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We’re looking for a minute taker!

Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group is looking for a minute taker.

Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group meets approximately every 6 weeks, about 8 times a year. Meetings are held weekdays at tea time, usually between 5.30 and 7.00 p.m.

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Experience taking minutes.
  • An understanding of issues relevant to the work of the group; planning, regeneration, environment, creative industries and the local economy, etc.
  • Experience of working with volunteers and community groups.
  • Must know the Ouseburn Valley and will probably be currently involved or have been previously involved in activities in the valley.

Responsibilities

The post holder needs to take minutes, write and distribute minutes, prepare and distribute agendas.

Payment

The post holder will be paid £10.00 per hour, on a freelance/self-employed basis.

How to apply

To apply send a letter of application in pdf format to Ouseburn@yandex.com by 5.30 p.m on Monday 15th February 2016.

Please note this deadline has been extended by a week from the date originally given.

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:

 

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.

 

February Ouseburn Clean Up

Ouseburn viaducts 16th Feb 2014

Ouseburn viaducts 16th Feb 2014

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!

 

Discuss Ouseburn’s future!

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 info@ouseburnfutures.org.uk if you’re coming (so we know how many for refreshments).

Download a copy of the flyer (pdf file).