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.