Momentum is gathering behind the petition launched by swindonlink to save the Mechanics Institute on the Prime Minister's web site.
As of 22 May there are 306 signatures, ranking it 25th among 336 petitions relating to life in the community.
Signing the petition is a chance to make a real difference and to break the deadlock with the present owner, Matthew Singh, whose plans to build a glass and brick hotel tower on Swindon's most important, yet shamefully derelict, heritage building have so far come to nothing.
With four new hotels planned for the town centre over the next few years, the problems for Mr Singh's scheme are mounting.
The New Mechanics' Trust wants to reclaim the 150 year old building and return it to its original use as a community and cultural centre. The Trust has obtained Listed Building Planning Consent which Mr Singh has not. Without it he will not get his proposals past English Heritage.
The Trust is calling on the Prime Minister to help them to restore the building to the people by issuing a repairs' notice and ultimately a compulsory purchase order.
Representatives of the Trust met North Swindon MP Michael Wills at the House of Commons in March to present a dossier explaining why commercial development is not viable. It goes on to make the case for serious consideration of the Trust's plans for this important building.
The petition runs until 30 July, the date of the Childrens' Fete, the traditional summer party organised by the Mechanics' for about 90 years from the 1850s for the children of Swindon. This traditional event was revived by the New Mechanics Institute Trust in 2000.
Everyone who signs it will receive an email from the PMs office detailing the Government's response.
Gordon Brown will take over the PM's chair in June. Can you help make the Mechanics' petition the first item in his in-tray? Add your signature at: