We are proposing some amendments to the Ouseburn Futures constitution as we progress to establishing a Neighbourhood Forum, and members will be asked to approve at our General Meeting to be held at 6pm on 1st December 2015 at the Toffee Factory.
The proposed amendments
In Section 5
Neighbourhood Planning – the changes take into account the representations made by Byker councillors to ensure that Byker residents and businesses, as well as councillors, are fully involved in the development of a Plan. In 5(c) it is proposed that the development of the Neighbourhood Plan will be led by a Steering Committee, with two working groups reporting to them. The working groups will work to a jointly agreed workplan. The make-up of the Steering Committee is specified in 5(d). Point 4(b)vi has been amended to reflect the proposal to establish a Steering Committee, and point 4(b)ii(a) has been amended to identify places for residents and businesses in Ouseburn and Byker wards in the Co-ordinating Group.
In Section 8
Finances – the Co-ordinating Group proposes that Ouseburn Futures has the facility to open a bank account at any point in the future, so keeping the position as it is at the moment, with Ouseburn Futures’ money being held and managed by the Ouseburn Trust.
In Section 2
Purposes, Aims, Objectives and Powers – the wording in point (d) has been changed to be explicit about working alongside the Council, elected members, businesses and residents.
In Section 3
Membership – a new point (h) has been added to provide Ouseburn Futures with the right to refuse membership if necessary.
In Section 7
Alteration to the Constitution – point (c) reflects the fact that there is a ward boundary review in process at the moment in the city.
The storms of last week have passed, but what a lot of litter has been blown about !
We have an Ouseburn Valley clean up day on Thursday 20th February 2014, between 10:30am and 3:30pm, and hope you might be able to join us, whether for the whole day or just a couple of hours. We meet at Ouseburn Farm at 10:30am and we’ll set off from there again at 1:30pm.
We will provide you with a hot lunch and with any tools you might need.
Hope to see you then! Let’s keep the Ouseburn looking good!
Come along and get involved in the discussion about Ouseburn’s future at Ouseburn Farm on Tuesday 28th January 2014.
What future for Ouseburn? What have we learned from the last few years? Where should we be going? What are the key issues in taking Ouseburn forward? What should we be concentrating on?
The panel of speakers to spark off discussion at our Ouseburn Futures Open Meeting has been announced!
Dr Ian Baggett, Managing Director of the Adderstone Group, developers and managers of residential and office property (HQ in Ouseburn), which has developed 2 properties in Ouseburn.
Kathryn Hodgkinson, glass artist and Cobalt Studios director.
Tim Bailey, partner at xsite architecture, Foundry Lane (they designed the Toffee Factory).
Pauline Murray, of Polestar Rehearsal Studios and the band Penetration.
The following 3 panellists are to be confirmed:
Harvey Emms, Assistant Director of Development, Newcastle City Council.
Kate Edwards, Chief Executive of Seven Stories, the National Centre for Childrens Books, and formerly worked for the Ouseburn Partnership.
Ali Rhind, textile artist based at 36, Lime Street, and resident.
And the panel chair will be Councillor Stephen Powers, Ouseburn Ward, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council.
Doors open at 5.30pm, Ouseburn Futures AGM at 6.00pm, open meeting discussion 6.30 to 8.00pm. All welcome! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re coming (so we know how many for refreshments).