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General Info

Byker has several distinct neighbourhoods including :

  • The Byker Wall Estate (including areas of Dunn Terrace, South Byker and St Lawrence Square)
  • Scarborough Road and Byker Old Town area
  • Allendale Road and Kingston Avenue area
  • St Oswald’s Avenue area
  • St Peter’s Basin

Byker has a number of facilities to support the local community.  These facilities include several large and smaller green spaces including Harbottle Park, St. Lawrence Park, Spires Lane Field and St. Oswald’s Green.  

There are children centre services operating from Byker Sands Family Centre in Raby Cross and St Martin’s Centre on Roman Avenue.

The ward has 2 primary schools, Byker Primary School and St Lawrence Primary School.

There are small shopping areas at Raby Cross and Welbeck Road with the main shopping area of Shields Road close by.

East End Pool and Library and Customer Service Centre are located conveniently on Shields Road offering a range of council services to local residents. 

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Byker Grant Funding Criteria

The Byker Ward Committee has developed a Neighbourhood Plan for the ward based upon information from residents and statistical information from the City Council.  This plan sets out the strategic priorities for the ward together with the criteria that grant applicants must meet to secure funding from the Ward Committee.  These criteria can be found by clicking here.


Byker in Bloom

The closing date for entries to Byker in Bloom 2013 is 28 June.  Click here for the flyer with full details and an application form.  Judging will take place during the first two weeks in July. 

Byker Community First Panel votes to make a difference

The Byker Community First Panel has made its decisions on which projects it will fund to tackle alcohol abuse amongst young people in the ward.

The panel has voted to distribute almost £30,000 of funding to five projects that will work with young people across Byker.

For more information about the projects, click here.

Healthwatch Newcastle

Healthwatch is the new consumer champion for health and social care in England.  Healthwatch Newcastle has a local focus, representing the voice of patients, service users, carers and local people.

For advice and information, use the freephone number 0808 178 9282 or you can follow them on Twitter @HWNewcastle

Budget 2016 - Fair choices for tough times

The council is facing significant financial difficulties. We need to cut our budget by £90m by 2016, which is around a third of our total budget.
Details about how we propose to do this are published here. These are proposals, not decisions.
We want to hear your views about how you feel these proposed changes may impact upon you and your community. We are also interested to hear about any actions you think we can take to minimise these impacts where possible.
To have your say you can attend one of the following public consultation events:
• Monday 3 December 2012, 6.30 - 8.30 pm at West Denton Community Centre (formerly West Denton Association)
• Tuesday 4 December 2012, 6 - 8pm at the Carnegie Building in Benwell
• Wednesday 5 December 2012, 6 – 8pm at Gosforth Civic Hall
• Thursday 10 January 2013, 1.30 - 3.30pm at the Civic Centre
• Saturday 12 January 2013, 1 – 3pm at the Walker Activity Dome.
Or you can go online here to take part in our surveys and topic walls.
Consultation will run until 1 February 2013, after which time the council’s Cabinet will consider responses to the consultation, and recommend its draft budget to Full Council on 6 March 2013.

Education, Skills and Training Support

If you would like advice on how to get support with any of these issues, please click here for a list of organisations and agencies who can help.

Gritting and Snow Clearance

Click here to see how winter gritting of footpaths is prioritised in Byker ward.  For further information about dealing with winter conditions, click here

Paying too much for your energy?

Are you, or someone you know, worried about your fuel bills? Do you want to check if you can get a better deal with another fuel supplier? If so, it is easier than ever to choose the best energy deal, especially as free help to find this information is now available from our Customer Service Centres and Libraries. Newcastle Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has worked with staff so that they can show you how to get help, as part of a national campaign supported by the energy regulator Ofgem.
Simply take your current energy bill into any of the Customer Service Centres or specified libraries and ask for help to find your 'Energy Best Deal'. For information about when and where this is available, click here

50+?  Don’t delay – screen today

1 in 8 women will experience breast cancer within their lifetime.  For more information about the screening programme at the RVI, please click here.

Volunteering opportunities at St Martin's Centre

St Martin's Centre on Roman Avenue is currently looking for volunteers.  Please see the flyer for more details. 

Funding for community buildings

A small amount of funding is now available to support community organisations managing community buildings. This funding must be used towards the core costs of community buildings in 2013/14.  For more information, click here.

One Core Strategy – Planning a Future for Newcastle

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.  This consultation period has now closed, but you can find out more by clicking here.

Enterprising Newcastle

Newcastle City Council and other organisations are working together to offer an enterprise and business support programme, which runs from December 2011 until September 2013.
Enterprising Newcastle supports new business start ups and works with local businesses and voluntary organisations to help them grow and to expand their networks. We also work with secondary schools to help their students develop real businesses. Please click on link below for more information.

Let’s talk digital

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 Jessett, 0191 278 2854.

Decent Neighbourhood Standards

‘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 resident’s survey. For the baseline assessment for your ward, please click here (word docx. 49kb)

If you would like to know more about the Decent Neighbourhood Standards, or would like to get involved in contributing toward them, please contact your local Senior Communities Officer kevin.coombs@newcastle.gov.uk or email Paul Marshall, Senior Regeneration Specialist at paul.marshall@newcastle.gov.uk

Details on the technical process and data sources that support the Decent Neighbourhood Standards Baseline Assessments can be obtained by emailing paul.marshall@newcastle.gov.uk

Selective Licensing in Byker Old Town and Allendale Road South

From 4 April 2011 all private landlords or their managing agents in the designated areas must apply for a license to the council.  the benefits of Selective Licensing are that it will:

  • make sure privately rented properties are well managed
  • tackle unprofessional landlords and supporting good landlords
  • reduce anti social behaviour
  • increase the demand for properties
  • make sure the local area is a more attractive place to live
  • encourage responsible tenants to stay

For more information about selective licensing contact the Selective Licensing team. tel. 0191 211 6102 or email: selectivelicensing@newcastle.gov.uk  

Online: www.newcastle.gov.uk/selectivelicensing

Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food

Want to learn how to make tasty, simple meals on a tight budget? Jamie Oliver believes that its fun, cool, can save you money, and can help you live a healthier life.  Courses are available at Precroft House, 32 Heaton Road, at various different times.  For more information and to book call  East End Health on 0191 276 0595.

Walker Communities Credit Union

For information about the Walker Communities Credit Union, please see the attached flyer (pdf, 40.32kb)


The Byker estate is world famous for its unique 1970’s architecture.  Its skyline can be seen across Newcastle and from as far away as western Gateshead and Northumberland.  It has been the subject of many photographic exhibitions, dramas and films and is now a Grade 2* listed heritage site.

Byker is situated in the east of the city and is home to the world famous Byker wall development.  It was originally built in the 1900’s to house a growing workforce required by shipbuilding and other heavy industries situated on the banks of the River Tyne.  By the 1960’s much of the housing stock built to accommodate the nineteenth century workforce was sub standard, having no inside toilets or proper bathrooms and a backlog of major repairs.  In 1966 it was decided that Byker would be demolished and redeveloped.

In 1969 Ralph Erskine was appointed as project architect.  The Byker estate was built in 11 phases to house 9,500 people and the final phase completed in 1983.It is now world famous for its unique 1970’s architecture.