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DIY Streets September update

Many thanks to all those who came along to Ouseburn Farm to view the draft plans and leave comments, we’ll feed your views into the review process. We’ve also had comments from Living Streets (the national charity for pedestrians) and the Newcastle Cycling Campaign, which have been supportive and included some useful suggestions for improvements.

The draft plans and all the comments are now with the Council who are looking at the technical details and working out what everything will cost. When these designs are complete we will display them in the Farm and organise some open meetings so that you can give us your feedback.

We’re still hoping to run a street trial on Stepney Bank to see if it could operate one-way. This could create a better entrance to the Valley, improve footpath links down from the bus-stops and nearby homes and spread parking spaces out a bit more along the street.

The idea is to run the trial over two days, a Friday and a Saturday. We’ll be trying out one-way down initially as this was the preferred option when we spoke to local businesses, and it still allows direct access from New Bridge Street. We don’t have a date for the trial yet as the Council need to arrange permissions, but we’ll be visiting businesses on Stepney Bank and Stepney Road over the next few weeks to explain more about the plans and see what people think.

Thank you for help in July Clean Up

Thank you very much to all those who helped in the July Clean Up organised by our Environment Group!

It was the first day of the Ouseburn Festival and we were keen to try to ensure that some of the main pedestrian routes in the central Ouseburn Valley area were passable, and that it was a bit tidier, especially around McPhee’s Yard (the car park) where the market was on Sunday. We were also doing some of this as part of the Ouseburn DIY Streets initiative, particularly on Stepney Road. We were delighted to have some volunteers from Gentoo (who are involved with building The Malings) joining in with the work this time.

Dave (who organises our Environment Group CLean Ups) was joined by 3 volunteers from Gentoo to clear the steps up to the Cumberland Arms from Foundry Lane.

Dave (who organises our Environment Group CLean Ups) was joined by 3 volunteers from Gentoo to clear the steps up to the Cumberland Arms from Foundry Lane.

Brambles and nettles were growing over the steps, making them difficult to get up & down, especially if trying to use the handrail.

Brambles and nettles were growing over the steps, making them difficult to get up & down, especially if trying to use the handrail.

What is not clear in these photos is how the weeds were growing from cracks in the steps, making them slippery in wet weather.

What is not clear in these photos is how the weeds were growing from cracks in the steps, making them slippery in wet weather.

A smaller team pruned back brambles, nettles and trees on Stepney Rd so that people could use the footpath.

A smaller team pruned back brambles, nettles and trees on Stepney Rd so that people could use the footpath.

This pavement had been overgrown a couple of hours earlier.

This pavement had been overgrown a couple of hours earlier.

An old duvet, soaked with rain and whatever else, was also tidied off the footpath on Stepney Rd.

An old duvet, soaked with rain and whatever else, was also tidied off the footpath on Stepney Rd.

One of the trees pruned so it remains above head height over the footpath is a cherry tree.

One of the trees pruned so it remains above head height over the footpath is a cherry tree.

Other volunteers helped to tidy to central area, including Mc Phee's car park (the white rabbit just happened to pass by).

Other volunteers (Sheila, on the left in this pic) helped to tidy to central area, including Mc Phee’s car park (the White Rabbit and Red Riding Hood just happened to pass by).

Winter meetings and events

Next meetings

Ouseburn Visitor and Events Group meeting afternoon of 11th December 2012.

Ouseburn River Users Group 10am 11th December 2012.

Ouseburn Planning & Development Group – 7th or 10th January 2013 – to be confirmed. Main topic will be Section 106 issues.

Ouseburn Environment Group meeting at 5.30pm on 26th February 2013 at Ouseburn Farm.

Other events

Ouseburn Futures Christmas social event – 12th December 2012.

Ouseburn tidy up – volunteers needed! Work off some of the festive season calories by helping to keep the Lower Ouseburn Valley looking gorgeous. Meet at 11am on Saturday 19th January 2013 at Ouseburn Farm. Please wear suitable footwear and gloves.

“It” has been named!

At the meeting of Ouseburn Valley Board [interim name] on Tuesday 23rd October held at Ouseburn Farm, a decision was made after some proposals, advice and discussion, that the group which includes the Ouseburn Valley’s new activity-based interest groups and which will participate in carrying on the work of the Ouseburn Regeneration team, will now be called  . . . . .

 Ouseburn Futures

More news will follow soon!

Meetings – Oct to early Nov 2012

Ouseburn Valley Board (interim name) general meeting (for people in all the sub-groups)

6pm to 7.30pm on 23rd October at Ouseburn Farm.

Agenda:

The agenda will be:

1.      Brief update from each theme group  – ideas for Xmas activities involving each group

2.      Update from the Co-ordinating Group

3.      An OVB Christmas bash?

Ouseburn in the Urban Core Area Action Plan

Ouseburn Metro Station concept.

Ouseburn Metro Station concept.

The Ouseburn Planning and Development Group (PDDP) held events at Ouseburn Farm over two days at the beginning of October to tell people about the NewcastleGateshead Urban Core Area Action Plan (UCAAP), and to seek views about how Ouseburn fits into it.

The group collated the responses, and Dale Bolland has put these into a formal response from the Planning and Development Group and sent it to Newcastle’s Planning Department.

Autumn in Ouseburn

Elderberries in Ouseburn by Janet E Davis.

Elderberries in Ouseburn.

It’s lovely to see some blue skies and sunshine in the valley today.

There seem to be berries of every colour here at the moment – brilliant scarlets, glowing yellows, luminous white and glistening purple-blacks.

Members of the Ouseburn Planning and Development Group are busy this week with pulling together responses to consultations.

We are creating this website so we can share information and documents relating to such consultations with more people.