Category Archives: future

The North East’s hidden heritage

This is a guest blog by local journalist Carlton Reid. The wide, smooth and kerb-delineated cycleway on John Dobson Street is believed by many to be the first and finest such infrastructure in the North East for people on bikes. It’s the finest but it’s not the first. Read on to discover how the North East was once a leader in providing for cyclists and how Carlton wants to bring these historic routes back into use. 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Follow-up: Public Meeting: Blue House junction – issues and solutions

A sincere thank you to everyone for taking the time (on a particularly beautiful evening!) to hear our views on the proposals for Blue House to Haddrick's Mill.  It was certainly a very full Trinity.  A special thank you to the Trinity members who helped us with the technology and seating. You can download the slide decks: Context (ppt pdf) Alternatives (ppt pdf) Action: What you can do (ppt pdf) It is important to challenge the proposed plan by Sunday 21st August 2016 to ensure 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 [...]

Electric bikes in Gosforth Central Park

E-bikes are popular all over the world and increasingly popular in the UK as more people take to bikes for shopping, commuting and leisure. You pedal an e-bike just like a normal bike and the motor gives you a boost when needed to travel further, climb hills or carry shopping and children with ease. They're a fun and practical way to get about and stay active, especially for older people or those that might not otherwise be able cycle. We wanted to give e-bikes a go and to give people in Gosforth Read more [...]

The Future of Transport – Reply by Friday 8 April

The North East Combined Authority (NECA)* is currently consulting on its "20 year Transport Manifesto for the North East". It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and your reply will help ensure our streets are safe and our air is cleaner for our children, friends and neighbours.  The Manifesto: Our Journey -A 20 year Transport Manifesto for the North East The Survey: Key Themes and Guiding Principles Below we give a brief overview of the Manifesto and the survey with some suggestions Read more [...]

Newcastle City Futures – what’s the future for Gosforth?

Another packed SPACE for Gosforth event took place on Wednesday 27 January. This time people came to hear Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones talk about the City Futures project, and how Newcastle might look in 2065. One of the project aims is to encourage people to ask what's the future for city, what kind of place do we want for ourselves and our children? Part of the research involved engagement and collaboration with over 2500 Newcastle residents and over 50 different public, private, community Read more [...]