Council closes Stoneyhurst Road Bridge and Castle Farm Bridge

Newcastle City Council has announced plans to close several bridges to vehicles.

This includes Stoneyhurst Road Bridge and Castle Farm Bridge in the Dene and South Gosforth ward of the city.

Experimental traffic regulation orders

Newcastle City Council is using experimental traffic regulation orders to close the bridges to vehicles and this will be operational from 13 August 2020.

The bridges will remain open to people on foot and on bikes.

Under an experimental traffic regulation order, the first six months of the closure is for public consultation.

Newcastle City Council has stated that during this six month period people can leave feedback and comments on the closure and these will be considered before a final decision is made.

Information on Council website

You can visit the Newcastle City Council website to find out more.  Details are at https://safenewcastlebridges.commonplace.is/

Objections to permanent closure

If you wish to object to a permanement closure you can send your objection by 15 February 2021 to:

Newcastle Parking Services
PO Box 2BL
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 2BL

or email to traffic.notices@newcastle.gov.uk

Newcastle City Council news release

The following news release was issued by Newcastle City Council:

Many of the bridges selected are used by inappropriate levels of traffic for small structures, using the bridges to cut through residential streets. By restricting traffic, the council will also meet the rising demand for better walking and cycling in local neighbourhoods.

The bridges include: 
•    Salters Bridge, Parklands
•    Dene Bridge, Castle Farm Road, Dene and South Gosforth 
•    Haldane Bridge, South Jesmond 
•    Argyle Street Bridge, Ouseburn 
•    Stoneyhurst Bridge, Dene and South Gosforth 

A Newcastle City Council spokesperson said: “Road transport is responsible for a third of our city’s carbon emissions and is the main reason for poor air quality. By restricting traffic in these areas we believe it will help create safer, cleaner and greener neighbourhoods and encourage more walking and cycling which has huge environmental and health benefits for everyone. 

“We’re listening to the public which is why we have a six-month public consultation where people can tell us their views. This will inform whether or not we make the closures permanent. We encourage everyone to engage with us constructively both on these changes, and others we will be bringing forward across the city.”

Initially concrete blocks will be in place on 13 August, but over the coming days and weeks these will be replaced with other materials.

Using Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders, the council has the legal powers to close the bridges to vehicles from 13 August. Statutory consultation has taken place with authorities such as emergency services and the legal orders have been put in place. 

Public consultation period will take place for the first six months when the closures are in place. During this time, residents can leave feedback and comments on the closure, and these will be considered before a final decision is made on whether to make the changes permanent. 

To take part in the consultation  please go to https://safenewcastlebridges.commonplace.is/ 

The above news story was issued by Newcastle City Council and is available to read 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. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – what you need to do

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

The following information has been made available by the UK Government:

6 steps animation – 22 March 2020

Watch the 6 steps animation on the Department for Health & Social Care’s Twitter channel.

NHS information about COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Dr Nam Nguyen is a GP and the clinical lead for the NHS website.

In this short video from the YouTube NHS channel he shares information about coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, when you will need to stay at home and importantly, how long for.

Visit the NHS website for up to date information: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

Information available

For the latest information from the NHS and the UK Government please visit:

NHS – nhs.uk/coronavirus

GOV – gov.uk/coronavirus

Newcastle City Council information

You can also read the latest information fron Newcastle City Council here:

newcastle.gov.uk/coronavirus

Remember the key messages

 

 

Recycling tips from the Council Waste Services Department

 
 

Message from the Council Waste Services Department

The following announcement has been made by Newcastle City Council’s Waste Services Department:
 

In order to improve recycling levels, it is important to separate glass from other recyclable materials, and also to ensure that recycled waste is dry.

Ensure you have a caddy and working lid on your recycling bin

With this in mind, please ensure that your bin has a caddy and a working lid.

Replacement caddies and bin repairs are free and can be arranged by contacting Envirocall online at https://envirocall.newcastle.gov.uk/ or by telephone at 0191 278 7878

Residents are encouraged to put house numbers on their bins and caddies to aid identification

Don’t leave bins in back lanes

Residents are encouraged to bring bins in as soon as possible after collection to improve access in rear lanes and keep the area tidy

The bin collection calendar is distributed twice a year and is available to view at www.newcastle.gov.uk/bin

You can read more about recycling, rubbish and waste at www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/environment-and-waste/recycling-rubbish-and-waste

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

Disruptive works expected at Haddricks Mill junction

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.

Half term

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.

Easter

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.

More information is available at www.newcastle.gov.uk/our-city/transport-improvements/outside-city-centre/haddricks-mill-junction

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. 

Christmas tree – recycle it, don’t leave it in the back lane

Do not dispose of your Christmas tree in the back lane. Please remember to do your bit and recycle it by taking it to one of the council’s household recycling centres

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.

Find out more about recycling at Christmas on the Newcastle City Council website.

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.’

Local Christmas tree recycling points are located at the Newcastle City Council household waste recycling centres (listed below).

Do not dispose of your Christmas tree in the back lane. Please remember to do your bit and recycle it by taking it to one of the council’s household recycling centres

Household waste and recycling centres in Newcastle

Brunswick

Brunswick Industrial Estate
Sandy Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE13 7BA

Byker

Glasshouse Street off Walker Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE6 1AH

Walbottle

​Walbottle Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE15 8HY

More details and opening hours of Newcastle City Council household recycling centres

If you enjoyed your Christmas with a real Christmas tree then please dispose of it responsibly – recyle it by following Newcastle City Council guidance and taking it yourself to a household waste recycling centre.

For opening hours and more details about Newcastle City Council household waste and recycling centres please see the following web page maintained by Newcastle City Council https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/find-recycling-centre-or-rubbish-tip

Summer Happening on Little Dene Park

 

***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”.

Summer happening

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