Category Archives: Children

SPACE and Chaia Family Bike Ride 2018

SPACE for Gosforth and Chaia Tea Bar have got together again to re-create the family bike ride  we did last year.  Chaia have had lots of people saying they thoroughly enjoyed it and asking for us to do it again. What could be better than a relaxed ride followed by cake! We’ll be taking a slow ride to Exhibition Park, stopping off at the trains, back through the streets of Gosforth and ending up at the rather wonderful Chaia Tea Bar who have promised a special treat for the kids. We are Read more [...]

Gosforth Summer of Cycling 2018

There are lots of cycling activities in and around Gosforth over the summer including family cycle rides, children's cycle coaching, Dr Bike sessions, challenge rides and even a Shakespeare play by a cycling theatre company. If you know of any other related events please do let us know so we can add them into the programme, and keep checking back as we'll be updating the list with more activities as they are confirmed. Read more [...]

Newcastle City Council Elections 3 May 2018

Elections for Newcastle City Council are due to be held on 3 May 2018, with new ward boundaries as a result of the recent Local Government Boundary Review. Gosforth is now split across four wards: Fawdon and West Gosforth, Gosforth, Dene and South Gosforth, and Parklands. Each of these new wards will be represented by three councillors and voters in each ward can vote for up to three candidates. With lots of new faces we're keen to find out what the candidates think, in particular about Read more [...]

Broadway to Brunton Cycle Lane – Consultation Review

Newcastle City Council have published their final plans for the Broadway to Brunton Cycle Lane and construction is due to start soon in a series of phases to minimise disruption. Residents' feedback showed that there was broad support, with most people agreeing with the aims of the scheme but with a number of detail points that needed addressing. In this blog we take a look at the consultation process and the changes made by the Council as a result of that feedback. Read more [...]

2018 – 10 years of the Gosforth and City Centre AQMAs

2018 is the 10th anniversary of the Gosforth & Grainger Town Air Quality Management Areas. Will this local election year bring decisive action to clean our filthy air? Read more [...]

Garden Village

In August 2017 some residents from Garden Village contacted SPACE for Gosforth to ask for our help in looking at how to improve their community, in particular from the perspective of ensuring the village flourished as a safe and healthy place for everyone.  We were of course happy to oblige. At the same time as we engaged with the Garden Village Residents group, Newcastle City Council published an open consultation to hear views on Salter’s Bridge. The consultation closed on 6th November 2017. Garden Read more [...]

Protecting Open Spaces – comments by 20 November 2017

Newcastle City Council has just published its draft Development and Allocations Plan, which is the second part of the local plan that, with the first part The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan, will guides how the city is to be developed up to 2030. As a result of our investigations we believe 93 hectares of Green Space, equivalent to 130 football pitches, could be built on as a result of the new standards. Read more [...]

South Gosforth Green – comments by 25 September

On 4 September, Newcastle City Council published a planning application to build on South Gosforth Green. This application is for 7 bungalows in a courtyard arrangement with parking and an access road from Ridgewood Gardens to the north. The facilities proposed, to support people with physical disabilities and those with learning disabilities and/or autism, are undoubtably a good thing. On the other hand, if approved, this development will lead to the irreversible loss of part of the green currently available and of benefit to the wider community. So while we support the creation of such a facility we do have concerns about the use of this location and the precedent this may set to allow building on other green space. Read more [...]

Building a Safe Cycling Network for Gosforth

Cycling is a healthy, low cost, low impact way of travelling but currently for many people in Gosforth it is not a viable choice. Although cycling is a relatively safe activity in itself and suitable for many everyday journeys, Gosforth's roads often feel very dangerous because they are so busy with traffic, especially at rush hour and when children are travelling to or from school. In our post National Walking Month - May 2017 we asked you to help us document locations in Gosforth where there were issues with walking and to share ideas for how Gosforth could be improved for walking. In this post we want to do the same for cycling. Read more [...]