Petition Tag - council

1. WA Pioneer overlooked for 100 Years by town of Sandstone

In 1896, George Perkins Dent (22) and his 2 friends, Wilton & Theo Hack, left the South Australian town of Stewarts Range and traveled to Western Australia to seek their fortunes on the Goldfields near Mount Magnet. They prospected in terribly hard conditions for 8 years. In 1903, they pegged a mine just a few hundred metres from the now town of Sandstone, and called it "the Adelaide". After so many years of finding nothing significant, they finally hit a vein of gold. Overnight the area was crawling with hopeful prospectors who had heard about their luck. George and the Hack Brothers dug that claim for a year and it became affectionately known as "Hacks Mine" by the locals. In early 1904, because they couldn't dig the mine any deeper without machinery, the 3 friends sold the mine to Hans Irvine for a good price and all 3 returned to farming - The Hack boys in Victoria, and George in Boyup Brook and then later at Jacobs Well near Beverley. Hans Irvine bought up other mines in the vicinity and as a whole it became known as The Black Range Mining Company. Dent and Hacks mine produced more than 930,000 ounces of gold in its 13 year history. The town of Sandstone was created because of this mine and the population it drew to the area. When Sandstone named its streets, it established both Hack Street and Irvine Street......Nothing was named for George Dent. On discovering this history, the Dent family wrote to the Shire of Sandstone to request that something be done about it. That first letter was rejected instantly. A second letter was written requesting the situation be taken more seriously, and the local MP was also contacted. Melissa Price MP called the Dent family offering her support as she agreed that George Dent had been wrongly overlooked by the small mining town. Later discussions with Shire CEO Beth Walton, produced reactions such as "why should we change it now, its been over 100 years" and "We cant change the Street names". The matter will go formally in front of council on April 27th 2017 and must be won with a majority vote. The Dent family is simply trying to get George memorialised equally as the Hacks and Irvine have been. He has been overlooked for more than 100 years and the current Sandstone shire council is hesitant to fulfill this request. George Dent was equally responsible for Sandstones existence and should be equally memorialised.

2. Hands Off My Covenant

Baw Baw Shire Council voted to remove a protective land covenant and subdivide a standard housing block for unit development in the middle of a quite low density housing estate.

The developers application for subdivision at 28 Bladen St Warragul was approved, despite 5 formal objections to council and a convincing argument by the councils own planning department to reject the subdivision!

This action effectively voids any development protection residence thought they might have and sets a precedence for inappropriate development at the discretion of developers and councilors. Residents have been betrayed by their elected representatives and the rate payer funded Planning Office undermined.

The only way to stop this Planning Permit and send a clear message to Baw Baw Council to keep their hands off our protective covenant is to fight this decision at the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal. We need your support to show council and VCAT that landowners do not support the removal of restrictive covenants for inappropriate development.

Personal details collected in this petition are restricted to the petition author only. The petition details will only be used for the purpose of a VCAT review, scheduled for June 2017. Please forward any concerns to

Link to news article from the local Gazette:

3. Improving Our Street

Wolverhampton Street is a much-used road into and away from Dudley town centre. It's generally looked 'tired' and scruffy for several years.

Two large plots at the junction of Wolverhampton Street and School Street are in a particularly distressing state. Despite repeated discussion with the Council, these large areas have deteriorated further; one has huge amounts of rubbish strewn across it. The other plot includes an increasingly-dilapidated building whose roof is crumbling.

Vegetation encroaches on public footpaths from both plots. A very rough public path past one plot has had holes down into the plot - a danger particularly to toddlers.

People effected by the ugliness of these plots incłude:

* local parents and children on the way to Jessons School
* pedestrians making their way into/out of Dudley town centre
* thousands of vehicle drivers and passengers each day

4. Bring Back Belmont Baths

Please help us BRING BACK BELMONT BATHS. Belmont Progress Association is trying to have Belmont Bath’s rebuilt. This will again give Belmont a safe place for local people to swim. The push to have the Baths rebuilt is being spearheaded by Robin Gordon. Robin is making representations to Lake Macquarie City Council. By adding your name to this petition, Robin can show our councilors that our community wants a new swimming facility. Thank you for your support.

5. Petition Salisbury council to allow 100% NON FOR PROFIT $10000 carp fishing comp

Due to the soon to be released carp herpes virus, waterways around Australia will soon loose all fishing accessibility for families within city limits and national waterways across the nation.

Our plan is to lobby local council to support a yearly carp fishing competition called the "Mawson lakes $10,000 golden carp comp," so that our organisation can run this event as a " NON FOR PROFIT" gold coin entry donation, to raise money to help fund native restocking and habitat before the virus is released in approx 2018-2020.This will also bring a much needed boost to state economy and will create employment potential opportunity.

We have been informed by several fish related government departments that with council support THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TEST SITE OF ITS KIND IN AUSTRALIA, FOR THAT MATTER THE WORLD! and that funding ( $100,000 though not limited to ) also exists and can be applied for . These grants can only be spent spent on fish and fish habitats,and ecosystems , the grants would be MUCH easier to obtain if we had council /government support to access permits needed for the native fish release and a scientific ecosystem study and grants for restocking and habitat ..

We plan to sell advertising space ( website, banners , flyers , national radio , state/national tv and also vendor sites during the comp ) to all whom are interested, to promote business in SA, and guarantee this event will run on a non for profit basis, with funds raised going back into the project and future comps and also to further projects up stream. We already have the backing of major camping/boating/4x4 retailers/fishing retailers and local tackle stores, major sponsors and fishing distributors and banks.

thank you for your support , and the kids of today will thank you in the future!

6. Installation of CCTV in Dalmally Passage, Croydon

On Saturday 13th August 2016 at 10.30am my Mum was violently mugged in Dalmally Passage, Croydon. There were 4 attackers and she was thrown to the ground with such force that her ribs were broken. They stole her iphone 4 which is totally worthless and then ran away along the Addiscombe Railway Park.

My 58 year old Mum suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and has partial vision but these thugs had no regard for her disabilities or the consequences of their brutal attack. My mum used to frequently use Dalmally Passage to get to my Nan's flat off of Morland Road as my Nan relies on her for personal care and shopping but since the attack my mum now has to pay for cabs to go the short distance from her house in Addiscome as she is too afraid to use the passage and has since suffered several panic attacks when leaving the house.

Unfortunately the men who mugged my Mum have not been caught as there were no other witnesses and there is no CCTV present in Dalmally Passage. This petition is to ask Croydon Council to install CCTV throughout the passage to help aid the police if anything like this should happen again and also to act as a deterrent to future offenders and help to make the residents feel safer. This is something that I feel very strongly about and think would be very beneficial to the local community.

7. A Town Council for Skelmersdale

Skelmersdale is the largest town in West Lancashire, with a population of just under 39,000. Since the dissolution of Skelmersdale Development Council in 1985 we have not had our own Town Council as 21 other towns and villages in West Lancs. do. We do not think this is right.

We have many hard working and caring Councillors from Skelmersdale that form part of West Lancs Borough Council - we feel that our town would be better served if they were based in Skelmersdale - where they were elected to represent our community.
The people of Skelmersdale have long felt that their voice is not being heard and we call on WLBC to help change this.

We understand that to trigger a Community Governance Review we must present the Council with a petition signed by at least 7.5% of the electorate of Skelmersdale, this equates to 1867 people that make up the 7 wards - Ashurst, Birch Green, Digmoor, Moorside, Skelmersdale North, Skelmersdale South and Tanhouse

Skelmersdale Independence Movement and it's supporters will actively promote the signing of this petition on Social media and in the local press.

On reaching the required number of signatories, we call on West Lancs. Borough Council to carry out the Community Governance Review in a timely manner and to grant Skelmersdale the right to have it's own Town Council, based in Skelmersdale for the good of the people of Skelmersdale.

8. Minister Rob Stokes: please return the fatally flawed CZMPBBE to Byron Shire Council.

The draft Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Byron Bay Embayment proposes hard works to resolve the conflict perceived between natural coastal processes and real estate boundaries at Belongil Beach.

Many members of our community do not agree with that approach, preferring the alternative of Planned Retreat, which has applied to date.

Others think that the drafting of the current Plan was rushed, that consideration of long-term environmental, social and economic factors was not adequate and that the three-week public consultation period was not enough.

The aim of this petition is to convince Minister for Planning Rob Stokes to return the highly flawed Plan to Byron Shire Council for re-drafting after the Council Elections in September.

9. STOP Apollo Borough Council’s Unethical Ordinances, NOW!

Apollo Borough is a small town with mostly non-wealthy residents. The Apollo Borough Council decided to put some Ordinances into effect that is totally unethical and discriminating to the local property owners. Here is one example:
Vacant Property Registration Fee Schedule (if a property is not a residence, rented or running a business the borough charges $35-40 fee for an inspection [invasion of personal privacy] in an attempt to find something that they can complain about and charge property owners to fix within a specific short time as the council determines) and if the property isn't inhabited:
less than one year the fee is $250
1 year vacant the fee is $500
2 years vacant the fee is $1000
3-4 years vacant the fee is $2000 each year
5-9 years vacant the fee is $3500 each year
10 years vacant the fee is $5000
An additional $500 will be applied for every year of vacancy beyond 10 years!
This even includes property that is being used as a storage garage - totally unethical!

There is a lot more that the GREEDY council is trying to get out of the property owners in Apollo but too much to add in this location. It is all about GREED! and is destroying the peaceful residents and property owners of our small town. Many just don't have that kind of money to waste on nothing by being forced to pay exorbitant fees to Apollo Borough Council. This has got to STOP!

10. Emerald Hill Library Tuesday Evening Opening Hours - City of Port Phillip

The Emerald Hill Library has had its sole evening opening removed as of Tuesday 19 April 2016.

The library is now only open to 6 pm at the latest, thus reducing access for those who work. In addition various community activities are held on Tuesday evenings, such as book club meetings, author events using the community room in the library which will no longer be available, without staff being specifically assigned to open for each activity.

The loss of evening openings should not be regarded as an appropriate trade off to the welcomed increase in day time opening hours (these have increased by 4 hours so the library is open by 12 noon each day).

As the library is located in a major activity center, South Melbourne, which has experienced significant growth and is projected to continue growing.

Maintaining Tuesday evening opening is a minor cost to council, less than $16,000 per annum for two staff.

To increase the impact of your opinion, you can also write a short submission to the City of Port Phlllip's budget requesting they provide the funding, at

Also see our website:

11. Support Anomalie Clothing's Application to Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire

Anomalie Clothing is a small business operated by a sole trader and Byford resident. A Development Application was submitted to the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire on 11 December 2015 entitled Change of Use of Part of Building to Shop - 810 South Western Highway Byford. The Shire President, Councillors, and Planning Staff at the Shire indicated that an application to use the shop front at the residence for a small home based retail business was likely be successful.

4 months later, I was told that the neighbouring properties consulted had no objections, that the Shire had no objections and was just waiting for Main Roads approval. Main Roads have given their approval and now (6 months after submission) the Shire has indicated that they may reject the application unless I can provide further justification.

The following arguments will be presented to support the initial application:
- The premises was previously used as a small retail shop selling candles, wax melts and accessories, so this isn't technically a change of use, but a continuation of its existing use.
- Anomalie Clothing has proposed the same opening hours as the previous business - 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.
- Prior to being used as a candle shop, the premises was well known to the local community as having been a very popular day spa, and before that, a hairdressing salon.
- The Vintage style of Anomalie Clothing complements the country look and feel of the area, a characteristic that the Shire actively promotes.
- A temporary 2 year approval would be acceptable, after which time Anomalie Clothing could possibly move on to a dedicated retail premises and provide employment opportunities to local residents.

I am hoping that a show of support from the community will encourage the Shire to give this small business a chance of survival, and offer its residents a local place to shop for Vintage Inspired clothing and accessories.

12. Oppose South Ayrshire Council shutting our community centres!

Girvan community centre alongside six other community centres in the Girvan and South Carrick area face closure as South Ayrshire Council have passed unaffordable utility bills on to user groups of these facilities.

We must stand together and say NO to these unnecessary cuts. Girvan Community Centre has been asked for £7500 to cover utility bills this year, this came with three days notice and in the knowledge that the centre only made £1700 profit last year. The users of the facility are not for profit organisations.

The utility bill will force the centre to close and will see 6 children's groups including a local playgroup shut their doors. Girvan Play Group is the last remaining playgroup in South Ayrshire and provides much needed affordable childcare for local communities.

The care and activities are second to none with local nursery teachers being able to identify which children have benefited from attending the play group. Closure would also leave a number of adult groups helping vulnerable people and the national blood bank without affordable accommodation.

The situation in Girvan mirrors the impact felt in other communities: Ballantrae; Colmonell, Barr, pinwherry, Dailly and Crosshill face the same measures. Our community centres are the hubs of our community and I fear we may lose them all. Villages will effectively be left with no meeting place, no voting facility or place to speak with their councillor or MP. This is a disgrace. We must stand firm and insist that South Ayrshire Council rethinks this budget efficiency.

The council are responsible for making financially responsible decisions and must balance their books sensibly, without hitting areas of high poverty the hardest. There has been no consultation in this process, only demand for payment and we the residents of Girvan and South Carrick demand better treatment. We expect these bills to be retracted in full.

The council have a duty to support the many voluntary organisations which improve our communities but are instead proposing leaving them without a home. Perhaps South Ayrshire Council could dip into their multimillion cash reserve in order to secure the future of our community services instead of forcing the closure of our community centres for effectively peanuts in terms of their budget.

13. Rehome a deserving family

A young working mother with 3 children of school age become homeless and lose all belongings after an accidental fire caused by faulty electrical equipment destroyed there life. She turns to the local authority Swale Borough Council for help in being re-homed as she was in private rental and has nowhere else to turn, unfortunately they refuse to help in re-homing leaving them struggling to live and carry on a normal life.

Below is documented link to the fire…/home-saved-after-neighbours-…/

Yet recently as reported in Kent Online it is reported that "Swale council agree to house up to 10 Syrian refugee families over five years says leader Cllr Andrew Bowles" If these people can be helped when they have no-one else to turn to then surely our own families should be able to expect the same help. Is this really the caring community side of Swale Borough Council they want us to judge them by ?

Below is documented link to the rehoming of syrian refugees…/council-offers-to-house-syri…/

14. Keep Warringah Together

The NSW Government intends to dismantle Warringah Council and divide its LGA between Pittwater and Manly/Mosman.

This decision is against the recommendations of the Government's Independent Local Government Review Panel, IPART and the Government's own criteria for scale and capacity.

Don’t divide us. We the people of Warringah want to remain in one council area.

We intend to collect as many signatures as possible to take to the NSW Government to stop them dividing Warringah.

15. Bring Back the Holidazzle Parade

The Minneapolis Downtown Council cancelled the 2014 Minneapolis Holidazzle Parade and there are many who want it back.

16. Save the Rec from Closure

Ely Play Centre also affectionately known as ‘The Rec’ is a free service provided by Cardiff Council, which is run by Children’s Play Services. This service, allows children and young people to play, socialize and develop their skills in a safe and friendly environment, supervised by qualified and experienced staff.

Cardiff Council is threatening to shut down the service on the 1st of April 2016, unless another organisation will take over the running of the service. The Centre will shut on the 1st of April for good! There are over 600 children and young people registered to Ely Play Centre and these children will be condemned to the streets as there are limited safe play spaces in the community.

The children of Ely and Cardiff do not deserve to be treated like this and it will be detrimental to their well being and the wider community for the future. Cardiff Council hasn’t tried hard enough to safeguard what is an incredibly positive service, which brought a rise in Council Tax in April 2014 to fund this service. Now they are washing their hands of all responsibility, this is a massive injustice to all.

Please show your support to Ely Play Centre and Children’s Play Services by signing this petition and lets try and keep the children safe in our community! Thank You.

17. Keep Westport Dog Grooming

Please sign my petition and keep Westport Dog Grooming Open!

As you all know, I love your dog's! I love my work and have been working with animals for over 12years. I provide a dog friendly, homely environment, working with nervous dogs, shy dogs, rescues elderly dogs, puppies and all your pets, different shapes sizes and personalities 😊

I am fully trained and have dedicated my career to working with animals for over 12 years. For the last two & half years I Have been trying to gain permission from mayo county council to keep my little business open but I am hitting a brick wall.

It's a small business but I am doing something I love and paying my bills keeping myself employed. I am providing a good honest service. I am revenue registered. Nobody has objected on this road,in fact all my neighbours fully support me. I've had no objection from environmental or veterinary sections in council.

ONE BUSINESS on this road has objected which sees me as competition. They do not live on this road. I Have lived here on this road for over 6 years. Yet the county council do not want to grant me permission to work. I have done everything in my power to work with mayo county council but they will not support my small enterprise. Now I am asking for your support.

They want to close me down. They say the road is rural? Bourkes waste is just after my house and they're are lots of small enterprise on lodge road. I cannot afford to rent a premises in town, not only would the overheads be huge, I would have to increase my prices dramatically...

Thank you for reading and for your continued support 💖💖

Aisling Noone

18. Put in a set of traffic lights on Bicester Road, Kidlington

The outdated zebra crossing on Bicester Road in Kidlington, Harvester end, is no longer successful in keeping children safe as they cross the road to get to school.

More and more incidents are happening on a weekly basis. As many as FOUR A DAY have been witnessed!

At the council's request, Edward Feild School has taken on more new children than ever before at Reception stage. This looks likely to keep happening over the next few years in effect making the school expand. This in turn will increase the volume of pedestrians on Bicester Road.

The zebra crossing has become ineffective in its very purpose of providing safety and preventing injury to pedestrians.

Even with the presence of Police at the crossing, regular and shocking incidents are still happening.

A set of traffic lights would force cars to stop, allowing innocent and vulnerable Primary School children to cross in complete safety.

We cannot put it off any longer. As the rate of incidents that occur increases so does the likelihood of serious or even FATAL injuries. This CANNOT be allowed to happen.

Such young children should not have to dice with death on a regular basis Whilst learning and getting to grips with road safety.


19. Malvern Town Council: Return Max Corbett-Gardener's Headstone


Ms Corbett was told the stone was "not in keeping" with others in the cemetery.

A single mother says she has been left "shattered" after a council removed her son's headstone without asking her permission.

Max Corbett-Gardener died aged four three years ago from complications associated with severe epilepsy.

His mother Jo, of Malvern, Worcestershire, said she was told the star-shaped stone for Max was "not in keeping" with others in the cemetery.

Malvern Town Council said it had had complaints about the stone's shape.

Ms Corbett said it had taken her three years to feel able to organise a stone for Max. She said: "It would have been his seventh birthday on the Sunday, and this was like a birthday present to him from me. I chose a star-shaped stone because I wanted something suitable for Max - something personal. This stone is just so perfect for my poor little chap."

Ms Corbett said the council had removed the stone on Monday, three days after it was erected.

"I was totally unaware this was going on," she said. "The council did not contact me and it was the stonemason who told me he'd been ordered to remove it.

I feel upset, distressed and angry. We have been through so much as a family. I could understand if the grave was uncared for or unsightly, but it isn't."

Ms Corbett said she was aware of council rules governing the size and upkeep of stones, but not regarding their shape.

She said she had been told the grave would have been allowed if it had been in the children's section of Great Malvern Cemetery, but she had opted to have it in the lawn cemetery, close to other relatives.

Malvern Town Council said it felt "great sympathy" for Ms Corbett's loss. It said the mason had failed to consult with it over the shape.

"We have a conformity of shapes in our lawn cemetery," the council said. "We were contacted by people who objected to the shape. The longer it stayed up, the harder the process would have been.

"It was a very difficult decision to remove it but one we had to make straight away."

20. Stop TESCO Taking Over Parkhead

Sheffield Council’s Planning Officer has gone against overwhelming public opinion and has recommended that the application for a food store on the Parkhead Garage site and the adjoining semi-detached house be granted conditionally.

Further details about this application and the Planning Officer’s recommendation can be found in planning application reference 14/00133/ful which can be viewed on Sheffield Council’s website.

If the Planning Committee approves TESCO’s proposals for a store, it is quite possible TESCO may make an attempt to purchase the other adjoining semi-detached house, demolish both houses and create a much larger store, thereby changing the distinctive residential feel of Parkhead and Whirlow for ever!

21. Stop Crime in Geraldton NOW

We, the citizens of Geraldton, W.A., are afraid for our families, our homes, and our businesses. While we have contacted our state and local government on many occasions, we feel we are being ignored.

Our local politicians seem to pass the blame, yet one thing continues to grow... crime.

Crime in Geraldton has been rampant and increasing steadily. Drugs are out of control, children are being trained by adults to commit crimes, vandalism of schools is happening on weekends only to be found by staff on Monday mornings.

Car thefts, arson, breaking and entering, shoplifting, public displays of indecency, public drunkenness, bullying, and truancy by children who are "working" at night to aid parents with their next "fix" are all centre to the problems here.

We need help now to regain control of our city and eliminate drug trafficking via our port city.

22. Proposal for speed reduction at Langbank roundabout

Langbank roundabout, whilst rural in appearance, has the traffic levels usually seen on an urban dual carriageway. This junction has caused us, the residents, a decade of motoring misery. We are here today, largely due to the extra precautions we practice and a basic survival instinct. We to date, have compensated for the increasing trend of bad, inconsiderate drivers. One example is, drivers leaving or entering the village, often have to brake suddenly and give way whilst on the roundabout!

Recently we observed and recorded video footage. On playback, we noticed an alarming trend, the majority of drivers on approach failed to apply brakes at all. During our short observations, of the small minority who were forced to slow down, it begs belief, that some exhibited clear signs of "road rage" at drivers attempting to leave or join the carriageway.

We propose the following.

Reducing driver visibility to the right will reduce approach speed to this roundabout, which currently allows drivers excessive visibility in both directions. We feel this often results in high entry speeds, potentially leading to more accidents, of greater severity.

Studies have shown on dual carriageway (divided highway) approaches where the speed limit exceeds 40mph, limiting visibility to the right with suitable screening in the central reserve, until the vehicle is within 15m of the give way line, is effective in reducing speeds. The screening needs to be high enough to block the view of all road users (suggest a minimum of 2m) and could be man-made or evergreen vegetation. The costs associated with the latter solution will be minimal.

I should point out firstly, we had recently lost the only local shop serving the village. Secondly, with a growing village population, coupled with many, having a new need to drive to a shop, where they previously were able to walk.This now means residents are now having to drive 4.2 miles in order to buy daily essentials. This results in more circulating traffic onto the roundabout and has subsequently increased the associated risks further.

We, the residents along with our friends and families, surely have the right to feel safe when navigating the roundabout. In reality this can be a traumatising start to the day, even for the skilled drivers among us. The feelings among some of the aged in our village is "they would rather sell their car or not drive as the roundabout causes them too much stress and upset" With this in mind,

23. We Back Hewett

To parents, pupils, carers and ex-pupils, the value of the Hewett School is incalculable. With its dedicated staff, extensive grounds and excellent facilities it offers a safe and welcoming environment for children to enjoy their school years and reach their full potential.

In 2013 Ofsted judged The Hewett School as “good”. Yet little more than a year later, they put it in special measures. While this inevitably raises questions about the whole Ofsted process, it is true that, as with almost any school, there are improvements that can be made.

We believe that Hewett, in its current status as a foundation school fully accountable to the local community, is in a position to make those improvements. With the full backing of the County Council, we believe it can successfully promote its unique educational offer and, once more, face the future with confidence.

Some extra explanation on the background and context behind the petition is provided here.

To understand further why there is such a high level of concern over this issue, you might like to read this article from the local press.

Please note: addresses have to be provided for the County Council to accept the petition. Neither house numbers or email addresses will be displayed publicly and, though it is preferable to give your name, those signing the petition have the option to remain anonymous. Details will not be passed on to any other organisation.

24. Take action against the Chirn Park Death Trap!

The Chirn Park Community needs the local government to take ACTION now to fix the death trap intersection of Turpin Road and Robert Street in Labrador.

For several years Chirn Park residents have pleaded with local council to make the intersection safer. The residents have volunteered their own time, labour and money to contribute to positive change.

Apart from the trimming of a tree which was well overdue nothing has been done. No action has been taken and as a result we have seen several accidents in 2014, one involving a child being run down in a horrific hit and run and now on the 23rd of October 2014 a mother has been rushed to hospital after being cut from her car, following another tragic collision.

If action is not taken immediately it is sure to result in fatalities.

25. Justice for Lucy Fisher

Lucy is 24 and has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and learning disabilities. She has minimum speech but is able to communicate her feelings with her behaviour. I want to share her story to let as many people know the frightening control the council have to make decisions on your behalf when you live under their care.

Lucy currently lives in a home that she has been conditioned to thinking is acceptable. I and her family know that she could have a much betterand she deserves it.

The problem is, as Lucy lives in a care home, her parents have no say or control over matters concerning their daughters life. Lucy has been deemed incapable of making such a decision for herself so the council have full control. Lucy is being denied the right to live close to her family and friends.

Please sign this petition by 1st September if you believe this is wrong to show support for Lucy and all other people with disabilities who are having decisions made for them without the support of their families.

26. Xolji l-Kunsill Lokali ta' Haz-Zabbar. F'isem id-Demokrazija sejjah elezzjonijiet godda.

Din il-petizzjoni qed tissejjah wara r-rapport tal-Bord tal-Governanza tal-Kunsilli Lokali

27. Save Great Yarmouth's Boating Lake and Gardens

Since the closure of the Great Yarmouth Boating Lake, there has been no maintenance of the site by Great Yarmouth Borough Council. This has caused the Lake and surrounding Gardens to fall into decay. If this is allowed to continue then there will be no way back to restoring the site for public use.

Without any income from the Lake and its Coffee house there is no money available to invest in restoring the Lake and Gardens, it is essential that this be rectified. Since June 2012 we have been in contact with GYBC to try and reopen the Lake and Gardens so that the site can be saved and restored. Unfortunately two years later we are no nearer getting GYBC to agree to any proposals put forward.

Please help us save this historical local attraction by signing our petition.


Quoting Councillor Shawn Pankow
April 15th/2014

"After about three years of debate, it appears the wrecking ball is headed for the home at 140 Elmsley Street. The property was bought years ago by the previous council with the intention of tearing it down and expanding the parking lot for the new Memorial Centre.

In 2011, it was suggested by a former building inspector that the building was actually in very good condition, contained some beautiful heritage elements and was really too good to tear down.

With demands for space at town hall, council decided to repurpose it as a new location for the Chamber of Commerce and a Welcome Centre. The cost for this was estimated at $35,000, or not much more than the original $30,000 estimate for demolition.

Discussions with the Chamber dragged on causing a delay in that plan and eventually, with the police moving out of the municipal complex, there was no longer a need to move the chamber.

The building was properly winterized in 2011 but for unknown reasons (staff involved are no longer employed by the town) proper precautions were not taken in 2012 causing damage to the hot water heating system and plumbing. The new projected cost for repairs soared to about $87,000, including a completely new HVAC system and ductwork and restoration of the original two storey porch on the front. However, many of the repairs are cosmetic and the extent of the damage is not yet known. Much of the house has already been re-wired and a new 200 amp breaker panel has been installed.

A divided Council deferred any final decision on it in 2013 and there is no money in the 2014 budget for renovations or demolition. It appeared council had agreement at the time of the budget passing that we would sell it, but that no longer appears to be an option.

I have been in the building and have renovated old homes in the past. It is a beautiful old home that could serve many purposes. It would be a shame to tear it down and I would prefer council find a new purpose for it. I had suggested it could be a home for the Centre for Youth but they would prefer to use the hall in the Youth Arena (something council will have to discuss in the near future).

Some members of council are reluctant to have it as a family home once again as they would have no control over how that area would look. Although, our property standards bylaw would have influence over the site.

Perhaps the zoning could be changed to commercial and it could be turned into a nice office. Yes, commercial taxpayers pay about double the tax we collect for residential properties. Perhaps it could be given to a charity or not-for-profit and made into something that will contribute back to the community for decades to come.

The majority of council - Mayor Staples and Councillors Brennan, Cummings and Graham have all stated they want it torn down and the site turned into green space. However, with a $30,000 cost of demolition plus a number of trees to be cut down and stumps to be removed along with the other landscaping required to turn this area into a park, I assume the total cost will be around $50,000. With no money in the budget, I'm not sure how this will be paid for.

The building has sat vacant for years and once it is gone, there is no bringing it back. I don't understand why there is such a rush now to tear it down and create that large of an out-of-budget expenditure when leaving it for now leaves the door open for all possibilities.

All of this on the same evening The Hub approaches council looking for additional financial support for "our" community pool. I wonder if members of council will be as anxious to provide the additional support needed here as they are to spend $50,000 to tear down this classic old building?"

29. Save NE Lincolnshire Youth Centres from Closure

Cleethorpes MP, Martin Vickers, has launched a parliamentary petition in the fight to save youth centres in North East Lincolnshire.

Six youth centres across North East Lincolnshire, including two in the Cleethorpes Constituency, are facing closure due to a decision by the Labour-controlled council.

Those facing closure include: Western Young People's Centre; Nunsthorpe Young People's Centre; Trin Young People's Centre; Clee Young People's Centre; Whitgift Young People's Centre; and Immingham Young People's Centre.

30. Prevent the irresponsible actions of dredging the Wollondilly River

A number of residents in the Eastgrove area of Goulburn are wanting the Goulburn Mulwaree Council to dredge the Wollondilly River to 'prevent' damages from floods in the Eastgrove area. They have good intentions, but dredging the river is not the answer.

This will simply make the water flow faster when it does flood, resulting in a flash flood. Flash flooding is proven to do exponentially more damage both economically and environmentally than a typical flood over a period of time. If a flash flood does occur in Goulburn, the physical devastation would take many years to recover, let alone the death rate and psychological impacts of such an event.

So think to yourself, is this really what people want to occur in our town? If your answer to this question is no, then please, sign the petition.