Category Archives: Ouseburn DIY Streets

DIY Streets July 2015 – please complete our survey!

We’re very pleased to report that the Council are making good progress on the technical designs for the project, and the proposal for Stepney Bank has now been drawn up. We also ran another successful street trial over the Ouseburn Festival weekend, which as any good street trial should, flagged up some issues that we need to consider.

The plans below are therefore likely to change a little, but the next version that you see on here, hopefully by the middle of August, will be the final version that will go through the Council’s statutory process – so if there’s anything you’re unsure about PLEASE LET US KNOW NOW!!

Stepney Bank proposal

Crawhall Road trial 2015

Crawhall Road trial 2015

The proposal for Stepney Bank is to

  • Create a public space outside the Tanners
  • Widen footpaths and improve pavement surfaces
  •  Identify clear parking bays along the length of the street – this will require some give-way sections, which will slow traffic speeds, and make it easier for pedestrians, cyclists and horses to get around safely.

Ouseburn DIY Streets proposals July 2015

Click the image below for a larger version:  DIY Streets proposals July 2015.

Ouseburn DIY Streets proposals July 2015.

Ouseburn DIY Streets proposals July 2015.

Tell us what you think

Please let us know what you think about the proposals by completing our short survey

Ouseburn Festival

Boyd Street trial 2015

Boyd Street trial 2015

We trialled the public space outside the Tanners for the first time this year and it proved massively popular on the Saturday evening for the NARC Fest, as well as for families passing through or stopping to relax on the Sunday. We spread out around Ernest again too, creating a much safer crossing point for pedestrians, and brightening up the tarmac with a unicycle and rapper dancers, amongst other things… The trial highlighted some potential issues for local businesses, and we plan to work with them to find a solution.

Next steps 

Lime St design idea

Lime Street design idea

We now need to agree any final changes with the Council, based on feedback from the Festival trial, comments we receive through the survey and conversations with local residents and businesses. The Council will then start their statutory consultation process, hopefully by mid August. This can take a few months, but while it is going on we can think about doing something distinctly Ouseburn with the road surfaces, and what kind of street furniture we might like to have – there are lots of creative things we could do, please get in touch if you’d like to be involved in this.

If you have any thoughts, comments or would like to get involved please contact Cath at diystreets@ouseburnfutures.org

DIY Streets – March 2015 Consultation

We have now had an update from the Council on the plans and costs for the Ouseburn DIY Streets project, and there are three things we would like your feedback on:

  1. The proposals and the priorities

  • there are still some finer details to be worked out, but this is the last opportunity for you to comment on the location and general idea of each proposal
  • the Cycle City Ambition funding is limited, so based on past consultation we have identified three priorities that will make a big improvement to the safety and look of the area. The Council have indicated that there are likely to be more funds available in the near future so we’re continuing to design up all of the proposals to be ready to go when the opportunities appear.
  1. How to create a sense of place on the DIY Streets, using colour, design and street furniture

  2. Where to signpost a north-south cycle route through the Valley

Full details are given below – when you have had a look, please complete our survey to let us know what you think.

You can also come and talk to us about the plans at two drop-in sessions

  • Wednesday 25 March, 2.30-4.30pm at Ouseburn Farm
  • Thursday 26 March, 5.00-7.00pm at Ernest

There will be information available in Ouseburn Farm, Ernest and the Tanners from 23 March to 3 April 2015, when the consultation will close.

The proposals and the priorities

The plans are provided as pdfs for you to view or download – please click on the links to see them.

The overview plan shows the location of each proposal, the priorities and the second phase, as well as the proposed north-south cycle route through the Valley.

We also hope to be able to resurface footpaths on the focus streets, keeping them level across driveways so that it’s easier for people with pushchairs and wheelchairs.

01. Priority – Lime Street Stepney Bank corner

The aim here is to slow traffic coming around the corner of Stepney Bank and Lime Street where there is poor visibility and often horses and pedestrians crossing by widening the footpath and creating a raised table. This was the most popular idea during the Ouseburn Festival street trial, particularly the use of colour and design.

01. Phase 2 – Lime Street Seven Stories

The second raised table, outside Seven Stories, aims to create a better environment where school parties and families gather, by slowing down traffic and making a visual impact.

02. Priority – Boyd Street Stepney Road junction

The aims here are to establish a safe pedestrian route between Shieldfield Lane and Boyd Street/Stepney Road by narrowing down the over-sized junction, to create a colourful, sociable space at one of the key entrances to the Valley with bike parking and places to sit, and to clarify priority lines on the road to remove the current confusion for road users.

02. Phase 2 – Stepney Road narrowing

The aim here is to slow down traffic speeds, create a safe crossing point and widen the footpath where it is very narrow next to the bridge arch. We’ve found that there are a lot of people crossing in this location – either heading north/south along Stepney Road, travelling to Hotspur School and City Stadium, or taking horses up to the outdoor riding arena.

03. Priority – Crawhall Road Stepney Bank junction

This is another key entrance to the Valley and the main route to public transport and nearby homes. As a priority we are proposing wider footpaths at the top of the bank to create an attractive space for pedestrians, and to encourage road users to slow down.

03. Phase 2 – Stepney Bank

Plans for the second phase are to widen footpaths along the whole length of the street and resurface them so that they are level across driveway entrances, as well as identifying parking bays to stop pavement parking.

04. Phase 2 – Stepney Road Stepney Bank junction

This is also a really important junction as it is a key crossing point for families walking to school from local homes, is regularly used by people leading horses between the indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and can be difficult for cyclists, particularly if they are travelling up the bank and turning into Stepney Road. Therefore the aim here is to slow vehicle speeds and make crossing safer for everyone.

Creating a sense of place

The Ouseburn is many things to many people. The mix of industry, creative enterprise and nature within such a small area makes it unique to the region and its rich history further adds to its charm. As well as improving the layout of the streets we want to reflect this character by making the streets more colourful and creating spaces for people.

There are some examples of what we could do on Lime Street, Boyd Street and Stepney Bank, and we are very open to your ideas.

 North-South cycle route

The Council would like to signpost a cycle friendly route through the Valley connecting the City Stadium cycle path in the north to Hadrian’s Way along the quayside to the south.

We would like all of the roads in the area to feel safe enough to cycle along, and as part of this we’re hoping to see a 20mph speed limit brought in, but if we need to identify a route we’d suggest the one shown on the overview plan in red – Portland Road South, Stepney Road, (with the 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.

 

 

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.

 

DIY Streets designs on display and next steps

Following the street trial over the Ouseburn Festival weekend we’ve been looking at what did and didn’t go well, considering all the comments we’ve received and coming up with some possible improvements.

The original designs and the suggested changes will be on display in Ouseburn Farm from 11th to 31st August, opening times Monday-Sunday 9.30am-4.30pm. There will be feedback forms for you to fill in so please come along and let us know what you think.

We’ll be running another street trial in September on Stepney Bank where the road will be one way – this would give us the opportunity to create some public space at the top of the bank, widen the footpaths joining up to the residential areas and bus stops and possibly give some extra space for loading and short stay parking. We’ll tell you more about this in a future post.

All of this work will then be passed to the Council who will look at the technicalities and costs in order to produce a set of formal designs. We’ll display these in the Farm again when they’re ready, hopefully towards the end of September-early October. If everyone is happy with the plans we’ll be able to crack on with delivery!

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.

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 .

DIY Streets May update

DIY STREETS logo

In April we produced two surveys – a general one, and one for businesses and organisations in the Ouseburn. We also chatted to people in the street, carried out a survey of visitors to the Open Studios Spring Salon and ran two public events. The responses showed us where people felt the issues were, and from this we agreed that the project would focus on Stepney Bank, Stepney Road and Lime Street. We took a short report to the Council’s Cycle City Ambition Fund Group to sign this off.

In May, we contacted everyone who lives and works on the focus streets plus all the people who provided an email address in their survey response, and invited them to workshop sessions on the 19th May and 21st May led by site architecture. These workshops involved a walk along the focus streets and then a discussion of the main issues. The key points that came up were:

  • Slowing down traffic speed
  • Creating joined up, safe spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and horses
  • Tackling problem junctions
  • Managing parking to meet local needs
  • Reducing rat-running traffic, possibly with one-way systems
  • Having some sort of signage/features/planters along the streets
  • Keeping streets tidy and improving lighting

We won’t be able to tackle everything through the DIY Streets project but all of the comments gathered will feed into wider conversations with the Council and help us plan for the future. The next steps will be to work up designs based on the feedback we’ve received so far, and we’ll be posting some draft plans here at the end of June for you to comment on. We then hope to try some ideas out at the Ouseburn Festival on Sunday 6th and we’ll have a stall near Lime Street so that you can take a closer look at the plans and let us know what you think.