Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Council Reveals Plans to Revamp Busy High Street

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Council Reveals Plans to Revamp Busy High Street

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Byline: Dan O'Donoghue Local Government Reporter dan.odonoghue@trinitymirror.com DanChronicle

AHIGH street on the outskirts of Newcastle city centre is in line for a major shake-up.

New proposals for Gosforth High Street have been released by Newcastle City Council.

The plans, developed through talks with traders and community groups, include: | | | Improving pedestrian facilities. | Revising parking restrictions in a bid to make the High Street a key shopping destination.

| Reducing speed limits to make it safer.

| Upgrading traffic lights along the Great North Road to reduce congestion.

Ged Bell, cabinet member for investment and development at the council, said: "This is a great example of local businesses and community members working with us to help shape their local community.

"Gosforth High Street is a busy shopping area, with the potential to be so much better. The levels of air pollution, congestion and safety need to be put right which is why we have wanted to make improvements to this area.

"The proposal for red routes is still on the table, but the council is committed to working in co-operation with residents and other stakeholders to deliver decent neighbourhoods."

The proposals include 20 additional car parking spaces and a 20mph speed limit on the stretch of road from The Grove to Salters Road.

West Gosforth ward councillor, Nick Cott, organised the first meeting of the traders and SPACE (Safe Pedestrian and Cycling Environment) for Gosforth and encouraged them to approach the council.

Coun Cott said: "Gosforth High Street serves our local community and it is important that the council recognises the perspectives of local businesses and residents.

"I am pleased there have been meetings to look at devising alternatives to the red route plan. What has come forward so far offers tangible benefits in addressing some of the critical issues facing our High Street at present."

Rupert Weare, from community group SPACE for Gosforth, said the High Street - which is a major commuter route - faces challenges to deal with traffic build-up. …

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