GPNA Update

This update is a follow up to the previous issue on 3rd July. If you have any queries on this update, please do not hesitate to contact us on Facebook, our website contact form, or by e-mail at secretary@gpna.uk

Work In Progress List

The estates manager will be tasked to review the Work In Progress (WIP) list and the processes in place to resolve outstanding issues. The current list of WIP known to us (the GPNA) can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/2/d/1THabnIPt1-hSvhOPgrWMMPihcj66LWDADX0fcTLRtvo/edit#gid=1929973516

If your issue is not on this list and you would like it to be, please get in touch with us at secretary@gpna.uk

Shops / Supermarket

Brunton Residential and Guinot look like they are almost ready with their retail units. We hope that the community welcomes them and makes great use of them as and when their services are required. The interest in the remaining units has continued, with 3 potential tenants progressing towards legal discussions. The consortium is anticipating that 1-2 of them should be agreeing legal terms by the end of August, ready to make an offer/get underway with their fit-out designs. The supermarket has had the pre-application submitted, and the council have now requested a meeting with the developers to discuss some design issues – a date for this has not been set yet. If all goes well, the consortium expects building of the supermarket to commence early next year – we will keep you updated as things progress through the councils’ review.

Parks

We know that there have been a few queries about the parks in Newcastle Great Park being open, since Newcastle City Council are currently keeping some of their parks closed. The parks situated within Newcastle Great Park are privately owned, and the developers/consortium are happy that the parks are safe to use if you follow government guidelines. Therefore, the parks are open so you may use them as you please.

Schools

The planning application for the new Broadway East First School within Cell A was validated on the 28th April and is now being considered by Newcastle City Council officers. We will be asking NCC for an update on this matter. To see the plans, please refer to the Councils website under application reference 2017/0666/04/RES.

The second school is awaiting the Department for Education to pull together a design team so that they can create and submit their planning application. This is no longer in the consortium’s hands. We will follow up with Newcastle City Council / DfE to see if we can get timescales on this.

Lighting

The lighting between Greenside and Great Park has now had the connection made live by SSE and the remaining works will be completed by Taylor Wimpey before the end of August, ready for the darker nights coming back.

Landscaping

We have received multiple enquiries about the lack of view over the hedges as you leave Bridget Gardens/Elemore Close onto Roseden Way. We have asked the consortium to get IDM Landscaping to resolve this immediately as it is currently extremely dangerous. We have also asked them to look at the hedge at the junction of Roseden Way to Waggon Way as that is also starting to block vision for drivers leaving the estate.

Electric Car Charging Points

There have also been enquiries about the usage of car charging points around Great Park. Currently there are points in the park and ride which are maintained by Newcastle City Council but are currently out of use due to this being a testing site. The charging points in the town centre with Bernicia logos on are owned and maintained by Bernicia so we will follow up with them to see if they are private or for public use, and if for public use, how to use them. There will be a couple more points in the Town Centre car park which will be for public use, but details of usage have not been set yet, however we will follow this up when they are ready to use.

Strategic Routes

We have had several residents raise concerns recently about cyclists using the paths around Great Park. Please click here for a map of the strategic routes. As you will see on the map, almost all the paths throughout Great Park are for both cycle and pedestrian use. We have asked if the consortium could investigate costs to paint all the mixed-use paths to designate a side for each use, to make it slightly safer for the community.

Retail Units

We will soon be organising a Facebook poll / paper ballot at the community centre so that we can create a sample set of data that can be offered to the consortium to help with potential sales of retail units. This poll/ballot will allow residents to choose which types of retail units they would like to see the most, and thus can help the consortium / @retail focus their efforts on getting the top requested. Keep an eye out on the Facebook page, website, notice boards around the estate, and community centre for more info!

Speed Awareness Sign

The speed awareness sign as you enter the estate from Roseden Way is currently with the council awaiting manufacturer repair. We will follow this up with Newcastle City Council to find out when they expect to have this repaired and functional.

Great Park Ranger / Community Officer

The Ranger and Community Officer roles unfortunately currently have no job roles set out specifically for Newcastle Great Park. We will be following this up with Newcastle City Council to see if we can get something specific to Newcastle Great Park in writing so that we are able to hold the relevant parties accountable for any works required.

GPNA – New Member

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Stuart Cannon to our committee team. Stuart works for a neighbouring local authority and has a great set of skills to help the GPNA in achieving the goals of ensuring that Great Park fits the expectations of the residents, and help the community thrive.

Current committee make-up

Our current Committee Officers are:

Co-Chair – Sean Hood (IT & Comms)

Co-Chair – Denise Gilholme

Treasurer – James Allsopp

Secretary – Lee Taylor

Other members:

Nikky Jane

Michael Forster

Kirsty Martin – Greenside rep

Ruth Hewett – Melbury and Walkworth Woods rep

João Ortale

Stuart Cannon

Co-opted members:

Claudia Birtwisle – Traffic and safety

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on our website, Facebook page, or by email at secretary@gpna.uk

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