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

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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.

 

 

Parking in Ouseburn – proposals to charge & limit time

Ouseburn Valley Parking Map proposals March 2015 (click to see/download larger pdf version).

Ouseburn Valley Parking Map proposals March 2015 (click to see larger version).

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:

 

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.

 

Clean Green Ouseburn – February 2015

We’ve been very lucky with the weather for our Clean Green Ouseburn project, and the relatively mild autumn and winter has enabled us to get on faster than we had hoped.

The hedge laying has been more or less completed now. We have also been busy coppicing the hedge we didn’t lay so it creates a denser, bushier layer that will provide more cover and better nesting possibilities for small birds, more blossom for bees and other insects – and eventually more hips, haws and sloes for wildlife and people.

Some of our volunteers have been working hard to clear the soil and mud that floods had washed onto paths and paved areas during the past few years. The path going up through the Metro viaduct arches is much wider now with its full width uncovered.

We have also thinned some of the woodland so you can see ahead on the paths and so the bulbs and plants under the trees get enough light to grow, creating a greener and more bio-diverse ground layer.

We’ve made a great start on the new path from the end of Stepney Road to the orchard and fields, and to Stepney Bank via the Arch 4 car park. We still have a lot more to do in these areas, and around the river.

Amongst other items, an extraordinary number of tyres have been retrieved from the fields and woodlands by our volunteers, sometimes from areas where we had already cleared tyres away just last summer. All kinds of rubbish has been dumped in the valley, and some of it is hazardous to people, pets, and wildlife as well as looking a mess and attracting rats. There are some litter bins in the valley – and the Byker waste and recycling centre isn’t far away.

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has joined in so far – you’ve achieved so much!

We’re really looking forward to planting new trees, shrubs, and plants over the next couple of months – as well as seeing what plants pop up where the ground between trees now gets more light.

We’d love to see more people joining us to do it. Even if you can just manage an hour or two. Lots of people giving an hour or two of their time can make a huge difference to Ouseburn Valley. Sign up for a session via our online form or email or text/phone.

DIY Streets – Stepney Bank January 2015 update

Following feedback from the street trial in November we’ve developed a second option for Stepney Bank, which keeps the two-way access.

The idea with the two-way design is to widen the footpath at the main pinch-points, create public space at the top of the bank and have identified parking bays to avoid cars bumping onto the pavement. This will involve some give-way sections which should help reduce vehicle speeds.

Both of the options are shown below – please let us have your thoughts on these by contacting Cath at diystreets@ouseburnfutures.org.uk

Stepney Bank Two Way

Stepney Bank One Way

 

DIY Streets – November update

The Stepney Bank street trial took place on the 7th and 8th of November. This involved allowing downhill traffic only and using the space this freed up to show how we could create a more attractive entrance to the Valley outside the Tanners, widen footpaths for people travelling by public transport and from nearby homes, and set out designated parking spaces along the street to meet business needs and avoid people parking on pavements.

It was a dull and wet couple of days which meant we couldn’t set things up in the same colourful way that we did for the Festival trial, but we did have lots of useful conversations with businesses, residents, people visiting the area and those just passing through.

We talked to around 40 people over the two days, and received over 80 responses to our online survey. There was a mix of views – the idea of widening the footpaths was popular with most people, closely followed by the creation of extra public space at the top of the bank, but there were concerns about the impact the one-way system might have on local businesses and residents, and how it might increase traffic cutting through Coquet Street and Stepney Road.

As a result we’re going to look at a second option, where we still try to improve pedestrian areas, make space for horses and cyclists and have designated car-parking along the street, but retain the two-way access for vehicles. We hope to be able to share this before Christmas and will ask people which option they prefer.

We’re also continuing to work with the Council on the designs that were trialled at the Ouseburn Festival this summer. We expect to have some final draft plans by the start of 2015, and we will be arranging some public events and emailing out information before the end of January. If we can agree the proposals they’ll move on to a technical design stage, and work could start in Summer 2015, to be complete by September 2015.

Have your say on Lower Ouseburn Valley developments


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Carillion-igloo have commissioned a Commonplace map and feedback tool (see above) to enable you to see their latest development proposals and to comment on them.

Screenshot showing the Commonplace page for Lower Steenberg's Yard proposal.

Screenshot showing the Commonplace page for Lower Steenberg’s Yard proposal.

One of the first sites to feature on it is Lower Steenberg’s Yard, following a week of exhibiting the designs for it in Ouseburn at the Toffee Factory, xsite architecture, and Ernest. If you didn’t have a chance to see the design and comment on it when the displays were up, you can now see it and say what you think online.

The Malmo Quay proposals, currently at an earlier stage in the design process, are also available. The designs will be added to the page as they are developed so you can give feedback.

Screenshot of the Commonplace page for proposals for Malmo Quay, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Screenshot of the Commonplace page for Malmo Quay, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Each comment added is shown on the map, so you can read what other people think about the designs. Carillion-igloo will read the comments and feed them back into the development of the designs.

We hope lots of people will take the opportunity to look at the designs, comment on them, share them with everyone they know who is interested in Ouseburn.

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 October update – Stepney Bank one-way trial

The Council have now proposed dates for the Stepney Bank one-way trial – Friday 7th and Saturday 8th November 2014.

This will involve allowing downhill traffic only, but there will still be access to Stepney Road, Coquet Street and the car-park at the bottom of the bank from the Lime Street direction.

By just having one lane of traffic there will be space to show how we could create a more attractive entrance to the Valley outside the Tanners, how the footpaths could be widened to make it easier for people travelling down from public transport connections or nearby homes, and how parking spaces could be better spread out along the street.

Everything should be set up by 8am on Friday 7th, and will be taken down around 5pm on Saturday 8th. Ouseburn Futures, Sustrans and the Council will be around over the two days, probably at both the top and bottom of the bank, so please come and let us know what you think – this is just a trial, and we’re open to suggestions. Please get in touch too if you would like to be involved in helping organise the trial and gathering people’s views.

In terms of the ideas we tried out at the Ouseburn Festival these are still being worked up into detailed designs by the Council, but we hope to be able to report back more on these before the end of November. As a reminder, the plans are to:

  • Create a public space at the north end of Stepney Road, next to Ernest, so that it is safer for pedestrians to cross, and there’s less confusion for vehicles
  • Build a chicane 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

Please contact Cath at diystreets@ouseburnfutures.org.uk if you have any comments or queries.