Monthly Archives: January 2016

We’re looking for a minute taker!

Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group is looking for a minute taker.

Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group meets approximately every 6 weeks, about 8 times a year. Meetings are held weekdays at tea time, usually between 5.30 and 7.00 p.m.

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Experience taking minutes.
  • An understanding of issues relevant to the work of the group; planning, regeneration, environment, creative industries and the local economy, etc.
  • Experience of working with volunteers and community groups.
  • Must know the Ouseburn Valley and will probably be currently involved or have been previously involved in activities in the valley.


The post holder needs to take minutes, write and distribute minutes, prepare and distribute agendas.


The post holder will be paid £10.00 per hour, on a freelance/self-employed basis.

How to apply

To apply send a letter of application in pdf format to by 5.30 p.m on Monday 15th February 2016.

Please note this deadline has been extended by a week from the date originally given.

DIY Streets update – January 2016

In October 2015 the Council finalised the technical designs for our DIY Streets proposals and sent them out to the emergency services, Ward Councillors, public transport operators and special interest groups, plus businesses and residents on the streets affected by the plans. Some queries were raised at this point, which the Council have followed up.

We are now waiting for the Council to start the formal public consultation period, where notices will be put up on the streets and in the press, and there is a period of 21 days when the general public can submit their views. The Council will aim to resolve any issues that are raised as a result of this, and if there are significant objections it will be taken to a Council Sub-Committee who will decide how to proceed.

It might take another 2-3 months to go through this process, and all we can do is keep asking the Council to start the consultation as soon as possible. If the plans are approved, then delivery could begin in Spring 2016.

In the meantime we’re thinking about how to set out the public space outside Ernest and Tanners, as well as where we could put planters, street trees and bike parking, and where we could use colour on the road surfaces and footpaths. If you’d like to be involved in this piece of work please get in touch.