Category Archives: Children

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 [...]

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 [...]

Big Pedal 2016 – Final results for Gosforth

Well done to everyone who took part in this year's Big Pedal, including 40% of pupils at Gosforth's participating First and Primary Schools who scooted or cycled to school between 18-29 April. This is the final table for Gosforth's schools. The position is the rank nationally out of 1,673 registered schools. Position School Best 5 days 44 Brunton First School 71% 69 Grange First School 64% 163 Broadway East First School 52% 328 St Charles' RC Primary Read more [...]

Big Pedal 2016 – Week 1 Update

Well done to Brunton First School, current leader of the Big Pedal 2016 challenge in Newcastle Upon Tyne with a Week 1 average of 65% of pupils scooting or cycling to school - and having the highest daily score so far of 72.4% on Friday 22 April. Overall, Gosforth schools are dominating the table taking 6 out of the top 8 places and representing half of all 18 schools in Newcastle that are registered to take part. This is the current table for Newcastle, with Gosforth schools shaded green. Read more [...]

The Big Pedal 2016

The Big Pedal is back - the annual schools competition to get the greatest proportion of pupils scooting or cycling to school. Running between Monday 18 April and Friday 29 April, any schools where more than 15% of school pupils scoot or cycle will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards including bike and scooter stunt shows, equipment and storage. 15% is roughly equivalent to 5 pupils in a class of 30. Most schools in Gosforth will be taking part, and at SPACE for Gosforth we Read more [...]

“We feel unsafe”

SPACE for Gosforth is privileged to have permission from Archibald First School to publish an e-mail recently sent to parents. Children at Archibald First School asked the school to e-mail parents about their experience of travelling to school.  Their school supported them, but the letter is the children's own work and not something created as part of their lessons. These are those children's words.     Read more [...]

1000 Speeding Drivers – A typical day on Gosforth’s back streets

Even at 20mph 17% of adults are killed or seriously injured when hit by a car. For children or older residents the figures will be worse. Why then do so many ignore the 20mph speed limits in place throughout Gosforth’s back streets? Walking to school should not be an extreme sport. This is the story of three of Gosforth’s back streets. One has a low volume of traffic mostly driving within the speed limit, somewhere we all might like to live and where children might reasonably be left to play 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 [...]