DIY Streets – February 2015 update

We’re sorry to say that things are still a bit slow moving with our DIY Streets project – it will now probably be early March before we have the latest draft designs, which will be published on this website, displayed in Ouseburn Farm and opened up for comment.

We’re waiting on the Council for these designs, who as mentioned last time are busy with a number of other schemes across the city, but they have carried out technical surveys of the area now, so have got all the necessary information to hand.

In terms of Stepney Bank, the replies we’ve had have mostly been in favour of the two-way design, so this is the one we will develop. Thanks for all your comments.

As a reminder, the other changes people have asked for through the project are listed below. We won’t have enough money to do all of these so we’ll need to prioritise, but we have been asking the Council to include Ouseburn in future bids for funding in an attempt to cover everything.

  • Create a public space at the north end of Stepney Road, next to Ernest, so that pedestrians have a much safer way to cross, and to make an attractive entrance to the area
  • Create a build-out mid-way along Stepney Road, to slow traffic down and give some extra footpath space
  • Improve the junction of Stepney Road and Stepney Bank to make it safer for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles
  • Create raised tables on Lime Street by Seven Stories and on the corner with Stepney Bank, to slow traffic down and create a friendlier environment, particularly for families with children visiting local attractions
  • Improve footpath and road surfaces throughout the focus streets (Stepney Road, Stepney Bank and Lime Street)

In the meantime we’re giving some thought to how to create a sense of having arrived somewhere different on the focus streets – where you can enjoy being on foot or bike, and slow down if you’re in a vehicle. The general look of a place can be a big help with this, and while the Council have a fairly limited range of materials they can use on the roads, we’re hoping to have some Ouseburn related shapes on the pavements, planted containers, colour on bollards and buildings and the like – please get in touch if you have any ideas about this, or would like to have something on or outside your building that you could help take care of.

Some other things you might be interested in…

North-South cycle route: The Council want to identify a preferred cycle route through the Valley between City Stadium to the north and Hadrian’s Way on the Quayside to the south. Really we want all of the roads in the area to feel safe enough to cycle along, but if we need to pick a route we’d suggest Portland Road South, Stepney Road, (option for an off-road short cut here down through the woodland paths), Stepney Bank, down past the Farm, over the wooden footbridge to Foundry Lane, across at the Byker Bank lights, along Ford Street or Hume Street depending on how things settle down with the Malings development, to Maling Street and out onto Quayside Road. If you have other ideas please let us know.

Car parking: The Council are in the process of carrying out a review of car-parking in the area, and some consultation will be starting soon. We’ll keep you posted.