Cafe culture comes to Ouseburn Valley

Cafe culture comes to Ouseburn Valley

Pavement cafes reclaimed from road space in the Ouseburn Valley are part of new community-led designs launched today by the charity Sustrans, Ouseburn Futures and Newcastle City Council.

Plans include a wider pavement on Lime Street, with trees, street art and traffic calming measures, to help create more spaces on the street for people to socialise in the area.

There will also be a stylish new pavement seating area in front of Ernest cafe bar, reclaiming a portion of Stepney Road, and benches and bicycle racks outside Tanners bar on Stepney Bank, instead of three car parking spaces.

Sustrans senior urban designer Kieran McSherry worked with Ouseburn Futures and the local community to identify small improvements to create a more vibrant street which encourages people to walk or cycle in the area and to support local businesses. Roots and Wings Artists and XSite Architects along with Sustrans and the Council developed the designs, which are funded Newcastle City Council.  

Sustrans street designers work with communities throughout the UK to support them to rejuvenate their streets and neighbourhoods to create more attractive places for people. The work in Ouseburn is based on a concept first developed on the streets of New York.

Kieran McSherry says: "The Ouseburn is a vibrant artistic local community and we want to help encourage more people to stay in the area rather than just drive through. We worked closely with the local community and local businesses to develop a new street design which improves the environment for walking and cycling and better reflects the creative spirit of the valley.

"The new designs will be constructed over the next two months and we plan to have a winter street party to celebrate its completion."