Monthly Archives: November 2014

DIY Streets – November update

The Stepney Bank street trial took place on the 7th and 8th of November. This involved allowing downhill traffic only and using the space this freed up to show how we could create a more attractive entrance to the Valley outside the Tanners, widen footpaths for people travelling by public transport and from nearby homes, and set out designated parking spaces along the street to meet business needs and avoid people parking on pavements.

It was a dull and wet couple of days which meant we couldn’t set things up in the same colourful way that we did for the Festival trial, but we did have lots of useful conversations with businesses, residents, people visiting the area and those just passing through.

We talked to around 40 people over the two days, and received over 80 responses to our online survey. There was a mix of views – the idea of widening the footpaths was popular with most people, closely followed by the creation of extra public space at the top of the bank, but there were concerns about the impact the one-way system might have on local businesses and residents, and how it might increase traffic cutting through Coquet Street and Stepney Road.

As a result we’re going to look at a second option, where we still try to improve pedestrian areas, make space for horses and cyclists and have designated car-parking along the street, but retain the two-way access for vehicles. We hope to be able to share this before Christmas and will ask people which option they prefer.

We’re also continuing to work with the Council on the designs that were trialled at the Ouseburn Festival this summer. We expect to have some final draft plans by the start of 2015, and we will be arranging some public events and emailing out information before the end of January. If we can agree the proposals they’ll move on to a technical design stage, and work could start in Summer 2015, to be complete by September 2015.

Have your say on Lower Ouseburn Valley developments


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Carillion-igloo have commissioned a Commonplace map and feedback tool (see above) to enable you to see their latest development proposals and to comment on them.

Screenshot showing the Commonplace page for Lower Steenberg's Yard proposal.

Screenshot showing the Commonplace page for Lower Steenberg’s Yard proposal.

One of the first sites to feature on it is Lower Steenberg’s Yard, following a week of exhibiting the designs for it in Ouseburn at the Toffee Factory, xsite architecture, and Ernest. If you didn’t have a chance to see the design and comment on it when the displays were up, you can now see it and say what you think online.

The Malmo Quay proposals, currently at an earlier stage in the design process, are also available. The designs will be added to the page as they are developed so you can give feedback.

Screenshot of the Commonplace page for proposals for Malmo Quay, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Screenshot of the Commonplace page for Malmo Quay, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Each comment added is shown on the map, so you can read what other people think about the designs. Carillion-igloo will read the comments and feed them back into the development of the designs.

We hope lots of people will take the opportunity to look at the designs, comment on them, share them with everyone they know who is interested in Ouseburn.

Stepney Bank one-way trial 7 – 8 November

The Stepney Bank one-way street trial, part of the Ouseburn DIY Streets project, is happening today, Friday 7th November and Saturday 8th November. The one-way will be down the street to just before Northern Print, and the junctions with Coquet Street and Stepney Road.

If you don’t meet one of the Sustrans people or our volunteers with a feedback form for you to fill in, you can give your feedback via the online form.

Read more about this trial in our October update.