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Five of the best Cambridgeshire petitions in 2018 so far

Sometimes the best way to get a burning issue across to the powers that be, is to round up other lik..

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 8, 2018

Sometimes the best way to get a burning issue across to the powers that be, is to round up other like-minded people and sign a petition.

It has been a superb year for petitions in Cambridgeshire with many being ones we all could get behind to improve the county.

Read below to learn about the petitions that cover everything from school uniforms to car free days.

Stop the Evictions of Bargee Travellers on the River Cam

The Bargee Travellers situation has been an ongoing controversy for a number of years now.

Bargees have populated the Riverside Dock for the past three decades.

However, tensions have risen since Cambridge City Council registered the freehold of the land in its name and assumed enforcement powers in 2014.

Two years later, Cambridge City Council launched a consultation procedure to evict the residents.

Riverboaters were left horrified at the decision, with the National Bargee Travellers Association slamming the council for its treatment of “ordinary working class taxpayers”, who it said had “unfairly, taken second place to the other, more privileged river users.”

The association even went as far as calling it “social cleansing”.

Cambridge City Council called for “genuine dialogue” between themselves and the Moorers, however their attempt at a “genuine consultation” was met with protests from more than 150 riverboat owners.

Two years later, whilst some evictions have occurred, not much has changed. However, an online petition calling for evictions to stop has now reached 1,500 signatures.

Aldi staff to slow down when scanning goods

Weve all been there, youve just took your weekly shop to the till at Aldi, and before you know it has been scanned.

Under normal circumstances, youd be grateful for such a speedy service , but then you realise youre not as quick as the rapid fire super scanning machines Aldi has on their tills.

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Sweat beads down your neck as you desperately try to keep up with the scanner, and a pang of dread hits when you see their inner fury as youre “that guy” who gets them written up for non performance.

In March 2018 , someone decided that Parliament should look into the issue saying: “It's a common experience now to be rushed at Aldi while cashiers launch our food items through at a rate we can't keep up with and then ask us for money while we are scrambling to organize a huge pile of food in time.

Parliament rejected the petition saying it was not something they are responsible for.

Cambridge Car Free Day Petition

This petition was created a fortnight ago, and piggybacks off the campaign for London to have a car free day in September (2018).

The basis of the petition is a series of studies which have found “40,000 people die prematurely a year from air pollution in this country”.

Car fumes have also been linked to developing asthma and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and are especially harmful to children and the elderly.

Cambridge has plenty of ways and means to cycle, so it's a bit of a shame that a petition is even needed to go car free for a day.

Cambridge North bike racks

Save Otmoor from the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway

Like most infrastructure projects, the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway has caused a real stir since it was first proposed.

The arguments for and against it are both credible. It could reduce the stress on the M25 and Birminghams motorways, which would be a major benefit to both cities.

Some of the potential routes for the "expressway"

But its difficult to see what Cambridge actually gets out of deal, except a potential “brain belt” between the two cities, and slightly better links for road haulers taking goods from the south west to Felixstowe.

Yet the consequence would be devastating to local wildlife, according to the petition and The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT).

Currently the petition to UK Parliament has more than 3,000 signatures.

Allow phasing in period for new Longsands uniform changes

Longsands Academy has been the subject of a pretty fierce dispute about changes to the schools uniform.

The schools headteacher said the change would “instil a sense of identity, pride and belonging”.

In January, the Academy launched plans for a new uniform to be rolled out in September.

Examples of the proposed new uniform at Longsands Academy

However, parents have complained that it only gives them eight months to replace their child's or childrens entire wardrobes.

Parents claim they have already shelled out up to £150 on this year's uniform, and did not know they would need to replace it so soon.

Over 700 people (approximately one third of pupils attending the school) have signed the petition to date.

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