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London Sport Consultancy commissioned to support Hillingdon Council identify current and future need for local cycling facilities

Press release   •   Nov 05, 2019 09:36 GMT

London Sport Consultancy has been commissioned by Hillingdon Council to undertake a comprehensive review of two of the borough’s major cycling facilities.

The Cycling Facility Needs Joint-Assessment will focus on the existing BMX track facilities at Lake Farm Country Park and the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit at Minet Country Park.

The aim of the study is to support Hillingdon Council make evidence-based decisions on cycling development at these sites.

The report will develop our understanding of the current state of cycling facilities and active infrastructure, potential future resident needs and opportunities, and headline investment planning.

London Sport are partnering with Sporting Assets to deliver the feasibility study in West London.

It is a partnership which brings together London Sport’s local insight and strategy expertise with Sporting Asset’s specialist facilities, community, and cycling knowledge and experience.

British Cycling, the national governing body for cycling in Britain, will be a key stakeholder throughout the process and support the implementation of recommendations at the next stage.

Tristan Farron-Mahon, London Sport Insight Consultancy Manager, said:

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected by Hillingdon Council to carry out this work on their behalf which will ensure they have all the evidence they need to make informed decisions on future funding and investment.

“Physical activity and sport continue to fight for a finite amount of resources from local and national government and therefore the importance of creating an evidence base has never been greater.

“Furthermore, partnering with Sporting Assets on this project is an exciting development in our consultancy journey. They bring a wealth of experience in the facilities development arena and, as a social enterprise, their aims and objectives are closely aligned with ours at London Sport.”

Emily Neilan, Relationship Manager for Hillingdon at London Sport said:

“We are committed to supporting our local authority partners to find sustainable options for their facilities to ensure that they can offer diverse sport and physical activity opportunities to residents.

“This piece of work is vital to support Hillingdon Council’s decision making and will, in turn, help us in our mission to get make London the most active city.”

Cllr Richard Lewis, Hillingdon Council Cabinet Member for Central Services, Culture and Heritage, said:

“Hillingdon Council is committed to encouraging residents to become active and stay fit through a variety of activities and programmes available across the borough - many of which are free.

“Cycling as a recreation, sport, and community activity encourages residents of all ages to become more active. We have delivered many initiatives, including free cycle rides, taster sessions and even basic repair events.

“We are delighted that London Sport Consultancy will be undertaking this study, which will help the council to build on its cycling offer.”

About London Sport

London Sport aims to make London the most physically active city in the world. Supported by the Mayor of London and Sport England, our target is to get Londoners more physically active.

For more information on London Sport, visit www.londonsport.org

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