Petition Tag - edinburgh

1. Object to Development at Liberton Tower Mains

** UPDATE** THE APPLICATION HAS BEEN RE-LODGED - FURTHER OBJECTIONS ARE REQUIRED TO STOP DEVELOPMENT BEING GRANTED CONSENT!!

Glencairn Properties are proposing to develop residential units in a section of open land space, designated by Edinburgh Council as green belt and great landscape value.

Any development on this land would set a dangerous precedent in Edinburgh, and more specifically within the area of The Braids, and could signal further development within green belt and protected areas within Edinburgh.

Due to this the local community is strongly opposing any such development.

The area of land is currently used by children at the Montessori Arts School as an outdoor play area and learning facility, which would be lost as part of the proposed development.

In order to ensure that this application is refused please ensure that you share this petition with as many people as possible. The stronger the support, the stronger the voice the local community will have in ensuring this and future applications are refused.

The developer has finally lodged their planning application for the proposed housing units, the application and plans can be viewed on the below link. Crucially this is also where we must lodge objections with the Council to ensure that the opinions of the local community are heard.

https://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov.uk/idoxpa-web/centralDistribution.do?caseType=Application&keyVal=O84WF1EWFHZ00

Whilst notices of support on this petition are greatly welcomed formal objections via the planning portal and letters of objection to local councillors, MSPs and MP will be crucial in pushing the application towards refusal. Any such correspondence will be greatly appreciated by all who oppose this development.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

2. Reinstatement of The PENICUIK to Edinburgh Railway Line

Penicuik was once served by three railways; the south by the Pencuik Railway, the north by the Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway and the south was also poorly served by a distant station on the Peebles Railway.

The north could be served by re-opening the line from Loanhead to Glencorse although the trackbed is partly landscaped and a large viaduct is missing at Milton Bridge.

The south could be served by re-opening the line from Millerhill south to Dalkeith and then west and south to Rosewell and Penicuik. The route is intact except where it is crossed on the level by the Edinburgh Bypass just to the south of Millerhill and missing bridge over a new road just south west of Dalkeith.

3. Bring back the Raised Bed and Clock

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.

4. Blind Wine Tasting Blue

The Varsity Blind Tasting Match was created in 1953 by Harry Waugh and is the oldest organized Blind Wine Tasting competition in the world. It celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

Those who have competed in, coached for and judged this match over the years believe that the time, effort and competitive spirit of the match deserves to be recognised for "Blues" status as awarded through the Blues (sporting and "mind sport") Committee. We invite past competitors, Judges and members of their respective Blind Wine Tasting Societies and Wine Clubs to sign this petition in support of Blind Wine Tasting earning its Varsity Blue status.

To view a video report on this year's Blind Tasting Match visit: http://www.youtube.com/embed/kqyD-3jovq4

5. Stop funding/conducting animal experiments

Argument 1#

"Animal testing is vital to medical advancement".
This is completely untrue. Vaccinations have been produced for one of the most well-known and tragic type of illness; cancer. A vaccination against one type of cancer was tested on a small group of volunteers. As far as I am aware, none of the volunteers were harmed in testing process.

There are now so many charities that do not fund or conduct animal experiments, such as The Age-Related Diseases and Health Trust, that do not test on animals so it would be possible for the Alzheimer's Society to stop funding/conducting animal experiments. These organizations carry out their research on alternatives such as fake organs and computer models. Not only do these methods save thousands of animals, but some scientists also say that they are more reliable. If all scientists used these methods, more people would be saved.

Argument 2#

"Animal testing has saved thousands of lives, including those of diabetics".
Although animal-tested medicines have saved people before, these were mostly invented in the days when there were not as many alternatives to the use of animals. Even these could have been tested on volunteers and donated body parts.
Research into treatments for Diabetes was in fact held up by animal testing. If animal testing had of been banned 200 years ago, Diabetics would have benefited enormously. A doctor found out that Diabetes was linked to high and low amounts of sugar in peoples' diets by looking at the urine of Diabetics, not by performing animal experiments.

Argument 3#

"Lab animals are well-cared for and the scientists try to minimise their suffering".
Although there are laws to protect animals used in experiments, these laws are so poorly-enforced that they might as well not exist. Many of them exist only to protect scientists from animal cruelty charges. Scientists that work in these labs can, in most cases, legally: cut animals open, gas them, shoot them, burn them, drop chemicals into their eyes, irritate their skins, give them electric shocks, deprieve them of food, water and/or sleep, take them away from their mothers when they are too young and force-feed them chemicals. Animals may be forced to live in barren cages until they are either killed or die due to the experiments in which they are tortured.
Believe it or not, some people illegally kidnap animals to sell them for vivisection.

So if you have ever lost an animal companion, there is a risk that he or she might have been captured and sold for vivisection. Although most of the animals tortured are bred specifically for use in experiments, some of them are illegally taken from the people who love and care for them.

6. Save the Forest

The Forest is a volunteer-run, collectively-owned, free arts and events space. We provide a dedicated space for people to get involved in any creative activity imaginable, and have also become a vital resource for social, political and environmental groups, providing space and equipment for events, workshops and fundraisers.

Due to the bankruptcy of our landlords, the building that the Forest currently occupies is up for sale. On the 19th of February 2011 we learned that a prospective buyer is currently in the process of closing a deal to buy the building with the estate agents, Graham and Sibbald.

So now, as well as continuing a hugely successful fundraising campaign to secure Forest's future, we're asking our friends and community to show their support: we do not want to see this listed historic building transformed into yet another generic coffee shop or sports pub, and we want to let any prospective buyer or developer know how strongly the community feels we should stay in our home. Please sign this petition to show our strength.

Up-to-date information about the campaign and details of how to donate are available at http://blog.theforest.org.uk/savetheforest and through our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-the-Forest-Campaign/187769714596278?ref=ts

7. No to Biomass Power Station in Leith

Forth Energy plan to build a huge biomass power station in Leith, about a mile from the centre of Edinburgh, a world heritage site.

Forth Energy stand to make millions of pounds in public subsidies. But this giant incinerator would be situated just 200 metres from local housing, with a 120m high chimney, burning millions of tonnes of imported wood 24/7 and generating increased lorry traffic in an already congested and polluted area.

On our website www.noleithbiomass.org.uk we outline our objections and provide evidence from research articles showing that cutting down trees and transporting them across the world in order to burn them, is far from 'green', sustainable, or truly renewable.

You can follow the campaign on Facebook

8. Equal Rights for Scooters and Motorbikes in Edinburgh

We believe that scooters and motorbikes should be able to use the same roads as buses, taxis and bicycles in Edinburgh.

Scooters and Motorbikes do not cause congestion and the Carbon Emissions are much lower than cars, buses and taxis.

9. Save Live Music at The Southern

Please visit our facebook group at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/create.php#!/group.php?gid=119874308055755&v=wall

10. STOP the Edinburgh Tram Nightmare!

Well another £50million on the trams! I am sure I am not the only person getting incredibly annoyed with the joke that is the tram.

I want rid of it, especially with the rising costs that is starting to tear our once great city to bits.

Join me in my bid to get rid of the tram and sign my petition.

11. Make Moredun park more safe & fun for our children

I and many other parents, grandparents and our children make regular use of the Moredun park, but it has now come to the point where the park is unsafe for our children to play in as the park is over loaded with beer cans & broken glass.

Also as a result of local youths, the park is in dire need of a refurbishment as the old parks apparatus is worn down, rusty, and generally unpleasant for all visitors.

There is also nothing for our younger children to enjoy playing with as they have been removed.

12. Support Balerno Mountain Bike Trails

Scotland is well-known for its World Class mountain bike trails all over the country!

Most of these trails, however, are out of the cities and you have to venture into the countryside to ride them. There are very few places for people young and old to ride their bikes within the cities of Scotland.

We believe the building of mountain bike trails would promote healthy living, encourage young and old to get out and also advertise the sport, getting more people out on their bikes!

13. Bring Back our Buses

Local bus services in Edinburgh have recently suffered a number of cuts. We are campaigning to restore services which have been cut, prevent further cutbacks, and for improvements in existing services.

We are urging government - local, Scottish and UK - to provide the funding and take the decisions necessary to "Bring Back our Buses!"

14. Save Garvald Edinburgh Day Services

Edinburgh Council intends to stop funding people with learning disabilities attending Garvald Edinburgh.

Garvald Edinburgh runs a range of workshops that offer a variety of meaningful work opportunities to around 125 adults with learning disabilities. Garvald Edinburgh is a community of people – members and staff- who support and value each other, and it is the diversity of people and the diversity of their talents and abilities that allows this to happen.

Some members combine working at Garvald Edinburgh with other activities, such as college courses and in some cases, employment. But it is Garvald that gives people the solid base and support to do this. This is evidenced by Scottish Care Commission which gave Garvald Edinburgh the highest possible gradings on all its standards of care when it inspected these services in November 2008. Garvald Edinburgh places high priority on social skills and friendships without which may lead them to living a very sheltered and lonely life. The whole ethos of Garvald Edinburgh is to include rather than exclude and this works by allowing individuals with differing needs to interact and support each other.

Edinburgh Council’s Health and Social Care Department’s intention is to stop funding adults with learning disabilities who go there if they are assessed in the eyes of the council as needing ‘moderate’ or ‘low’ levels of support. This will destroy the outstanding inclusive culture and ethos of Garvald Edinburgh.

http://www.garvaldedinburgh.org.uk

15. Protect historic character of Gillespie Crescent

We think that the attractive character of our street is threatened by insensitive developments. A couple of landlord owners have subdivided their bay windowed living rooms and plasterboarded the ceilings below the cornice, to form more bedrooms.

All the other Victorian Crescents in Edinburgh have Listed protected status which would prevent this from happening - Warrander Park Crescent, Marchmont Crescent, Grosvenor Crescent, Landsdale Crescent are all B Listed and Gardners Cresent, Atholl Crescent, Randoph Crecent are A Listed.

16. Replace Meadowbank Velodrome

Edinburgh Council are soon to sell off the Land on which Meadowbank stadium is located on. The money generated from this will go to refurbish the Commonwealth Games pool for the Commonwealth Games. No provision has been made to replace the Velodrome at Meadowbank, yet all other sports located there have been catered for in the future.

An new Indoor velodrome in Glasgow cannot be seen as a direct replacement. The future of all young East of Scotland cyclists is at stake here as a velodrome provides a safe, traffic free environment for them to train and practice on.

17. Bike Jumps in Buckstone Woods

Mountain biking in all its various forms, is fast becoming a top tier sport in Scotland, and Scotland is now regarded as a world class destination for the sport.

There are many bike trails across the country, all promoted heavily by VisitScotland.

However, on the south side of Edinburgh there are few, if any, dedicated facilities for young people taking up the sport.

We believe that the provision of dirt jump facilities in the Buckstone Wood area would be a small step towards encouraging a healthy and positive support for young people in the area.

18. Urgent amendments required to Edinburgh's controlled parking zones

Edinburgh City Council has recently been implementing extensions to the Controlled Parking Zones, charging residents and visitors for parking during peak hours.

They claim to have carried out a consultation exercise in preparation for this, and state that the zones were introduced for the benefit of (and after approval from) residents.

Unfortunately, instead of maximising the available space, they have obliterated previously legitimate parking spaces by the introduction of unnecessary yellow lines, and they have also failed to reconsider the obstructive placing of many communal rubbish bins.

The densely populated tenement areas of Edinburgh will, of course, never allow for a space per residence; but at the very least the space available should surely be used to its full advantage.

This petition has been set up by a resident of Zone S4, who has received no direct written response to her four letters sent to the Council on this subject in the past year, and who was expressly told by a Council employee on the telephone that they had received too many letters for them to deal with, and would only take any notice of residents if they formed a 'pressure group' rather than acting individually.

19. Edinburgh MBChB Graduation

The University of Edinburgh has shown this year's cohort of Medicine graduates complete disrespect regarding our graduation ceremony.

The ceremony was initially moved from it's own slot in July to one on 28th June, instantly clashing with our shadowing week which we all need to undertake as a requirement for our jobs.

The ceremony was alotted to a time on 28th June when many other graduates of other courses will too be graduating, in the same session, unfairly limiting ticket availability for both those graduates of Medicine and the other graduates from the School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Divinity and School of Health in Social Science in attendance that afternoon. Two tickets per person is simply unacceptable. The event is likely to resemble something of a cattle market with so many graduates in attendance for one ceremony.

To add insult to injury, the university has "special" ceremonies set aside for graduates of Veterinary Medicine and Law. Graduates for these ceremonies get a minimum of 4 tickets per graduand and a ceremony solely for those graduates. We do not believe as graduates of Medicine we are in any way superior to a graduate of any other degree. We believe that graduation from any degree is a signficant achievement. We believe graduates of all courses should be treated the same.

We do not understand why of all degrees undertaken, if Medicine is not to be regarded as a degree that confers signficant acheivment or in need of a "special" ceremony of it's own, why Veterinary Medicine and Law continue to be treated as such. Medicine in Edinburgh has a far greater heriatage than that of any other degree taught at the university - Medicine has been taught in Edinburgh since the early sixteenth century, Veterinary Medicine only since the early nineteenth century.

We believe that two tickets per graduate is simply insufficent in recognising the conferment of a degree. We believe this fact is made more insulting by the moving of our ceremony to an inconvenient date and by the "special" ceremonies set aside for Law and Veterinary Medicine.

20. Save our Trams

Capital cities should have world class transport system.

Please help to ensure that Scotland's capital city has a tram system to reflect and maintain its status as one of the leading financial centres in the world.

21. Stop the bagpipes!

Buskers playing the bagpipes on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh are a great
nuisance to people who live and work on or near the Royal Mile. The sound
is incredibly loud and intrusive.

According to the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Section 54), it is
unlawful to play a musical instrument in a way which gives any other
person reasonable cause for annoyance.

We respectfully ask the Police and Local Authorities to enforce this law.

22. Adult inpatient unit for eating disorders in the Lothians

Glasgow and Aberdeen have specialist inpatient services for adults with eating disorders, so why not Edinburgh?

If your life has been affected by an eating disorder, either as sufferer or carer, or you wish to help prevent someone else suffering the misery of this condition without the inpatient support they deserve from a capital city, please add your name to this petition.

With the dramatic increase in eating disorders over the last decade, services have not kept apace with need. Having been raised in Edinburgh, and having graduated as a doctor from Edinburgh university while suffering from anorexia, I feel I have been let down by a lack of inpatient services in my home town. My frustration is such that I now feel compelled to lobby the Scottish Parliament for an inpatient unit for adults with eating disorders in the Edinburgh and Lothians area preferrably attached to either St. John's hospital, Livingston or the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where psychiatric and medical services could be combined.

For adults in Edinburgh and the Lothians, there is only an outpatients service provided through the Cullen Centre (Royal Edinburgh Hospital). This service is divided into the Anorexia Nervosa Intensive Care Team for those at extremely low body weights (BMI 13 or below), and a team for general help with eating disorders. This is good as far as it goes, but waiting times for general help can be up to nine months, and the length of a course of therapy is woefully inadequate due to the inability for existing resources to meet demand.

I've suffered from an eating disorder for twenty years, and I have twice had to be hospitalised for treatment. Both these times have involved leaving my home and family to stay in specialist units in either York and Glasgow as there were no specialist inpatient services in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland! These services were good, but continuity of care in the outpatient setting was impossible to deliver due to the distances involved. As relapse is most likely to occur in the immediate period after discharge, there is a wasted opportunity for recovery as the lack of continuity leads to unnecessary suffering.

Although now there is a small unit in West Lothian, this only caters for a tiny porportion of sufferers and only people up to the age of 35

23. Unite the Clubs Petition to City of Edinburgh Council

For more than 60 years, Edinburgh’s community-based facilities for football and other traditionally low-entry cost sports have been allowed to deteriorate to a truly shocking level.

Changing facilities are typically out of date, substandard, neglected, damp, unhygienic and at times hazardous.

Many pitches are badly drained, rutted and verge on unplayable for large parts of the year as a result of poor maintenance. Goal posts are often bent or broken.

Despite their shortcomings, pitches and facilities are also expensive to hire. Facilities based on school premises are costly to hire too, and at times difficult for community-based clubs to gain access to.

A number of community-based clubs, run entirely by volunteers, would be keen to develop their own facilities in return for long-term leases, but have been unable to do so. Many of our clubs are simply struggling to survive.

For this situation to be allowed to continue at a time when Edinburgh is trying to assert itself as one of Europe’s most active cities is insupportable.

Clubs across the Capital and throughout the Eastern Region have finally decided that enough is enough and that it's time to do something to stop the rot.

This petition will be delivered to the City of Edinburgh Council, City Chambers during the course of the Unite the Clubs march through Edinburgh City Centre at 1:30pm on 14th February 2007.

24. Safe and useful bicycle storage for West Ferryfield

The factors have sent various letters requesting that bicycles aren't stored in stairwells.

But there is no other alternative for people who do not want to lock their bikes outside on the limited number of lamposts to rust, other than carrying them up the stairs to the flat, using up precious space.

25. EDINBURGH FRINGE REFORM

Most shows on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival lose money, or are completely out of reach financially for the performers and companies that make up the bulk of the attractions for the month of August.

Corporate sponsorship is rapidly replacing grassroots efforts to bring fresh talent to Edinburgh stages.

This proposal provides a few simple goals that would eradicate the cost-prohibition to the very talent the festival needs to perpetually attract.