Petition Tag - heritage

1. Call for an investigation over Joan Howard's illicit antiquities' collection

Australian Citizen Joan Howard 95 has recently made headlines due to a collection of antiquities she acquired by looting archaeological sites in Egypt and the Near East during the late sixties and early seventies. Joan, the wife of Keith Howard who served as an Australian diplomat in the United Nations in 1967, used her husband’s UN connections to travel between Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel, searching for antiquities. Her activity was recently presented in a celebratory tone in an article of the "West Australian" newspaper which featured her presenting the illicit antiquities collection she keeps at her house in Perth as "a collection come treasure trove the public has never seen".
It is not acceptable that Mrs. Howard behaved as a pirate and appropriated from the different archaeological sites. Mrs. Howard has broken all possible laws taking advantage of her diplomatic status. Thus we call for an investigation on the sources of Mrs. Howard’s collection now in Perth and an initiative for legal action over their repatriation to their countries of origin.

2. Interim Heritage Protection Needed - Save The 'Seccull House'

About as iconically pared back Modernist for the Victorian capital as a Johnson in New Caanan, a Koenig in Los Angeles or a Mies in Chicago is this pinnacle residence by Guilford Bell (c.1972). By all accounts one the architect’s most accomplished and favourite commissions, amid a lifetime of notable work. It may be such a complete and astounding expression of Bell’s ideology and practice because his clients, William and Elaine Seccull, apparently gave over complete trust of the project to the architect, proving that it’s an unfettered genius who reaches the highest heights. The architectural merit of this home at a state level is explained in the Victorian Heritage Database Report as follows;
“His (Bell’s) distinctive oeuvre combines modernist minimalism with traditional symmetrical and axial arrangements, and middle-eastern inspired courtyard planning. The Seccull House is possibly the most thorough and one of the most impressive examples of his works. Architecturally and aesthetically the Seccull House is an extraordinary work. It incorporates a series of restrained but powerful minimal gestures to create a layered environment of streamlined simplicity, and classical repose.”
The fact that it remains amazingly intact and has received relatively sympathetic updating over it’s 45 years, adds yet another layer of wow to woo to the beholder. Straight to the dream folder with this one.

3. Please Help Queen West

We support 8-story condos on Portland Street - not 12!
* Please help us ensure condo growth is responsible, by signing (and sharing on your social media if you can). *


"We the undersigned concerned citizens of the Greater Toronto Area request that in regards to the development application at 502 Adelaide Street West in Toronto (known as the former Para Paints building), that the following conditions apply (as outlined on the attached document ‘Explanation of Conditions Requested’):

1. Height restriction on all four sides, to blend in with the immediately surrounding historic two-story worker row houses and factory buildings.

2. Free-flowing traffic on both Portland Street and Adelaide Street West.

3. Greenspace along the entire Portland Street side, plus roof gardens."

Their proposal and ours can be seen here:

4. Rejuvenation of 227 Mackay St. - Bringing life back to a forgotten house

We are currently seeking the approval from the Ottawa City Council to renovate and add an addition to 227 Mackay Street. This is a lengthy process due to the restrictions imposed on the home owners by the Heritage Conservation District (HCD) in New Edinburgh. As a result, our plans will need to recive approval from the City Council. Because of this, we are seeking both input and support from our community.

Current house at 227 Mackay St.

Google Street View to explor the street:

Design Images for this project:


The city is proposing to build a four-lane bridge extending Heritage Avenue over our beautiful Parr Park’s walking and bike trails, nature preserve, and Big Bear Creek, destroying hundreds of mature trees and wildlife habitat in one of the only remaining city parks in southern Grapevine. In addition to the destruction of the beautiful park and forest, Heritage Bridge will disrupt the peaceful walking and nature trails with unwanted noise, lights, trash, and traffic. Children living in the quiet communities along Heritage Avenue, who have for years been able to walk home down Heritage Avenue from the elementary school, will be endangered by a new high-traffic, four-lane road. We do not believe that the saved minutes in drive time is worth sacrificing these things that are irreplaceable to our families, not to mention the more than $10MM in tax payer monies that this project is expected to cost. Please save our community and stop Heritage Bridge.

6. Save the SJC Fair Horse Barn

The horse barn at the San Juan County Fairgrounds was built in 1924. The 93-year-old barn has cultural value for generations of islanders who have been involved with the county fair. The county is planning to demolish the barn citing safety concerns, and has already started the process by removing the stalls. We believe that further study and discussion may result in a plan to make the barn safe for continued use.

3/25/17 UPDATE: We have some good news to share with you! A few of us met with County Parks and Fair directors yesterday, March 24th, to talk about the horse barn. They are willing to consider leaving some part of the barn standing until after the fair, preferably the oldest part if it is salvageable. This will give more time for public comments and planning, so that we can figure out how a portion of the barn may be saved, and for what use. If this happens, the partial barn will be boarded up, not used, during the fair. This will allow the fair goers to see it, learn what’s going on, and get involved in the discussion.

The barn demolition has stopped for now. A permit appeal has been filed with the county, so there will be no more demolition until there is a hearing. The purpose of the appeal was to give more time for fact-finding and deliberation before the barn is irrevocably lost.

Space for the horses at this year’s fair is, of course, a priority for all of us. As planned, this year the horses will be in a tent with portable stalls. This is an interim solution that could allow for leaving part of the barn standing and still have room for the horses behind it, to the east.

This alternative strategy must be approved by the County Council before the partial demolition can take place. In the meantime we continue to collect signatures on this petition. Our intent is to show the SJC Parks Department, the County Council, and the Fair staff, that there are a lot of people who care about the old barn, would like to see at least part of it saved, and are willing to be a part of a community effort to make historically sensitive improvements to the equestrian facilities.

Please sign the petition, and make a comment if you wish to be part of the discussion. Thank you for your support!

3/20/17 UPDATE: On March 13 we attended the County Fair Board meeting. We asked for a delay in the barn demolition, in order to gather more information. The Fair Board listened but did not deliberate, and later by email advised us to take the matter up with the County Council.

Today, 3/20/17, three of us presented at the County Council meeting, asking for a delay of demolition. While they did not specify an amount of time, the Council and County Manager seem willing to pause the demolition for us at least briefly, due to all of your signatures and comments. We are asking the County and Fair for some specific information during this pause, including what is listed below:

We would like to see a cost comparison between repairing the old barn and building new. We believe that this was never done.

We also want to know if there is a true commitment to building a new horse barn, We are concerned that the proposed tent for this year's fair could become the permanent situation (as happened with the poultry barn), or that a metal structure will be built instead of a classic wooden barn.

We would also like numbers of how many horses have been at the fair for the past several years, to determine what is truly needed.

If the County and the Fair truly needs to demolish the barn, we want to see a plan for how the wood will be stored and kept, and how it will eventually be used. We want the barn properly historically documented and memorialized at the fairgrounds.

We ask for these things because we want to understand the eventual outcome of the barn demolition. We don't want people to be surprised and disappointed by what happens if the old barn comes down.

7. Save the Prospect Tram Barn

The City of Prospect contains a rare survivor of a once extensive transport network which provided the first organized public transport in Adelaide - namely the Tram Barn on the corner of Johns Rd and Main North Rd Prospect, as part of the Council’s depot.

The future of the Tram Barn is under threat due to the proposed sale of the depot by Council. It would be a major loss if this historic State Heritage listed building were to end up being demolished in a City whose Strategic and Development Plans call for the preservation of history and heritage.

8. Save 514 Wellington

You might recognize this magnificent home -- it has stood on the corner of Wellington Crescent and Kingway, right beside St Mary's Academy, since 1909.

It has housed a succession of notable Winnipeggers over the years, including the founder of the Grain Exchange and one of the first owners of the Free Press.

The most recent owner of this home, a former senator, has lovingly and meticulously maintained it for 40 years. Earlier this year, a businessman bought it under the pretense that he'd continue to preserve the house and use it as his family dwelling. However, after the sale went through, he revealed plans to destroy the house and landscaped lot and fill it with 24,000 sq. feet of curb-to-curb condominiums.

We believe that preserving our historic buildings is important because it helps preserve the character of Winnipeg in general. If you're proud of our city like we are, and you appreciate its tree-lined streets with beautiful homes, we hope you'll support us in our cause.

UPDATE: Wow! Thanks for all the support. If you'd like to stay updated, please "like" our Facebook page: Also you can check out our website for more pictures and details:

9. Public Access Road and Protection / Preservation of Soule’s Chapel Cemetery

Summary of Soule’s Chapel

Location: On a beautiful hilltop giving a vista of surrounding farm and pasture land one and one-half mile southeast of Trebloc, MS, located in the West half of Section 29, Township 14, Range 5 East, and lying within property currently owned by Carnathan Farms.

Established: Probably between 1840 – 1850. William and Elizabeth Gates deeded five (5) acres to Trustees James A. Stewart, Wiley Conner, Eli E. Stephens, Francis A. Shell and Andrew Naugle on January 29th, 1852, “for the purpose of erecting or building or causing to be erected or built thereon a house or place for the worship of Almighty God for the use and benefit of the members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.” The church was eventually named “Soule’s Chapel” in honor of Joshua Soule, a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Per local oral history, the congregation probably merged with present-day McCondy Methodist Church since there were more people in the McCondy area.

Burials: As was the custom of the day non-white freemen and slaves were buried in separate parts of the cemetery. Burials are documented beginning in the 1840’s and generally ended in the white section about 1940. The latest burial in the black section is 1981. The majority of the white section is contained within a fence. There are at least seven (7) fenced family plots both within and outside of the current fence. There is physical evidence that another, or a larger area, was under fence at one time. There are 181 recorded burials, headstones vary from home-made to ornate. Local oral history states there are unmarked slave graves in the area. There is abundant physical evidence of marked and unmarked sunken grave sites.

Historical Significance: (1) First generation American immigrant pioneer families buried here. (2) Per the Chickasaw County History Volume II, pg 260 Edward S. Callahan, a War of 1812 Veteran may be buried here in an unmarked grave. (3) There is a significant number of Civil War Veterans, including at least one who was killed in action. (3) There is one black World War I Veteran and four black World War II Veterans buried here.

10. Ban Confederate flag in Joplin, MO

The confederate flag is a symbol of hate speech. Hate speech should not be hidden behind freedom of speech or someone's heritage.

The truth is that the confederate flag induces fear for many, and it is no one's place to decide if that fear is valid or not, but we can decide to not aid in spreading fear and hate. Holding up the heritage of our past and our freedoms of expression should not take precedence over improving the value of life people can have today.

11. SKN Heritage Museum Community Allotment

Sadly, there aren’t enough allotments in Nottingham to meet demand, so please sign our petition and help us convince Nottingham City Council that there should be a community allotment celebrating Caribbean history, heritage and culture in the city – for everyone to enjoy.

Our community allotment will be an urban museum plot – mapping the history and heritage of Caribbean life in Nottingham and the UK through beautiful Caribbean plants and tasty vegetables and herbs.

12. Bring Dukes Of Hazard Back to TV Land

I am not a huge Dukes of Hazard Fan with that being I believe this show being pulled due to the paint job on a car is ridiculous. I watched this show my whole childhood and it never evoked violence.

Due to the ignorance of one person with a warped mind we change our culture not me not now

13. انقاذ مبنى سينما الزوراء - Save Al Zawra Cinema

الحفاظ على الرموز العمرانية والثقافية في بغداد
لقد عانت منطقة مركز بغداد التاريخي التي تضم تراث الاجداد منذ عقود ليست بالقليلة من الاهمال والتردي ووصلت الاوضاع فيها الى ما لا يليق بها كعاصمة تاريخية للعراق ولا باهلها ومواطنيها
حيث تتعرض المباني والشواخص العمرانية الى الهدم والتغيير بصورة منهجية مستمرة

14. من اجل احياء بغداد

احياء مركز بغداد التاريخي والحفاظ عليه مطلب جماهيري ملح

لقد عانت منطقة مركز بغداد التاريخي التي تضم تراث الاجداد منذ عقود ليست بالقليلة من الاهمال والتردي ووصلت الاوضاع فيها الى ما لا يليق بها كعاصمة تاريخية للعراق ولا باهلها ومواطنيها
ان احياء المنطقة ذو اهمية كبرى لمدينة بغداد وللعراق وحتى للمنطقة ككل لان نهوض المنطقة مرة اخرى واعادة تأهيلها والحفاظ على موروثها العمراني والثقافي البغدادي خاصة سيكون حدثا مهنيا وثقافيا جديرا بالتاييد والتأمل من قبل الجميع سواء كانوا مهنيين وغير مهنيين فالمنطقة المعنية ليس منطقة عادية بل هي منطقة ذات خصوصية تجعل احيائها ذو اهمية قصوى تقتضي من الجميع العمل على انجاحها
ليس كثيرا ان تمتلك بغداد مشروعا طموحا يعيد لمركزها القه السابق ويجعله بعد احيائه اهم واجمل منطقة حضرية في العاصمة العراقية يتعايش فيها الموروث الثري مع متطلبات الحداثة وتحتضن مواطنيها بكافة اطيافهم وتوجهاتهم

خطة احياء مركز بغداد التاريخي

15. Save Baghdad's heritage

إنقاذ تراث المدينة مهمة تاريخية

16. Protect and Preserve

Please support our effort to Protect and Preserve historical buildings in Downtown Lafayette.

We are primarily concerned with saving 2 buildings, both of which are at or over 100 years of age. These buildings had a tremendous impact on the early economic growth of Downtown Lafayette, the City of Lafayette, Lafayette Parish and much of Acadiana! The wealth created by Merchants' Grocer Company enabled owners and investors to promote and develop our communities, municipalities and infrastructure at an accelerated rate. Bolstered by the recently constructed rail road in downtown this resulted in the early development of our city giving our city and parish a strategic advantage that has continued to pay dividends over the last 100+ years.

There are many reasons to save these buildings and no good reason to tear them down. They are NOT blocking construction of the proposed interchange and there is plenty of room on either side that can be used to insure construction in those areas does not damage the integrity of these magnificent buildings.

Use this link to view the LA State Historical Preservation Office's letter from the Lt. Governor's office ruling that the 2 buildings are eligible for the National Historic Register.

Thank you for your support!

17. Save the Masonic Home

Many buildings deserve preservation for their scale and representativeness of a period. But this particular Masonic building needs preserving because it embodies some of the finest work in classical stone.

The egg and dart work, the rosettes, the volutes on the brackets, the acanthus leaves, the entasis to the fluted columns, the brick enrichments and panels, the turned balusters, the pediments, all of it is executed with a master's detail and fine chisel work.

The definition to the Indiana Limestone enrichments is so fine and deliberate. This is more than just another preservation tragedy, this is an appalling affront to the artistic community

18. Stop the demolition of Melbourne's Pentridge Prison H Division

Pentridge Prison is a part of Melbourne's architectural heritage and a major force in the founding of the Colony of Victoria.

Developer Shayher Group are currently in discussion with Heritage Victoria as they want to demolish H Division - a Heritage listed building, and its surrounding rock breaking yards.

JUST so they can construct a seven storey apartment block with service road.

It is the largest of the nineteenth century prisons built in Victoria, and stands as strong now as it did when construction began in the late 1850's.

The prison is classified by both Heritage Victoria and the National Trust for having historical significance.

As an institution, it held our State's worst, including infamous hit-man Christopher Dale Flannery, Hoddle Street murderer Julian Knight & Russell Street bomber Stan Taylor.

With only weeks left before a decision is made, we must call on Planning Minister Matthew Guy and Heritage Victoria to reject this proposal.

19. Stop The Demolition of Saint Alphonsus Old Stone Church

The demoliton of Saint Alphonsus in Victoria Mines has been decided after many attempts to keep it standing. The history of this church and the sacred lands in which it stands. It is the only Stone church of its kind on Cape Breton Island.

20. Fix the wall on Belair Road

Council is refusing to repair the wall on Belair Road keeping drivers safe in the case of an accident due to it being heritage listed.

21. Save our Heritage landscape from developement

Currently we are fighting Urban Growth in their plans to remove 100-200 year old trees in preparation to develop a public park. Their intentions are to remove the trees in order to construct a water filtration unit for the lake in this park.

The site is located directly adjacent to a historical house built in the late 19th century and by continuing their plan of action, we will see a huge decrease in cultural significance of the property. In the past we have also seen destabilization to surrounding grounds of these man-made lakes and we fear that it could lead to the demise of this house. As it is one of the only buildings of its age located in the area, it would be a terrible shame to see it knocked down due to the instability of the land.

We try our hardest to look after this site and have many open days where the whole Penrith community are welcome. To date we have had around 15 hundred visitors this year. The plans were approved before any communication so no knowledge of this was available until after the approval.

They have shown no intentions of changing their plans yet so we ask all people to help us by signing the following petition in order to fight the conservation rights of historical areas in local communities. If we do not show them that we care about our history, all that will remain are stories.

22. Support Strathavon

"Hakone" is a heritage listed building in Wyong, built by Mr Albert Hamlyn Warner in 1912-13.

The building is now known as "Strathavon", and it provides accommodation for members of the community, travellers and people employed for temporary and long term assignments.

23. Stop conversion of Haydarpasa Station into hotel-mall complex

Historical Railway Stations : Past, Present and Uncertain Future
(This is a petition to save the collective memory of these historic stations and stop their destruction in the public realm.)

Railways stations throughout history have been romanticised in painting, in the movies and in literature. Yet they also serve an essential function, which is: increasing mobility and linking people and places in an almost seamless fashion. They provide an essential transitory feeling, so relevant in our rapidly changing times.

The railways or train stations naturally, also function as points of arrival and departure. These sites give us a fleeting feeling of “temporary permanence”. Such stationary platforms separate us and re-unite us at the same time, while also linking us all to a common past. They provide us with a much needed reassurance, as humanity crosses over from a fraught present into an unknown period of great uncertainty and instability. Thereby railway stations are a constant symbolic presence on an ever shifting urban landscape. They serve as a bridge between time and space, frontier and metropolis, inwardness and remoteness, foreign and domestic territory. They are a location meant to be there, or where our diverging and diverse destinies can meet and exchange timeless narratives.

The railways and their transportation hubs such as the classic, modern, or post modern railway terminal(s) are inalterable or where temporality is only train timetable. Hence, the railway station is the central locus for exchange; or where we re- invent ourselves in an eternal process of re-newel, mutual discovery and constant mobility.

And this is what makes stations such as Haydarpasa for instance, so vital to our everyday lives and existence, whether we are Turks, or foreign travellers, commuters, day workers, transients or just locals in search of a collective meeting space to re-connect with others in a public place. In this spirit, we would like to announce our upcoming art exhibit, planned for this Fall season (October) as a follow up to our first show (which was held late year) at the Haydarpasa railway station we are planning to organize a show in Vienna this fall.

The thematic of the “art event” is based on the concept of heritage preservation, in the context of rapidly changing urban (and somewhat disfigured) landscapes. It will, as well, focus on the need to defend the usage of public space for the common good. And in this particular case, stress the importance to make sure railways and railroad stations remain in the public realm. After all they belong to us all (and will always be) an integral part of a dynamic and functional urban environment. This international show will feature in addition to Canadian creators, an Austrian artist whose work is both politically provocative and visually striking. Essentially this second show seeks to provide a new perspective on the concept of “urban re-newel” which at times, is devoid of a much needed human dimension when is comes to the notions of progress and urban development.

24. Brumby culling must stop

Brumbies are part of our 'heritage' and they are also part of our history.

We should not cull them, because there are animal lovers in this world.

25. Investigate St. Ann's Well, Nottingham before any development starts on the site

St. Ann’s Well is an important historic site in Nottingham which deserves thorough professional archaeological investigation. The need for this has become urgent as the City Council has granted planning permission for houses to be built on the site.

St. Ann’s Well, formerly Robin Hood’s Well, was considered to be the main Nottingham site connected with Robin Hood until the 19th century, and fits the description of the location of his hideout.

The Well was the destination for a procession of most of the citizens of the town, led by the mayor, each Easter Monday throughout the middle ages. Deer were culled for a venison feast for all.

Water from the spring was considered to have healing properties and the Knights Templars built a stone immersion chamber here to treat skin diseases. This chamber was in use through the centuries until 1887 when it was covered over by workmen before a railway bridge was built.

Around 1600 an early brick house was built here for Nottingham’s woodward and this building became a public house, visited by royalty, including James I. The house also displayed “relics” of Robin Hood and hosted a society called the Brotherhood of the Bow. Some interesting artefacts have been found here, including a medieval gold ring and coin. Since it was an important focus for a thousand years it is likely there are more to be discovered.

St. Ann’s Well faded from public memory after the railway bridge was constructed over the site. The bridge was demolished in the 1960s and a pub built on the site. The pub too has now been demolished. As a result, there is currently an opportunity for an archaeological investigation to dig down to the level of the stone chamber and locate building remains and artefacts from the area’s history.

Planning permission requires that the developer funds some archaeological investigation on the site. But this will only be shallow, to the depth that new building may damage. The immersion chamber and medieval relics are likely to be deeper underground, covered by soil from the railway embankment. Once houses are built and the land is split up into separate ownerships it is unlikely it can ever be investigated again.

So far, Nottingham City Council has shown little interest in the site, though they promote the cjty’s connections with Robin Hood. We don’t want the opportunity to be lost to research a place with a strong connection with the outlaw which became an important part of Nottingham’s heritage.

St. Ann's Well-Wishers

26. Protect the Pitons

April 10, 2013

Dear Concerned Supporters,

At our membership meeting on March 2nd, 2013, our members mandated the Saint Lucia National Trust to open a petition to Government on the Freedom Bay Project for signature. This was done on April 5th 2013. However, at a recently concluded meeting of the Trust’s Council we were informed that Government has commissioned the Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) Study.

In light of the fact that the LAC study has now been commissioned, we have decided to withhold the said petition until after the completion of the LAC. The petition also called on Government to:

1) not approve any major developments within the World Heritage Site until the LAC study is complete; and

2) ensure that the conditions of approval of the proposed Freedom Bay development are to be informed by the recommendations of the LAC study.

Once the LAC has been completed we will engage Government to determine how the recommendations will be implemented. At that time we will also revert to our membership for guidance on how we move forward with the suspended Petition.

Your understanding in the matter is very much appreciated. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition and shared their passionate views about the protection of our Pitons. Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions or suggestions.

Thank you

Vasantha Chase, Ph.D., PMP, CMC
Chairman of Council

27. Give us the Choice to Name our Hometown/Current City on Facebook

Unless you were born or live in a city recognized by Facebook, the place and your history does not exist.

To accurately reflect a person's profile and identity Facebook needs to allow a person to name the city, town or village from whence they come.


Please sign this petition to use against and put to the Surrey County Council who are closing down Heritage Farm Nurseries.

No to destroying the owners' livelihood and home, making 20 people jobless and making 100's of families angered that we are being closed by the SCC as they are too greedy for money!

29. Save the Stack

Port Kembla Copper plan to tear down the iconic Port Kembla stack that has cut a familiar figure on our local skyline for over half a century.

I'm starting this petition to call on the community to 'Save the Stack.' If you, like me, believe strongly in maintaining the unique character and culutre of Port Kembla, please add your signature below.

30. No To Garfield Road Overpass but Yes to Loftus St overpass

For years the riverstone community has been put on the back burner with an overpass and we are happy that the government is moving forward to elevate the problems associated in riverstone, however we do not feel that the overpass on garfield road is the suitable option as it will destroy business , history and the local community the community would like the government to move forward on the Loftus st option.