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Six Points about Public Access & Democracy / 10 May 2015

'Votes for All' chalk text on hexagon paving at the threshold of the  stairs and ramp access at Charter Square, Sheffield on Polling Day 2015.

'Votes for All' chalk text on hexagon paving at the threshold of the stairs and ramp access at Charter Square, Sheffield on Polling Day 2015.

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For Polling Day I revisited Charter Square to hold a rememberance action.  Slogans, referencing the Chartists' Six Points, were chalked on the paving slabs.

Allthough it was built with ramps, rather than access for all adaptations being awkwardly retro-fitted, like many underpasses, it is little-used.

Charter Square is a crumbling Brutalist  development, notable for its hexagonal paving and tiling. It is a barren memorial to the Sheffield Chartists. 

The Chartists demanded the Six Points of the Charter, now considered core tenets of democracy.  

  1. SECRET BALLOT
  2. VOTES FOR ALL
  3. EQUAL VOTING AREAS
  4. PROPER POLLS
  5. NO SAFE SEATS
  6. PLEB M.P.s

 

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