Newcastle City Council is advising of disruptive works at Haddricks Mill junction in South Gosforth in the next couple of weeks
The following announcement has been made by Newcastle City Council:
Temporary lane closures will be in place on Haddricks Mill Road and Station Road as council teams lay new kerb lines and carry out resurfacing as part of the £4 million improvements to the busy junction.
In order to minimise disruption, the works will take place during February half-term, with temporary southbound closures on a short section of Haddricks Mill Road, where Majestic Wine is located.
Diversions will be in place for southbound traffic for seven days, from 17-23 February.
The next set of temporary lane closures will be in place during the Easter school holidays in April. This is for eastbound traffic on Station Road, with diversions in place.
Cllr Arlene Ainsley, cabinet member for transport and air quality said:
“These essential works have been planned to minimise disruption to the travelling public and are focused on school holidays when traffic is a lot lighter.
“Our teams have worked hard to keep two-way traffic on all approaches to this busy junction, but with six roads converging on to Haddricks Mill, this part of the programme requires temporary lane closures so our teams can carry the works out safely and efficiently.
“The final elements of disruptive work, when we resurface the junction itself, and the approach roads, will be scheduled to take place over the school summer holidays. We’ve scheduled it for then because doing it before those holidays would cause significantly more disruption for people. In order to do this work as quickly as possible, teams will be on site for 18 hours a day where possible.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their patience during this disruptive stage of the programme.”
The works to Haddricks Mill was due to complete by late Spring, but with the late start of utility contractors on site and the scheduling of resurfacing work to during school holidays means that all works in the area will be completed by September.
The above news story 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.
It’s always a sad day when the Christmas tree has to come down. But the good news is that any real trees can be recycled!
If you bought a real Christmas tree this year, you need to make the effort to dispose of it responsibly – don’t leave it in the back lane as Newcastle City Council will not collect it as part of household rubbish collections – you need to take it yourself to a household waste and recycling centre.
“Please don’t dump trees in lanes, car parks or on green spaces! Fly tipping is an offense. The only council-ran Christmas tree sites are at the recycling centres.”
‘Real’ trees are recyclable and can be shredded into chippings which are then used locally in parks or woodland areas.
Remember to remove all tinsel and decorations and any pots or stands.
Council will not collect Christmas trees from back lanes
Newcastle City Council’s website says that Christmas trees should be taken to one of the city’s household waste recycling points.
Christmas trees will not be accepted by Newcastle City Council as part of your wheelie bin household rubbish – so please do not leave them in your back lane.
If you have an artificial or fake Christmas tree, you can still take this to one of the Newcastle City Council sites for disposal.
Newcastle City Council’s website says that: ‘Please don’t dump trees in lanes, car parks or on green spaces! Fly tipping is an offense. The only council-ran Christmas tree sites are at the recycling centres.’
***Change of date – now Sunday 21 July from 1pm***
Friends of the Valley and High West Jesmond Residents’ Association are hosting a small event on Sunday 21 July 2019 on Little Dene Park (Moorfield) to celebrate the green environment that surrounds our community, High West Jesmond.
You may know that FOVALD, has adopted both the Valley & Little Dene Park and has also been managing the Little Dene as a nature resource for 19 years now.
Volunteers lending a hand
A lot of the maintenance work is carried out by the Tuesday gardening group, Lending a Hand (which is part of FOVALD), which also undertakes environmental tasks on many of the streets in our community, as well as the Little Moor.
Little Dene Park adopted
It is more than a year since Little Dene Park was adopted, so the motivation for the event is:
(i) to celebrate the Park’s 66’th birthday;
(ii) to try & raise some funds for one or two proposed improvements;
(iii) to let residents see the latest Streets for People proposals;
(iv) to provide an opportunity for a “get-together”.
There will be some cakes & soft drink tables, a tombola, a few games to try your hand at, some photos of the Valley & the area to look at and discuss, plus up-to-date info from the Residents Association about the Streets for People programme and other “big issues” on the horizon!
Last but not least, there will be a Ukulele Band playing some entertaining & soothing background music!
So please come along and join us for a chat and to listen to the music on Sunday 21 July 2019 from 1pm.
***The event will now take place on Sunday 21 July, rather than the previously advertised Saturday 20 July due to the weather forecast for Saturday***
We look forward to seeing you there!
Cath Snowden, Chair – FOVALD and Nick Moore, Chair – HWJRA
Members of the public are invited to comment on the Charity Commission’s proposed changes to Lord Armstrong’s Deed of Gift dated 1883 as it relates to the Banqueting Hall and Jesmond Dene Park.
The following announcement has been released by the JRA:
Urgent Update: The Banqueting Hall and the Charity Commission – The Armstrong and Hodgkin Charitable Trust
As the Jesmond Residents’ Association’s representative for matters relating to the Banqueting Hall and the Jesmond Dene Estate, I have responded to the charity Commission’s proposed changes to Lord Armstrong’s Deed of Gift dated 1883 as it relates to the Banqueting Hall and Jesmond Dene Park.
JRA concerns expressed
The Jesmond Residents’ Association has raised a strong objection highlighting a number of significant issues which must be taken into consideration before any changes are made.
1. The poor quality of the consultation regarding the proposed changes by Newcastle City Council. This demonstrates a lack of fairness and openness, and unseemly and unnecessary haste.
It does not demonstrate or reflect the opinions of Jesmond residents or indeed the citizens of Newcastle.
2. The lack of clarity regarding the fate of the four endowment properties held within the Jesmond Dene estate.
The income generated from these properties is ring fenced for the management, upkeep and restoration of the Banqueting Hall as stated in Lord Armstrong’s Deed of Gift.
3. The actual intentions behind the proposed changes have not been made clear by Newcastle City Council or the new Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust.
The use of Jesmond Dene and the function of the Banqueting Hall were clearly separated by Lord Armstrong’s Deed of Gift. This was for good reason and we do not know why this should be changed.
The Banqueting Hall as a “controlled ruin” is used by the Armstrong Studio Trust and it fulfils Lord Armstrong’s intentions with their outreach activities. Many activities take place within Jesmond Dene which again fulfil Lord Armstrong’s intentions within the Deed of Gift.
4. The current financial effectiveness of Lord Armstrong Deed of Gift is under review by Newcastle City Council which is appropriate. However, there are a number of ideas and proposals from interested parties regarding sourcing funds which should be discussed publicly and openly by Newcastle City Council and Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust.
Your opportunity to comment
Comments or representations on these proposals can be made to the Charity Commission within one month of 01 June 2019 by completing the form of notice on