Download or view the Ouseburn Valley Parking Map proposals March 2015 pdf version (larger and more readable).
The Council is carrying out a review of parking in the Valley and proposing measures to stop city centre commuter parking here, including introducing pay and display parking in some places, limiting the time that people can park, and permit parking for residents and businesses.
The first part of Ouseburn they are tackling is the central area, and they are asking for feedback on the proposed scheme by 26th March 2015. You can see proposals and give feedback several ways:
- online on Let’s Talk Newcastle (you do have to register)
- or look at the display about the proposals at Ouseburn Farm (open 9.30am to 3.30pm 7 days a week) and fill in a feedback form;
- or attend one of the drop in sessions on Tuesday 17th March 2015 at which council staff will be present to answer any questions – Ouseburn Farm from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and at Arch 6, Stepney Bank (Ouseburn Trust) from 5pm to 6.30pm.
- or send your comments to us (see our contact us page) and we will pass them on.
Overview of the proposals by Newcastle City Council
The following text is from the Let’s Talk Newcastle website page on this proposal with a link to the Ouseburn DIY Streets page added in (the relevant map is at the top of this page).
The Council is carrying out a review of parking in the Lower Ouseburn Valley in response to issues raised by residents, businesses and visitors, and to manage the effect of current and future development in the area. Space is limited and we need to make sure it meets local needs as much as possible.
Research has shown that most parking spaces are full during the day from Monday to Friday, that a lot of people park in the Valley and walk into the city centre, and that parking in certain locations is creating safety issues.
In order to address these issues we would like to start by introducing a set of short, medium and long stay waiting restrictions. These will sit alongside wider aims to:
- support people travelling to the area on foot, by bike and by public transport, for example through physical improvements as proposed in the Ouseburn DIY Streets project;
- identify possible locations for additional off-street parking
We will be looking at the area in three stages – the central area around Village Green, the northern area around Stepney Bank and Boyd Street, and the southern area towards the mouth of the Ouseburn.
This initial round of consultation will focus on the central area, and there will be more discussion in future on the detailed proposals for the northern and southern areas. The broad proposals for the central area are to introduce:
- Free short stay spaces
- Permit parking for residents (£25 per year for first permit, £75 for second) and businesses (£170 per year per business for the first two permits, rising for additional permits)
- Pay and display at 40p per hour, limited to a four hour stay on-street, and requiring topping up after four hours at off-street spaces, to deter city centre commuter parking
- Mandatory disabled parking bays in convenient locations
- A specified coach drop-off point for local venues
- Electric car charging points
- A car-club bay
We hope to be able to agree the proposals for the central area in April 2015. We would then need to go through a full statutory process, and the changes would be introduced by October 2015. It would be a similar 6-8 month process for each of the following stages, but we could overlap some of this work and aim to have everything in place by April 2016. This survey will be open from 9 to 26 March 2015.
If you want to read the background to these proposals, you can view or download the full version of the review:
- Ouseburn Valley Parking Review 2015
- Appendix 1 Ouseburn Valley Parking Review 2015
- Appendix 2 Ouseburn Valley Parking Review 2015.