Reconsider Your Destructive Actions On The Broadway To Brunton Lane Cycle Scheme
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The first phase of the Broadway to Brunton Lane scheme is scheduled to start in the New Year. Gosforth Traffic Community Group learned in recent weeks that on this first phase of the works, the city council plan to remove thirteen trees from our roadside, seven of which they claim are in poor health. They "propose" to replace them with 26 trees in the central reservation. Even finding out this information has been very hard work. Newcastle City Council have not made it easy for us to obtain this information, which is why it's come as no surprise that the public were not aware of these actions.
The city council also intend to remove (or destroy) the stone built bus stop on the southbound carriageway near to Newlands Avenue and replace it with a modern structure which is likely to be a mixture of plastic and metal but as there is no bus stop contract in place yet it could even just be a pole in the ground with a summary timetable attached. We have two stone built bus stops near to Melton Park and both have been in situ for over half a century according to local people who have lived in and around the vicinity of these stops and they are constructed of stone, which matches the adjacent wall between Great North Road and Melton Park. These plans are to enable to council to construct a cycle path behind the new bus stop, destroying this iconic feature of our community. There are very few of these bus stops left in the region, never mind in Newcastle and these should be preserved at all costs.
On a recent post on the Gosforth Traffic facebook site, even local cyclists were horrified that these bus stops would be removed and trees culled. One gentleman said "Carry on like this in the name of the cyclist and the council will eventually turn the community against the cyclist and the whole cycle path idea". The public engagement days for this project were at St Aidan's Community Centre on 30th November and 1st December 2015, over two years ago !!!!!!!! It's quite obvious from our own recent engagement with the public that they simply had no idea about what was going to happen. The council have published an engagement report for this scheme but they are very big documents and unlikely to be read by the public, they are not easy to find either. The letter going out to residents over this plan, dated 22nd December 2017 makes no reference to the removal of the bus stop or the removal of trees on phase one and neither does the web address shown on the letter. If you view the web address it states "The first phase of the works will be carried out largely within the grass verge and existing footpath east of the two southbound lanes between Glamis Avenue and Polwarth Drive". Residents need to know what is really happening in their community, not a vague outline. Once this work is underway the vandalism and damage to your community cannot be reversed. It may already be too late but we have to try and do something about this.
We have a VERY short window of time before this actually becomes a reality so it is imperative that you sign this petition to send a message to Newcastle City Council and your locally elected representatives that this is not acceptable in our community.
No one at Gosforth Traffic is against cycle paths but we are against trees being destroyed and stone built bus stops being removed in the name of progress. We don't see any progress for our community in these plans whatsoever.
You can make your displeasure known to the council by signing this petition and emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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