Monthly Archives: July 2014

Painted area where we would like a raised roadway by the entrance to Ouseburn Farm and by the Village Green.

DIY Streets trial at Ouseburn Festival

The DIY Streets team had a busy time during the Ouseburn Festival on 5th and 6th July 2014. People from Ouseburn Futures, xsite architecture, Sustrans, Roots and Wings, and Newcastle City Council – + 3 volunteers from Gentoo – worked together on Saturday to create a temporary transformation to test out the ideas on redesigning parts of Stepney Road, Stepney Bank and Lime Street.

Thank you very much to everyone who helped to create the trial designs, and to everyone who talked to us and gave their feedback over the weekend. It was really helpful and will help us in designing better streets. It was also great fun to do something that big and bold that made people look and think!

First, the road signs and cones were put out. These are on Stepney Road.

First, the road signs and cones were put out. These are on Stepney Road.

The street had to be measured to make sure that the cones were in the correct place and that the remaining vehicle access was wide enough.

The street had to be measured to make sure that the cones were in the correct place and that the remaining vehicle access was wide enough.

A temporary priority system for vehicles was set up on Stepney Rd.

A temporary priority system for vehicles was set up on Stepney Rd.

A temporary priority system for vehicles was set up on Stepney Rd.

A temporary priority system for vehicles was set up on Stepney Rd.

Measuring the width of the street where the temporary narrowing was to be placed.

Measuring the width of the street where the temporary narrowing was to be placed.

The trees were growing low over the path, making it difficult to walk on the pavement, so some branches needed pruning.

The trees were growing low over the path, making it difficult to walk on the pavement, so some branches needed pruning.

Two of the Ouseburn DIY Streets team, Paul and Cath, demonstrate that it's now possible to walk along the pavement.

Two of the Ouseburn DIY Streets team, Paul and Cath, demonstrate that it’s now possible to walk along the pavement.

 

Temporary reshaping of the Stepney Road junction onto Stepney Bank.

Temporary reshaping of the Stepney Road junction onto Stepney Bank.

Temporary reshaping of Stepney Bank at the junction with Stepney Road.

Temporary reshaping of Stepney Bank at the junction with Stepney Road.

Preparing to paint Lime Street.

Preparing to paint Lime Street.

 

Someone put their handprints onto the pavement on Stepney Road.

Someone put their handprints onto the pavement on Stepney Road.

We put up the Sustrans pagoda on Lime St, with hay bales for people to sit on and a temporary bike stand next to us.

We put up the Sustrans pagoda on Lime St, with hay bales for people to sit on and a temporary bike stand next to us.

Nita from site architecture did a display about the proposals with feedback space.

Nita from site architecture did a display about the proposals with feedback space.

People could put coloured dots on a scale of whether they really disliked or really liked the proposals for the junctions.

People could put coloured dots on a scale of whether they really disliked or really liked the proposals for the junctions.

This painted section with red unicorn by Seven Stories and 36 Lime Street Gallery is an area we think should be raised.

This painted section with red unicorn by Seven Stories and 36 Lime Street Gallery is an area we think should be raised.

Thank you for help in July Clean Up

Thank you very much to all those who helped in the July Clean Up organised by our Environment Group!

It was the first day of the Ouseburn Festival and we were keen to try to ensure that some of the main pedestrian routes in the central Ouseburn Valley area were passable, and that it was a bit tidier, especially around McPhee’s Yard (the car park) where the market was on Sunday. We were also doing some of this as part of the Ouseburn DIY Streets initiative, particularly on Stepney Road. We were delighted to have some volunteers from Gentoo (who are involved with building The Malings) joining in with the work this time.

Dave (who organises our Environment Group CLean Ups) was joined by 3 volunteers from Gentoo to clear the steps up to the Cumberland Arms from Foundry Lane.

Dave (who organises our Environment Group CLean Ups) was joined by 3 volunteers from Gentoo to clear the steps up to the Cumberland Arms from Foundry Lane.

Brambles and nettles were growing over the steps, making them difficult to get up & down, especially if trying to use the handrail.

Brambles and nettles were growing over the steps, making them difficult to get up & down, especially if trying to use the handrail.

What is not clear in these photos is how the weeds were growing from cracks in the steps, making them slippery in wet weather.

What is not clear in these photos is how the weeds were growing from cracks in the steps, making them slippery in wet weather.

A smaller team pruned back brambles, nettles and trees on Stepney Rd so that people could use the footpath.

A smaller team pruned back brambles, nettles and trees on Stepney Rd so that people could use the footpath.

This pavement had been overgrown a couple of hours earlier.

This pavement had been overgrown a couple of hours earlier.

An old duvet, soaked with rain and whatever else, was also tidied off the footpath on Stepney Rd.

An old duvet, soaked with rain and whatever else, was also tidied off the footpath on Stepney Rd.

One of the trees pruned so it remains above head height over the footpath is a cherry tree.

One of the trees pruned so it remains above head height over the footpath is a cherry tree.

Other volunteers helped to tidy to central area, including Mc Phee's car park (the white rabbit just happened to pass by).

Other volunteers (Sheila, on the left in this pic) helped to tidy to central area, including Mc Phee’s car park (the White Rabbit and Red Riding Hood just happened to pass by).

Help identify Ouseburn cycle route

The Council would like us to help identify a route through Ouseburn which can be marked on City cycle maps.

We were thinking Stepney Road, Stepney Bank, down past the Cluny and across the wooden footbridge, Foundry Lane, Ford Street (new crossing going in here at the moment which should make a huge difference), Maling Street and onto Quayside Road – but please let us know if you have any other thoughts. Come and see us on Sunday 6th July 2014 between 10am and about 5pm on Lime Street by the Village Green – or email Cath at DIYStreets@ouseburnfutures.org.uk .