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Leicester Civic Society are objecting to this application, which if passed would ruin the character of this historic part of Leicester, a haven for wildlife.
Objections by e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Mr. Sam Peppin Vaughan.
The deadline for this is 23rd February 2011, ready for the Planning Committee meeting on 21st March.
Objections to this planning application include
- Noise and light pollution.
- Increased traffic on local roads.
- Flood risk.
- Adverse impact on setting of medieval Aylestone Old Bridge.
- Unsustainable (By the standards set out by Sport England! This is significant, as the planning application concerns a sports development on the site.
- Poor design.
- Counter to the Core Strategy of the Local Development Framework (Local Plan).
- Major threat to wildlife by irreversible damage to Aylestone Meadows Nature Reserve – arguably the most powerful reason for objections.
For more details, please see the
Leicester Civic Society web site.
Ideally, join the Society and ask for a copy of the 9-page objection letter that they have prepared.
And, please, if you haven’t already,
sign the e-petition on the Leicester City Council web site. We need a lot more signatures for this to ensure a realistic impact.
For those who live in the Leicester South constituency, please also contact your MP,
Peter Soulsby at House of Commons, London SW1.
You may also be interested in these Facebook pages
Save the Aylestone Meadows
Aylestone Meadows Appreciation Society
Aylestone Meadows – Leicester Civic Society page
Sorry I’ve been so slow in carrying this item. I’m sure any support you can give will still be appreciated.
Wayfinder Access Campaign Update
Saturday, 27 March, 2010 17:52
“Wayfinder Access Protest Petition”
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You recently signed the Wayfinder Access Protest petition, expressing your support for our campaign to save or provide a comparable alternative to this GPS navigation solution which enables thousands of blind pedestrians to find their way and was unexpectedly discontinued by Vodafone.
Firstly we would like to thank you for your signature. Thanks to your efforts in signing and promoting our campaignwe are at over 2000 signatures, a great accomplishment! Vodafone acknowledged our campaign and negotiations are ongoing, more on that below.
To strengthen the voice of blind GPS users and ensure Wayfinder Access remains usable by it’s current users for some time, we need your ongoing help to increase the number of signatures more than ever! So if you haven’t done so, please send the link to our site, http://www.talknav.com/protest, to your family, friends and other acquaintances! It’s also very important that media and blindness related organisations in all countries learn about our campaign, so please send them the link as well!
In the international signature number competition it’s getting really interesting… most signers are from the UK, congratulations you’ve passed the US! But don’t sit back… I’m sure you Americans will make sure you get it bigger again! Below the US Germany has finally passed the Netherlands, congratulations but just as on the football field the Dutch will no doubt score a lot of signatures soon to beat Germany! 5 South Africa / 7 India, you are hit hardest by WFA’s discontinuation because there is absolutely no alternative in your countries, so please make sure to show this in your signature count – you’re both under 100, I’m sure you can do better! 6 France is also under 100… alors montez votre grandeur! And in all those countries below 7th place there’s a lot more potential as well… please get signatures and get your country in the top 7 signature sources next time!
Future of the campaign
Due to the nature of the campaign and the progress that has been made to date, a number of changes need to be made to our cause and what exactly we are seeking from Vodafone. We originally set out with three key goals:
1. To ask Vodafone why they cancelled Access without warning
2. To ask them for an assurance concerning existing license holders rights
3. To enquire as to the possibilities of a third party developer taking over Access.
As we have been informed directly and through media releases by Vodafone we now are able to answer some of these points and thus change our strategy as follows.
Vodafone are pulling out of the Wayfinder service completely as a result of market forces, with the advent of free vehicular navigation solutions from the likes of Google and Nokia. Wayfinder which needs considerable investment, just isn’t a viable product range for Vodafone.
So this is why Access has been discontinued and is facing complete shut down in the coming months. Vodafone cannot make a profit on the overall Wayfinder platform that it runs on. So Access, to coin the phrase, is the baby being thrown out with the bath water.
So this answers our point one, as to our other specific goals here is where we now stand.
Wayfinder and Vodafone through direct conversation with us and media discussions on BBC radio etc have confirmed their intentions to shelve the entire Wayfinder product range. They stress that they are sympathetic to our needs and concerns and state that they are working towards potentially offering some sort of resolution package for Wayfinder Access users.
What this translates into nearer to the time we cannot say for certain. What we can tell you is that what is being discussed is;
A) A full or prorated refund to existing Wayfinder Access life-time license holders,
B) To enter into some sort of exchange program, where Vodafone exchanges Access licenses for an alternative accessible GPS product. The details of this are very much up in the air and no commitment to this has been given yet.
C) The possibility of providing a third party with the source code and necessary information to take over the Access project.
D) Other options to which they’ll not at this time discuss.
So we have now our goals 1 and 3 answered; Vodafone cannot make money out of Wayfinder so it’s being shut down, and they are considering at this time permitting a third party organization to take over Access.
So what about goal 2; Vodafone have used plenty of lip service towards this one, we’ve had assurances and more assurances, but what this translates into down the road no-one knows. In today’s commercial environment phrases like “Social Responsibility” have significant measure and with license holders having life-time rights to Access Vodafone surely have both an ethical and legal obligation towards Access users, but quite how far this translates into a helpful resolution is yet to be seen.
So where does this leave our campaign?
Now more than ever it’s essential that we keep signatures coming to our campaign petition, we need to show Vodafone that this is a real and believed in cause, and that by not acting there is a significant risk of damage to their corporate image as well as legal ramifications.
We also want them to be certain that whatever solution they are considering that we, the users, are kept informed and have a say. We are aware, as Vodafone have informed us that they are talking with multiple parties. We ask Vodafone to consider, as we are not told who these parties are, please be sure to consider our views, the users. If the other parties to whom they are discussing our product with get to make a choice on our behalf this may prove not to be in our best interests.
For now the only thing we can do is keep the pressure on, so please keep signing, ask all who you know to review our campaign and sign in favour of accessible technology for all.
the campaign team Neil Barnfather
Tim in ‘t Veld
Coming up at CSUN – NFB – preview of some things to expect from this year’s CSUN in San Diego, Calif. You can also listen to
Podcast #79: CSUN 2010 Preview – Web Axe – Practical Web Design Accessibility Tips
Download – Web Accessibility Inspector : FUJITSU – free software for evaluating web sites.
Get A Free Chapter of My Assistive Tech Book – author Suzanne Robitaille offers a chapter of her book, " The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology and Devices"
Keyboard Helpers – using keyboard shortcuts, if you don’t already.
Lighthouse International – Vision Simulator – get an idea of what visually impaired people see.
Microsoft Showcases Assistive Technology for Seniors – BusinessWeek – Microsoft and the City of New York collaborate to provide services to housbound seniors.
NLS DTBM Firmware – updating your NLS player – why and how.
NoSquint: Firefox Extension – override the fonts, colours and zoom levls on web sites.
Opera: Tutorial – Use Opera without a mouse – well, you already have to use it without a screen reader, so why not?
Question Time: Accessibility – here, you’re invited to leave your comments about what accessibility means to you.
Quillsoft – WordQ writing software and SpeakQ speech recognition – help with writing includes predictive text and speech feedback.
Radiator Develops Tabasco eCommerce Management System to Spice up Client Website Performance – sites built with this Scottish company’s Tabasco system are claimed to be accessible and cross-browser compatible.
Scanners to help blind in kitchen – Swiss Union for the Blind will be selling a speaking barcode reader that can identify 50,000 items. There are other barcode readers available.
Skype Talking « Mystic Place Blog and Podcast – this is a speech program that can work alongside your screen reader to monitor all those status changes and chats that the screen reader finds hard to follow.
Skype Talking Web Site
Teenager Creates Search Engine Defined By Font Size Capabilities « EyeInfo’s Blog – Germantown, MD, teenager Sunmee Huh launched a search engine,
Good50, ideal for seniors and young children.
Washington Assistive Technology Act Program for Washington State residents of all ages.