Summary of our meeting 2/2/2015

This was our first meeting of 2015, and we would like to extend our thanks to Councillor Neil Garratt (Beddington South, Conservative) for coming along to chat with us. Neil had tabled two cycling related questions at the full council meeting on 19 January, see Appendix B (Heart of Hackbridge) and Appendix D (Green Wrythe Lane). These questions, and replies received, subsequently featured in Heart of Hackbridge and Space for Cycling and Green Wrythe Lane – one year on

The main item to report was that our response to Sutton Council’s draft Sustainable Transport Strategy had been submitted on 4 January. Our response is available at Get Sutton Cycling and the draft Sustainable Transport Strategy.

Other topics for discussion included the Green Wrythe Lane cycle path; the proposed Draft Cycling Strategy document from Sutton Council; the plans for Greenford Road (changes to the contraflow cycle path crossing Sutton High Street); the London Cycling Design Standards and how we can encourage Sutton Council to stick to them; loading bays in Wallington; Beddington Lane B272 and what can be down to make this less appalling for cycling; the A217 Sutton by-pass and it’s need for an upgrade, plus the Space for Cycling petition.

It was also reported that Sutton Council’s review of our Space for Cycling ‘ward asks’ had still not been received (despite being told on 29 September 2014 that this review could be expected within a month). The review response was now expected “in the near future”. Meanwhile, details of the funding that the borough can expect for cycle-related projects between April 2015 and March 2016 have been published, see Sutton Cycle Funding 2015-2016.

Quote of the evening was from Gary, @tradescant, via Hilarie Belloc (the context of which related to the possibility that the Green Wrythe Lane footway cycleway may still yet get sanctioned by TfL following a visit by their cycling technical specialist)

‘They answered, as they took their Fees,“There is no Cure for this Disease”.’

Our previous meeting had been held on 1 December 2014, see Notes from our December 2014 meeting for details.

This post was updated on 01.02.2016

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