We back the petition to make sure Art & Soul Traders stay at The Lodge in Victoria Park, but don't let the Tories off the hook with a petition rule! Make sure YOUR signature counts.
Portsmouth Liberal Democrats support everyone working to save Art & Soul Traders run by Mark Lewis from The Lodge in Victoria Park, for all the great reasons described on the change.org petition, seeking to get the Conservative-run City Council to reverse its decision to discontinue Art & Soul Traders use of The Lodge; however our enquiries with Portsmouth City Council Democratic Services show the likelihood of the Administration accepting a change.org petition is not clear.
The advice from the Council says: "Whilst Change.org has been used in the past, they refuse to provide us with details of "signatories" under the premise of data protection, which for our purposes means we are unable to verify them."
If the council can't verify the signatures then they won't count. To help we are running the same words of the petition to ensure the matter can be considered once over 1000 signatures from Portsmouth City actresses have been added. Sadly we know the Conservatives will use all the rules to make sure important issues are not debated.
If you have already signed the change.org petition, then please do also sign this as well. We collect details that are able to verify the signature under Council rules and they petitions from us this way. Make sure your voice counts by signing here as well.