Your views are sought on £2m street improvements in Jesmond and Ouseburn

A local group have been working with an urban design consultancy to turn ideas about improving the experience of getting around in Jesmond into a firm set of proposals. And now it’s up to you to have your say. Newcastle City Council has opened a public consultation exercise which will run from 16th October through to 30th November.

The ideas include new pedestrian crossings; protected cycleways; the decluttering of footways; and improving public spaces.

The project is motivated by people who want children to be able to walk, scoot or ride their bikes to school, be able to play out in the streets where they live and grow up breathing cleaner air. All of this requires a reduction in the amount of motor traffic on residential streets.

Detailed plans for the proposals can be found online at

Or, you can visit the display in Jesmond Library or phone 0191 277 7681 for more information.

There are proposals for Jesmond as well as Heaton and Ouseburn.

The money to make these street improvements has NOT come from council tax, it’s from a national Cycle City Ambition Fund. This funding has enabled Newcastle City Council to work more intensely in suburbs close to the city centre at ways to connect the investment they have already made and add local improvements to increase the pace of change in these neighbourhoods.

The council identified three project areas: Arthur’s Hill/Fenham, Jesmond and Ouseburn/Heaton areas. There will be approximately £1 million capital to spend in each project area by 2018.

Each project has a three-stage development process, which draws on the local and technical knowledge of a wide variety of stakeholders – elected members, grassroots community groups, cycling organisations, local businesses and service providers, as well as the council’s engineers, planners, urban designers and the CAF Programme Board. The stages are:

  • Stage 1: The reference group – Development of local community group to work on the project (completed)
  • Stage 2: Needs analysis – A series of community engagement processes to capture the needs and issues people experience in their neighbourhoods (completed)
  • Stage 3: Turning the needs into proposals – Co-design with the community to develop concept design options within the scope of the project.
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Jesmond Dene glows green as part of new OS mapping to get people outdoors

A Government initiative to make it easier for people to locate and access greenspaces has launched today with the release of a new database and interactive digital map identifying accessible recreational and leisure greenspace in Great Britain. And, naturally, Jesmond Dene is one of the “green lungs” that can be zoomed into on the new map.

Delivered by Ordnance Survey, the free map contains data from OS and other sources, and can be used immediately, for free, through the popular leisure mapping app and online service, OS Maps. This comprehensive map of Great Britain’s greenspaces is also available as an open dataset, called OS Open Greenspace, for communities, businesses and developers to create products and services that will encourage healthier and greener lifestyles.

OS CEO, Nigel Clifford, says: “Geospatial data can transform Governments, businesses and communities for the better. We see that through our work in Great Britain and internationally, and we’re excited to be one of those at the forefront leading this and making contributions of consequence and benefit. I’m particularly proud of this product as it delivers valuable information to the public, via OS Maps, enabling people and families across Great Britain to discover the greenspaces near them. In addition to this, we’re also releasing OS Open Greenspace, providing a freely available dataset for anyone to access. I am excited to see how people experiment and work with the data and look forward to seeing new products and services to help encourage an active Great Britain.”

Since the Greenspace map was reaffirmed as a commitment in 2015, OS has worked in collaboration with a large number of Non-Government Organisations and Government partners to compile the OS Open Greenspace dataset and digital map. Accurately depicted within the dataset is the location and extent of recreational and leisure features and, for larger sites, their access points. Example features included in the data is every public park in Great Britain, every play space, playing field, golf course, public garden, bowling green, allotment and more.

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said: “Greenspaces are a vital part of our landscape and this new database and online map will make it easier for people across the country to access greenspaces and lead healthier lives.

“With the completion of this mapping project, we have delivered on an important commitment and shown yet again how innovation can improve everyday lives.”

OS has also produced OS MasterMap (OSMM) Greenspace, a public-sector version of the greenspace map made available through the Public-Sector Mapping Agreement and One Scotland Mapping Agreement. Aimed at giving the public-sector accurate and up-to-date geospatial data to improve planning, analysis and decision making, OSMM Greenspace contains the location of all publicly accessible and non-accessible greenspaces. It is hoped the dataset will prove instrumental in helping the public sector create and manage health and wellbeing strategies, active travel plans and various environmental initiatives that include air quality, biodiversity, housing regeneration and flood resilience.

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Wanna be the Simon King of Jesmond Dene?

BBC TV cameras are often down in the Dene filming the abundant flora and fauna, with the resulting footage appearing on programmes such as Springwatch. If you want to be the next Simon King, wildlife film maker extraordinaire, you ought to grab this chance of a free film-making course. Jesmond Dene ranger Michael Hancock has secured a limited number of places on a professional film making course and by the end of the course – with all equipment provided – you’ll have shot two, 5-minute films starring the wildlife of Jesmond Dene.

Alternatively the films could be about Jesmond Dene’s history, or today’s volunteering efforts, or anything really. The films will be shown on a loop in the visitor centre and will also be loaded to YouTube for the world to see.

The training will cover the theory of planning a film and conducting interviews (or recording wildlife sounds) as well as the technical aspects of using cameras, and editing. Taking place over ten days – on weekends – the courses will start in mid-October and will be hosted in the visitor centre. 8-10 places are up for grabs. The training will be conducted by Duffel Films of Heaton.

Tel: 0191 2812082


Introductory Weekend (2 days)
• Introduction to documentary film material
• Camera operation; automatic and manual settings
• Shots, sequences and composition
• Logging shots
• Directing and interview techniques
• Sound recording
• Basic introduction to editing with Final Cut

Pre-Production Weekend (2 days)
• Devising, and sharing ideas – considering a brief
• Scripting ideas
• Shot lists
• Equipment, logistics
• Scheduling
• Testing ideas

Filming (2 days filming carried out within a two-week period by each group)
• Filming of shots
• Recording sound
• Interviews where appropriate

Edit weekend (2 days) – rough edit
• Capturing and digitising footage
• Offline editing; construction of film on the timeline

Edit – finishing off (1 day)
• Sound balance (correcting levels)
• Colour grade (matching shots with each other and balancing colours)
• Adding credits and logos to the film
• Exporting finished film files for online platforms and DVDs

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Theatre productions in the Dene, July & August

Heartbreak Productions will be performing in Jesmond Dene from Thursday 19th July through to Sunday 5th August. There will be three productions: William Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, Edith Nesbit’s plucky drama The Railway Children, and Noël Coward’s comedy of manners Private Lives.

Times and costs can be found on the Heartbreak website.

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