Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

WHAT'S MISSING? It Was Hailed as One of the Most Significant Post-War Developments in the City, but the Newcastle Great Park Scheme Has Been Hit by Problems. Now Planners Have Met Residents to Discuss the Project Which Was Started Five Years Ago

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

WHAT'S MISSING? It Was Hailed as One of the Most Significant Post-War Developments in the City, but the Newcastle Great Park Scheme Has Been Hit by Problems. Now Planners Have Met Residents to Discuss the Project Which Was Started Five Years Ago

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Byline: PAUL MCMILLAN reports

LACK OF A PARK AND RIDE FACILITY

At a sub-committee meeting in February 2002 discussions between the consortium and the bus companies to operate the service were "at an advanced stage with a bus agreement due to be signed imminently". It has not been completed.

COUNCIL RESPONSE: The agreement was to have been signed in 2002, but legal complications put the signing on hold. Nexus is preparing a business case for the park and ride. The aim is to get it operational by 2008.

ON-SITE SCHOOL

This was to open in 2004-05. At an area committee meeting in November 2003 members said "it was undesirable for a development the size of Great Park to lack this resource and disturbing for residents to have to find places at schools in other parts of Gosforth".

It will not be ready until at least 2009.

COUNCIL RESPONSE: We can confirm the school will be provided with an opening date of September 2009. A survey of residents has confirmed that parents of new entrants would use the school, those of existing pupils would leave their children in existing Gosforth schools.

Additional capacity was created in a number of local schools to accommodate demand in the interim. The school was to be built when a number of houses had been completed. The school is to be built in advance of this number being reached.

BUS PROVISION

In November 2003, Coun Diane Packham expressed concern at delays in bus provision as residents, unable to get public transport, would need to use cars and add to congestion in Gosforth. Original plans were for bus routes running by 2004. There is still only a limited service and no evening or weekend services from the estate.

COUNCIL RESPONSE: The M46 service is in place and a Sage bus service is also operational. We aim to secure further services. The M46 running into Brunton Park was extended into Melbury as part of the planning permission.

The consortium has been informed that the trigger to extend the service into the evenings and weekends has now been met. It is now aiming to extend the service in line with the planning agreement.

STREET LIGHTING

There have been problems in relation to street lighting and its provision. …

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