Newcastle Independents

3,899 supporters

Newcastle Independents is a group of independent campaigners that puts people first with strong people-caring policies. Newcastle Independents believe that local people want the councillors they elect to stand up for them and deliver what is needed in public services, amenities and improving quality of life. Sadly, they will not get this without making the change needed. The national party yes-men and yes-women do not pay full and proper attention to what residents really want. That is why we are campaigning to bring the change our city needs.

Started 8 petitions

Petitioning Newcastle city council

Don't Build On West Denton Field

Newcastle City Council is consulting on a planning application to build 45 houses and a children's home on the West Denton Community Association.  Although the community were opposed to any development on the site, they believed the Leader of Council when he promised to find a balance between housing, facilities for the community and decent open space. Despite the promise from the Leader of Council to the local community, most of the field and open space will be lost in the proposed development and the community will have access only to an urban drainage system for open space on the site.  We need more not less open space in the Outer West to offset the additional traffic created by the housing developments.  The council stopped maintaining the site, installed traffic lights on Hillhead Road and made changes to the West Denton Community Association car park which many residents believe were designed to support this development. The Leader of Council admitted that the council were working closely with Tolent on the plans. We believe the actions of the council have made it impossible for the planning committee to approve the planning application as their actions in putting in place the infrastructure in advance of the development is showing apparent bias in favour of the planning application and effectively the planning application has been been predetermined.    We the undersigned believe that Newcastle City Council should reject the planning application and instead improve the West Denton field to become the a high quality facility for local people.  

Newcastle Independents
179 supporters
Petitioning Newcastle city council

Save Blackett Street

Newcastle City Council is proposing to close Blackett Street and Pilgrim Street as part of the council’s plans for redeveloping the city centre.   Blackett Street is the main artery route through the city centre for bus services travelling from the East to the West of the city, as well as some services that run from the West and terminate in the city centre. These bus services include, but are not limited to, services 12, 32/32A, 39/40, 62/63, 71/72/87. In addition, Blackett Street is one of the main routes for the 100 bus service which connects the city centre to the MetroCentre. The temporary closure of Blackett Street for the Christmas Market has created significant problems for commuters and shoppers alike. The closure has resulted in longer journey times for these buses through the city centre, becoming less reliable because of the congestion created. The replacement bus stops have been very difficult for elderly and disabled people and, with the volume of passengers for these services, there is insufficient protection from the elements. The re-routing of buses and extra congestion created has increased emissions, in direct contravention of the climate change emergency declared by the council. While the biggest direct impact is on the services that use Blackett Street, there will be an indirect impact on services that use Market Street and Grainger Street, such as 1, 22, 10/11 and 38 which will see more congestion on the route.  The Christmas Market has demonstrated that the closure of Blackett Street is a flawed concept. Newcastle City Council proved that the city centre cannot cope with the loss of Blackett Street when they decided to put temporary 4 way lights on the junction at Newgate St and Clayton St for a two week period causing even more delays and congestion at certain times. City centre roads simply cannot cope with the loss of any more capacity. Many residents tell us that the market is a fabulous initiative but placed in the wrong part of the city, cutting off public transport and dissuading shoppers from visiting parts of the city that are already struggling to attract shoppers. The combination of the Blackett Street closure and additional traffic in the run-up to Christmas has resulted in gridlock at times, with delays of more than 2 hours for people trying to get out of the city centre on Saturday 23 November 2019 because these challenges and a weekend Metro suspension combined to snarl up the city centre. If the closure of Blackett Street and Pilgrim Street goes ahead, will this be a more regular occurance?  We, the undersigned, call for Newcastle City Council to suspend all plans for the permanent closure of Blackett Street. We also call on the council to suspend plans for future Christmas Markets and look for a better location that encourages people to go to parts of the city where businesses are struggling.   Photo: ©Graham Robson (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Newcastle Independents
1,886 supporters