Newcastle waste strategy consultation

Newcastle City Council wants to hear residents views about waste.

The council wishes to gather the views of residents, businesses and stakeholders on how we manage waste in Newcastle.

The following announcement has been made by Newcastle City Council:

“Having asked for residents’ and businesses’ views on our proposed priorities for the Newcastle upon Tyne Waste Strategy in the first stage of our consultation, in this next stage we want to get people’s views about the specific actions we are thinking of taking to ensure that the Waste Strategy Action Plan will deliver the outcomes we want.

The Waste Strategy is being developed based on several key areas:

  • Behaviour change and education
  • Enforcement
  • Food waste
  • Markets and technology
  • Operations and planning
  • Partnerships, public and private
  • Recovering value from waste
  • Recycling and composting
  • Waste prevention, including reuse


To help us ensure we meet our outcomes, we want your views on the actions we are thinking of taking to achieve our goals for each of these key areas. You can find out more about this here: Newcastle Waste Strategy Consultation Stage 2 Information 2018

Please give us your views by taking part in our online survey, before 31 October 2018.”

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. 

Mobike exits Gosforth and High West Jesmond

The cycle-sharing scheme Mobike UK has cut Gosforth and High West Jesmond from its operating area in Newcastle.

The announcement of the reduced operating area in Newcastle came in September 2018.

Users of the mobile app were presented with a new map of the operating area when they logged in on their smartphones.

Image courtesy Evening Chronicle (from a Mobike UK handout – September 2018) “Mobike is reducing the size of the designated cycling area in Newcastle and Gateshead. The blue line was when we first launched; the light grey area was where we expanded; the darker area is the ‘new’ operating area.”

Mobike UK launced with a fanfare in October 2017.

Having expanded the initial area of operating in February 2018 to include High West Jesmond, Gosforth and other areas in the north of Newcastle upon Tyne, the latest change severly restricts the operational area in the city.

Read our Feb 2018 article: Mobike extends to High West Jesmond & Gosforth

Mobike previously expanded to Gosforth & High West Jesmond

Mobike UK itself issued a blog posting in Feb 2018 promoting its expansion in Newcastle noting that it was:

“expanding its successful scheme in Newcastle to respond to increasing demand from the city and its residents.”

“The expansion follows discussions between Mobike, local authorities and councils. Newcastle has made significant investment in cycling infrastructure in recent years, thanks to it becoming one of the UK’s eight ‘Cycle Cities’ and its ambition to support sustainable travel. New cycle lanes and routes, both inside and out of the city centre, make Newcastle a perfect Mobike city.”

Now High West Jesmond & Gosforth are cut out from cycle scheme

Removing High West Jesmond and Gosforth means that residents can no longer take advantage of bikes in their local area.

At one point the cycle racks at the Ilford Road Metro station (platform towards the coast and airport) regularly had the distinctive orange Mobikes available, as illustrated in the photo below from 2 August 2018. 

Mobikes parked at Ilford Road Metro station on 2 August 2018

However, despite the fine weather, for much of the school summer holidays there were no orange Mobikes available at all at Ilford Road Metro station – the picture on 4 August 2018 illustrates the lack of bikes.

All gone – even before the official announcement of the exclusion of High West Jesmond from the cycle-sharing scheme, there were no Mobikes at Ilford Road Metro station on 4 August 2018

Our Twitter account @highwestjesmond notified Mobike UK of the lack of bikes at Ilford Ropad Metro station on 4 August 2018 and we received a reply that stated “thanks for letting us know – we will get bikes back to this area soon”.

Mobike UK responds on 6 August to previous tweet from @highwestjesmond notring lack of bikes on 4 August 2018

The shrinkage in the operating area in Newcastle in Sept 2018 follows a decision by Mobike UK to withdraw completely from Manchester.

 

Little Moor Allotments Coffee Morning

All are welcome on 22 September 2018 to join the Little Moor Allotments Association at their coffee morning raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Please come along and join us – we are going to be the best supporters of the above charity and make it a fantastic day.

When

Saturday 22 September 2018 from 10:30 to 12:30hrs

Where

The entrance to Little Moor Allotments is on Moorfield,  High West Jesmond.

This is near to Ilford Road Metro station or the bus on Gosforth High Street.

Parking for a visit to the Little Moor Allotments Coffee Morning is free.

To buy

Loads of delicious fresh fruit and veg from our allotments as well as mouth-watering home made cakes, tray bakes & biscuits.

Plus extra surprise stalls.

Coffee – you have a choice! Buy on site or, if you prefer a more sophisticated coffee either our nearby cafe Delicious Decadence, or Simply Local, both on Newlands Road, will be happy to oblige and contribute to our cause.

Donate

If you can’t make it on the day and wish to donate Little Moor has a designated donation number, we have been given this by the Macmillan support team:

Please text this code: JAMDAJ1 to 70550 to donate £5

About Macmillan

Little Moor Allotment Association encourage you to visit the Macmillan website to see how they are changing the lives of people with cancer.

The website gives details of the money raised and how it is spent.

 

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 twitter.com/CatMcKinnell    @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
Gallagher

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: louise.cameron@newcastle.gov.uk

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 www.getnorth2018.com

#GetNorth2018