This site gives you the opportunity to have your say and find out what's going on in your local area. By using the links on the right hand side of this page you can find out about local services, key contacts, community groups, volunteering, local meetings and events.
Thanks to those who came along to the last Fenham Ward Get Together on Thursday 23 January, including the police who brought along their property registration equipment. A number of residents used the opportunity to have their valuables registered on the Immobilise database. If you would like to register your own property, you can do so for free at www.immobilise.com. Our next Ward Get Together will be held in the spring. Keep your eyes on our website for more details nearer the time.
Fenham Ward Committee held two 'get togethers' for local residents in October. These get togethers were an opportunity to come along and speak to elected members, council officers and other people from your neighbourhood. You talked to us about what you like in Fenham and what could be improved. Below you can view a summary of the information we gathered.
To view the public papers for Fenham Ward Committee click here.
‘Decent Neighbourhood Standards are our guarantee that we will play our part in making sure everyone lives in a clean, green and safe place, with decent access to services where local needs are met. Decent Neighbourhood Standards are about identifying areas of our city where there is greatest need for investment and support. We need to be clear that providing decent neighbourhoods will not solely depend on the work of the Council.
We’ve done an assessment for every ward in the city based on seven standards. These are based on statistical data and local people’s views taken from the residents’ survey. The baseline assessment of these for your ward is as follows:
Please click here for residents information.
If you would like to know more about the Decent Neighbourhood Standards, or would like to get involved in contributing toward them, email Paul Marshall, Senior Regeneration Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org
Details on the technical process and data sources that support the Decent Neighbourhood Standards Baseline Assessments can also be obtained by emailing email@example.com
Make a will on the 12 May with Age UK and help support others while you do it! For more information visit the Age UK website.
This is a very brief overview of the main welfare reform changes to people’s benefits and the impact, taking place now and in the next few years. Some people are exempt. Details about this and where to get more information is at the end.
Background to welfare reform
Welfare reform means reductions in social security spending of £18 billion a year until 2014/15, which is about £83 million a year in Newcastle. A further £10 billion cuts is proposed by 2016. The impact is worse in areas of higher benefit dependency. For example, Newcastle has 14% (28,790) on out of work benefits, York has 7%.
People incapable of work
Cuts to Tax Credits have taken place since 2011. For example, the amounts have reduced, including help with childcare cost. And access to working Tax Credit has been restricted. For example, the hours that a couple with children have to work in order to get Working Tax Credit has increased from 16 to 24 a week. This cut alone has meant that someone on £8,000 a year wages has lost their Working Tax Credit of £62 a week. The overall cuts to people’s Tax Credits amounts to about £1,000 a year.
Housing Benefit (HB)
Children and benefits
People with disabilities
From April 2013, Personal Independence Payment replaces Disability Living Allowance for those aged between 16 and 65. 10,000 DLA claimants in Newcastle will have claim this new benefit. Based on Government figures, nearly 2,000 in Newcastle are expected to lose out at least £5 million a year. This amount will be higher due to losing connected benefits.
Retirement age is rising from 60 to 65. So too is the age for claiming a Winter Fuel Payment and Pension Credit, where each year of delay moving from JSA to the more generous Pension Credit means a £3,632 loss for a single person and £5,395 for a couple.
Welfare to work measure
490 people a month are being sanctioned in Newcastle for failure to comply in increased work related activities, such as mandatory work activity. Sanctions mean reduced or no Jobseekers Allowance for 2 to 26 weeks. The Government are increasing this to 3 years.
Universal Credit from October 2013
All income related, working age benefits will be replaced by Universal Credit from October 2013 to 2017. Claimants will have different levels of job market requirements. People will be expected to claim it online and the housing element will be paid direct to the tenant. ‘Real time’ wages information will automatically adjust a person’s Universal Credit. Some may benefit but some will lose out. For example, 25,000 families may lose up to £3,500 a year with the cut to the extra for disabled children. Some will be temporarily protected on a frozen amount if their old benefits were higher than Universal Credit.
Other big changes from April 2013
The household benefit cap may mean that some unemployed working age families (over 100 in Newcastle) with 4 or more children will see a cut in their Housing Benefit. Exemptions include those on Working Tax Credit or DLA.
The Government expect local councils to take over parts of the social fund and the Council Tax Benefit scheme, which means people of working age paying more, and at least £3 a week, unless exempt.
Further information and advice
Newcastle Welfare Right’s website has a lot more detail about welfare reform and where to get independent advice in Newcastle. And sign up for a ’benefit bulletin.’ www.newcastle.gov.uk/welfarerights
The Millin Centre are having an open day on Monday 9 September between 11am-1pm. For more information click here (PDF 610KB)
We need your support to get faster, reliable and stable internet in Newcastle. We are currently bidding for funding and as part of this process, we need to show there is demand for these services in our city, so please pledge your support now on the let’s talk digital website.
Your pledge will mean that we can show funders why they need to invest in better broadband for Newcastle’s residents and businesses.
For more information please contact Cliff Jesset, 0191 278 2854.
Local youth groups are working together to make sure young people get the most from living in Fenham.
The Fenham Children and Young People’s Network brings together the community and voluntary sector organisations working with children and young people in the ward, along with the local Play Service and Youth Service representatives.
To view a copy of their latest report click here (PDF 1.13MB)
Using the principle of ‘No decision about me without me’, everyone has agreed that a first priority should be to give local children and young people a voice. When you ask about local facilities, opportunities and places to go, young people have very clear views about where they feel safe and what they like or want to change.
Councillor McStravick, Chair of Fenham Ward Committee, said “I’m delighted to see this opportunity for more people to get involved in our community decision-making. I’d like to encourage young people to tell us what they would like to see and do in Fenham – we can only make positive changes to the place where we live with your help”.
As well as helping set the agenda for the Fenham children and young people’s network, the information will be used to inform the Decent Neighbourhood Standards for Fenham and make sure the youngest citizens are able to make their mark on the local community.
Our city is growing and we need to have plans in place for Newcastle's future, how the city will grow and where we will build new homes. We were keen that as many people as possible had their say on our draft plans and had plenty of opportunity to do so over a 3 month period which ran from Wednesday 20 June to Thursday 20 September 2012. This consultation period has now closed, but you can find out more by clicking here.
If you would like to find out more information about the Fenham Police team please click here. The Fenham Police Team work hard to tackle crime and community safety issues in your area. Make sure you always phone 999 if it is an emergency. If it is not an emergency you can telephone the Police Non Emergency Line on 101.
Fenham has a regular meeting of local officers who look at ways of resolving local crime and community safety issues. The key crime and community safety messages from SNAPS are:
This report (pdf 1MB) highlights short, medium and long term traffic management and highways schemes in the ward as well as information on road traffic accidents and utilities work.
The work listed will be subject to further discussions with Members and will form the basis of the monthly Ward Report that is sent out to Elected Members. If you have any questions or comments you can email the Communities Officer, come to the Fenham Ward Committee or contact your local councillors.
Use our online map to find your nearest local facilities such as schools, libraries, leisure facilities, recycling sites and heritage information such as listed building and ancient monuments.
Visit the Service Finder page to view details of the wide range of services and facilities in the Fenham ward. This includes details about:
The name “Fenham” translates as, “at the marches”. This is due to the nature of the soil. The land has been used for agriculture and small scale mining. The road that is now called “Two Ball Lonnen” was an ancient lane (Lonnen) predating the construction of the West Road in 1751. The West Turnpike was built to enable the commander-in-chief of the British Army, General Wade to plan a quick response to a planned French invasion and move his equipment to Carlisle, along the course of Hadrian's wall. The Fox and Hounds public house on the West Road, was a coaching inn and dates from around this time, although the present building was put up in the early 1930s.
It was the threat of a Napoleonic victory that led to Newcastle city leasing 11 acres of the Town Moor as a site for barracks in 1806, a site which grew over time and had housing for soldiers and their families. Fenham was once described as a small township of 420 acres in the parish of St Andrews and the manor of Elswick. Much of the land still has restrictions on the building of any licensed premises, due to the religious links to previous owners.
In 1185 this land was presented to The Knights Templar, a Christian military order created during the Catholic Crusades to Jerusalem and when they were disbanded ownership transferred to the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. By the time of the civil war it belonged to the Royalist supporter, Sir Thomas Riddell and the land was confiscated by the crown.
This land was recovered by the Riddells, but then sold in 1695 to John Ord. It was in the ownership of John’s brother William when he became High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1768. These lands pass on through his family line. He built Fenham hall in 1745 and they owned most of the land in this area until the early 1900s. The Hall itself wasn’t always their only home and for a time (1810-1835) it was home to the Clarkes, the grandparents of the poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The Hall was bought in 1905 by the Society of the Sacred Heart and became St Mary’s training college. In 1904 the area was incorporated into the city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The Ord family also bought the ancient Manor and estate at Whitfield, Northumberland. William Ord made his fortune developing lead and silver mining at Whitfield and coal mining at Benwell and Fenham. His eldest son, William (1752–1789), also went on to become High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1777.
It was not until the 20th century that the area of pretty countryside became a residential area. In 1898, when it was sold to “The Northern Allotment Society”, it was described as; inferior to Jesmond because of the lack of transport links, but superior because of the cleaner air, due to its elevated position above the city. The Allotment Society became the limited company “Fenham Estates” and in 1907, when the tram line was extended from Central Station via Barrack Road, housing was built on a large scale. Fenham continued to grow as transport links improved with trolley buses and bus links to Westerhope.
It’s first public building was St Monica’s church on Wingrove Road (1905) and the first shops were on Nuns Moor Road (1906-1909). Many of Fenham’s larger properties were built at this time, mainly by the wealthy middle classes. Moorside North shows Art Nouveau tendencies mingling with traditional British cottage architecture by the 1930s. The church of St. James and St. Basil was built by Sir James Knott, a wealthy Newcastle shipowner, in memory of his two sons, James and Basil, who were both killed in the First World War. The area expanded further with housing being built between the two World Wars as part of the government push to build homes for heroes.
Are you part of a group or organisation with an interest in the local heritage of Fenham? You can also find out what other local heritage information is available across our website.
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