In recognising the links between cycling projects and wider outcomes such as air quality and public health, a very welcome commitment was given in Sutton’s Cycling Strategy (LB of Sutton, November 2015) to establish an internal Cycling Advisory Group within the council. Such a forum would help make the planning and delivery of cycling projects a more collaborative process, and in doing so would assist with the identification of opportunities to maximise funding, quality and synergies at an early stage. This in turn would help to deliver better projects, with greater and more wide-ranging outcomes.
We are delighted to report, therefore, that shortly after the Cycle Forum meeting held in February 2019, we received notification that officers had agreed that there would be a value in setting up a regular project review meeting involving officers responsible for Transport Strategy, Air Quality, Sustainable Transport, Highways, Opportunity Sutton and ideally Public Health and Parks.
The full statement, given as an update to the February 2019 Cycle Forum meeting notes, read:
“Having given this matter further consideration, officers do now agree with Get Sutton Cycling that there would be a value in setting up a regular project review meeting involving officers responsible for Transport Strategy, Air Quality, Sustainable Transport, Highways, Opportunity Sutton and ideally Public Health and Parks. The group would complement the existing programme tracking and reporting processes. It is proposed that it would meet quarterly with a remit to achieve a better shared understanding of our projects, their interdependencies and opportunities, focusing chiefly on potential impacts on the public and the mitigation/communication thereof. The group would need to focus not only on cycling as LBS’s Healthy streets agenda is wider than just cycling. To avoid duplication of meetings and to better guarantee availability of officers, there may be occasions when the discussion is a significant agenda item within a more broadly-focused meeting such as those planned on Sustainable Transport and Air Quality. In preparation for these meetings, through liaison with partners, we will ensure officers are more aware of works planned by external parties such as Network Rail. The result should be programmes of work which take account of each other more fully in regard to impact on the public, thereby achieving direct benefits to citizens. And where the impacts are found to be unavoidable, their early identification at these meetings will enable us to inform the affected groups at a much earlier and more helpful stage.
The plan is to convene the first of these meetings in April  with the results feeding into the following Sutton Cycle Forum meeting”.