Roundabout A695

Updated 17/7/19

As per Gateshead MBC Highways team

Highway improvements comprising the construction of a new roundabout to replace the
existing “T” junction between the A695 Prudhoe Industrial Link Road and the B6395
Stanleyburn Road.

Why are the works being carried out ?

These highway improvement works were included as a planning condition attached to
the development of Cottier Grange residential properties on the site of Prudhoe
Hospital in Northumberland. The developer of Cottier Grange, Gentoo Homes Ltd, are
funding local road safety and traffic flow improvements to the A696/B6395 junction.

Who is doing the works?
Gentoo Homes Ltd issued tenders for the works to a short list of local contractors, the
contract was awarded to Gateshead Council’s direct labour organisation.
When do the works start?
The highway works are due to start 05 August 2019.
How long will the works last?
The works are programmed to last 16 weeks and are due to be completed before
December 2019.
How will it affect traffic?
The works will be phased to ensure that the A695 and B6395 are open to traffic at all
times, however, a temporary 30 mph road speed limit will be in operation to protect the workforce.

The majority of the roundabout construction can be achieved off the carriageway and two-way traffic flows can be maintained.

When work is required on the carriageway temporary traffic signals will be required to make sure there is sufficient safety clearance to between the traffic and workers.

There will be some traffic delays due to queuing especially during the morning and evening peaks.
A full road closure will be required when the surfacing is being carried out, this activity
will be done during night-time to minimise traffic disruption, diversion routes will be posted.

 

 

 

 

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Roadside adverts

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ROADSIDE ADVERTISING

Comments have been made to the PTC which have been passed onto us regarding roadside advertising throughout the town.

The comments refer to the size and location of some.

If you are a business that is advertising in such a way can you please ensure the owners of the land have given their permission, the signs are in a good state and are not obscuring the view of the highway or premises.

It is clear to everyone that we are totally committed to supporting local business and encourage people to #ShopLocal Visit Prudhoe

Please see advice given below-

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/…/file/…/326679.pdf

Residents offer

We are delighted to announce that during a meeting at Prudhoe Castle with English Heritage officers it was agreed that a special offer would be made to the #PrudhoeCommunity.

Please see the below announcement-

50% off admission to Prudhoe Castle for local residents – (People who reside within the Prudhoe Town Council area including Mickley)

Please bring proof of residence, & contact the Castle office for any additional information required.

English Heritage are working with Northumberland County Council and Prudhoe Town Council to encourage local people to visit Prudhoe Castle before the School holidays start.
Locals will be able to visit the castle for half price over three days Fri 12th Sat 13th & Sun 14th July 2019.

It is hoped the offer will be extended next year and become an annual event’

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/prudhoe-castle/prices-and-opening-times/

Discover Northumberland

Great Northumberland

Visit Prudhoe
#TynedaleTourism
#ProudOfPrudhoe

Waterworld playground

Update 10th July 2019

 

Bank holiday Monday & hoping for finer weather so it’s into shorts.

Delighted to announce that we are in advanced discussions with senior officials at @activeNorthumberland
NCC and Prudhoe Waterworld
regarding improving the playground facilities outside Waterworld.

We know they have been neglected for years and we are committed to improve them.

Active Northumberland is not part of NCC but a partner providing leisure facilities throughout the County.

This is the only playground in the whole County that AN have control of.

Playground equipment is hugely expensive but we believe Prudhoe deserves better than it currently has.

It will take time to improve the area but we are onto it.

A new playground was installed in Eastwoods park during 2017 & a very popular park is situated in Highfield park.

There are smaller playground in other parts of the town.

We do not take reports via social media or enter into discussions but see how easy residents can contact Gordon & Ken their County Cllrs.
https://prudhoeconservatives.wordpress.com/contact-us/

 

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Old drill hall

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Update 10/7/19 

See Hexham Courant report – Click here

 

Update 13/6/19

“All enforcement actions are being explored, NCC are engaging with Northumbria Police in respect of the Proceeds of Crime order that applies to the site.  There is ongoing monitoring now in place to ensure safety, the wish of NCC is to demolish the remaining structure and clear the site.  Costs for demolition are being obtained but there is an added issue with electricity cables that cross the site that will add to the cost.

We will keep you posted as things progress, please feel free to share this information with you neighbours.  We are as keen as you to resolve this but unfortunately legal process takes time, as of today NCC’s legal department have been in contact with Northumbria Police and await a response, unfortunately such matters are dealt with centrally by the police and therefore don’t happen as quickly as we would like.”

 

UPDATE 15/3/19

HSE have been advised but as this is not an active site they will not take any further action.

NCC Planning enforcement are making enquiries.

NCC Building Inspector has visited the site and advised about ebsuring the site is safe.

NCC Contractors have secured the site.

The Owner of the site has been identified and located, but difficulties in dealing with him have been encountered.

Enquiries are continuing.

 

 

UPDATE 15/3/19
It is clear that work has now stopped on the site.

NCC have now agreed to send contractors to secure the site on H & S grounds.

Whilst the site owner & their contractors are being located and spoken to.

 

UPDATE 14/3/19

Work on the Old Drill Hall in Swalwell Close seems to have stalled.

Following complaints from residents about safety issues and debris being blown about we have again contacted the Planning Department at NCC to see what action can be taken.

In light of the safety issues and reports of children playing on the site we have contacted the Health and Safety Executive who have responsibility for construction site safety.

And also the Police.

We will provide additional info as soon as we have it.

Parents please take measures to discourage your Children from playing there.

Thanks

 

 

Traffic issues

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Complaints have been received about a number of vehicles travelling at very high speed – both entering and leaving the 30mph area as shown in the photo.

This is not the case of a few miles above the limit but far greater.

The Police are now monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling along this road & taking positive action.

We have also enquired into the possibility of reducing the speed limit between the 30mph zone and the bypass.

This area has changed a lot over recent years due to the housing developments in Prudhoe and those being constructed in the Gateshead area.

We are asking that any survey / consultation and implementation costs re amending the speed limit be funded by developers rather than tax payers.

This process will be led by Gateshead MBC with NCC and others being consulted.

This will take a while to sort but we will keep chasing it up and provide updates.

Although the speed limit signage is good we have asked NCC highways to review it.

 

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