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Application withdrawn

On Tuesday 19th of November, a formal letter of withdrawal was submitted to planning officers. A new application will be required for further development of the site.

‘Further to recent discussion/correspondence in relation to the above, I confirm that the submission has been treated as withdrawn and that no further action will be taken upon it.
If at any future date you wish to proceed with the proposals, it will be necessary to prepare and submit an entirely new application.’

Residents are hopeful that there may be an opportunity to meet with the applicant or representatives to put forward ideas and talk about concerns prior to the next proposal.

Stop the Droppa

24 Bags of Rubbish Collected

We had a strong turnout for the regular blitz on the disgraceful state of the streets around our bit of the west-end.

The former West End Police Station surroundings definitely needed some TLC to smarten it up and greet passengers getting off the bus with our best, clean face!

The large group of local residents cut back overhanging foliage, swept up fallen leaves and picked up discarded food containers and wrappers, packages, plastic bottles, beer cans, glass bottles and bus tickets.

It was also a good opportunity to raise the profile of the campaign and get more signatures. Talking to pedestrians about our hopes for the site and the area helped spread the word and still a surprising number were not aware . Passing cars tooted their appreciation and a good number of people shared their support for a bit of community good spirit.

This action is part of a wider community effort to raise the quality of life in the area by taking responsibility and educating by example. The presence of a fast food outlet in this community will massively increase an already massive problem – with limited support from the council – it is likely to become much worse.

Great community atmosphere – we got a lot done.

Highways Authority recommends refusal of the application.

‘The Highway Authority do not support the current proposal and the application must be refused. ‘

‘There are serious highway safety concerns regarding the development proposal. ┬áThese are:

  1. The existing junction to be used and the entry is historic, however the intensification of its use combined with its physical location adjacent to the Westgate Road / Dunholme Road junction raises serious highway safety concerns that could not be addressed without a major amendment to the development layout.
  2. The circulation route of the drive through has the potential to block itself and thus queue back onto the adjoining highway
  3. Exiting from the site onto Westgate Road.
  4. Servicing arrangements for the development.’
  • Highway Works

‘ The highway authority cannot identify highway works as the current development has major highway safety issues that could not be mitigated against with highway works. ‘

Stop the dropper

Join us for a litter pick to keep our community tidy.

1:30pm – 2:30pm Saturday 2 November 2019

  • Meet outside the old West End Police Station (opposite the General Hospital site).
  • Wear old clothes and waterproofs.
  • We’ll provide litter picking sticks, gloves and bags.
  • Or… come along to leaflet and collect petition signatures.

Newcastle City Council Public Health object to the proposal

“Public Health at Newcastle City Council objects to the proposed
establishment of a drive-through fast food facility on the site of the old police station on West Road as it is at odds with section CS14 of the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan for Gateshead and
Newcastle upon Tyne”

“At some point, we need to draw a line – not specifically in relation to Burger King, but in relation to the broader over-provision of unhealthy food options. Given the concomitant issues of pollution
and congestion in this instance, and notwithstanding the question of relative proximity to schools, this proposal seems a good point at which to draw that line.”

Online Petition Goes Live

After the very successful public meeting and the tremendous support that our councillors and MP are providing to our campaign we are planning to take our petition to the next level. We have, in a few weeks gathered 700 signatures. Now we want to expand and make it even easier to register our objection to the proposal. By the end of next week the public consultation is likely to close leaving petition and representation our only tools!! So in preparation for that fight SIGN and SHARE !!!!

If you have already signed the paper version you do not need to sign the online petition – its important that there are not duplicates

A Great Protest !!

We had a fantastic turn out on our first protest – There were representatives from the immediate neighbourhood and further field to support our aim of changing the development to something more sustainable and positive for the West End.

We communicated a really solid sense of unity and community spirit which was heard and noticed by a lot of passers by who were not aware of the development and show their support with much honking of horns !!!