Reversing the Classification of Tortoises as wild animals

I would like the classification of tortoises as wild animals to be reversed. There is a wonderful place in Cornwall run by a retired couple who rescue tortoises. They look after around 400 at a time every single day of the year.

The council have said they now need to get a zoo licence because tortoises are classed as wild animals. This of course is massively expensive and they would have to shut down as they are a non profit organisation.

Why is this idea important?

I would like the classification of tortoises as wild animals to be reversed. There is a wonderful place in Cornwall run by a retired couple who rescue tortoises. They look after around 400 at a time every single day of the year.

The council have said they now need to get a zoo licence because tortoises are classed as wild animals. This of course is massively expensive and they would have to shut down as they are a non profit organisation.

Speeding up good planning decisions

If Statutory consultees do not respond to formal consultation within the set deadline (usually 21 days), the opportunity to comment should be lost. Holding objections should only be acceptable within this deadline if they make clear in what respects there are outstanding concerns, so that applicants can remedy them without delay.

Why is this idea important?

If Statutory consultees do not respond to formal consultation within the set deadline (usually 21 days), the opportunity to comment should be lost. Holding objections should only be acceptable within this deadline if they make clear in what respects there are outstanding concerns, so that applicants can remedy them without delay.

Rethink Local Authority Model Code of Conduct Order 2007

At present the LA Model Code of Conduct gags local democracy in two ways:

it prohibits local representatives from expressing their views in council if they have already given an opinion on the subject in public,

it prevents those with an interest in a topic – and therefore often those the best knowledge of the topic – from voting or speaking on it.

The net result is that decisions are often arbitrary to those who have any knowledge of the subject and the reasons for them are not clear.

There appears to be no equivalent at national government level.

 

Why is this idea important?

At present the LA Model Code of Conduct gags local democracy in two ways:

it prohibits local representatives from expressing their views in council if they have already given an opinion on the subject in public,

it prevents those with an interest in a topic – and therefore often those the best knowledge of the topic – from voting or speaking on it.

The net result is that decisions are often arbitrary to those who have any knowledge of the subject and the reasons for them are not clear.

There appears to be no equivalent at national government level.

 

Wheel Clamping – Repeal Ban Before it damages the government and the people

The only action the government need s to take is putting a nationally recommended cap on the maximum amount chargeable and making the clampers contribute to an adjudication body in the event of complaints. This would, arguably, be little different to the suffessfully operated mechanism by which the national minimum wage is run.

 

Why is this idea important?

The only action the government need s to take is putting a nationally recommended cap on the maximum amount chargeable and making the clampers contribute to an adjudication body in the event of complaints. This would, arguably, be little different to the suffessfully operated mechanism by which the national minimum wage is run.

 

GREEN BELT (POLICY CHANGES NEEDED)

i am not here advocating the abolition of green belt but a change in attitude and policy towards it.

i think that green belt has been and is a force for good but has become detached from its origins and is now a sacred temple in the minds of people and that of the planning authorities.

BUT THE FACT IS ITS NOT A SACRED TEMPLE . its just beautifull trees and fields and lakes just like the rest of the countryside.absurd policy and attitude need to be removed and replaced with a more reasonable flexible national policy towards development in the greenbelt. i site a few examples of the absurdity of current policy.

  • if i wanted to build a 20.000sq ft agricultural building say 12 meters high….then that would not be  inappropriate development in green belt and likley approval would be given.
  • now if i wanted to sell a few small garden orniments in my garden now that is inappropriate developement in green belt and would significantly detract from the openess of the green belt. (according to stafford borough council) and approval was not given. although i do have a lot of garden orniments around my garden and thats fine(according to stafford borough council)
  • if my neighbour wanted a small bathing pool in her rear garden then that is inappropriate develpment in greenbelt which significantly detracts from the openness of green belt and conflicts with guidance contained in ppg2 greenbelts . (according to stafford borough council) and after two years of fighting it was eventually passed by the planning inspectorate. so now my neighbour ( who incidentally lives next door to a 10.000sq ft warehouse which is also in greenbelt) now has a pool in her garden which ""significantly detracts from the openness of greenbelt and conflicts with ppg2 national policy but has been allowed by the planning inspectorate.
  • 500 meters away from me and my neighbour we have a 1.000.000m sq ft factory which has been there for sixty years and is a massive complex of buildings and concrete lorry parks……the former creda factory and before that a factory for bomber aircraft production and next to that is another 20.000 sq ft warehouse……both in the green belt. but how can all this warehousing and huge factory not be inappropriate developement and not be a significant detraction from the openness of green belt? 

THIS BRINGS ME TO MY OTHER POINT yes those factorys were built before the greenbelt designation came in to being but its not the point….how can a 1.000.000sq ft of a concrete factory complexe be green belt.??……..its absurd……GREEN SHOULD MEAN GREEN

mr eric pickles please read this and get some reasonablness into planning policy and throw away these absurd green belt policies and replace them with ones that protect the countryside but allows non damaging development to take place.

Why is this idea important?

i am not here advocating the abolition of green belt but a change in attitude and policy towards it.

i think that green belt has been and is a force for good but has become detached from its origins and is now a sacred temple in the minds of people and that of the planning authorities.

BUT THE FACT IS ITS NOT A SACRED TEMPLE . its just beautifull trees and fields and lakes just like the rest of the countryside.absurd policy and attitude need to be removed and replaced with a more reasonable flexible national policy towards development in the greenbelt. i site a few examples of the absurdity of current policy.

  • if i wanted to build a 20.000sq ft agricultural building say 12 meters high….then that would not be  inappropriate development in green belt and likley approval would be given.
  • now if i wanted to sell a few small garden orniments in my garden now that is inappropriate developement in green belt and would significantly detract from the openess of the green belt. (according to stafford borough council) and approval was not given. although i do have a lot of garden orniments around my garden and thats fine(according to stafford borough council)
  • if my neighbour wanted a small bathing pool in her rear garden then that is inappropriate develpment in greenbelt which significantly detracts from the openness of green belt and conflicts with guidance contained in ppg2 greenbelts . (according to stafford borough council) and after two years of fighting it was eventually passed by the planning inspectorate. so now my neighbour ( who incidentally lives next door to a 10.000sq ft warehouse which is also in greenbelt) now has a pool in her garden which ""significantly detracts from the openness of greenbelt and conflicts with ppg2 national policy but has been allowed by the planning inspectorate.
  • 500 meters away from me and my neighbour we have a 1.000.000m sq ft factory which has been there for sixty years and is a massive complex of buildings and concrete lorry parks……the former creda factory and before that a factory for bomber aircraft production and next to that is another 20.000 sq ft warehouse……both in the green belt. but how can all this warehousing and huge factory not be inappropriate developement and not be a significant detraction from the openness of green belt? 

THIS BRINGS ME TO MY OTHER POINT yes those factorys were built before the greenbelt designation came in to being but its not the point….how can a 1.000.000sq ft of a concrete factory complexe be green belt.??……..its absurd……GREEN SHOULD MEAN GREEN

mr eric pickles please read this and get some reasonablness into planning policy and throw away these absurd green belt policies and replace them with ones that protect the countryside but allows non damaging development to take place.

Making the litter creators pay

We live ona  small, densley populated island that is drowning under a sea of litter often created by waste from foreign owned big businesses selling take out food that adds to the nation's health problems and therefore everyone's NI contributions. They should be made to pay for the litter they create and for clearing it up.

Fast food and take out food companies should pay a specific tax in relation to their size and profits. this money should be directly used to pay for more litter bins, employ more refuse staff, employ landscape gardeners to make cities where they are situated more attractive.

Those people who would be employed as a result would be paying tax therefore contributing to the economy and not being paid for doing notjhing and unemployed. Their contribution would also generate exptra income for the NHS to help pay for obesity treatment caused by the fast food and take out companies junk food.

Why is this idea important?

We live ona  small, densley populated island that is drowning under a sea of litter often created by waste from foreign owned big businesses selling take out food that adds to the nation's health problems and therefore everyone's NI contributions. They should be made to pay for the litter they create and for clearing it up.

Fast food and take out food companies should pay a specific tax in relation to their size and profits. this money should be directly used to pay for more litter bins, employ more refuse staff, employ landscape gardeners to make cities where they are situated more attractive.

Those people who would be employed as a result would be paying tax therefore contributing to the economy and not being paid for doing notjhing and unemployed. Their contribution would also generate exptra income for the NHS to help pay for obesity treatment caused by the fast food and take out companies junk food.

Conflict between mooring and fishing area licences.

Crown Estates licence areas for moorings and another department (DEFRA?) licence areas for fishing.  It appears there is no consultation between departments and licences are granted for different use of the same area of sea bed and conflict of use occurs.  This leads to bad feeling and potentially dangerous situations.

Why is this idea important?

Crown Estates licence areas for moorings and another department (DEFRA?) licence areas for fishing.  It appears there is no consultation between departments and licences are granted for different use of the same area of sea bed and conflict of use occurs.  This leads to bad feeling and potentially dangerous situations.

Remove the 40mph rule for lorries

The rule that restricts most lorries from driving at more than 40 mph on non-dual carraigeway roads is presumably there in an attempt to increase safety, but is actually positively dangerous, and should be repealed.

Why is this idea important?

The rule that restricts most lorries from driving at more than 40 mph on non-dual carraigeway roads is presumably there in an attempt to increase safety, but is actually positively dangerous, and should be repealed.

Cutting NHS bills

There are some drugs that people need to take for life such as Thyroxine.  This entitles the patient to free drugs, but why should ALL their prescriptions for ALL other drugs also be free?

surely, they should pay for other precriptions for other, unrelated health problems?

Why is this idea important?

There are some drugs that people need to take for life such as Thyroxine.  This entitles the patient to free drugs, but why should ALL their prescriptions for ALL other drugs also be free?

surely, they should pay for other precriptions for other, unrelated health problems?

Repeal European Communities Act 1972 and subsequent EU Acts

To restore the UK to an independent nation state and save £7.6billion p.a by repealing the European Communities Act 1972 and subsequent EU Acts  enabling us to leave the European Union as soon as possible.

Why is this idea important?

To restore the UK to an independent nation state and save £7.6billion p.a by repealing the European Communities Act 1972 and subsequent EU Acts  enabling us to leave the European Union as soon as possible.

Cut the number of mp’s

Cut the Number of MP'S by 25%

We have to many mp's (europain/scottish/welsh/British/house of lords) alot with duplicated roles.

By cutting the number of MP'S you also cut exspenes and pensions.

Why is this idea important?

Cut the Number of MP'S by 25%

We have to many mp's (europain/scottish/welsh/British/house of lords) alot with duplicated roles.

By cutting the number of MP'S you also cut exspenes and pensions.

National no car day

This goverment should introduce a national no car day,all cars should be baned from our roads for one day every year say christmas day, and our motorways and main roads should be opened up to dog walkers and bicycles,

Why is this idea important?

This goverment should introduce a national no car day,all cars should be baned from our roads for one day every year say christmas day, and our motorways and main roads should be opened up to dog walkers and bicycles,

22% of Charity money going to Charity

HI Their,

I just wanted to draw the attention on 22% of the charity money that the charities deduct saying as administration fees. I think this is utterly wrong and it put me off from doing charity. Charity has to be volunteer and should not be looked upon as a business or carrier. 

A Simple Example how i was put of from donating even one pound a month is one day a guy walked into my work place and asked me to help a boy in africa get clean water. He said it can be done by giving just £1 a month. I just asked him out of this pound how much money goes to africa he told me 78p goes to africa an 22p is deducted  as administration costs.

It was about this£1 very small amount but imagine this Charity would be Raising 1 Million Pounds in charity and Simply keeping £220,000 with them as adminstartion cost.

I think charities have to work voluntarly and they should not deduct any money from the charity money given by any induvidual. 

Everyone involved in the charity business should just work as a volunteer and not take any money. Even the companies invoved like the money exchange comapny, The Banks, The business providing the materials should be free and should not incurr any costs.

I am sorry if anyone is offened but i think if we make it more clearer it will encourage more pleople like me to do some charity.

Regards to everyone. 

Why is this idea important?

HI Their,

I just wanted to draw the attention on 22% of the charity money that the charities deduct saying as administration fees. I think this is utterly wrong and it put me off from doing charity. Charity has to be volunteer and should not be looked upon as a business or carrier. 

A Simple Example how i was put of from donating even one pound a month is one day a guy walked into my work place and asked me to help a boy in africa get clean water. He said it can be done by giving just £1 a month. I just asked him out of this pound how much money goes to africa he told me 78p goes to africa an 22p is deducted  as administration costs.

It was about this£1 very small amount but imagine this Charity would be Raising 1 Million Pounds in charity and Simply keeping £220,000 with them as adminstartion cost.

I think charities have to work voluntarly and they should not deduct any money from the charity money given by any induvidual. 

Everyone involved in the charity business should just work as a volunteer and not take any money. Even the companies invoved like the money exchange comapny, The Banks, The business providing the materials should be free and should not incurr any costs.

I am sorry if anyone is offened but i think if we make it more clearer it will encourage more pleople like me to do some charity.

Regards to everyone. 

Don’t scrap clamping on private land, regulate it and the release fees

Regulate clamping companies and release fees and/or strengthen private PCN's and put them on the same footing as local authority parking charge notices (i.e. criminal not civil law).

Why is this idea important?

Regulate clamping companies and release fees and/or strengthen private PCN's and put them on the same footing as local authority parking charge notices (i.e. criminal not civil law).

Tail docking in dogs

The present law regarding the docking of dog's tail should be repealed. The process is a simple one when carried out on pups just a few days old, it is a sensible insurance against later tail damage which in an adult dog is a serious and painful injury, with amputation requiring general anaesthetic  and causing the dog real suffering. How many might suffer this injury? Does it matter?  We are talking about the prevention of suffering.

The people who want this law repealed are the ones who care most about dogs and who are the ones least likely to tolerate any ill treatment or suffering. Listen to them.

The people who were responsible for the introduction of the law in all probability are well intentioned but perhaps too easily influenced by the emotive language used by the anti docking brigade. I would also suggest that none of them have ever been present at a docking, nor have they seen an adult dog with a damaged undocked tail. 

Why is this idea important?

The present law regarding the docking of dog's tail should be repealed. The process is a simple one when carried out on pups just a few days old, it is a sensible insurance against later tail damage which in an adult dog is a serious and painful injury, with amputation requiring general anaesthetic  and causing the dog real suffering. How many might suffer this injury? Does it matter?  We are talking about the prevention of suffering.

The people who want this law repealed are the ones who care most about dogs and who are the ones least likely to tolerate any ill treatment or suffering. Listen to them.

The people who were responsible for the introduction of the law in all probability are well intentioned but perhaps too easily influenced by the emotive language used by the anti docking brigade. I would also suggest that none of them have ever been present at a docking, nor have they seen an adult dog with a damaged undocked tail. 

seizing & killing dogs because of their breed

this law needs to be repealed – it doesn't get rid of dangerous dogs those are created by "dangerous" and stupid people. Seizing dogs because someone has decided that their breed is dangerous across the board is illogical and has been proved to be so. We have a boarding kennels and see many breeds of dogs and like the human race you can alays fins a "bad" one occasionally but mostly any bad behaviour is due to the actions of their owners and once shown can be rectified.   

Why is this idea important?

this law needs to be repealed – it doesn't get rid of dangerous dogs those are created by "dangerous" and stupid people. Seizing dogs because someone has decided that their breed is dangerous across the board is illogical and has been proved to be so. We have a boarding kennels and see many breeds of dogs and like the human race you can alays fins a "bad" one occasionally but mostly any bad behaviour is due to the actions of their owners and once shown can be rectified.   

amend the smoking ban

the smoking ban is quite absurd when you consider aspects of it.for instance it was largely down to anti smoking loonys saying things like my hair and clothes stink of smoke ,yet a lot of these nutters drive cars, my question here is who will listen to me if i complain that i object to car fumes and since there is a smoking ban why in the name of logic is there not a car ban?you people cannot have your cake and eat it

Why is this idea important?

the smoking ban is quite absurd when you consider aspects of it.for instance it was largely down to anti smoking loonys saying things like my hair and clothes stink of smoke ,yet a lot of these nutters drive cars, my question here is who will listen to me if i complain that i object to car fumes and since there is a smoking ban why in the name of logic is there not a car ban?you people cannot have your cake and eat it

de-criminalisation of sex industry

At present the sex industry operates outside and on the margins of the law. It operates "underground" and is largely run by gangsters. Sex workers are in a very vulnerable position and receive little protection. Girls are trafficked in to this country by gangs and are used as sex slaves – this awful situation could be eradicated if Prositution was be de-criminalised and a licensing system introduced instead. Sex workers would have to operate discreetly in certain areas. They should have to receive regular health check-ups and also pay taxes like the rest of us.

 

Why is this idea important?

At present the sex industry operates outside and on the margins of the law. It operates "underground" and is largely run by gangsters. Sex workers are in a very vulnerable position and receive little protection. Girls are trafficked in to this country by gangs and are used as sex slaves – this awful situation could be eradicated if Prositution was be de-criminalised and a licensing system introduced instead. Sex workers would have to operate discreetly in certain areas. They should have to receive regular health check-ups and also pay taxes like the rest of us.

 

criminalization of dustbins

Completely get rid of the law that says you are a criminal if you overfill your dustbin. Its a carry on film come to life. If sufficient materials were recycled the amount of waste thrown into expensive land fill facilities would fall dramaticly.The government that can even think of such heavy handed methods is scary. I'm glad they didn't apply the same logic to birth control.

People dont WANT so much rubbish that there is nowhere to put it.

It makes far more sense to administer the same law to county councils that fail to meet recycling targets.Should a county fail to recycle or collect rubbish efficiently then surely the CEO is liable. Criminalise them and i suspect the system would be much improved.

Why is this idea important?

Completely get rid of the law that says you are a criminal if you overfill your dustbin. Its a carry on film come to life. If sufficient materials were recycled the amount of waste thrown into expensive land fill facilities would fall dramaticly.The government that can even think of such heavy handed methods is scary. I'm glad they didn't apply the same logic to birth control.

People dont WANT so much rubbish that there is nowhere to put it.

It makes far more sense to administer the same law to county councils that fail to meet recycling targets.Should a county fail to recycle or collect rubbish efficiently then surely the CEO is liable. Criminalise them and i suspect the system would be much improved.