Public views sought as New Tyne Crossing landscape plans launched

Councillors from North and South Tyneside Councils have launched a public consultation into New Tyne Crossing landscaping proposals.

Public views sought as New Tyne Crossing landscape plans launched

Jarrow Member, Councillor Tom Hanson, together with North Tyneside’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Ed Hodson, met project bosses on-site to formally announce the start of public consultation into how the construction corridor will be re-landscaped once the second vehicle tunnel is built.

Coun. Hanson, Chairman of Jarrow Community Area Forum and the Tyne Tunnel Working Group, said: “It’s very important that local people have this chance to get involved in the landscape plans. They have suffered some terrible disruption but appreciate that you can’t build a tunnel of this size without disturbance. I know that at the moment it’s hard to visualise what the site will look like once the new tunnel is ready but I hope local people take this opportunity to get involved in the landscape plans and put forward some really great suggestions.”

Coun. Hodson, said: “I’m delighted to launch this important consultation initiative. This is an exciting opportunity for people in North Tyneside and South Tyneside to influence how their future landscape will look, so that they can make the most of what this project brings to the area. The site is one of the key gateways into North Tyneside, leading directly into the business corridor around the A19 and I’m looking forward to finding out how people think this strategic area should be designed.”

Trevor Jackson, Managing Director of TT2, the Concessionaire behind the New Tyne Crossing project, said: “I hope that local people get behind this consultation activity and tell us what they really want out of their landscape. Without doubt it’s going to be tough to balance the range of feedback that we’re expecting to get, but I’m convinced that this consultation will help us to design a sustainable and highly valued landscape that will be enjoyed by people in North and South Tyneside for years to come. This is part of the legacy the New Tyne Crossing will leave behind and with the public’s help we’ll get it right.”

Paul Fenwick, Project Director for the promoter of the New Tyne Crossing project, the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, said: “From the early consultations on the project and then in the public inquiry in 2003, it was clear that the reinstatement of the site was a high priority for those affected by the construction works.

“We are very happy to honour the commitments made to engage with the affected communities so that they can have their say on the reinstatement and future use of the site before final decisions are taken. We have worked closely with TT2 and the design and build contractor, Bouygues Travaux Publics, to cater for this in the landscape design process. I’m confident that some really good ideas will come forward through this consultation and look forward to seeing the outcomes in the final landscape design.”

The landscape masterplan consultation starts on Monday 24th August, with drop-in sessions in the Mid Tyne Activity Centre, Jarrow, from 9am until 1pm and at East Howdon Community Centre from 2pm until 6pm. Consultation materials will be available at both venues throughout the consultation period.

The consultation period ends on 1st October 2009, after which all the feedback received will be analysed and considered, so that final revisions can be made to the designs.

Between 24th August and 1st October weekly drop-in sessions will be held on:
Tuesdays 11am – 3pm at Queens Road Day Centre, Jarrow
Wednesdays 10am – 3pm at East Howdon Community Centre
Thursdays 10am – 3pm at Jarrow Library

Consultation materials are also available online at www.newtynecrossing.info