Category Archives: Walking

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 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 [...]

Blue House to Haddricks Mill – Comments by 21 August

  Newcastle Council have published new plans for Haddricks Mill and Blue House roundabouts. These will be major changes that will considerably alter both locations. Changes are also proposed for Jesmond Dene Road at the junction with Osborne Road. The Council's stated motivation for these schemes include safety, air quality and improving the efficiency of the roundabouts for motor vehicle traffic. All of these locations currently have high volumes of vehicle traffic and poor records 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 [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

Station Road: SPACE meets Cllr Gallagher to discuss members’ concerns about parking plans

On Monday evening, three SPACE for Gosforth members met Councillor Henry Gallagher (who represents East Gosforth Ward) at Station Road. The meeting was organised at very short notice due to safety concerns raised by SPACE members relating to proposals for Station Road.  A member of the infrastructure team from local cycling campaign group Newcycling was also able to attend to discuss issues relating to cycling. SPACE members have concerns about these proposals however because Station Road, Read more [...]

Broadway to Brunton Lane | Consultation Review

Judging by the 78 responses to the ‘Broadway to Brunton Lane’ consultation most people agree with the aims of the scheme, not least the prospect of a cycle lane safe for children to use, though there are a few details to work through. This is a summary of what people said. As we said in our previous article here the current road layout is poor for those walking and cycling. Comments reflected this. “I don't think most people realise just what an awful road this is now if you are Read more [...]