The Jesmond Residents Association covers the area bounded by the North Jesmond Ward and the South Jesmond Ward. Established in 1964 with continuous existence since, the Jesmond Residents Association is a non-political association set up to support and enhance the quality of life for the residents in Jesmond. Working closely with all local authority and MP‚s to voice and provide support to the issues of the residents in order to protect and improve the local area socially and environmentally. We are currently providing support to Jesmond Library and its development into a community funded library following the decision by the City Council to cease funding it.
In recent years the JRA has campaigned, along with other groups and individuals, to stop family homes being converted into Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), since ever more family homes were being lost in this way. It was successful on 25 November 2011 when an Article 4 Direction came into effect in most of Jesmond. The Article 4 Direction requires that an application for planning permission be submitted for a change of use from use class C3 (family home) to use class C4 (HMO with between 3 and 6 tenants). Before 25 November 2011 planning permission was not required for this change of use. A further Article 4 Direction came into force on 9 December 2012 covering High West Jesmond. As a matter of policy, the JRA opposes all such requests for planning permission. However it is important that those living near premises which are being considered as possible HMOs also object to the application.
Along Osborne Rd there are many pubs. From time to time they apply for changes in their liquor licences (the so called "premises licence") so that their standard hours for the sale of alcohol, currently set at 11pm, are changed to a later time. The JRA has opposed all such proposals and has to date been successful. It is important that those living near pubs which apply for later hours also object.
Due to Government imposed cuts, the City Council has had to discontinue the highly regarded Night Noise Service. JRA continues to work closely with the Police, the Council, local Councillors and the Universities to find ways of responding to anti-social behaviour. See the ASB page linked above for further details.
About the Jesmond Residents Association
JRA Committee 2016/7
Chair: Tony Waterston
Secretary: Nils Clemmetsen
Treasurer: David Etchells
Roger Loxley: Food market + resident groups
University of Newcastle student rep - Andrew Stark
University of Northumbria student rep – Tally Kerr
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