About the Jesmond Network
1. What is Jesmond Network?
We are a non-political network. Many local groups are involved, (including all the local political parties working together), your MP, St. George's, the Parish Church, the Jesmond Residents Association and other resident groups. Importantly, we welcome individuals who simply share a common concern; the problems associated with the increase of bars in the vicinity of Osborne Road.
There is no 'membership'; it is simply a Network to share information and enable individuals to make their own voices heard, and hopefully, to make a difference.
However, you can 'Join' our email News list to help stay informed of developments by clicking on the link at the left.
2. What is the purpose of the Network?
The Network was established after the first of several court cases about The Gresham Hotel becoming a bar. It became clear that many people in Jesmond were experiencing real problems from existing bars on Osborne Road, a good number of which go unreported to the police. The scale of the problems and strength of feeling became apparent, but so did the fact that getting information about licensing/planning applications involving the bars was a hit and miss affair.
The Network was therefore established to:-
* be a source of information about new licensing and planning applications relating to bars in Jesmond
* share information about who to write to with objections and dates of important events (e.g. court hearings, planning deadlines etc.)
* enable people to raise their concerns about the bars with the appropriate authorities
3. How do I get information from the Network?
4. How can I share information with the
It doesn't stop there.
Some residents fear that the developments of the evening economy on Osborne Road will continue until the point where the trend moves on elsewhere, leaving a trail of bars which no longer receive investment, are no longer popular and gradually go into decline. They could hardly be turned back into homes again. Yes, the future is never clear so you can only guess for yourself how our community might look in ten years time. But whatever your view, make your voice heard while you can make a difference.
Please keep checking the LATEST NEWS and RECENT NEWS pages on this site for the latest info. If you don't have internet access at home, you will be welcomed with practical help at Jesmond Library.