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How many signatures are needed to get the improvements? - 6896/11488
Written by Nick on Friday, 11th April 2008
We has something like 173 last time I looked...how many do you reckon we're gonna need?
Re: How many signatures are needed to get the improvements? - 6896/11492
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 11th April 2008
It's very hard to quantify, Nick.
If we compare to a PM's petition's site where there are just under 7000 petitions currently running, we would ALREADY be in the top 10% - petition number 689 of 6893 has just 130 signatures ... and that's after just a week of a two month "campaign"
But although we based some of the elements of the site on the P.M's "petititon" page, we're actually asking people for far more statistical information, and for email addresses through which we can contact them occasionally over the next few months. So we have a tougher sell! And we're also targetting "quality" supporters and not just seeing how many names we can collect. The aim is not only to regain the service but to [color=Maroon]retain[/color] it too, after all.
We have another meeting with two of the key players at the end of this month, as a follow up to meetings at which it was suggested that we show that further local support. I would love for us to be able to show a continued signing of the page from now until then, perhaps (on petition terms) putting us into the top 5%.
Re: How many signatures are needed to get the improvements? - 6896/11540
Written by Lee on Monday, 14th April 2008
We now have over 200 signatures (link below.)
Re: How many signatures are needed to get the improvements? - 6896/11541
Written by Nick on Monday, 14th April 2008
Re: How many signatures are needed to get the improvements? - 6896/11619
Written by Lee on Thursday, 17th April 2008
We now have over 250 signatures (link below.)
Re: How many signatures are needed to get the improvements? - 6896/12029
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 30th April 2008
We now have over 350 signatures (link below.)
Re: How many signatures are needed to get the improvements? - 6896/12030
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 30th April 2008
Looking back to my earlier comparison, that would put us in the most supported 5% if we were a Prime Minsiter's petition.
But that remains a poor comparison - we've specifically set ourselves a much harder task than getting "p.m. signatures", with the extra information that we're asking for, our linited timescale, and our quest for support targetted at people who actually live and travel in the area.
The 350 is significant, yes. So is the fact that over three quarters of them live in Wiltshire ... over 90% of them "close by" if you extend to "Wiltshire and nearby counties" which are also relevant when you look at rail travellers from Frome, from Bath ...
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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.
Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.
The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.
We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.
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