North Delta Area Plan, and Metro Vancouver must change its Regional Growth Strategy Plan.
• The MK Delta Lands Inc. qualifies for a tax benefit under the Canadian Ecological Gifts Program if it donates its land to the Burns Bog Conservation Society or another organization with a charitable tax number.
Voice your opinion: Mayor & Council at corp.delta.bc.ca
And please sign our petition!
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see http://www.KeepWatermansInBrentford.org.uk for full background and http:///www.brentfordtw8.com for news
The Government has launched a “reinvigorated” Right to Buy scheme for public sector tenants that will provide £75,000 discounts to help social tenants into home ownership. This means that tenant will be given 35% discount and 1% for every year they have been a social housing tenant.
However, this does not include tenants who are under the right to aquire scheme, this scheme offers between £9000 and £16000 dependant on where they live. The government state there are currently no plans for a change in right to aquire discount policy.
So again why is one group of Tenants being treated differently from another group of Tenant. We all Public Sector Tenants.
Victoria road and in fact most roads in Port Adelaide / Adelaide now have Bike Lanes. You are not allowed to park in them at periods which cause problems for local business and residents. They are active even on public holidays.
They devalue our property and cause loss of business. They are wrong as a proper bike lane would have footpath, car parking, bike lane, road car lanes. This is not the case here.
Sign up to ask the Federal Government to help pay for Frankston’s new pool so ratepayers don’t carry the full burden…
• Research indicates there is a gap in the region for quality aquatic leisure and well-being facilities;
• The proposed aquatic centre at Samuel Sherlock Reserve, Frankston is a regional aquatic solution, creating a contemporary purpose built space providing long-term health and well-being benefits, hundreds of local jobs and an estimated 500,000 visitors to the region each year;
• The previous Victorian Government has already invested $12.5 million to the project, this is to ask for a contribution from the Federal Government;
• The proposed features of the aquatic centre will include: a 51.5m Olympic size swimming pool; a learn to swim and leisure pool with play area; café; gymnasium; waterslides; splash deck; warm water therapy pool, spa and sauna; crèche; and health and wellness centre.
The United States draft resolution (A/HRC/19/L.2) on Sri Lanka was tabled at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 8 March 2012.
This resolution, is being brought up to address the alleged "war crimes" supposed to have occurred during the humanitarian mission to save innocent civilians from the terror of the inhumane terrorist organization calling itself the "Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)".
1. Calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the constructive Recommendations made in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and to take all necessary additional steps to fulfil its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans;
2. Requests the Government of Sri Lanka to present, as expeditiously as possible, a comprehensive action plan detailing the steps that the Government has taken and will take to implement the recommendations made in the Commission’s report, and also to address alleged violations of international law;
3. Encourages the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures mandate holders to provide, and the Government of Sri Lanka to accept, advice and technical assistance on implementing the above-mentioned steps, and requests the Office of the High Commissioner to present a report on the provision of such assistance to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-second session.
The passing of this resolution will have the effect of;
1) Breaching Article 2(7) of the Charter of the United Nations which states "Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state"
2)Completely jeopardizing the core concepts of International Law and breaching Article 2(1) of the Charter of the United Nations, which ensure the sovereign equality of all its Members, since no such resolution has been brought up against the US (sponsor of the current resolution) for allegations of Human Rights Violations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
3) Violating the sovereignty and integrity of Sri Lanka.
4) Hindering the effort of the Sri Lankan government in its reconciliation efforts to ensure equality among all races and the post war development process.
5) Taxing the resources of the United Nations since the government of Sri Lanka has already made substantial progress in implementing the recommendations of the LLRC report which makes it unnecessary for a process as recommended.
The Bayside City Council has announced it will close its only community-based childcare centres in Hampton and Sandringham.
This decision was made by the Council without consulting with staff, families or the Bayside community.
These not for profit centres have provided an essential service to Bayside families for over 30 years, and their closure will force 160 families to find alternative care. Private centres have already indicated they will not be able to respond to the overwhelming demand for places.
Disabled and at risk children have not been considered. The centres currently provide priority access for these children and a high standard of care not available elsewhere.
35 employees will lose their jobs – many have worked in the centres for 10 years or more.
The Council has not offered any alternative options for families requiring childcare.
Please sign this petition to show your support in our attempts to prevent the closure of these two much loved and needed facilities.
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