Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

High Street Plans Cause Residents to See Red

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

High Street Plans Cause Residents to See Red

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Byline: Kate Proctor Local Government Reporter

PLANS to run a no stopping 'red route' down a busy city high street could end up in court as residents investigate a legal challenge against the council. People living in Gosforth, Newcastle, have told Liberal Democrat opposition councillors that they are looking into the potential of seeking a judicial review into a consultation process over major changes to the High street.

Liberal Democrat councillor for Gosforth West, Nick Cott, said: "There are some residents who are quite keen to pursue that idea.

"Obviously there could be considerable expense incurred to do it and the issue of whether it is feasible and how successful it would be.

"These residents have researched it themselves and they need to get people together who are prepared to come up with the resources that is needed for it."

At a packed first meeting of Gosforth Town, which brought together the three wards of Parklands, East Gosforth and West Gosforth, more than 200 residents also heard how Liberal Democrats want the PS1m red-route, cycle lane, and junction plans to go back out to public consulation.

Jackie Slesenger, councillor for Gosforth West, said: "I want to see another consultation by the people of Gosforth that's transparent. I don't think what the council is saying to us is correct. We should be looking at this issue all over again."

In September the council decided to go ahead with plans to transform Gosforth High Street with the region's first London-style double red lines on either side of the road to prevent cars from pulling over.

There would also be new cycle lanes and parking spaces close to the shops, and spaces for disabled drivers as well as a redesigned junction at Salters Road.

One shopkeeper has previously described the scheme as creating a 'freeway' into Newcastle that would discourage people from stopping off at Gosforth shops.

However, Newcastle City Council maintains their plans are vital to ease congestion and will help maintain a vibrant shopping area.

A public consultation that went out to 13,000 residents - which only 10% of people responded to - found that 51% of people did not want to see any change to the High Street. …

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