Party in the Park 2013

June 2013

Ponteland “Party in the Park”

Hundreds attended this event on a glorious Sunday afternoon in Ponteland Park. This was a perfect Setting up 1opportunity for us to listen to the community and to explain, in detail, what the group is trying to achieve.

The Neighbourhood Plan Group would like to take the opportunity to say “thank you” to all those visitors who took time out to discuss with the group members their concerns, views and aspirations for the future of the Civil Parish of Ponteland.

All the community evidence from the two display boards will be analysed and presented to the relevant subgroups for inclusion in their data.

Later, during the summer, the Neighbourhood Plan Group will be hosting a more detailed Exhibition and Workshop Event. Details of this are not available at the moment as they still in the planning stage.

Look at your views collected at the Party in the Park

Your comments have been divided into 9 topic areas below

Leisure, Open Spaces, Youth facilities

  • Refurbish the Sports Centre
  • Improve the Gym
  • An all weather football pitch
  • Skateboard park
  • Children’s play area


  • No further development without infrastructure improvements
  • No building on Green belt
  • No more mansions on Darras Hall

Retail, Business, Employment

  • Better shopping facilities
  • New Shopping Centre
  • Improve Merton Way
  • No split sites
  • One way system

Drainage, Flooding

  • Improve advice on emergency flooding procedures

Village Centre

  • Get on with the redevelopment
  • Too many houses
  • Refurbish library as a community hub
  • Relocate business park
  • Refurbish Meadowfield Ind Estate

Healthcare, Care of the Elderly

  • Less Care Homes

Conservation & Heritage

  • No building on Green Belt
  • Maintain rural character

Natural Environment, Habitat

  • Hedgerows for hedgehogs
  • More trees, Beech & Oak

Public Transport, Highways, Car Parking

  • No more development until traffic in the village centre is sorted out
  • Don’t want to queue longer to get off the Estate
  • Traffic at Darras Hall First School
  • Improve public transport to Kingston Park
  • More choice at peak times
  • More buses and routes
  • Improve services all day & evening
  • 20mph speed restriction in residential areas