Blue House roundabout plan ‘over the top’

Petition against plans started

The following article was published on the BBC News Tyne & Wear website.

 

A Newcastle Cycling Campaign member made a composite of a map and the council plan to show the scale of the proposals – Newcastle City Council/Google

A petition against plans to build a large road junction on land protected by an act of parliament has been signed by hundreds of people.

The Blue House roundabout, on the outskirts of Newcastle, is congested and unsafe, the city council has said.

The authority proposes moving it and expanding it on to the Town Moor.

Sarah Edgar, who started the petition, said the scheme was “environmentally damaging, very expensive and is completely over the top in its scale“.

The 1988 Newcastle Upon Tyne Town Moor Act prevents development on the moor without permission of the city’s Freemen.

They have been approached for comment.

Campaigners are unhappy with plans to build the roundabout on sections of Little Moor (shown here) and Dukes Moor

The Labour-run council said the current roundabout was congested, did not work well for public transport, pedestrians and cyclists and had one of the worse safety records in the city.

The authority said it had a responsibility to ensure the junction becomes safer and does not “constrain growth” in housing and employment.

The plans are at an early consultation stage, it said.

The Blue House roundabout, on the edge of Gosforth in Newcastle, is unsafe and congested and has to be changed the council says – Newcastle City Council

Hundreds of people had commented online and the response had been “overwhelmingly negative”, Mrs Edgar said.

Residents have called it “completely out of proportion” and a “monumental and misguided waste of money”.

Newcastle City Council has been accused of misleading residents by picturing mature trees in plans showing how the roundabout would look – Newcastle City Council

The consultation period – due to end on 21 August – was a “very short window for response” when many were away on holiday, Mrs Edgar said.

“This is an irreversible decision that cuts into our great city’s precious green space.”

Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Greg Stone said the plans were “more radical and have a far bigger ‘footprint’ than many had envisaged”.

“We share local anxiety that this has a disproportionate impact on the Town Moor – a unique jewel in our city’s crown,” he said.

We would welcome clarity as to whether the Freemen support this proposal.”

The above article was published on the BBC News Tyne & Wear website.

Newcastle City Council announces plans to build on Town Moor

Shock plans announced to expand Blue House Roundabout and build on green open space of Town Moor

Residents in High West Jesmond, Gosforth and other parts of Jesmond have received official notification of plans by Newcastle City Council to expand the Blue House Roundabout which will involve building on part of the Town Moor and major work to Jesmond Dene Road and Haddricks Mill junctions.

The letter from Graham Grant, Head of Transport Investment at Newcastle City Council also announced a public engagement period between 25 July – 21 August 2016.

Consultation during school holiday period

The letter refers to a short public engagement period which coincides with the summer school holidays when a number of people may be away.

There are a series of drop-in sessions scheduled at local venues and we urge you to attend these, ask questions and make your voice heard!

You can download the full letter from Graham Grant here.

High West Jesmond Residents’ Association will be seeking the views of affected residents in order that we can represent local concerns. More to follow.