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
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.
Improve Parks in the Outer West of Newcastle
Residents of the Outer West have seen open space lost to housing developments, youth play space lost and parks and play areas being neglected. We need to see improvements in parks and play areas in Callerton & Throckley, Chapel, Denton & Westerhope and Lemington Wards, including Aydon Walk Play Area, Blucher Play Area, Maple Close Play Area, Throckley Recreation Play Area and Newburn Riverside Play Area. Almost all of the parks and play areas in the Outer West have been neglected for too long by a council too focused on the city centre. In addition, the council removed a skateboard park from West Denton Community Association field and Waverley Park has been neglected and now under threat of a housing development. We are pleased to note that some funding has been identified for some of our play areas, including Valley View Play Area, but reversing the neglect will need the council to work harder and faster. The council is too focused on We the undersigned call on Newcastle City Council's Cabinet to improve Outer West parks and play areas, and protect the green open spaces in our local community.
Improve the Walbottle Tip
The Walbottle Waste and Recycling Centre is an essential service that Newcastle residents rely on but it is no longer fit for purpose. The restrictions put in place when the tip reopened after the first lockdown are leading to excessive delays and queueing traffic with Walbottle Road operating with a single lane at peak times. Residents trying to avoid peak times have reported waiting in queues in excess of an hour and then being told the tip is closing and they need to come back another day and, with the number plate system in operation, the earliest they can return is two days later. A minority of residents will simply dump the rubbish instead of taking the rubbish home. We the undersigned call on Newcastle City Council to take action to improve the operation of Walbottle tip by expanding the facility, improve the access road to the tip or relocating it to an alternative location close to the existing facility.
Take Back Control of the West Denton Pool
The community of West Denton and the Outer West of Newcastle fear for the future of the West Denton Pool after its closure during the first lockdown. Several years ago, Newcastle City Council’s Labour administration effectively privatised Newcastle’s leisure centres by handing them to a London based company, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), to run. Decisions about our leisure services are now being taken by a board based in London. GLL took the decision to keep the West Denton Pool closed after lockdown and make the staff redundant with no discussion or engagement with the local community. Meanwhile, not a single swimming pool in Greenwich has been closed. We the undersigned demand that Newcastle City Council takes back control of the West Denton Pool from GLL and works to identify funding to reopen the pool immediately. We believe that decisions about our local facilities should be made by people accountable to Newcastle voters not an unaccountable body based 300 miles away.
Save Newcastle's Bus Shelters
The recent removal of a bus shelter in Lemington, which has been replaced with a pole, has highlighted a council threat to bus shelters across the whole of Newcastle. We have learned that a secret council review has determined that only 504 bus shelters will be maintained and therefore we can expect to lose more bus shelters across the city when they are damaged. In many parts of our city, bus shelters are in exposed locations so important to protect travellers from wind and rain. The removal of bus shelters - just because they are not on an arbitrary list of bus shelters the council will prioritise for repairs and replacement - will leave bus passengers exposed to bad weather and discourage the use of buses at a time when we should be encouraging more people onto public transport. We the undersigned call on Newcastle City Council to change its policy to make sure that no community has its bus shelter permanently removed when it is damaged and not one community will lose its local bus shelter.
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)
Don't Build on Burnstones!
Newcastle City Council is disposing of land north of Thornley Road and south of Burnstones for £1 to a housing developer to build 95 properties. The social and environmental well-being of the area will be impacted negatively by the loss of the community field. The land is being sold at well under the market rate, meaning the council is breaching its best consideration duty under the Local Government Act 1972 unless the sale under best consideration is approved by the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government. Local roads, infrastructure and services are already being impacted by the large scale house building in Denton and Westerhope and the wider Outer West of Newcastle area. We the undersigned call on Newcastle City Council to stop the sale of or community field at below the market rate and to keep our field as green open space.
Stop the houses on the West Denton field
Newcastle City Council is proposing to build 60 houses on the land next to the West Denton Community Association. This field has been used by the community for many years, it belongs to us and we demand a say in what happens to it! To make the development more attractive, Newcastle City Council has spent £170,000 on new traffic lights, that are causing havoc for people travelling on Hillhead Road, and ripped out the skate park. Denton and Westerhope councillors and the council have treated residents like mushrooms, keeping them in the dark, while preparing the plans in secret. We the undersigned demand that Newcastle City Council withdraw plans for housing now and develop our community field.