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Supplement to the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
31 March 2006

SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF CANVEY AND OTHERS

23rd March 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Canvey and others,

Declares that we the residents of Canvey Island and surrounding areas wish to formally record our concerns regarding the lack of safe crossing points on High Road, Canvey Island for pedestrians, particularly the elderly, disabled and those with children.

The Petitioners therefore call on the House of Commons to urge the Government to impress upon Castle Point Borough Council the need to install a new pelican crossing on High Road, Canvey Island, as requested by the Member of Parliament, to improve safety for all pedestrians.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF NORTH FAMBRIDGE

28th March 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of North Fambridge,

Declares that the appeal by Orange Personal Communications Ltd at White House Farm, Ferry Road, North Fambridge, Essex for the installation of a 22m Monopole with 6 Antenna and 4 Transmission Dishes within a 6 x 6 metre compound is contrary to locally determined planning rules which includes being in a Special Landscape Area and situated between sites of National and International designated nature conservation areas. This application does not take into account the health issues highlighted by the courts and UK/World leading scientists, the residents' human rights (Protocol Article 1 "the substantive right of peaceful enjoyment of one's possession which includes one's home and other land" and Article 8 " the substantive right of respect for a person's home"), the number of children or sensitive people living nearby this proposed site, nor does the application include any response to the precautionary approach as advocated by the Stewart Report and recent Telecommunication Masts (Planning Control) Bill.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons resolves that Her Majesty's Government, as a matter of urgent public importance, freeze this application until the full implications of a Telecommunications Mast of this magnitude are known.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM SUPPORTERS OF HORNSEA COTTAGE HOSPITAL

28th March 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of supporters of Hornsea Cottage Hospital,

Declares that the Petitioners welcome the support for community hospitals in the recent Health White Paper "Our Health, Our Care, Our Say", which recognises the important role of a renewed community hospital network in delivering enhanced local care. The Petitioners are concerned by the continuing programme of cuts and closures to viable and valued community hospitals since the White Paper.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons shall urge the Department of Health to conduct a swift review of all decisions to reduce or close services.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

The House received similar Petitions on the same date from supporters of Withernsea Hospital; Beverley Westwood Hospital; Save Felixstowe Hospital; Aldeburgh Hospital; Surbiton Hospital; Sudbury Hospitals; Hartismere Hospital; Lymington Hospital; Milford-on-Sea War Memorial Hospital; Fordingbridge Hospital; Hythe Hospital; Fenwick Hospital; Thames Ditton Hospital; Molesey Hospital; Cobham and Oxshott Hospital; Walton Community Hospital; Cossham Memorial Hospital; Edenbridge War Memorial Hospital; Tonbridge Cottage Hospital; Weybridge Hospital; Penrith and Eden Community Hospital; Wigton Community Hospital; the League of Friends of Ruth Lancaster James Hospital; Brampton and District War Memorial Cottage Hospital; Bishop's Castle Community Hospital; Ludlow Community Hospital; Romsey Hospital; the Minor Injuries Unit, Buxton Cottage Hospital; Macclesfield District General Hospital; Macclesfield and Congleton District Hospitals; Newmarket Community Hospital; Mary Hewetson Hospital; Maryport Victoria Cottage Hospital League of Friends; Cockermouth Cottage Hospital; Millom Community Hospital; Workington Community Hospital; Bradford on Avon Hospital; Warminster Community Hospital; Westbury Hospital; Tetbury Hospital; Fairford Hospital; Townlands Hospital; Chipping Norton War Memorial Hospital; and Doddington Community Hospital.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM ANDREW AND JULIE WRIGHT

29th March 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of Andrew and Julie Wright,

Declares that Peterborough City Council has removed a number of children's doorstep play areas from North Bretton, against the wishes of the residents. A petition of some 347 signatures was raised over a period of two weeks, to request that the equipment was reinstated, however the City Council of Peterborough is refusing to do so. The areas removed were an important part of the community, and had been in place for over 30 years. Their value was immense with regard to community spirit and local children's daily exercise, some of whom do not have gardens of their own.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to take action to encourage the City Council of Peterborough to listen to the residents' wishes and reinstate the doorstep play equipment.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF NEWARK AND OTHERS

29th March 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Newark and others,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that the case for dualling the remainder of the A46 in Nottinghamshire is irrefutable, and that authorisation for the project is long overdue. The single carriageway road forms a dangerous bottleneck in the high speed route from the M1 at Leicester to the A1 at Newark. The Petitioners are alarmed that the Secretary of State's expressed intention to provide a speedy solution to a key problem in the strategic highway network might be thwarted.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Transport to confirm that the programme for dualling the A46 in Nottinghamshire will not be further delayed.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF WORCESTER CONSTITUENCY

29th March 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Worcester Constituency,

Declares that they disagree with the change in arrangements made for wardens of sheltered housing provided by Worcester Community Housing.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons resolve to urge Worcester Community Housing to provide a warden service that is acceptable to local people.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM SUPPORTERS OF NEWMARKET COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

29th March 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of supporters of Newmarket Community Hospital,

Declares that the Petitioners welcome the support for community hospitals in the recent Health White Paper "Our Health, Our Care, Our Say", which recognises the important role of a renewed community hospital network in delivering enhanced local care. The Petitioners are concerned by the continuing programme of cuts and closures to viable and valued community hospitals since the White Paper.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons shall urge the Department of Health to conduct a swift review of all decisions to reduce or close services.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM THE SAVEFRIARSWOODPRIMARY.COM CAMPAIGN

29th March 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the SaveFriarswoodPrimary.com Campaign,

Declares that Friarswood Primary School should not be closed based on the results of statistical projections and conjecture commissioned by Staffordshire County Council and/or its agents.

Further declares that it has a site, buildings and facilities that should be preserved for primary and special educational use for the foreseeable future.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons ask the Secretary of State for Education to recognise that Friarswood Primary School has been awarded the DfES Schools Improvement Award twice in recent years and offers tangible benefits not recognised by statistical analysis and urge her to recommend that it stay open to service the needs of the local population despite a temporary reduction in intake.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [13th March] from residents of Benfleet, Essex and others against the removal of the bus service from Tarpots, Benfleet, to Pitsea.

    The provision of local bus services outside London is a matter for bus operators and local authorities. The majority are provided on a commercial basis. Licensed operators may register the particulars of any services they can operate without subsidy. Local authorities may subsidise additional services that are not provided commercially and which they consider socially necessary. They frequently intervene to replace commercial services that have been withdrawn by operators. It is essentially a matter for individual authorities to decide which services are most appropriate for support in their respective areas.

    This statutory framework allows operators to develop the services they can run commercially in response to market demand. It also allows local authorities to subsidise services that are socially desirable but not profitable. And it encourages partnership working between local authorities and operators to improve standards.

    We understand that bus service no. 12 was registered as a commercial service by First Essex Buses Ltd. to operate approximately every half hour, Mondays to Saturdays, on a circular route terminating at Basildon Bus Station. In February 2006, the operator advised the County Council of its decision to curtail the service at Pitsea because an insufficient number of passengers were using the South Benfleet/New Thundersley section and also because of traffic congestion at the major road junction of the A13 and the A130. This was one of some 30 changes notified to Essex County Council by this operator at the time and the Council decided to support as socially necessary some 9 of these services.

    The County Council is currently carrying out a study into factors affecting bus reliability on the A13 with a view to implementing suitable traffic management measures. It has also included a major scheme in its Local Transport Plan to alleviate the congestion currently experienced at the Sadlers Farm A13/A130 junction.

    Subsequent comments from passengers persuaded the bus company to retain the first journey in the mornings at 0756 from Tarpots and the return journey at 1750 Mondays to Fridays from Basildon to cater for commuters. In addition to the no.12 journeys which were retained, the communities served previously by the no. 12 route in the South Benfleet/New Thundersley area were covered by other bus services. The Service 21 from Canvey to Southend runs at twenty minute intervals via Rushbottom Lane following the same route as far as the junction of Kents Hill road and the A13 before travelling onwards to Southend. It returns via the reverse of the outward route. It is possible to travel direct to South Benfleet railway station on this service and there are also frequent bus services along the A13 to Pitsea and Basildon. It was not felt to represent a good value for money measure for the local authority to reinstate the no.12 service which would compete for custom with existing commercial services.

27th March 2006



 
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