HWJRA meeting on 24 January 2017

Meeting for Residents of High West Jesmond

There will be a meeting to update on the proposed changes to Blue House Roundabout and Jesmond Dene Road, and the proposed introduction of Communal Bins.

The meeting of High West Jesmond Residents’ Association will be held on

Tuesday 24 January 2017 at 19:00
at Ouseburn Room, Trinity Church, Gosforth High Street

The meeting will hear from our Chairman, Nick Moore who has attended 6 meetings of the steering group for the development of Blue House Roundabout and Jesmond Dene Road junctions.

The steering group has not yet reached its final conclusion but this will be an opportunity for residents to be updated on work and to contribute thoughts about the proposals to date.

Also, following the recent news that the Council is proposing to introduce Communal Bins to our area we have invited our local Councillor Dominic Raymont to the meeting who will be able to share the latest news and listen to resident’s views on this issue.

We hope as many residents as possible will attend this meeting so that we can get a clear picture of the views of residents on both issues.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Fiona Bruce
HWJRA Secretary

Council proposal for communal bins

Plan for replacement of wheelie bins with communal bins

Newcastle City Council has announced its intention to replace the current individual “wheelie -bins” with communal bins to the back lanes of High West Jesmond. These would provide one bin per every four houses.

City Council proposal

Further detail is available at the council’s website newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/communal-bins

It’s likely that the change would be implemented in Summer 2017 though this depends on the final council budget being approved.

Local opposition to communal bin proposals

There is already some local opposition to the proposals. Our local councillors in East Gosforth ward are against the proposal and have launched a petition at newcastle-libdems.org.uk/en/petition/no-to-communal-bins-petition

High West Jesmond Residents’ Association would be keen to get the views of local residents so that we can take a view of local opinion and, if necessary, make appropriate representations to the council and our local MP.

If you have any comments about the introduction of communal waste bins then please send feedback to us via the normal channels or via the Contact Us page.

Communal bins bombshell

The following article is reproduced from the Newcastle upon Tyne Liberal Democrats website.

Residents have reacted angrily to plans by Newcastle City Council to introduce a communal bin regime in Gosforth, following similar decisions elsewhere in the city.

The Council says this is part of a plan to remove 13,000 bins across the city and to save money on the collections.

West Gosforth Liberal Democrat Councillor Nick Cott said: “There will be real concerns about the effectiveness of the collections. Where communal bins have already been introduced, in parts of Heaton, our Liberal Democrat colleagues report lack of sufficient capacity and examples of overflowing bins. It is also possible that recycling will be discouraged. It is all very well the Council looking at saving money, but unless it has an effective operation the scheme could prove problematic.”

A petition from householders in the Wingrove area was presented to council last week” said Councillor Dominic Raymont who represents East Gosforth Ward. ” This illustrates the concerns of residents city-wide.

Commercial-sized waste bins will be placed in back lanes at a distance of one every fourth household. There will be three bins: one each for normal and recycled waste, to be collected once a fortnight, plus another for glass with collections every three weeks.

Basically if you have a back lane then the chances are you are included in the scheme,” said Councillor Raymont. “So we do not expect this will limited to a few streets, it will doubtless affect householders all over the city.”

Councillor Cott continued, “We have seen a number of examples of the lack of consultation with residents in Gosforth by this council in recent years. To ensure our residents are aware of this from the start we have initiated a petition for people to express their opposition.”

Sign our petition here:


The article article is reproduced from the Newcastle upon Tyne Liberal Democrats website.