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Supplement to the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
13 January 2006

SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF CANVEY ISLAND

20th December 2005

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Canvey Island,

Declares that they object to the plan to build twelve flats in May Avenue (proposed development CPT/628/05/FUL). This is due to the site design and external appearance of the proposed development, including its height and bulk in relation to neighbouring properties, which is unacceptable. The Petition further declares that the impact of the development would unreasonably increase the pressure on local infrastructure, particularly roads.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to do all within its power to ensure that Castle Point Borough councillors reject the application.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF CASTLE POINT AND OTHERS

20th December 2005

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of the Castle Point area and others,

Declares that we the residents of Castle Point and surrounding areas object to the undemocratic planning process whereby officers of Castle Point Borough Council decide planning applications without councillors' input, which causes special concern when these are major planning applications and particularly planning applications for blocks of flats.

The Petitioners therefore call on the House of Commons to urge the Government to impress upon Castle Point Borough Council the need to change this undemocratic practice so major planning applications that are of concern to the public are decided by elected members in full committee in future and to explain to the council how this can be achieved.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AND OTHERS

20th December 2005

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Southend-on-Sea and others,

Declares that that bus routes 17, 23, 23a and evening service 29 in Southend-on-Sea were withdrawn in Spring 2005 and that Southend Borough Council should take steps to provide a replacement bus service for these routes.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to do all within its power to ensure that Southend Borough Council urgently makes provisions for replacement bus services on these routes. The Petitioners further request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to introduce legislation to make funds available for this purpose.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM THE CANVEY INDEPENDENT PARTY AND OTHERS

20th December 2005

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the Canvey Independent Party and others,

Declares that we the residents of Canvey Island and surrounding areas object to the closure of public toilets by Castle Point Borough Council.

The Petitioners therefore call on the House of Commons to urge the Government to impress upon Castle Point Borough Council the need to maintain public toilets.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM THE ISITFAIR COUNCIL TAX PROTEST CAMPAIGN

20th December 2005

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the Isitfair Council Tax protest campaign,

Declares that the year-on-year, inflation-busting increases in Council Tax are causing hardship to many and take no account of ability to pay; further that the proposed property revaluation and re-banding exercise will make an already flawed system even worse.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons votes to replace Council Tax with a fair and equitable tax that, without recourse to any supplementary benefit, takes into account ability to pay from disposable income. Such tax to be based on a system that is free from any geographically or politically motivated discrimination, and that clearly identifies the fiscal and managerial responsibilities of all involved parties.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

The House received further Petitions in these terms on the following dates: 20th December [two Petitions].


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM R MCQUILLAN AND OTHERS

10th January 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of R McQuillan and others,

Declares that up to 4000 council homes in Sunderland do not comply with warm air unit manufacturers instructions to installers and maintenance personnel. The Petitioners declare that compliance with codes of practice CP332, part 4, British Standard BS 58641989 and other statutory instruments relating to public safety is essential.

The Petitioners further declare that Sunderland Council, the Health and Safety Executive, British Gas, C.O.R.G.I., OFGAS and the local government ombudsman have persistently permitted the Petitioners and their families to be exposed to airborne brown asbestos dust and other abnormal levels of dust which are injurious to the Petitioners' health in their domestic environments, contrary to both European Union and Department of the Environment directives (specifically CDEP 64/29).

The Petitioners declare that Trade Unions and Trade Associations are able to protect workers through the Workers Compensation Act and the Health and Safety at Work Act, but individuals who are not employed, such as children, do not have recourse to the courts for either justice or compensation for their injuries or illnesses because access to the courts is unaffordable. The Petitioners state that lawyers cannot undertake the Petitioners' cases due to the cost and difficulty of verifying and corroborating the evidence.

The Petitioners further declare that an enforcement agency must be established to ensure public health laws are enforced. This enforcement agency must be without fear or favour, pecuniary, contractual or commercial competitive demands and their independence must not be compromised by political exigencies. The Petitioners state that self-regulation in this area does not work because of conflicting interests.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons emulate other Commonwealth countries by passing legislation which makes provision for the Petitioners to seek compensation in the civil courts from the installers and maintainers of unsafe domestic warm ducted air heating. The Petitioners further request that the House of Commons urge the Government to establish a not-for-profit, independent services commission with responsibility for the testing of domestic heating, ventilation, sanitation, electrical, gas and sewage services; and examination and licensing of all housing construction practitioners to ensure health and safety in the home.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF BRIGHTON AND OTHERS

10th January 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Brighton and others,

Declares that many have questioned the legality of pet markets and they were almost stamped out, but now the Government, through the Animal Welfare Bill, plans to lift the ban.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the UK Government to carry forward the ban on pet markets into the new Animal Welfare Bill.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [13th December] from the Redcar Business Association and the Redcar Road West Action Group in support of the expansion of Tees Port.

    Notice of an application for a Harbour Revision Order (HRO) by PD Ports plc to enable expansion of container terminal facilities at Teesport has been received by the Department for Transport. We have responded with our opinion on the scope of an Environmental Statement to accompany a formal application, expected in the Spring.

    The Department does not comment on the merits of applications for HROs ahead of announcement of a decision as to do so may be seen as prejudicial to the process. When application is made there will be the opportunity for any interested parties to make representations to the Department about the Teesport proposal.

    On the wider issue of a national ports strategy it is the Government's intention to undertake a review of port policy this year including full consultation.

9th January 2006



 
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