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Gosforth eFocus No 35 - 5th June 2015

June 5, 2015 11:08 PM
* Gosforth Councillors' street surgery 10.00am to 12 noon on Saturday on Gosforth High Street. Parklands Councillors will also be available for private consultation 1130 - noon at Gosforth Library
* Resurfacing work on the northbound carriageway of the Great North Road between Academy and Broadway. Take care when crossing the two way traffic.
* Friends of Gosforth Central park will be planting from 10.00am to noon on Saturday too.
* Resurfacing of the road on Rotary Way and Great North Road at the approaches to the A1 roundabout at North Brunton Interchange was due to star on Friday 5th June But someone at the Council failed to notice the race meeting.....So it's been put off for a month or so.
The council's Highways Department has written to Gosforth Garden Village residents to inform them that they are issuing a temporary traffic regulation order the effect of which will be to close Salters Bridge to all vehicles. The order could come in to place as early as September and be in force for 18 months.
After that the Village residents could be given an opportunity to keep the closure in place.
Councillor Henry Gallagher of East Gosforth Ward said, "Personally I do not think any change should have been made without a vote of all the GGV residents. It just seems the right thing to do when the council is planning a change that will affect more or less every household."
Councillor Pauline Allen of Parklands Ward said. "This affects all Gosforth motorists (and surprisingly the road on the est side of the bridge is actually in the Parklands Ward) There is going to be added congestion and delay in Gosforth and at the Regent Centre traffic lights, so I urge all Gosforth residents to familiarise themselves with the proposals and make their views plain."
There is a drop-in session on Wednesday 10 June - 3 to 7pm at Gosforth Garden Village Association Hall for anyone who would like to discuss the proposals.
A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) has been issues for the following changes:
· There will be a "No Entry (except cyclists)" at the junction of each of Moor Road North, Belle Vue Avenue and Rectory Grove with Church Road.
· The three streets are not being physically blocked-off at Church Road.
· Motorised vehicles will still be able to exit each of the three streets at the junction with Church Road.
· Obviously emergency service vehicles will access streets as required.
· There is a small addition of double yellow lines on Church Road beside Alwinton Terrace.
These measures if approved would radically change the traffic flow in that central part of Gosforth. The full notice including how to make comments/objections can be seen here - http://newcastle-libdems.org.uk/en/document/traffic-and-highways/church-road-no-entry-tro.docx
Just a few small areas are currently excluded, following years of pushing by local councillors. At their last Ward Meeting they decided that NCCZs should be extended to the Berkeley Square north of Broadway West and Greystoke/McCracken areas on either side of the Great North Road. A consultation exercise will start shortly. The cost to Ward funds will be around £650.
At the request of councillors, these have been inspected and a report prepared on potholes. The responsible officer is currently awaiting an estimate of the costs required to carry out this work. As soon as he has this information he will decide the best way forward and will let us know as soon as he is in a position to advise further (hopefully over the next few days).
For the latest newsletter and minutes of the last meeting email g.centralpark@binternet.com
The day when the bollards on Brunton Bridge will be lowered and the automatic number plate cameras will enforce the restrictions edges closer. Look out for the signs - it's their approval by the DoT that's caused the delay - and don't risk a fine by driving across what looks like an inviting prospect. Think of those cameras as a latter-day bridge troll of the fairy tale!
From Monday 8 June 2015, Newcastle City Council will be sending questionnaires to around 10,400 local residents for the 2015 Newcastle upon Tyne Residents Survey. The aim of the survey is to gather robust, statistically valid data on residents' views of their local communities and public services. It will also ask questions about people's health and wellbeing, including economic wellbeing, to help Newcastle and our partners plan services.
The work has been contracted out to an independent contractor, M.E.L. Research Ltd., but will be overseen by staff in the Policy and Communication Team. If local residents have questions about the survey, or need it in a different format such as large print, they can contact M.E.L. Research as follows:
Telephone: Call the M.E.L. Freephone helpline on 0800 073 0348 FREE FREE FREE (alternative number: 0121 604 4664).
The survey can be completed either using the printed form, or online. The covering letter provides the details of how people can complete the form online if they want to do this.
The last Residents Survey ran in 2012. The survey serves a number of purposes, including:
• Informing policy and helping to identify priorities
• Shaping the design and delivery of services
• Tracking how well services are performing
• Giving an overview of how residents' views have changed over time.
• Helping fulfil our duties under the 2010 Equality Act, by publishing equality-related information.
The Council expects the response rate to be around 25%. Topline results for the survey will be available from 17 August 2015, with detailed results available in September 2015.
Tyneside Cinema is running a project for people with dementia, their families and carers.l.
An online survey is about to close: People can complete it online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dementiafriendlycinema
They want to know people's views about going to the cinema, what would make it easier for people with dementia and their families and carers to come to the cinema, what they would like to see and when and how we can enhance their experience (e.g. having social activities alongside the films and altering the environment in the cinema to accommodate people with different needs).
There will be film screenings and social activities every fortnight from July to December which people with dementia and their families can attend, showing a variety of films, trying out different approaches and having social activities afterwards. People will be asked to give feedback at these occasions to inform the future development of the Dementia Friendly Cinema programme in 2016.
The Dementia Friendly Cinema project was initiated by the Elders Council of Newcastle who gave initial seed funding to start the work and Newcastle Quality of Life Partnership, Alzheimer's Society, Newcastle Carers and Dementia Care are all involved in the steering group as well. Tyneside Cinema is putting in funding and staff resources and Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing is carrying out the evaluation. Ballinger Trust have also provided funding to support the research and also the documentation of the project by young film-makers from Northern Stars.
There's e a project webpage where people can find out more and sign up for updates:https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/whats-on/dementia-friendly-cinema
John, Lord Shipley spoke in the Queen's Speech - Debate (4th Day) (2 Jun 2015) on the subject of Local Government
John has also been appointed as the Liberal Democrats' local government spokesman and policy leader