Author Archives: SPACE for Gosforth

Blue House funding – feeling reassured?

SPACE for Gosforth has received a response to our Open Letter to The North East Local Enterprise Partnership. In that letter we sought assurances that the funding for the Blue House, Jesmond Dene Road and Haddricks Mill proposals would only be released if those proposals met the NELEP's own commitments to reduce carbon emissions from transport and supported the use of shared and sustainable modes of transport. Read more [...]

Poor Planning means Bigger Junctions?

One of the reasons stated for the size of the proposed Blue House roundabout was extra traffic generated by new housing developments to the west and north of the city. Planning approval is currently being sought from North Tyneside Council for a development of 238 new houses on Gosforth Business Park. This development, and in particular decisions made relating to its layout and design, will directly influence the volume of traffic through Haddricks Mill and Blue House junctions. Read more [...]

A Better Future – Blue House

At the SPACE for Gosforth public meeting in Trinity Church we outlined how the size of the Blue House roundabout was due to a predicted increase in vehicle traffic; and how an alternative that prioritises helping people get about on foot, by cycle and public transport could be a viable alternative that meets Newcastle City Council's objectives and saves the Town Moor. This post is our feedback to the Blue House to Haddricks Mill scheme. You can comment on these proposals up to Sunday 21 Read more [...]

An Open Letter to the NE Local Enterprise Partnership

Ms H. Golightly, Chief Operating Officer, North East Local Enterprise Partnership. Dear Ms Golightly, Re: The Northern Access Corridor funding criteria I am writing on behalf of SPACE for Gosforth, a residents' group based in Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Like many others in Newcastle, we are very concerned about the current proposals put forward for the Northern Access Corridor and their likely negative impact on public health right across the city. While we fully support Read more [...]

Blue House – at what cost to health?

The new Blue House is not designed just to cope with current traffic levels. The Council, we believe, is forecasting significant growth in traffic through this roundabout, leading directly to the junction's massive size and loss of green space on the Town Moor. We thought we would have a look at the Council's plans to see where this additional traffic might come from and what the impact might be on Newcastle as a whole. Helpfully the 'Newcastle City Council: Pinchpoint Application Fund Read more [...]

Blue House Roundabout

Of the three proposals open for comment on the Commonplace website the proposal for the Blue House roundabout has attracted by far the most comments, almost all of which are negative due to the size of the proposed replacement and the consequential loss of green space. While the Council might seek to justify this with a forecast increase in motor traffic, it would also be a significant loss to the City. The health benefits of green space are well known but there are also economic benefits. Read more [...]

Pedestrian Priority on Gosforth High Street

New proposals for Gosforth High Street have been released  by Newcastle City Council today. These proposals include pedestrian-priority crossings on side streets, revised parking arrangements and a reduced speed limit. While the 'Red Route' plans are still officially on the table, the Council has agreed to work with SPACE for Gosforth and local business owners to see if alternative approaches can be found that address issues such as the High Street's poor safety record, air quality and Read more [...]

Bike Week Bingo – No bike required

June 11 - June 19 is Bike Week More people walking and cycling benefits everyone, whether that's one less car in front of you, more free parking spaces, safer streets, cleaner air or savings to the NHS. Even if you can't or don't want to cycle yourself, you can still help others who do. That's why we've come up with Bike Week Bingo - No bike required, nine things you can do to help cycling regardless of whether you ride a bike or not. Have a go and tell us how you get on. 1. Understand the Read more [...]

Gosforth Speed Cameras Make the News

The Chronicle recently published a report on the region's speed cameras asking "where are you most likely to get caught? And how many drivers paid the price for breaking the speed limit in 2015?" The answer (according to the Chronicle) was "B1318 Great North Road Blue House" - the fixed speed camera at the south end of Gosforth High Street. This was activated by speeding vehicles 4,625 times in 2015 - more than any other speed enforcement camera in the entire north east region. It is worth Read more [...]