Climate protesters vow to halt London action if U.K. government discusses their demands

THE JAPAN TIMES LTD | April 22, 2019

Climate change protesters who have brought parts of London to a standstill said Sunday they were prepared to call a halt if the U.K. government would discuss their demands. Some 831 arrests have been made and 42 people charged in connection with the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests. On the seventh day of the demonstrations, which have occupied key spots in the British capital, Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the protesters, telling them: “Humanity is standing at a crossroads.” Organizers said they were willing to switch tactics from disruption to dialogue if the government entered talks. “We are prepared to pause, should the government come to the negotiating table,” Extinction Rebellion spokesman James Fox told AFP. “What the pause looks like is us stopping an escalation,” he added. “We can discuss leaving if they are willing to discuss our demands. At the moment, we haven’t received a response from the government … so we’re waiting on that.” Extinction Rebellion was established last year in the U.K. by academics, and has become one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental movements.

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The applicant is interested in renovating the building and property at 1206 N. Stemmons Freeway for use as an auto and boat sales and repair facility. The property has been vacant for approximately three years. The underlying zoning allows for the proposed use subject to approval of a Special Use Permit. The applicant has prepared an Engineering Site Plan and is requesting three variances: a) to allow for driveway spacing of 10.6 feet in lieu of the 230 feet required to allow the existing driveway to remain at its current location; b) to waive the requirement to provide a deceleration lane at an existing driveway; and c) to allow the existing 12 foot by 40 foot sign to remain on the property for a maximum of five years or until TxDOT acquires the property for the I-35 expansion, whichever is earlier, with the following conditions: (1) the sign shall only be used as an onpremise sign; and (2) after expiration of this variance, the owner must come into full compliance with the City’s sign regulations, as amended. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the request by a vote of 4-0 at their meeting on June 3, 2014.

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The applicant is interested in renovating the building and property at 1206 N. Stemmons Freeway for use as an auto and boat sales and repair facility. The property has been vacant for approximately three years. The underlying zoning allows for the proposed use subject to approval of a Special Use Permit. The applicant has prepared an Engineering Site Plan and is requesting three variances: a) to allow for driveway spacing of 10.6 feet in lieu of the 230 feet required to allow the existing driveway to remain at its current location; b) to waive the requirement to provide a deceleration lane at an existing driveway; and c) to allow the existing 12 foot by 40 foot sign to remain on the property for a maximum of five years or until TxDOT acquires the property for the I-35 expansion, whichever is earlier, with the following conditions: (1) the sign shall only be used as an onpremise sign; and (2) after expiration of this variance, the owner must come into full compliance with the City’s sign regulations, as amended. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the request by a vote of 4-0 at their meeting on June 3, 2014.

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