Author Archives: SPACE for Gosforth

Why is the Town Moor special?

In this post we look at the Environmental Impact Assessment Screening & Scoping Report ("the EIASSR") lodged as part of the planning documents for the original plans for the Blue House roundabout and Jesmond Dene Road. The EIASSR's aim was to identify the different types of environmental assessments that would have been needed had those plans gone ahead. Read more [...]

Blue House to Haddricks Mill – Comments by 21 August

  Newcastle Council have published new plans for Haddricks Mill and Blue House roundabouts. These will be major changes that will considerably alter both locations. Changes are also proposed for Jesmond Dene Road at the junction with Osborne Road. The Council's stated motivation for these schemes include safety, air quality and improving the efficiency of the roundabouts for motor vehicle traffic. All of these locations currently have high volumes of vehicle traffic and poor records Read more [...]

Important dates for East Gosforth – 13 July Ward Survey closes, 18 July Annual Priority Event

The East Gosforth online ward event survey closes this Wednesday and the East Gosforth Annual Ward Priority Event for all residents is on Monday 18 July. They will help determine how the East Gosforth ward budget of £5,630 is spent, and they're important ways to have your say for your area. Each ward in the city now has a survey and event rather than the previous system of four ward meetings per year. This new system results from recent changes to the council wards in Newcastle.  West Gosforth Read more [...]

Can protected cycle lanes be good for business?

If you were asked to name one place that's more in thrall to the car than the UK, most people would say the USA. That's why, when American cities concerned about road safety, pollution and congestion have wanted to rebalance their roads to favour healthier and less polluting alternatives, they have had to make their case in very strong terms. This has resulted in studies that show the impact of pedestrian and cycling improvements on safety as well as on travel preferences, on house prices and on Read more [...]

Station Road: SPACE meets Cllr Gallagher to discuss members’ concerns about parking plans

On Monday evening, three SPACE for Gosforth members met Councillor Henry Gallagher (who represents East Gosforth Ward) at Station Road. The meeting was organised at very short notice due to safety concerns raised by SPACE members relating to proposals for Station Road.  A member of the infrastructure team from local cycling campaign group Newcycling was also able to attend to discuss issues relating to cycling. SPACE members have concerns about these proposals however because Station Road, Read more [...]

Lots of children want to cycle to school, but hardly any do. How do we make space for child cycling in Gosforth?

Imagine you are a child waking up on Boxing Day in Gosforth - yesterday you received the most wonderful Christmas present, a beautiful, shiny new bicycle.  In your head, you are Sir Bradley Wiggins setting the hour record or Lizzie Armistead winning the rainbow jersey.  But there is one problem.  Where is there space in Gosforth for a child to ride? A generation ago it was a common sight to see children riding in the street - and many parents are still nostalgic about riding their Read more [...]

SPACE for Gosforth: A look back at 2015

For most of 2015 SPACE for Gosforth was a collection of ideas. Ideas about the sort of place we want to live, about how streets can be designed for people and made safer for everyone, about Gosforth as a destination rather than a "transport corridor" and about how we as a community of residents, friends and neighbours take responsibility, how we engage with proposed changes and ensure that we are informed about issues and understand the solutions being proposed. SPACE for Gosforth was Read more [...]

What the air pollution bear was measuring on Gosforth High Street

Members of SPACE for Gosforth were on Gosforth High Street on Saturday 17 October talking to local people and raising awareness of air pollution issues. We had with us two air quality monitors, one measuring PM2.5 and one measuring PM10. PM2.5 is the name for very fine particles (Particulate Matter) mainly produced by diesel engines that float around in the air and are so small that they penetrate deep into human lungs. Once there they can get into the blood stream, causing a variety of Read more [...]

SPACE tests the air pollution on Gosforth High Street

Air pollution has been in the news since our last post(1), with BBC Newsnight featuring worrying claims about the effect air pollution has on our brains(2). At SPACE for Gosforth we wanted to find out more about how much air pollution there is here. We are not aware of anyone monitoring levels of pollution on Gosforth High Street so we brought an air pollution monitor there today to try to find out what pollutants Saturday shoppers are exposed to. Watch out for our report on our findings Read more [...]

20 mph – the right speed for Gosforth’s children

If we want the High Street to thrive as a family destination and the businesses to prosper, then we need to make the High Street a safe environment where parents are happy to window shop with their children.  A 20 mph limit from Salters Road to the Town Moor would be the first step in making Gosforth High Street as family friendly as its businesses. The sheer quantity and quality of destinations for children on and around Gosforth High Street is amazing. There are places children regularly Read more [...]