MP writes to Northern Gas Networks over extended closure of Killingworth Road

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North has written a letter to Northern Gas Networks about the ongoing closure of Killingworth Road and the disruption caused to local residents and businsses.

The letter was addressed to Mark Horsley, the Chief Executive Officer of Northern Gas Networks.

Northern Gas Networks is responsible for the delivery of gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses in the North East, Northern Cumbria and much of Yorkshire.

Residents can read the letter which was published on Catherine McKinnell’s Twitter page    @CatMcKinnell

Holding reply from Northern Gas Networks

A response was made on Twitter by Northern Gas Networks  @NGNgas where they said: “We’ve seen your letter and we’ll have a direct response to you very soon.”

Killingworth Road extended closure until 2019

The work on Killingworth Road was originally planend to be completed in February 2018 but there was then a delay until June 2018.

It was then announced that Killingworth Road (the A189), an important business and commuter route, would continued to be closed until 2019 due to ongoing delays with the work.

You can read the MP’s letter below.



Annual Ward Priority Setting meeting

Residents are invited to attend a meeting with Dene & South Gosforth Ward councillors to help determine the priorities for the ward for the year ahead.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 24 July 2018, 7pm at Trinity Christian Community Centre, Lartington Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1SX.

The meeting is scheduled to finish at 8.30pm.

Trinity Christian Community Centre, Lartington Gardens, Gosforth

Topics for discussion

According to the agenda for the meeting (available on the Dene & South Gosforth Ward Committee meetings page of Newcastle City Council’s website), the meeting will feature:

  • an update from Northumbria Police – from A/Sgt 918 Wilson
  • an update from Graham Grant, Newcastle City Council on Transport Schemes including
  • Killingworth Road, Haddricks Mill roundabouts and Blue House roundabout
  • an update on community groups and community action across Dene & South Gosforth Ward (this will include both our local community groups – the High West Jesmond Residents’ Association and the Friends of the Valley and Little Dene – FOVALD)
  • ward finance including grant applications
  • agreement of priorities and action of Dene and South Gosforth Ward 2018/19

According to papers on Newcastle City Council’s website, Dene & South Gosforth ward has been allocated £3,565 to spend (amount is before decisions on grants currently under consideration).

Share your view with Council survey

The council has also set up a survey and invited residents to complete this – you can find this survey on the council-run Let’s talk Newcastle website on the Dene and South Gosforth Annual Ward Priorities Meeting page.

The following information has been issued by Newcastle City Council:

Membership of Dene and South Gosforth Ward Committee

Councillor Wendy Taylor, Councillor Karen Robinson and Councillor Henry

Watch the short YouTube video to find out more:

General Information on Ward Annual Priority Setting meetings

Each of the 26 Wards of the city will hold 1 annual targeted event to identify
ward priorities.

Annual events will be led by Ward Councillors in consultation with local
residents and stakeholders to share identified draft priorities and seek
validation and commitment for collaborative solutions with partners and the
community and voluntary sector.

Ward priorities will be agreed for the following 12 months and will inform
ward committee budget expenditure.

Annual events will focus on priorities for the ward and what we can do in
partnership, encouraging all stakeholders to be part of the response

Identified ward priorities will inform a work programme / action plan for the
ward and we will work directly with communities based on core themes of
active citizenship, building community capacity, behavioural change and
developing community partnerships.

Common themes will be considered where joint action plans can be
developed to avoid duplication and promote best practice.

Agenda for meeting

A copy of this agenda is available on the Newcastle City Council website on the Dene & South Gosforth Ward Committee meetings page.

Further information can be obtained from the Communities Officer:

Louise Cameron Tel:0191 277 1786 Email:

The above ward committee meeting details was issued by Newcastle City Council and included on the Newcastle City Council website. It has been included here for information and does not necessarily represent the views of High West Jesmond Residents’ Association. 


Great Exhibition of the North opens

The Great Exhibition of the North, a three month long celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit and impact opened on 22 June.

#GetNorth2018 is anticipated to be England’s biggest event in 2018, packed with amazing exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and magical experiences.

All set in the stunning cityscape of NewcastleGateshead as the stage for the whole of the North to demonstrate its talents.

Watch the #GetNorth 2018 video

About the Great Exhibition of the North

#GetNorth2018 plans to share with each other and the rest of the world just how ingenious, imaginative and inventive the people of the North of England are. The organisers see this as an opportunity to change perceptions of the North and to turn the page on a new chapter of the dramatic story of innovation.

The event will include immersive experiences, hands-on activities and family-friendly fun to provide new ways to discover how big ideas in the North made history and continue to drive the future.

This includes a celebration as the cradle of football, inventor of the railways, designer of the iPhone and home to the Beatles. There will also be an opportunity to explore what’s coming soon in everything from Hyperloop’s high-speed rail travel to the next generation gaming. As well as finding out how our big thinkers are shaping a sustainable future – in our homes, in our healthcare, in our transport and in our energy use and production.

The Exhibition aims to instil a whole new level of local pride. No matter how well you know the North already, the aim is that you’ll discover new reasons to be proud and positive about the future. More than three million people will hear our story, including visitors from across the UK and overseas, as well as virtual audiences.

When they leave, they will take with them a new understanding of the way our people have inspired the world for centuries and continue to do so today. They’ll see how our North is helping to drive the fourth industrial revolution – just like it did the first.

Get involved. Get art, design and innovation. Get North.

NewcastleGateshead is the stage for the North of England in 2018

In the spirit of the great exhibitions of the past, this will be a showcase of the outstanding and the extraordinary from across the North.

We’ll use NewcastleGateshead’s beautiful buildings and bustling businesses as our display cabinet, and our beloved bridges and elegant streets as our canvas. Thirty venues on either side of the River Tyne will be involved – from world-class music venues and museums to quirky offices and hidden workshops. Our unique outdoor spaces and iconic landmarks will become the backdrop to surprising encounters and experiences.

The celebration will spill out onto the streets and into the city’s lively bars, restaurants and cafe’s, creating an atmosphere of togetherness and shared ambition. This collaborative spirit is the fuel for the whole of our Exhibition. Hundreds of people from every corner of the North are now hard at work creating content and putting plans in place to make the event happen. Designers, engineers, artists, musicians, makers, community groups, businesses and universities – it’s a huge collective effort to bring all of these stories and voices to our stage.

There are three starting points to our Exhibition: Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Great North Museum. These hubs are connected by three trails. Each hub will host its own programme of experiences and once you’ve explored this, you’ll step out across the city to discover any one of the three trails.

With most events, exhibits and activities taking place daily, plus additional one-off performances, you will have the opportunity to fill your entire summer schedule with new things to see and do around NewcastleGateshead.

Find out more at


Gosforth Central Park consultation until 2 July


Newcastle City Council arranged a public consultation event at Trinity Church Gosforth on Monday 18 June 2018 at 7pm to discuss the proposed plans for areas of Gosforth Central Park.

There was little advanced notice of the meeting, with publicity of it only appearing shortly beforehand – and the evening of the meeting clashed with the England v Tunisia football match.

However according to the City Council press release you can submit your views until 2 July 2018. Please see details below.

The following news release has been issued by Newcastle City Council:

“The joint consultation is between the City Council and Gosforth Central Park Tennis (GCPT), who are run by James Lloyd and Sean Damer. 

GCPT successfully submitted their initial ideas through an open “Expressions of Interest” in the summer of 2016 with this latest consultation feeding back to the local community their plans for the site.

The proposals look at the existing tennis and basketball courts, the former ladies bowling club green and The Bulman Club Community Association building. 

The City Council, GCPT and the Friends of Gosforth Central Park have been attending regular meetings to help develop a proposal that will benefit all users of the park.

Here are some examples of the proposal ideas:

  • Refurbishment of the existing tennis courts and basketball area
  • Provision of floodlights for the courts
  • Free access to the tennis courts and basketball areas to be retained (no membership fees)
  • Varied tennis coaching programme to be offered to the wider community
  • A potential events space on the former bowling green site
  • A proposed café in the Bulman Club Community Association building (monies from the café will be fed back into the project)

Sean Damer, Gosforth Central Park Tennis (GCPT), said: “We’ve taken on board the welcomed reactions and feedback from local people about our journey so far, and have developed a plan for Gosforth Central Park that will hopefully appeal to people of all ages.

“We’ve put together a public consultation which will give the local community a chance to ask some further questions and have another look at the plans. Our real hope is to try and build upon the passion people hold for Gosforth Central Park adding to its popularity and profile as a destination park in the city. We aim to help raise funds for the Friends of…and to provide an environment that everyone is happy with, giving people aspiration to spend more time in their local park.”

Cllr Kim McGuinness, cabinet member for culture, sport and public health at Newcastle City Council, said: “Gosforth Central Park is a well-loved green space that is used in a variety of different ways by local residents and visitors to Newcastle. Our parks are some of the city’s greatest community assets and we are always keen to see them being used in a positive way.

“We appreciate that something needs to be done to breathe new life back into the courts and the former bowling green at Gosforth Central Park, which is why we’re working closely with the team at Gosforth Central Park Tennis to help collate the ideas and feedback from the public about a park that is at the heart of the local community. The park requires investment through time, energy, ideas and funding, and we want to see this stunning green space thrive and prosper.

“It’s important that the proposals not only address the issues of health and well-being by providing resources that can benefit everyone but also utilises the beautiful park environment.”

The public event takes place at Trinity Church on Monday 18th June from 7pm, and for those people who are not able to attend the event, there will be information boards at Gosforth Library featuring the plans. These boards will be visible until Monday 2nd July, which is when the consultation will close.

The building containing the library is open Monday to Friday from 9am-4pm and on Saturday between 10am-2pm.

A special feedback email address has been set up for people to send through their thoughts

 The above news release was issued by Newcastle City Council and included on the Newcastle City Council website. It has been included here for information and does not necessarily represent the views of High West Jesmond Residents’ Association. 

Great Exhibition of the North ticketing announcement

Ticket details for the opening of Great Exhibition of the North have been released.

At 1pm on 22 June, Great Exhibition of the North’s full programme – including trails and venues across NewcastleGateshead – will officially open and the day will culminate in a spectacular evening event, which will see the Quayside burst into life.

Throughout the evening, gathering crowds will be immersed in a world of bands, choirs, dance, animation and street performances.

There will be a performance from Mercury prize nominated northern rock band Maximo Park, a brand-new film uncovering the talents of the North, and an appearance by renowned poet, Lemn Sissay introducing his newly created anthem for the North.

In addition, visitors will witness the UK’s largest water sculpture, measuring 80m in length.

After dark, the water sculpture will turn on in sync with a stunning light display and specially commissioned musical collaborations by Maximo Park and Kate Rusby with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Darkstar.

Both the afternoon launch and the evening performances are free of charge.

To manage demand, the evening event is ticketed, with the general release of tickets available from 10am on Tuesday 22 May, and early bird tickets for residents who hold a Newcastle or Gateshead postcode available from 10am on Friday 18 May.

Tickets should be registered for via:

There will be a series of one-off performances and surprises to enjoy over the opening weekend including a show about Northern women from stand-up poet Kate Fox; a musical performance of life in the North with Trailblazing, a trio of choirs; MESH – by Vanessa Grasse, a group of 10 professional dancers performing through the streets; and 105+db, a large-scale sonic artwork spilling onto the streets which will capture the North’s passion for football.

The approximate timings for the Great Exhibition of the North evening event are:

  • 19:00 onwards: Street entertainment commences
  • 20:00: Gates open on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside for the ticketed event
  • 21:30: Last entry into the site for all ticket holders
  • 22:00: Main event
  • 23:00: Event draws to a close

In addition to the original line-up – including displays of innovation and new artworks, with highlights such as a Great Northern Soundtrack curated by broadcaster Lauren Laverne, and the return of Stephenson’s Rocket – the Exhibition has revealed exciting new content for visitors to experience throughout the 80-day event this summer. 

Millions of visitors will get the chance to become involved with Richard DeDomenici’s remakes of pivotal scenes from the 1971 NewcastleGateshead classic, Get Carter and to take part in a two-week regionwide gaming showcase from 1up North, profiling VR retro and console games, competitions and leader boards.

There will be a display of the best in Northern creativity from British contemporary artist Damien Hirst with his trademark suspended shark, ‘Heaven’, to David Hockney’s acclaimed painting of Le parc des Sources Vichy at Great North Museum. Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan’s commission of a series of sculptural faces built into internal walls will be shown at BALTIC, and a delicate installation from ISIS Arts of white poplar leaves forming a tapestry of fragmented and foraged experiences embodying migratory movement will be on display at Newcastle City Library.

The free, once-in-a-lifetime Exhibition will tell the inspiring story of the North of England and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers have shaped our present and are inspiring our future.

Visitors will begin their journey at one of three iconic venues – Great North Museum, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art or Sage Gateshead – before joining three trails through world-class venues and public spaces.

Alongside the programme, in the first week of August, there will be entertaining and informative activities for families, including Family Workshops and a Get North Family Expo Weekend. These events will include hands-on activities and the chance to explore future careers and develop impressive skills.

The programme will also include a Business Summit to celebrate Northern innovation.  

On 9 September, the world’s largest half marathon, the Great North Run, will form the centrepiece of the closing weekend.

More details of Great Exhibition of the North can be found here:

Walk the bounds – a tour of High West Jesmond

Join us for a fascinating tour of High West Jesmond and learn more about the history of our community

We are delighted to invite you to a walking tour of ‘the bounds’ of High West Jesmond led by Chris Morgan who has already kindly shared some of his photographs of High West Jesmond’s past that we have featured on this webesite.

Date: Sunday 3 June 2018

Time: 10.30am

Meeting place: outside Delicious Decadence, Newlands Road, NE2 3NT

The tour will take approximately 2 hours and will explain the last 200 years of this special area on the border of Jesmond and Gosforth.

It will be illustrated with many old photographs and tales from Chris Morgan’s personal memory and those of his mother who played here before many of the houses were built.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 3 June.

Download a copy of the Walking the Bounds of High West Jesmond event poster here