Streets for People update, August 2018

Since we published the three findings reports earlier this Spring (see below), we’ve been talking the findings through with technical officers in the council. These have included Highway Engineers and Traffic Management Engineers, as well as local Councillors and the Streets for People Reference Groups. Considering all that feedback together has led us to issue project briefs for detailed design work to be undertaken to amend the designs we consulted you about last year.

We hope to have new drawings to share and some proposals for trials and further consultation in the Autumn.

What’s the real story about air quality around our schools?

Newcastle University’s Urban Observatory have installed Air Quality, real time monitoring units outside some of our local schools. The data they are collecting is available on the Urban Observatory online data portal, so you can look at the results in real time from the following schools:

  • Cragside Primary School, High Heaton
  • St Teresa’s Primary School, Heaton
  • Broadway East / Brunton Park First Schools, Gosforth
  • Across from St Gabriel’s Nursery, Heaton (Chillingham Rd / Cartington Terrace)
  • Westerhope Primary School
  • Sacred Heart Primary School, Fenham
  • Knop Law Primary School, Chapel Park
  • St Mary’s High School, Benton
  • Atkinson Road Primary School, Benwell
  • West Jesmond Primary School
  • Chillingham Road Primary School
  • St Albans’ Primary School, Walker

Please note!

  • They’re real time monitors, they aren’t high-precision ones.
  • Because of this, they’re not accredited by DEFRA for formal air quality monitoring standards but they still do provide useful information.
  • Over time, as the electro-chemical sensors degrade, the sensors can ‘wander’ and give misleading results.
  • They’re installed and maintained by Newcastle Urban Observatory rather than the Council’s Environmental Health Team who look after the high precision monitoring in Air Quality Management Areas.
  • Please don’t take short-term exceedances as being an immediate crisis. Long periods of monitoring are really needed to account for seasonal and other variations. The 1 hour limit for NO2 is 200 micrograms per m3, while the annual mean average limit is 40 micrograms per m3.

Findings from the consultation published

Late last year, we consulted with people about proposals to make streets prioritise active and sustainable ways of getting around in the Arthurs Hill / Fenham, Heaton / Ouseburn and Jesmond areas.

We have summarised the feedback we received in a series of reports (one per area) that are available for people to read below.

Arthur’s Hill and Fenham Findings – March 2018

Heaton and Ouseburn Findings – March 2018

Jesmond Findings – March 2018

The council are considering the feedback and will provide further information in May on what will happen next.

200 people attend Heaton drop in event

Heaton & Ouseburn Streets for People hosted a very successful drop in event at St Gabriel’s Church Hall on Tuesday 14th November.

It’s estimated that around 200 local residents, some staff from local business and services called in to discuss their reaction to the draft proposals and their ideas to make them better.

The main focus was definitely on the proposals for a cycle lane along Heaton Road and the traffic signals at St Gabriel’s Avenue, also the proposals around Ravenswood Road and those for Cartington Terrace & Alexandra Road.

Concerns were shared about the potential impact on the amount of on street parking that could be lost on Heaton Road, fears for safety if the traffic signals were removed from the St Gabriel’s Avenue crossroads and the impact on surrounding streets if some streets were closed to through traffic. The principle of a segregated cycle lane up to the Corner House was well supported but there were design challenges in terms of potential conflicts with access to driveways.

Members of the public also requested to see a timeline of the previous and future stages of the Streets for People project. In response, we have prepared a timeline and have shared on the About section of this website.

Three of the younger visitors to the drop in, left us some lovely feedback which we’d like to share with you.

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Come and find out more about the plans for Heaton on 14 November!

On Tuesday 14th November, there will be an opportunity to come and find out more about the plans to improve streets in Heaton and Ouseburn. This is your chance to speak to officers from the Council about the plans and share your views on what the changes might mean for you.

Whether you live, work or have connections to Heaton, come and drop in to St Gabriel’s Church Hall on Heaton Road anytime between 2pm and 7.30pm. You don’t need to register to attend and we encourage everyone of all ages, young and old, to come along and join in the discussion.

If you can’t make it, you can still, of course, share your views on the plans using Commonplace.

Please share this post using the social media buttons below to spread the word and make sure that you get your voice heard!

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Streets for People is live!

This website has been created to assist the three Reference Groups, steering the Streets for People process, in engaging their respective communities. Content will gradually be added ready for the engagement process, set to begin in July. If you wish to contribute new content or media to the website as it is being developed, or have any queries about existing published content, please e-mail s.peacock@newcastle.ac.uk.