Letter to Eugene Milne – Public Health

Professor Eugene Milne
Director of Public Health Newcastle
Newcastle Civic Centre

Dear Professor Milne,

We read with interest the article including your comment in the Chronicle http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/cycle-campaigner-skeptical-over-newcastles-8545887. We wrote to your predecessor in 2012 making the case for public health’s involvement with improving cycling conditions in Newcastle, asking for a meeting. We received no reply. We have since written to Councillor Forbes. https://newcycling.org/going-public-health

It seems timely to perhaps restart the previously begun public health conversation. In particular, we would like to make you aware of NICE ph8 http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/PH8 and ‘The Energy Glut’ both which make strong recommendations to address adverse urban environments to lessen the impact of obesity and inactivity.

We’d be grateful to meet with you to discuss these matters and how we might best work together to influence the council. We could also have a look at two recent West End cycling initiatives where participants, after being shown how to cycle, concluded “give us cycleways, then we can safely cycle”.

Thanks, and we are looking forward to hearing from you.

Peter Ward, Newcycling health lead
Katja Leyendecker, Newcycling chair


#### UPDATE 6 March 2015 ####

Success! On 4 March 2015 we received a very positive letter inviting us to meet Eugene Milne and Craig Blundred and talk to them about PH8 and The Energy Glut.