Petition Tag - greenwich

1. Charter for Animals & Nature

Wildlife is being decimated by climate change, ocean acidification, loss of habitat, overhunting, industrial farming and pollution, and these are all increasing because of rising human overpopulation, especially in the UK with our high standard of living. The fact that everything is globally interconnected means that we are not just destroying our own UK wildlife, but also causing the extinction of polar bears, elephants and countless other species worldwide.

The traditional Laws of Nature enabled our ancestors to evolve as part of Nature for hundreds of thousands of years. Our task today is to make the health and harmony of Nature central to our social customs and norms. Absolute natural limits are now quantified by the laws of ecology and physics, and the comparative science of anthropology describes the fundamentals of decent human behaviour.

Three community initiatives operate in parallel to the existing world of political parties, financial interests, and government agencies:
• Made In Greenwich is a community interest company that organises time exchange to enable individual creative initiatives. www.madeingreenwich.co.uk
• Maritime Greenwich Forum is the community forum for the UNESCO world heritage site. It conducts street-by-street internet polling on different issues. www.maritimegreenwichforum.org.uk
• Keep The Green co-ordinates projects. www.keepthegreen.org.uk

Our own Maritime Greenwich Declaration by the local community, incorporating the results of these initiatives, will be made on November 6th 2017, 800 years after the signing of Magna Carta’s ‘Charter of the Forest’ about commoner rights.

More information from Made In Greenwich Art Gallery & Meeting Place, 324 Creek Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9SW.

2. Greenwich Green Community Land Trust

A Community Land Trust to protect Greenwich Green and surrounding site will be established through crowdfunding, to obtain the land with Title Number 92946, called property 292 and 294 Creek Road, London (SE10 9SW), which comprises various plots on Creek Road and Bardsley Lane.

Developer Family Mosaic’s deal with Greenwich Council for 4- and 6- storey flats would further destroy air quality and life quality for residents and wildlife. The community land trust would preserve the Green, protect wildlife, and create live-work up-cycling facilities as a resource for the whole community.

3. Keep The Green

A Community Land Trust will be established to acquire and protect the Commons at the Greenwich Green site on Creek Road and Bardsley Lane, SE10 9SW, using crowd-funding to create a Community Garden for food-growing.

Otherwise, Family Mosaic’s development of multi-storey flats would destroy the Commons for residents and wildlife.

4. Zone All Parkway Students to Central Middle School

Please sign this petition to let the Greenwich Board of Education hear the voice of the Parkway community regarding our middle school feeder pattern.

5. TfL and Greenwich Council: Crooms Hill is not a main road

In 2009 TfL widened the junction of the A2 and General Wolfe Road. This has made it easier to cut through Crooms Hill and historic Greenwich than to stay on the A2 and use the strategic road network to access central London.

Crooms Hill is of strategic importance to the community, as it borders Greenwich Park. TfL and Greenwich Council must introduce specific traffic calming measures to prevent large amounts of traffic rat-running through this residential street.

6. Hands Off Our Heritage

People all over the world are interested in Deptford's maritime history. The proposals for Henry VIII's royal dockyard and the site of John Evelyn's Sayes Court manor house and garden in Deptford must be fought with all the spirit and tenacity that historically characterizes the site that launched ships for the battle of the Spanish Armada, launched countless voyages of discovery of Drake, Frobisher, Cook, Vancouver, and set out ships for Nelson’s battles including Trafalgar.

By signing the petition you register that you are dissatisfied by the current development proposals for Convoy's Wharf by Hutchison Whampoa and News International.

The petition is a tool to measure local, national and international feeling about these development proposals. It is still necessary to write to Lewisham with your response to the developer's proposals.

7. The Heart of Greenwich Walk

Local Residents and Businesses are proposing a scheme to make walking round Greenwich Town Centre safer and more pleasant.

This would be achieved in part by covering over the railway cutting between Greenwich Church Street and King William Walk, for which purposes the Council must negotiate with Network Rail. The other necessary improvements require the rationalisation of existing pedestrian crossings and the lining up of these crossings with existing pedestrian-only areas.

The scheme would have beneficial repercussions on other forms of transport also and be of great practical use to resident and tourist alike.

8. Save Philosophy at Greenwich [Philosophers]

The situation:

The School of Humanities management announced on March 23rd that recruitment to the Philosophy BA as been stopped, with immediate effect, and that all places on this degree already offered to students for the coming year are to be rescinded. They have further recommended to the University Academic Planning Committee that the Philosophy BA be closed down. No objective argument was presented for this halt in recruitment and closure. A request was made for the relevant documentation to the Head of School and vice chancellor, but no response has been received. On March 29th, the HOS and DVC confirmed the planned closure in a school meeting, citing financial reasons. The evidence cited was insufficient, including both partial out-of-date statistics.

What is needed:

A full and rigorous review of the information pertaining to this decision in a process that involves the subject specialists and takes into account all relevant data.

Why this is needed:

The Philosophy degree at the University of Greenwich has been running successfully for over 20 years. The staff are committed to providing the highest level of teaching and the programme received excellent reports at its last validation. Recruitment to the programme tripled last year, and applications for the coming year are higher still.

The University is well known for it’s championing of widening participation, and its high intake of BME students. Many of these students are unable to move away from home in order to study, and Greenwich is one of the very few institutions left in the South East offering Philosophy to students whose achievement is likely to be less than straight A’s.

Philosophy has an essential place in any University worthy of the name.

9. Save Philosophy at Greenwich

The situation:

The School of Humanities management announced on March 23rd that recruitment to the Philosophy BA as been stopped, with immediate effect, and that all places on this degree already offered to students for the coming year are to be rescinded. They have further recommended to the University Academic Planning Committee that the Philosophy BA be closed down. No objective argument was presented for this halt in recruitment and closure. A request was made for the relevant documentation to the Head of School and vice chancellor, but no response has been received. On March 29th, the HOS and DVC confirmed the planned closure in a school meeting, citing financial reasons. The evidence cited was insufficient, including both partial out-of-date statistics.

What is needed:

A full and rigorous review of the information pertaining to this decision in a process that involves the subject specialists and takes into account all relevant data.

Why this is needed:

The Philosophy degree at the University of Greenwich has been running successfully for over 20 years. The staff are committed to providing the highest level of teaching and the programme received excellent reports at its last validation. Recruitment to the programme tripled last year, and applications for the coming year are higher still.

The University is well known for it’s championing of widening participation, and its high intake of BME students. Many of these students are unable to move away from home in order to study, and Greenwich is one of the very few institutions left in the South East offering Philosophy to students whose achievement is likely to be less than straight A’s.

Philosophy has an essential place in any University worthy of the name.

UPDATE [April 19th]. The Philosophy team met with School management (including the Head of School, Prof. Joanne Finkelstein) on April 8th. The main reasons cited for the decision to close the BA were low recruitment and poor returns from past students reporting their employment status. The team argued against the former, as recruitment leapt last year from 15 to 40 single hons students. The issue of role of employment statistics was also discussed. At the end of the meeting management reiterated it's position and decision.

10. Stop the Greenwich Traffic Gyratory

At the start of 2011, Cabinet Members of Greenwich Council will vote on whether to proceed with plans to part-pedestrianise the town centre that will result in the implementation of a 1.8km one-way dual carriage traffic gyratory system through the heart of the West Greenwich Conservation Area.

This is contrary to the vast amounts of money being invested by TfL and other enlightened London Council's who are removing such failed 1960's gyratories as found at Wandsworth, Aldgate, Brixton, New Cross and even Picadilly after the pedestrianisation of Trafalgar Square.

Gyratories are proven to create speeding in the good times, increased congestion in the bad times, rat-running through residential roads, severance of local communities and destruction of businesses.

11. Improve Medway Transport

We the undersigned are unhappy with the current transport links for the Medway campus and believe additional night time and evening services are required.

12. Preserve the Far West Village/Rezone the C6-1 District

The Far West Village is one of New York's most historic neighborhoods, which community groups and preservationists have fought for years to preserve and protect from over development.

However, there is a six block section of the Far West Village which still contains an anomalous and outdated zoning designation that encourages out-of-scale development, and strongly encourages hotel, dormitory, or office development in a predominantly residential but mixed-use neighborhood.

While this area is now part of the Greenwich Village Historic District, only a change to the zoning can ensure that any new development here truly respects the scale and character of the neighborhood.

13. One Way System at King William Walk Greenwich

King William Walk is one-way to traffic, leading away from Greenwich Park (on its western side). Cyclists make their way AGAINST the traffic. This is detrimental to their safety.

Greenwich Cyclists would like a cyclists contra-flow to be legitimately provided. Please sign this petition if you agree.

Many thanks. Teri

14. Stop illegal parking / trading of motor vehicles from Plumstead Common

Motor vehicles are being illegally traded from Plumstead Common Road, the vehicles can sometimes be a handful and at other times go well above double figures.

I have photographic evidence of money changing hands, these activities can go on into the night they have been happening according to older residents in the area for in excess of ten years.

The problems this creates for all council tax paying residents are 1. lack of parking 2. a general eyesore 3. loud music from some of the vehicles whilst being shown to prospective clients 4.reving of engines loudly at various times of the day/night 5. car alarms going off and the owner of the vehicle not being resident in the area therefore unable to turn off 6. it's breaking the law.

15. No Road Tolls in Greenwich

Transport for London and Greenwich Council have proposed a congestion charging scheme for a wide area of the borough and on the Blackwall Tunnel. Charges of up to £6 per day to drive on any roads in the area will result.

The Association of British Drivers (ABD) is opposed to all forms or road pricing and road tolls on the grounds that they simply increase the cost of road travel without solving the congestion problem.

16. Save Greenwich Market

January 28, 2006

The charity Greenwich Hospital plans to demolish the 150 year-old market in Greenwich town centre along with 30 surrounding shops, to make way for re-development into a large block of flats or retail outlet.

Not only will this strip Greenwich (a World Heritage Site) of one of it's most loved attractions, it will damage tourism, and lead to the loss of 130 market stalls and 30 surrounding businesses.

The charity has already begun the process of clearing the way for development by means of dramatic rent rises for leaseholders. It has also applied pressure on leaseholders to sign contracts outside the Landlords and Tenants Act, and stipulated early break clauses.

The Market is hugely popular with locals and tourists; its demolition would rip the heart out of the centre of Greenwich. The plans should be dropped and the current Market, a treasure in today's increasingly prevalent 'clone towns', be supported.