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Plans have been put forth to turn one of the Ouseburn’s most popular hubs for art and culture into student accommodation, and those plans immediately came under fire from a great number of North East residents; as the popular cultural enterprises which currently operate from there face threats to their future.

The Tower Cafe, Mono Productions and North Wing have all found a place to call home at Uptin House on Stepney Road, and many folk have in turn found a place to call home withing the walls they crafted into spaces which became crucial parts of the Newcastle cultural scene. The Tower Cafe regularly has glorious exhibitions of art, giving walls to real outsider creatives who push boundaries, and craft beautiful pieces. They’ve also housed some incredible nights of music, comedy, spoken word and so much more. Mono Productions has also been vital in getting some of the North East’s best emerging talent recorded, produced and out to a wider audience through their very best work.

A petition started on Change.org attracted more than 2000 petitions in a matter of days, (you can read and sign it here) though it appears the future for Uptin House will remain unclear, as complaints and correspondence are lodged with the council. Newcastle developers Adderstone Group still want to flatten Uptin House and create six-story student housing, which they say could generate a great deal of revenue for the area.

Though for most, it’s the removal of an integral part of what Newcastle is, and could be, and so the fight to save it goes on.

The petition from the citizens of Ouseburn to preserve a historical building and a hub of social activity is still active now.

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