Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ouseburn Futures takes charge of Regneration Plan

Councillor Henri Murison, David Slater (Director of Environment & Regeneration, Newcastle City Council), Pam Briggs (Chair, Ouseburn Trust), Sue Bright (Chair, Ouseburn Futures). Photo by John Hipkin.

Councillor Henri Murison, David Slater (Director of Environment & Regeneration, Newcastle City Council), Pam Briggs (Chair, Ouseburn Trust), Sue Bright (Chair, Ouseburn Futures). Photo by John Hipkin.

Ouseburn was in the news today* as Newcastle City Council formally handed over ownership of the area’s regeneration plan to Ouseburn Futures. The photograph above shows Councillor Henri Murison; David Slater, Director of Environment & Regeneration for Newcastle City Council; Pam Briggs, Chair, The Ouseburn Trust; Sue Bright, Chair of Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group at the signing event at the Toffee Factory in Ouseburn [photographer: John Hipkin].

Local businesses and groups are set to oversee the regeneration of the Ouseburn Valley, in a transfer of powers from Newcastle City Council.

The council will devolve ownership of the area’s regeneration plan and associated funds to Ouseburn Futures; an independent body formed last summer to drive progress in the area with local businesses, organisations and individuals at the helm.

As a successor to the old Ouseburn Management Board, Ouseburn Futures will focus on improving the social, economic and physical aspects of the Valley in partnership with Newcastle City Council and other groups with interests in the Valley.

A small regeneration fund will also be handed over, to be administered by Ouseburn Futures with help from the Ouseburn Trust, with an agreement to use the funds to further develop the area’s facilities and reputation as a place where creative companies come to do business.

Councillor Henri Murison, Cabinet Member for Quality of Life, said: “The devolution of powers and funds to local organisations makes sense in the context of the area’s ongoing regeneration.

“The city council has helped bring these organisations together with a shared vision for the future of this area. So much has already been achieved in the last 15 years to transform the post-industrial Ouseburn into a much-loved destination for culture, leisure and business, while building on the area’s unique character. The council is open to working in new ways to keep the improvements coming – and we envisage a clear role for Ouseburn Futures to drive the future phases of regeneration with the council as an equal partner. Who better to look after the future of the area than the people who already live and work here?”

Sue Bright, Chair Ouseburn Futures, said: “This is an important milestone for all those who have been involved in nurturing and creating this unique neighbourhood in our city. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support of Newcastle City Council and The Ouseburn Trust and the hard work of the many businesses, groups, individuals and others who have been involved over the years in reaching this point in the regeneration of Ouseburn.

We hope that this new group, Ouseburn Futures, will continue to attract new members (people living or working in the Ouseburn Valley, or those who visit it) who want to be involved in shaping its future through getting involved in our themed groups. Details of future themed meetings can be found on our website: where you will also find out more about what we do and other ways to get in touch.”

  1. *Hugh Macknight, ‘Newcastle Council’s Transfer of Ouseburn Regeneration Plan,’ Sky Tyne & Wear, 27th February, 2013.
  2. *‘Locals take charge of Ouseburn’s Future,’ Newcastle City Council, 1st March 2013.

Ouseburn Tidy Up spring & summer 2013

Discarded crisp packet by the Ouseburn.

Discarded crisp packet by the Ouseburn.

Volunteers to help the Environment Group tidy up the Lower Ouseburn will be very welcome in spring and summer of 2013 on:

  • Saturday 16th March
  • Saturday 6th April
  • Wednesday 8th May
  • Saturday 8th June
  • Tuesday 2nd July.

We can provide some refreshments, tools and equipment. You will need appropriate clothing and footwear.

Please look out for any news about these events on our Facebook and Twitter pages. It is not unknown for severe weather to force a change of plan!

If you have any queries, please contact

Meetings and events in March 2013

Mouth of the Ouseburn in early spring. Photographer: JE Davis.

Mouth of the Ouseburn in early spring.

March is a busy month in Ouseburn. Latest news about events is usually posted on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

Ouseburn Developers’ Forum meeting at 3pm on 6th March 2013.

Ouseburn Visitors and Events Group meeting on 13th March 2013.

Tidy up Ouseburn! Saturday 16th March 2013. Volunteers are very welcome to join the Environment Group from 10.30am to 3.30pm. We advise wearing warm clothing and boots, and please bring gardening gloves. Meet at Ouseburn Farm at 10.30am.

Ouseburn Arts & Creative Industries Group event with networking on 19th March 2013 at the Cluny.

Ouseburn Planning and Development Group meeting at 5.30pm on  Monday 25th March 2013. This meeting is open to anyone interested in the planning, development, design and property issues relating to Ouseburn.

Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group quarterly liaison meeting with Newcastle City Council on Monday 25th March 2013.

Ouseburn River Users Group meeting on at 5.30pm on 27th March 2013.

Other March meetings or events will be added here when announced.

Mid to late Feb meetings

Painting by Gaia on the Ship Inn, 6th Feb 2013. Photo by JE Davis.

Painting by Gaia on the Ship Inn, 6th Feb 2013.

Ouseburn Futures Planning & Development Group meeting at 5.30pm on Thursday 21st February at Arch 6 (Ouseburn Trust’s office).

Agenda will include:

  • Neighbourhood Planning / Forum
  • Working with Igloo
  • Code of Conduct placement
  • Any other business and plan for next meeting.

Ouseburn Futures Environment Group open meeting will take place at Ouseburn Farm at 5.30pm on Tuesday 26th February 2013. Open to anyone interested in the environment of the Lower Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne.