Newcastle City Council

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Pollution charge survey analysis 'set for July publication'

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

As we told you a few minutes ago more than 19,000 people have responded to a council survey asking for views on a proposed clean air toll on Tyneside.

The government has ordered councils to cut dangerous emissions levels by 2021 and had set Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside a deadline of 12 July to make a decision and submit a final business case to ministers.

A website glitch stopped a consultation too early so Newcastle City Council gave residents and businesses on Tyneside an extra two days to submit opinions on the controversial plans.

CAZ consultations in Leeds and Birmingham attracted 8,744 and 10,392 comments respectively, while 18,126 people responded to the consultation on London’s recently introduced Ultra Low Emission Zone.

The councils say there will now be an independent analysis of the consultation responses, with the results expected to be published in July.

The Tyne Bridge and Quayside
BBC

Newcastle Central Station work to start in 2020

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Work is under way behind the scenes to prepare Newcastle Central station for a major revamp needed to bring millions more rail users into the city, council bosses say.

Plans for a £5.2m redesign of the station were unveiled earlier this year.

The council now says construction is set to begin at the station in early 2020 and be completed by March the following year.

The works planned by the council will include a new entrance opposite the Centre for Life, a new short-stay car park and taxi pick-up point, and a space for passengers inside the station.

Cabinet member for employment, Ged Bell said: “Following cabinet approval in February, the project is now going through the technical design stage that involves working with our delivery partners and obtaining all necessary funding, statutory and regulatory approvals.

"it is hoped that the upgrades will allow for the future development of a multi-storey car park on the Forth Goods Yard, as well as new homes and offices."

Passenger numbers through the station are expected to rise from 8.7m to 12m by 2023, and these plans will help enable platform extensions to serve new, longer trains.

Concept design of a new western walkway to Central Station
Newcastle City Council

Proposals for Jesmond Hotels to extend alcohol licences cause backlash

Proposals to extend alcohol licences at two hotels in Jesmond have sparked fury among neighbours.

Residents fear that giving the Carlton Hotel and New Kent Hotel more freedom to sell alcohol will lead to an extension of the Osbourne Road strip.

Carlton Hotel
Google

The Carlton Hotel's Spy Bar is looking to remove a restriction on their current licence which prevents them selling alcohol to patrons in a central seated area without an accompanying meal.

The New Kent Hotel is seeking to create a new outdoor drinking area and also allow trading on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

But Kathleen Cunningham, of the Jesmond Residents Association, has warned the council that anti-social behaviour linked to drinking is now "endemic" in the area.

Both venues will face Newcastle City Council licensing hearings next Monday over their plans.

New Kent Hotel
Google

More club nights for the Ouseburn despite student fears about late night noise

Cobalt Studios has won approval from Newcastle City Council to hold an extra 12 late-night events per year that can run as late as 03:00.

Students who live near the venue had lodged objections that the noise would disturb their sleep and affect their ability to study for their degree exams.

But those concerns were withdrawn after the Boyd Street site explained that the events are financially necessary to support its other artistic community projects.

Our key objectives are to support culture, to work with harder to reach groups, and to support communities. A lot of the people we spoke to didn’t realise that, for example, we have refugees that come together here to make music."

Manager Kathryn HodgkinsonCobalt Studios

Last chance to have your say on pollution plans

BBC Newcastle

Public consultation over plans to charge drivers for entering parts of Tyneside ends this week.

Gateshead, Newcastle and North Tyneside councils have put forward several options to combat air pollution - including charging vehicles for going over the Tyne or going into certain zones.

Drivers could be charged up to £50 a day to enter the city and town centres.

The local authorities say they've been given until 2021 to meet government clean air targets.

Representatives from Newcastle and Gateshead councils will be taking calls with Alfie and Anna at Breakfast between 09:00 and 10:00 on Monday.

You can get in touch by calling 0800 234 65 65, text 81333 (start your message BBC), or find us on social media @bbcnewcastle.

Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides
BBC

Killingworth Road roadworks now back on track

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Killingworth Road should finally reopen to traffic in less than two weeks, transport bosses have said.

The vital commuter route has been shut for almost two years amid a heavily-delayed roadworks project.

There was concern among Newcastle City Council engineers recently that a newly-discovered problem involving a manhole could force them to further delay the long-awaited reopening of the road.

But the authority says the issue has been resolved and it expects to hit its latest target of opening to southbound traffic only on 20 May.

Killingworth Road roadworks
BBC

Two-way traffic is expected from the summer.

Part of the A189 in South Gosforth, Killingworth Road shut in July 2017 for a massive project to install a new Metro bridge and widen the road.

Campaigners criticise 'relentless assault’ on green space

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Campaigners have condemned a "relentless assault" on Newcastle’s green space after proposals for another 900 homes in the north west of the city were mooted.

Banks Property wants to develop a new "Kingston Village" community to the west of Brunton Lane, adjacent to the massive 4,500-home Newcastle Great Park estate.

But opponents have warned that the area’s roads, schools, and other infrastructure are already stretched to breaking point.

Rachel Locke, of Save Newcastle Wildlife, said: “This development will see yet more fields paved over, with hedgerows and trees lost in what seems like a relentless assault on green open space to the north of the city.

Banks said infrastructure improvements were “absolutely at the heart of this project” and that upgrades to Brunton Lane itself will “make it far safer and more usable for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike”.

Artist's impression of the new Kingston Village 900-home estate
Banks Property

Ms Locke said Newcastle City Council was "already failing to plan for parks and open spaces for new communities".

The authority said it was "awaiting further information before the application can be validated".

Until then plans would not be available to view on its website.

But, after that, a consultation would be carried out and "all views will be taken into account in the decision-making process”.

Artist's impression of the new Kingston Village 900-home estate
Banks Property