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Proposed amendments to Ouseburn Futures Constitution

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

Key changes

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.

Minor amendments

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 full documents

The proposed amended constitution can be viewed or downloaded as a pdf file: Proposed amended Ouseburn Futures Constitution November 2015..

The current version of the Ouseburn Futures Constitution is available here.


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).


Ouseburn Futures takes charge of Regneration Plan

Councillor Henri Murison, David Slater (Director of Environment & Regeneration, Newcastle City Council), Pam Briggs (Chair, Ouseburn Trust), Sue Bright (Chair, Ouseburn Futures). Photo by John Hipkin.

Councillor Henri Murison, David Slater (Director of Environment & Regeneration, Newcastle City Council), Pam Briggs (Chair, Ouseburn Trust), Sue Bright (Chair, Ouseburn Futures). Photo by John Hipkin.

Ouseburn was in the news today* as Newcastle City Council formally handed over ownership of the area’s regeneration plan to Ouseburn Futures. The photograph above shows Councillor Henri Murison; David Slater, Director of Environment & Regeneration for Newcastle City Council; Pam Briggs, Chair, The Ouseburn Trust; Sue Bright, Chair of Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group at the signing event at the Toffee Factory in Ouseburn [photographer: John Hipkin].

Local businesses and groups are set to oversee the regeneration of the Ouseburn Valley, in a transfer of powers from Newcastle City Council.

The council will devolve ownership of the area’s regeneration plan and associated funds to Ouseburn Futures; an independent body formed last summer to drive progress in the area with local businesses, organisations and individuals at the helm.

As a successor to the old Ouseburn Management Board, Ouseburn Futures will focus on improving the social, economic and physical aspects of the Valley in partnership with Newcastle City Council and other groups with interests in the Valley.

A small regeneration fund will also be handed over, to be administered by Ouseburn Futures with help from the Ouseburn Trust, with an agreement to use the funds to further develop the area’s facilities and reputation as a place where creative companies come to do business.

Councillor Henri Murison, Cabinet Member for Quality of Life, said: “The devolution of powers and funds to local organisations makes sense in the context of the area’s ongoing regeneration.

“The city council has helped bring these organisations together with a shared vision for the future of this area. So much has already been achieved in the last 15 years to transform the post-industrial Ouseburn into a much-loved destination for culture, leisure and business, while building on the area’s unique character. The council is open to working in new ways to keep the improvements coming – and we envisage a clear role for Ouseburn Futures to drive the future phases of regeneration with the council as an equal partner. Who better to look after the future of the area than the people who already live and work here?”

Sue Bright, Chair Ouseburn Futures, said: “This is an important milestone for all those who have been involved in nurturing and creating this unique neighbourhood in our city. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support of Newcastle City Council and The Ouseburn Trust and the hard work of the many businesses, groups, individuals and others who have been involved over the years in reaching this point in the regeneration of Ouseburn.

We hope that this new group, Ouseburn Futures, will continue to attract new members (people living or working in the Ouseburn Valley, or those who visit it) who want to be involved in shaping its future through getting involved in our themed groups. Details of future themed meetings can be found on our website: www.ouseburnfutures.org.uk where you will also find out more about what we do and other ways to get in touch.”

  1. *Hugh Macknight, ‘Newcastle Council’s Transfer of Ouseburn Regeneration Plan,’ Sky Tyne & Wear, 27th February, 2013.
  2. *‘Locals take charge of Ouseburn’s Future,’ Newcastle City Council, 1st March 2013.