The Fenham DIY streets project works closely with local communities to help them redesign their neighbourhood affordably. Their work puts people at the heart of the neighbourhood and makes the area safer, more attractive, and more suitable for walking and cycling.
Your local Labour councillors have been working closely with Sustrans, Newcastle University and the community around Fenham Hall Drive to hear your ideas about how we can improve the space between Fenham Library and Fenham Pool.
In response to your suggestions, during the first weekend in October this space was temporarily transformed into an area to be enjoyed by all. This transformation provided a place for children to play, somewhere for residents to sit and chat with their neighbours, as well as creating a pop-up café that provides refreshments.
All these ideas came from residents, who told us that they see this space as a potential community hub. Many enthusiastic residents have come forward to work with us to make this a reality. Among the changes, you may have noticed the addition of fantastic planting boxes – these were the work of volunteers.
The event involved a large number of residents in the project and demonstrated the great potential this space has for use by the community. We received fantastic feedback and suggestions on ways we could develop the project in the future. Given the overall enthusiasm and the fun that people had over the October weekend, we are working closely with residents, Fenham Pool, Your Homes Newcastle, Fenham Library, New Model Allotments and Sacred Heart School to produce a master plan for the space. This is likely to include a safer route across Fenham Hall Drive, but this will be subject to consultation. We look forward to talking with you more about this so we can be sure local residents are fully engaged with this transformation.
Cllr Marion Talbot said, ‘it was great to be able to speak to so many residents over the weekend and listen to their ideas for improving the space.’