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Online petitions are just monkey-work

On a trawl through the Downing Street website, Astragal was tempted to sign the ‘let the monkeys of Britain roam as long as they don't harm a human being’ E-petition ( However, he thought his much-coveted signature would carry more weight in relation to the issues affecting the built environment.

But he found little of worth to put his name to. Admittedly, the petition to save Owen Luder’s ‘Get Carter’ car park in Gateshead almost enticed him to join the masses pitched against the anti-Brutalist bastards. But with only 15 signatories to date, Astragal thought it was a waste of a left-click.

Even less popular campaigns include the petition to scrap the current London Olympic stadium design by HOK Sport (, five signatories) and a bid to list all remaining football stands by Archibald Leitch (, three signatories).

Other Astragal favorites on the government website are petitions ‘to halt the current policy toward the creation of a Panopticon society’ ( and the campaign ‘to display vehicle speeds in the immediate vicinity of listed buildings’ (

Nevertheless, one petition is ticking along nicely – the independent bid to save the ‘landmark Tinsley Cooling towers’ in Sheffield ( Nearly 4,500 supporters have signed up so far. Unfortunately it’s likely to end in tears. Landowner E.ON is expected to demolish them in Spring. Perhaps Astragal will have better luck with those monkeys…

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