Author Archives: SPACE for Gosforth

The Case for Healthy Streets

On 12 April, six days before the General Election was announced, the Evening Standard published an article quoting Theresa May stating that toxic air pollution is the fourth biggest public health risk behind cancer, obesity and heart disease. While there are multiple causes for each of these public health risks, we can dramatically reduce the impact of all these risks - and more - by changing how we travel. Read more [...]

National Walking Month – May 2017

The month of May is Living Streets National Walking Month and with your help we want to build a map of all the different ways in which the streets of Gosforth could be made better for walking. If you know of somewhere in or around Gosforth that could be improved for walking please tell us via the comments section. We will add your ideas to our interactive map over the course of the month. Read more [...]

Eagle Star House

SPACE for Gosforth received a letter from one of our members in relation to a planning ‘Notification for Prior Approval’ to convert Eagle Star House at the Regent Centre from offices to housing and a potential opportunity to make the currently very busy east-west route between local schools safer for children's travel. We are very grateful to the author for kindly agreeing to allow us to publish the letter and associated graphics. Read more [...]

Children’s Safety – School Crossing Patrols

Dear Councillor Nick Forbes and Ms Pat Ritchie, We are writing to urge you to reconsider the decision made on 1 March 2017 to remove all but two of Newcastle's School Crossing Patrols. Whilst we understand that difficult decisions must be made as a consequence of a reduced budget, we feel that children's safety in particular should be considered a priority. Read more [...]

Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working Group | Meeting #7

The Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working group met on Monday 13th March. The Agenda for the seventh meeting included: Feedback from group members Principal options for the Blue House Junction Proposals for Jesmond Dene Road and Ilford Road Construction materials for new paths on the Town Moor The notes from the meeting have been uploaded to the working group’s website, the main points of which are summarised below along with some additional context. If you have any Read more [...]

Killingworth Road Gas Works 27-31 March 2017

Due to essential gas works, Killingworth Road will be closed northbound from Monday 27th March for up to 5 days, and then for a longer period later in the year when the Metro bridge is due to be replaced. For those that wish to (or have to) drive the advice is to leave extra time for your journey. Below are some alternative options if you don't need to take your car. Coming from the north by car, there are Park and Ride sites at: Metro Park and Ride at Kingston Park and Read more [...]

Pollution Update – February 2017

In previous posts we looked at air quality data on Gosforth High Street and on Jesmond Road in the run up to Christmas last year, which showed a marked increase in pollution after Black Friday, 25 November 2016. In this post we look at what has happened to air quality at these sites since then. Read more [...]

Black Friday Part 2 – Newcastle City Centre

In this post we look at the City Centre Air Quality Management Area (AQMA), including equivalent figures from the air quality monitor sited at Jesmond Road, 150m west of the Osborne Avenue traffic lights, to see how this compares to Salters Road and whether the recent increase in air pollution is replicated there. Read more [...]

Black Friday, Smoggy Saturday…

Since Black Friday, 25 November 2016, readings from the new air quality monitor at the Salters Road car park say the average level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2)  has been 50.3 micrograms per cubic metre (μg/m3) or 26% above the legal limit. The legal limit is 40 μg/m3 averaged over a year. It was high levels of nitrogen dioxide that led to the creation of the South Gosforth Air Quality Management Area in 2008. While air pollution is damaging to health, personal exposure travelling further Read more [...]