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Rueben Kelly Barnes was born on the 7/8/93. He loved Skateboarding and hanging out with his friends. Living only across the road from the Nortside Skatepark, Rueben would spend almost every afternoon after work/school Skateboarding.
Rueben passed away when he was only 16, on the 18/11/2009, his death has rocked the local skateboarding community's ever since and each year a large group of skateboarders meet up to remember this dude. Recently hosting a skate competition in his honour.
The effect Rueben has had on the community is huge and has only been proved every year since his death with the support of his friends, family and local businesses. We are asking to rename the Northside Skate Park to Rueben Kelly Barnes Memorial Skatepark, to keep the spirit of Rueben alive.
AS WELL AS SIGNING THE PETITION, WE WOULD BE REALLY GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD ANSWER THE THREE SHORT QUESTIONS IN OUR ONLINE POLL. SEE LINK BELOW*
Norfolk County Council is planning further significant and potentially hugely damaging cuts to adult social care. For the first time the funding for personal budgets and care “packages” which provide care for vulnerable people is to be reduced and restrictions applied to the kind of care that people can ask for.
At the same time, funding for ‘preventative’ care services, which keep people well and independent, are being cut still further which can only add to costs in future years as peoples’ health is allowed to deteriorate.
The combination of shrinking budgets, an ageing population and increased demand for social care has caused many organisations to warn of a funding crisis. The Local Government Association, for instance, has calculated that many other Council services will have to be cut by 90% by 2020 if Councils are to be able to meet their social care commitments. Meanwhile, Norfolk County Council has assessed the long term care of older people as having the maximum possible level of risk.
It should be noted that Council Tax has been frozen for the last three years. While it is the case that this has made the Council eligible for some one-off grant funding from the central government, it has severely reduced available Council funding for future years.
Along with this, the present Labour/Lib-Dem administration at the Council has made infrastructure, which includes major road schemes, one of its three main priorities but has neglected to include any mention of social care in those priorities.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
*BEFORE SIGNING OUR PETITION (SEE BELOW), PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ANSWER THREE SHORT QUESTIONS IN OUR ONLINE POLL.
You can find specific details of each cut proposed by Norfolk County Council here. The cuts that this petition refers to are included under those numbered: 31, 33, 34, 35 and 37.
Once you've signed the petition, we would also encourage you to take part in the Norfolk County Council consultation on proposed cuts which you can find here.
Please note, addresses are required for the petition to be accepted by Norfolk County Council. Neither these, nor the email addresses, will be publicly accessible online or used for any other purpose.
Helen, owner of Tillys Temptations & Celebrations lives in close proximity to Market Drayton and previously ran her business from home. She decided to make a move into town and showcase her business further. She decided to use the Pop-Up shop now known as Buttercross Village for this.
Since opening her shop, she has received criticism from the council for not opening all 5.5 days of the pop-up opening week and has also been accused of writing an untoward message on her facebook profile (this was not the case), and has been asked to leave the pop-ups. She has been served notice and has till the end of the month.
Helen also has a disability that can sometimes imit her ability, but still wants to bring her business into the town and she have been able to use the popup to do this. The council are wrong to treat her the way the did.
Please help support this lovely local lady and lets keep her business thriving.
Keith Gregory has stood up for abused kids in care as well as his community as county councillor for Smithfield. He has also challenged Labour's cuts agenda in Wrecsam, saying the mayor should be axed before any essential local services. Out of the blue he gets a letter telling him he's a squatter in his own home... he now faces eviction.
Unfortunately for the council, this bullying won't work. Keith's got a lot of friends who won't let him get kicked out of the house that was adapted for him due to his disabilities.
EVICT THE COUNCIL, NOT KEITH!
Recently I attempted to book a free hard waste pickup with the City Of Hume council in Melbourne, Australia. I was told that there was only so many pickups that could be booked for any year as the work was completed by contractors on the council's behalf. This number had already been met and so I would have to wait for the next year to book it.
As we are paying high council rates in this area this is unacceptable - we are receiving very little in the way of benefits for our money whilst councils in bordering areas have much lower rates, but do have a yearly hard waste pickup for all households.
The local council has indicated they don't want a commercial enterprise on park land. They have decided to demolish a building - No 1, Cornish Street, Payneham, Adelaide.
This property butts onto a dog friendly park. We want to open a CAFE in this location, that targets dog owners.
Two kindergartens (commercial entities) and a communal veggie patch also butt onto the parklands as well as a community hall /function centre which is rented out.
Vickie and her Partner Justin work tirelessly to save and re-home animals and ask for little to no help or funding.
Vickie and Justin 40+ animals (Cats, Kittens, Dogs, Puppies, Horses, Birds, etc) have been rehomed, (including the loving Cat purring on my shoulder right now) this year alone. With out them most of these animals would more then likely no longer be with us, Today (17/07/2013) Vickie and Justin were approached by a Kempsey Council Ranger telling her that if she did not re-home 8 of her 10 dogs they would be seized, we don't think this is right, if Vickie and her family did not help these animals in the way they did, the Rangers would have a lot worse of a problem on their hands.
PLEASE sign the petition and share with your friends, so we can get past the politics and worry about helping the animals!
The referendum to have local councils recognised as local government in the Commonwealth Constitution is a sham aimed at being able to have the Commonwealth fund local councils directly from Canberra in order to bypass and undermine the States.
It must no be allowed to happen.
In Summer 2013, Woking Borough Council announced that over 1,000 new homes would be built in the Sheerwater area of Woking despite opposition from people concerned at the scale of the development and associated disruption.
Residents now face upheaval, and the community faces being broken up. Local people are not against change for the better but the sheer scale of the project is too much and the new developments will price locals with little or no money out of the housing market. In turn, they will be shipped off elsewhere - including the most vulnerable members of society for whom changes and upheaval are the last thing they need.
Woking Borough Council has NOT listened to the people of Sheerwater, and has treated 'dissenters' as no more than dirt.
We therefore demand the following:
* The plans to redevelop Sheerwater either be re-drawn or scrapped altogether
* Woking Borough Council be FORCED to apologise for upsetting residents in Sheerwater about the redevelopment
* Any future redevelopment to involve PROPER consultation and not be forced through undemocratically.
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.
This petition has been started to support the Down District Council workers who are alleging that senior council managers are engaged in bullying tactics.
On 13th March 2013, the Down Recorder, a local paper highlighted the bullying culture within Down District Council. Senior managers of Down District Council are accused of bullying staff, showing a lack of respect and treating workers with disdain.
Staff from the Cleansing Department (Binmen and Street Sweepers) have resorted to protesting outside the Council depot in order to have their concerns addressed over the bullying within the organisation.
One particular ex-employee has already been pushed to the brink by the Senior Managers of this local authority. This unfortunate individual, who had been diagnosed with Mental Health Problems, was remanded in custody for 6 weeks at Maghabery Prison and then as it was considered he was too dangerous to live in Down District, he had to move out of his home for 5 months. Thankfully this man has now been exonerated, as reported in the Belfast Telegraph of 19th November 2012, however it was interesting to note that "Nobody from Down District Council was available to comment." This tyranny, by whoever those employees are within Down District Council, is disgraceful. An investigation into the practices of this PUBLIC FUNDED SERVICE should be immediately undertaken.
The Down Recorder reported, on 20th March 2013, that Councillor Patrick Clarke has been aware, since May 2011, of the staff concerns and the cavalier attitude of some senior managers.
Well done to the Binmen/Street Sweepers for standing up and taking action on a wider platform.
This warrants investigation at the highest level in the interests of the Ratepayers and ultimately justice.
It is time for Down Councillors and relevant Northern Ireland Government Representatives to get to the bottom of this debacle.
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.
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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.