"No one wants to sit in Village Halls listening to random and abstract procedural votes waiting for the one issue to come up that you care about. The little secret is that none of the Councillors really likes it either, but it's better than any other version of Democracy, and that's how local issues are worked through."
SixPAC wants to give anyone with a computer, smartphone, or tablet the opportunity to participate whether online or in person at meetings.
- SixPAC aims to help you understand the problems before someone has already made it permanent.
- SixPAC aims to provide bespoke graphics, and weatherproof posters to anybody for their village. Roadside signage is absolutely essential to get your neighbours talking and alert the press to the story they didn't even know they should have written.
- SixPAC aims to give you the tools you need to connect directly with decision makers. Both to praise the good and berate the bad, but make your voices heard.
- SixPAC is biased, but it's non-partisan. If it's for the good of the community, we can all work together.
New protest banners will be arriving this week, hopefully just in time to spark off some lively chats with your neighbours.
Send the scourge on it's way ...
Stop Viridor ...
Stop Viridor's HGVs ...
All these banners are 180cm x 29cm and available from SixPAC unrolled for your protest in person or on wood as a permanent lawn statement.
Fighting back has never been easy. Fighting apathy even moreso. If you want to protest an injustice without leaving the comfort of your own home, these signs are for you.
Imagine reaching thousands of people every day for practically nothing?
SixPAC signage is availible to purchase directly from us - Get the most cost effective roadside protest anywhere!
58cm x 68cm is the perfect size for legibility and impact - All graphics are printed on waterproof, UV resistant heavyweight vinyl and delivered to your door in a protective tube.
SixPAC believes that the British countryside is beautiful to look at, but it needs to be fit for people to live in as well as.
The number one threat to anyone living in the country is the ever increasing size of vehicles being funnelled down narrow country lanes by sat-nav companies. The accompanying levels of danger to the residents from accidental squishing, deafening noise and cumulative pollution has become the acceptable level of collateral damage.
It's particularly bad in the Six Pilgrims area, between the lights at Lydford-on-Fosse to the bridge at Castle Cary. The B3153 should be renamed the "A37 Wraxall relief road" because it's been operating as a private motorway for HGV traffic for years.
This situation has been allowed to escallate and remained unhecked because there's no mechanism for reigning it in.
Central Government isn't in the business of building roads, they're in the business of altering the legislation or raising the bar so they aren't required to do anything.
We've now reached the point where it's almost impossible to reach a level of noise or pollution that would trigger the Environmental Protection Agency to reject any planning application on the grounds of noise or pollution!
The system has been fixed legally so that you'd need to strap the equivalent of a portable jet engine to your headboard and have it take off at random intervals of less than 8 seconds throughout the night for at least 5 years. - I jest a little. But not by much.
Apathy is not the answer, no one should be the willing victim of another's self-interest. It's not up to someone else to do something, we need to start protecting ourselves.
SixPAC believes that the British countryside needs protecting from unhepful development by encouraging joined up thinking from all departments.
- It seems just about everyone is upset by what's going wrong with the way planning issues are handled, but no one seems to do anything because powerlessness is integral to the system.
- It seems almost crazy that a single uninformed opinion from an official source can be continually cited as an excuse for doing something else entirely unethical. We need to introduce ethics back into decision-making. It's not a case of can it be done, but should it be done.
- It's astonishing that each layer of democracy can be over-ridden by a later heirarchy if the aims of the upper group's aims don't line up. For all the work done to appear impartial, there's nothing impartial about ignoring the wishes of everyone else.
- It's bizare that a report can be cited as cast iron gospel in one situation and treated as an advisory in another. Arbitrary is unacceptable. We need to decide that the reports are reliable or stop commisioning them. Or have a process that scrutinises the reports if they are used.
- It is actually crazy to compartmentalise decisions and reduce checks and balances to a series of checkboxes to be uses as cover for subsequent dysfunctional actions.
However, I think the number one threat is a lack of public participation is when and where meetings are held to discuss issues that affect all our lives. How can anyone who works get to a meeting in Taunton? So who gets to speak for everyone - Retirees on fixed incomes who can't afford to get there or pre-school kids? It's seriously undermining the public's right to be consulted if the representation is being deliberately reduced - What needs to happen is decision-makers need to convene where the people are. Village Halls after 6pm so at least the demographic base of opinion would reflect reality more closely.
What seems clear to me is that there are no legitimate avenues to fight injustice left because they've have been deliberately eroded. The public fight tooth and nail with massive costs to their mental health and personal wealth on a deeply emotional level which holds little sway in the deliberative process. The rich developers and wealthy businesses can afford to buy in experts - Professionals, who have no interest in truth, just winning the case through relying on every aspect of the law. They don't even have to address other people's concerns. They gamble that if they drag it out for long enough, everyone will lose interest and they'll never have to think about money again.
- Is there anything that prevents applicants from resubmitting their applications hundreds of times to deliberatlely game the system and waste thousands of man hours?
- Is there any reason a wealthy individual can tie up planning departments for years without facing any repercussions?
- Is there any way an applicant can be forced to reimburse local Councils if their half dozen public meetings, regular appeals, and appeals of the appeal are ultimately unsuccessful?
- Is there any way that developers who win approval for applications that are detrimental to individuals and communities can be forced to compensate their victims?
The answer is NO.
Historically this situation exists today because only certain people had rights. When only landowners could vote, they only voted for themselves and they only wrote laws to benefit themselves.