October 2007 The Newsletter for the residents of Walker Riverside
River’s Gate reservations Page 6 Walker sets a fine exam-ple! Page 7 When the boat comes in Page 8
The Oscars are coming! Update on Walker
River’s Gate development well
Yes, that’s right. You heard it first. underway. 14 of the first units released
have been reserved by local people.
Your very own “Walker Oscars” are about to hit town . It is about time we recognised and
Open sales launch to be held last weekend
celebrated the good work and special efforts from those people here in Walker who make
this such a great place to live. Read inside to find all you need to know about the first-ever
Walker Riverside Pride Passion Potential Awards. It is up to you. Who would you choose ?
Pottery Bank and Caldbeck Close.
Relocation well underway with over 95%
of those relocated staying in Walker.
Bridging the generation gap Heart of Walker. Series of exhibitions
and door-to-door survey on the four
The re-generation of Walker has gone
proposals now finished. Feedback being
full circle. It comes with the arrival of
analysed. Come back with preferred model
a new baby on the newest housing
and further consultation starting November.
development in the Walker Riverside
Dovercourt area. Demolition notices
gone out. Priority cards being issued.
Lauren, born in June, is the pride and joy of
proud parents Sandra and Darren, one of the
Wardroper House. Review mentioned
first families to move just yards from the old
as part of multistorey review that is
Cambrian to the new Cambrian. They are
timetabled to be completed by the end of
delighted with their new four-bedroom
March 2008 by Newcastle City Council.
house in Malaya Drive after moving to the
first phase last September – along with
Allotments and Strip site. Plans are
many of their former neighbours from
now underway to develop the Western
“We are absolutely thrilled,” said Sandra, 37,
Wellstream. Plans to expand and
a nursery assistant at the West Walker Family
create 60 new jobs.
Centre. “We absolutely love our new house
and Walker is a great place to live. Everyone
Green Corridor. Places for People have
is friendly and there is a great community
been successful with a £520,000 bid for
spirit. There is so much happening here, it is Sandra Stark and Lauren outside their new
lottery funding for park improvements for
all very exciting.” home on the Cambrian Estate.
Enslin Street corridor, linking centre of
Walker with Tyne.
Take a different view.
Distinctive new homes available at River’s Gate
See back page for further details.
The big kick-off All about the East End Community
at Walker Development Alliance
Walker Riverside is looking to score a Who are we groups and so facilitate effective community
big success. An independent network of community and consultation and joint-working.
voluntary sector groups in the East End of
The project has sponsored the St Anthony’s Newcastle. Where are we
FC U-12 football team and our logo is Walker Library, at the junction of Scrogg Road
proudly displayed on the new black and What do we do and Welbeck Road.
white kit we were delighted to buy. Our mission is: “To improve the community’s
role in developing local solutions to local How can you contact us
Coach Keith Conway said: “It is a wonderful problems”. Tel: (0191) 275 9477
gesture and has certainly helped launch Email: email@example.com
our first season. We help the community and voluntary
sector to deliver “local solutions to local Carol Hunter, Regeneration Officer with
“The team was set-up when, after talking problems” and so participate as an equal the Alliance, works with the team at
to a few people, I realised there was a gap partner in the regeneration of the area. Walker Riverside Information Centre every
to fill and a need to give youngsters the Tuesday morning.
chance to play regular football. The We support and resource members of the
Community Engagement team at the network to ensure that they can make an More information:
Information Centre on Walker Road have informed and effective contribution to local www.eastendalliance.org.uk
been absolutely fantastic and their help governance.
and support has been first class. I just hope
we can now get some success on the pitch We provide a point of contact with local
and make everyone happy.” residents, community and voluntary sector
By royal appointment Crescent Changes
It was a right Royal occasion for the A complete makeover has given homes in It is all part of Your Homes Newcastle’s Modern
formal opening of the Walker Riverside the Sandy Crescent area a new look. Homes Programme, with environmental
Information Centre on Walker Road. improvements funded by Bridging
The recently completed work includes NewcastleGateshead.
We were honoured with the presence of extensive refurbishment, new windows and
“Her Majesty” in the guise of well-known doors, rendering, painting and re-wiring. Concerns over communal garden areas
Queen lookalike Violet Pate. attracting anti-social behaviour, have
Outside, the gardens have been seen them replaced by larger individual
Violet, aged 93, from the East End, was landscaped, complete with shrubs, plants gardens, new fencing and road access to
delighted to help cut the ribbon. and decorative railings. all properties.
The Information Centre has been
refurbished to include a graphic display
telling the story of Walker and the Walker
Come and find out about future
construction employment and training
opportunities in your area.
Oct 10th: Lightfoot Centre (1pm - 7pm)
For more information contact:
Building Newcastle: 0191 261 7205
Newcastle Futures 0191 230 2970.
Helen Sammut-Smith from Your Homes Newcastle and Jackie Carey from contractors Frank Haslam
Milan help 2 year-old Kate and her mum Tracy Dyball choose shrubs and plants for their garden.
The Walker Oscars
Yes, the Oscars are coming to Walker!
The Walker Riverside pridepassionpotential Awards 2007
We are delighted to announce our very
own awards – culminating in a glittering
ceremony on-board a River Tyne cruise.
Who Will You Choose?
We are looking for people in Walker who have gone Well, it’s up to you – put their names forward for the first-
the extra mile to make Walker such a great place to ever Walker Riverside Pride Passion Potential Awards.
be. We know there are many special people in this
community. We want to celebrate and recognise These awards, set to become an annual event, are an
them for their selfless and, up until now, exciting way of handing out the plaudits to those who
unrewarded contributions. show great commitment, energy and enthusiasm as
part of the Walker community.
Do you know someone who goes that little bit further to
make Walker the best place to live? Has someone shown So – how does it all work?
great dedication to achieve their community and Look at the categories, fill in the enclosed form and send
personal goals, despite of challenges? Do you think they it back. We want lots of nominations!
should be recognised for their efforts?
The Walker Riverside pridepassionpotential Awards 2007
The scheme is open to all people who live in Walker. The selection and award of prizes
Each nomination will have to convince judges that The panel of judges will include representatives from
they deserve recognition for their efforts and will Walker Riverside and key partner agencies, as well as
need to demonstrate a real commitment and community representatives.
energy to the community. The four categories for
which either you can enter yourself or nominate The short-listed nominees will be invited to attend a
someone for are: prestigious awards ceremony on board a River Tyne
cruise on December 7, 2007. All winners and runners
Pride – Do you know someone who has shown up of every category will win an award acknowledging
remarkable strength of character and pride in their their personal achievement. Category winners will be
community by overcoming challenges to achieve announced at the awards ceremony.
success? This may include someone who has
consistently been an ambassador for Walker, who has
been prepared to speak out when and wherever Who will get your vote?
necessary and who is clearly proud of where they live.
If you know someone – or even a group of people –
Passion – Do you know someone who has, through who you think deserves recognition for their
sheer hard work and dedication, achieved success? This efforts, make a nomination by post or online.
could be through a project or initiative that has made a
valuable contribution to improving their community. Nominees may be featured in the local media.
Examples could include fundraising or looking after
The Walker Riverside
tial Awards 2007
Potential – This is really for the children and young Who Will You Choo
people here in Walker. The award will go to someone Please fill in the deta
awarded and a brie
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f description of wha
t they have done to feel deserves to be
who has shown great effort and achieved success in Simply complete this
Closing date Friday
form and return it usin
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make Walker a grea
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2nd November 200 ess printed overleaf.
their chosen field. It could be a budding Person/Organisation
sportsperson,artist or musician. Someone who could go Reason for nominati
beyond the expected in their particular field.
Grand Prix – This will be awarded to the most
outstanding winner in one of the other categories. An Name of person maki
Contact details of
inspiration to young and old, this award will go to the person making nom
person who has made a big difference to their own life
as well as others. They will also lead the way in
encouraging people in Walker to develop into You can nominate by returning the enclosed form
responsible and active citizens who positively or by going on to our website:
contribute towards making Walker a pleasant place to www.walker-riverside.co.uk
live and work. A real role model for the community.
The closing date for nominations is
There will be two awards for the Pride, Passion and Friday 2nd November2007.
Potential categories – a winner and a runner-up.
Walker builds Walker Relocation
Taking all the stress and hassle of
moving house is the job of the
They know that having to change homes
can be a huge upheaval and they are here
to make it as easy as possible for you. The
Relocation Team, employed by Your
Homes Newcastle, look after everything.
This includes organising removal men,
sorting out disconnection and reconnection
of appliances, mail redirection, home loss
payments and where appropriate, soft
Every resident is allocated their own
Relocation Officer to ensure you get one-
to-one attention and a first class service.
Top (l to r) Norman Cartwright, Construction Tutor Robert Chambers, Charles Clark
Relocation Officer Jill Hancox said: “We
Front (l to r) Scott McKelvie, Carl Smith.
meet residents at a convenient location,
usually at home, to discuss their needs and
Budding construction workers from Walker “We can’t thank them enough and we
how we can help with re-housing. This can
were on hand to refurbish the information wish them every success in finding
be helping to look for property on the
centre at the heart of their community. permanent employment. They certainly
market to buy or working with partners for
shared ownership or rent opportunities.
As part of their training the team from
Building Futures East were able to give the Building Futures East are based at Low Yards,
“Over the years we have streamlined the
Walker Information Centre on Walker Road – White Street, Walker and provide extensive
process to alleviate the stress of moving.
only yards from their offices on the banks of training in all aspects of construction,
These have included arranging for in-
the Tyne – a brighter look. ranging from painting and decorating to
house payments of removals for owner
joinery, plastering and building work.
occupiers and arranging for direct
They carried out general construction and
payments for carpets so that they will be
painting work. This included installing new Project Development Manager, Dawn
laid before the move.”
boards to prevent litter getting underneath, Badminton-Capps, said: “This was a
painting the entrance ramp and general first-class opportunity to carry out
The team, based at YHN House, Benton
upgrading of the interior. training right on their doorstep. They
Park Road, Newcastle, work across the city
drew up a detailed work programme
as well as Walker Riverside. Here they are
“They did an absolutely fantastic job,” said and were able to complete a a highly
helping people in the Cambrian, Selby
Community Engagement Manager, Jackie successful project.”
Court, Western Gateway, Walker Road and
Jones. “Being local lads and helping improve
Pottery Bank. They will also be starting
the area is a good example of how everyone Construction Tutor Robert Chamber and
work in Dovercourt Road and next year in
in Walker can work together for the good of trainees Charles Clark, Scott McKelvie and
the Heart of Walker.
the community. Carl Smith, all live in Walker.
For further information,
Walker Riverside Information Centre FREEPHONE 0800 091 1256.
We are open every weekday from 10am - 3pm.
Here to answer your questions. Drop in and see us. Walker Eye
We are on Walker Road (next to Nisa) This is your newsletter.
Please send any items to Ron Clarke at
Tel: 0191 275 9207 Ron.Clarke@placesforpeople.co.uk or
Tel: (0191) 275 9207.
Chairman, Pottery Bank
Residents’ Association reservations
I am not a councillor or Over 50 Walker residents attended the Shared ownership means people can buy
have any direct launch of the first Places for People between 25% and 75% of the value of a new
involvement with the development in the area, part of the Walker home. This can be gradually increased until
council. Just someone Riverside investment programme that will they own home completely. It is an established
who moved to the area see nearly 2000 new homes built over the way of helping people that cannot afford a
two years ago and next 15 years. property outright to make those first important
started to attend the local Tenants steps onto the housing ladder.
Association, along with my partner The River’s Gate site, with spectacular views
who has lived in the area for more than along the river to the Millennium Bridge, Baltic David Cowans, Chief Executive, Places for
30 years and her family before that. and the Sage, has created huge interest in People, said: “The River’s Gate development is
Walker and fourteen people have already a fantastic “gateway” location. These new
I see the role as getting the best for the made reservations on the properties. homes are spacious, fitted to the highest
people and their children and helping environmental standards and with spectacular
them to have a say in the future. This area Places for People was delighted with the views. With an exciting and high quality
has been allowed to run down and as far response to the special launch, which offered design, they all represent tremendous value
as I can see you have been led a song and homes for sale and shared ownership for money and are a ringing endorsement of
dance for far too long, with changes to Financial advisers were on hand to explain our promise to make new property in Walker
plans, given conflicting information and what options are available and to assist in accessible to all.
basically being left in the dark about what identifying the best solution for each
really is going on. prospective purchaser. “The Walker Riverside programme is a huge
investment into the East End of Newcastle and
But in my short time here I have been Construction is now well underway on the this site represents a real landmark in the
impressed by the staff on the Project 107 home development; the first of which are continued development of the area.
team, especially those at the Information expected to be ready by October 2007. Of the
Centre on Walker Road, and their 68 in the first phase, 45 are available for “By offering people wider housing choice and
willingness to help with all enquiries. outright sale, 13 for shared ownership and the flexible finance options, Places for People can
remaining ten for affordable rent. The first encourage people onto the property ladder,
With your help and support I will ensure release of properties, range from two-bed strengthen communities and create vibrant
that this two-way flow of information apartments to three and four bedroom family sustainable neighbourhoods.”
continues and I really encourage you to homes. All the homes are spacious and are
come along to our meetings. They are held being built to the highest construction and Places for People is a major provider of housing
every month in the Thomas Gaughan environmental standards, which will result in and regeneration area services across the UK,
Centre and are open to anyone who feels significantly lower running costs for residents. and has worked in the North East for 40 years.
they want to support or even bring up any As a not for dividend organisation, any profits
issues related to the future of the area. The weekend launch saw people – all of whom made are not paid out to shareholders but are
had previously registered an interest in the reinvested in to the Group’s existing and new
Topics coming up at future meetings scheme – gain a special preview of the site neighbourhoods. The majority of the profits
include housing, security and transport. ahead of the properties being released on the generated from Places for People’s house sales
You are welcome to come along. After open market. Almost all were from Walker or will be reinvested back into the Walker project,
all, you hold the key to what happens in had connections with the area. There has a move that sets the Group apart from other
the area. It is not so much our future but already been strong interest from prospective developers and underlines its long term
that of our children. Just ask yourself what purchasers across the city but Places for People commitment to the area.
do you want for them. Everyone will have has always been committed to ensuring that
Computer generated image of River’s Gate.
a different opinion on what they want to local people will have the first opportunity to
see and that’s OK. We can only give it our be part of this exciting development. However,
best shot. it is also keen to attract new people to come to
live in Walker and take advantage of all the
It would be great to see you, have your investment that will be going into new
support and help me to help you to get a facilities such as a new primary school, shops
better place for you and your children to and improved leisure.
live. It’s not up to me, it’s up to you. You
have the choice. Places for People is offering a range of options
to ensure no one misses out including shared
Phil is also one of your representatives ownership and affordable rent as well as its
on the Walker Riverside Project Board. own financial and mortgage products in
conjunction with the Co-operative Bank
What a Lotto Cash!
Walker sets a
Walker Riverside is set for a £500,000
It follows a successful bid by Places for People
for the Lotto cash and means a “green”
corridor running from the centre of Walker
down to the Tyne Gorge, with new play
equipment can now go ahead.
There will now be full consultation with
residents to find out exactly what you want
and to draw up final plans.
The funding was awarded to the area by
Places for People, which scooped £15.6m
from the Big Lottery Fund to be shared out to
projects across the country under the
Geography students from Cumbria put
Changing Spaces programme.
the spotlight on Walker as a key part of
David Cowans, Chief Executive, Places for
People, said: “This is an exciting partnership
The A-level teenagers from Ullswater
and one which will have a dramatic and
Community College came across to get a
lasting effect on Walker’s local environment
first-hand look at the key regeneration
and its communities.
project. Deputy Head and geography
teacher Steve Johnson said: “I know
“Good quality green spaces are essential to
Newcastle well and particularly Walker
the well-being and future of our towns and
because my wife comes from here and her
cities. A well- designed environment can
family still live here. It has been a really
Top: Staff and students look at the project transform local communities, providing
interesting visit and the project staff have
plans and above: Jackie Jones, Community places for people to play and relax. They can
been fantastic. We have learned a lot.”
Engagement Manager with students from also have a positive impact on health,
Ullswater College. increase biodiversity and help reduce the
Jackie Jones, Community Engagement
impact of climate change.”
Manager, said: “We were delighted to
welcome the students and pleased they There is a lot happening and we have invited
The green corridor will have grassy spaces,
chose Walker Riverside as an outstanding and them back next year when I am sure they
equipped with multi-use games areas and
pioneering regeneration project to focus on. will see even more changes.”
informal football spaces. There will also be
benches to take advantage of the views
along the River Tyne.
Residents take a last look at plans Links with the former railway footpath
Residents had a final opportunity to have completed. All the feedback will be analysed and the Riverside Park will be restored
their say on plans for a new Heart of Walker. with planners taking the best from the four and the areas around these links opened
proposals to come back with a new model. up and landscaped.
The proposals for the new £25m centre There will be further consultation on the
include a range of new shops, services, leisure “preferred” scheme later this year before the Sir Clive Booth, Big Lottery Fund Chairman,
and community facilities. They went on final plans are adopted by Newcastle City said: “Changing Spaces will open up a world
display for the last time at the Lightfoot Council in January. Work is expected to start on of opportunity through organisations with a
Centre, Walker at the beginning of September. the new Heart of Walker in spring 2009. real understanding of the environment and
social issues confronting us today.
Planners, architects and residents recently got Peter Aviston, Project Director, Walker
together and came up with four “artists Riverside, said: “I would like to thank “The funding will promote community
impressions” of how the new centre could everyone who have already given us ownership and civic pride where people
look. The plans were on display at several their views. We have already received a live, enabling communities to lead
exhibitions throughout the area and a door- lot of very positive feedback and it is healthier and more environmentally
to-door survey of some 250 homes has been certainly appreciated.” sustainable lifestyles.”
When the boat comes in!
Hundreds of Walker Riverside residents made the short trip along the Tyne to welcome the QE2. The legendary vessel, on a 40th anniversary tour
of the UK, docked at the Tyne Commission Quay. She will back next year for one final visit before setting sail for her last port in Dubai.
wake up to this view every day
River’s Gate... the quayside is expanding. Official release 29th Sept 11am
Distinctive new homes on the
banks of the Tyne available from
Shared ownership options available on selected plots
At River’s Gate there is a selection and the scenic River Tyne but only
of homes to buy, from two bedroom five minutes from the bustling
apartments to four bedroom family quayside and city centre.
homes. Combining contemporary
design with eco-friendly features all
of our homes are set upon peaceful To find out more call into the
landscaped roads overlooking the sales office on Walker Road,
Baltic Basin. In this unique setting visit our website or call:
River’s Gate gives you the best of
both worlds — close to quiet parks 0191 2759446