Blue House & Jesmond Dene Road Working Group
Monday 31st October 2016
Notes of the third meeting taken by Ali Lamb, Transport Engagement Officer, Newcastle City Council
Present: John Dales, Independent Facilitator; Graham Grant, Head of Transport Investment, Ali Lamb, Engagement Officer; Open Lab, Newcastle University. Cllrs Catherine Walker (North Jesmond); Dominic Raymont (East Gosforth); Nick Cott (West Gosforth); Stella Postlethwaite (North Jesmond). Mike Scott, Nexus.
Representatives of stakeholder groups: NewCycling; Jesmond Residents Association; Save Newcastle Wildlife; Space for Gosforth, Newcastle Cycling Stakeholders Forum; Gosforth Traffic; Jesmond Dene Estate Residents Association; West Gosforth Residents Association; Change.org Petition; High West Jesmond Residents Association; the Five Admirals Residents Association; T&W Public Transport User Group; Save our Town Moor.
JD welcomed everyone to the meeting and apologised for the late circulation of the papers. Other communication issues were discussed including the length of time between meetings when the group are in a collaborative but challenging period when good communication is so important. JD suggested that an additional meeting in 2 weeks’ time would be better than communicating using posts on the web site …meetings are a better way of exploring complex information and appreciating different points of view. JD noted that an extra meeting had also been added onto the end of the scheduled meetings, so all in all, the programme had gone from 4 to 6 meetings and the door was always open for others if they are needed.
It was agreed that an additional meeting on Monday 14th November would be arranged AL
Questions for clarification before the assessment session began:
Observations from the table sessions revealed that there were very similar discussions at each one – congestion; safety; provision for walking and cycling; protection of moorland.
Feedback sheets were collected and JD asked that any other feedback/comments be emailed to him.
Design 1 – A signalised crossroads with all movements possible
Design 2 – A signalised crossroads with some restricted movements
Design 3 – A compact roundabout or ‘turbo’ roundabout
Design 4 – A conventional roundabout
JD shared estimates on the number of trees that would be affected by each of the 4 options – to be circulated by JD
Next Meeting – Monday 14th November 2016, 5.30 for a 6pm start.