Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Out with the old and in with the old. No, wait a minute …

Newcastle (and Gateshead – don't forget) have cobbled up a Great Leap Forward plan and I have tried to read it, but frankly, …


… you read it.

I did manage to get to this before the will to live began to slip away:

"Protection and Enhancement of Natural Heritage Assets

The Plan recognises that the natural environment is an essential component of quality of place in NewcastleGateshead. The strategic importance of green infrastructure and the many ecosystem services that it offers (such as climate change adaptation, flood attenuation, water management, biodiversity conservation etc) is also fully recognised.

The strategic importance of the River Tyne is highlighted.

The Plan aims to address these issues as set out in Policy CS18: Green Infrastructure and the Natural Environment, through:

 protecting the integrity and connectivity of the strategic Green Infrastructure Network;
 making sure that new developments conserve and enhance green infrastructure;
 maximising the potential that green infrastructure has in adapting to the effects of climate change (e.g. flood water storage, carbon sinks, urban cooling etc); and
 protecting and enhancing biodiversity and geodiversity."

"The importance of the Tyne".
Low Water mark: The Ouseburn Barrage (defunct). A six million (approximately) quid Council Tax payer funded device to ensure that putative upwardly-mobile occupants of loft-style apartments that were not built should not have to look at mud when the tide went out.

The environment is that bit of their 'estate' Newcastle (and Gatesead) as yet have not found a way to either flog off, give away or build over.

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