Elections

Local elections, May 2007: Cherry Hinton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2007.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2007
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Marjorie Ruth Hadley BARR  (UK Independence Party)
  • Hamish George DOWNER  (Green Party)
  • Keith EDKINS  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Sarah EL-NEIL  (Conservative Party)
  • Russ MCPHERSON  (Labour Party)

Questions for Cherry Hinton ward candidates (6 questions)

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# Question 1

Cycling offers a huge opportunity to reduce motor traffic and free up road space. Do you have any suggestions for additional cycling promotion activities that the Council could do?

Marjorie Ruth Hadley BARR
(UK Independence Party)

I believe the best way to promote the benefits (and responsibilities) of cycling is through schools and colleges to encourage future generations of cyclists. It would be good thing if the City Council could give talks or distribute some literature in this way.

Hamish George DOWNER
(Green Party)

Cambridge City Council could press the County Council to take all possible measures to reduce motorised traffic and so to free more on -road space for cyle lanes etc.

In London, Transport for London is now funding transport 'advisors' to persuade residents in certain areas to cycle or use public transport with positive inducements e.g. free lights, cycle route maps, reduced transport pass etc.

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah EL-NEIL
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 2

Cambridge suffers from a huge shortage of on-street public cycle parking, and a staggeringly high rate of cycle theft - 10% of reported crime. We want to see a formal strategy to get on-street cycle parking provided around Cambridge, with a target of say, 100-200 spaces per year initially. Do you support this?

Marjorie Ruth Hadley BARR
(UK Independence Party)

I agree that there is a huge shortage of on-street public cycle parking in Cambridge. This is an important issue as it would help to prevent cycle theft and I would certainly support your strategy.

Hamish George DOWNER
(Green Party)

Absolutely. We support your call for additional on-street bike racks in the city. The cycle -parking at Cambridge Station and at Drummer Street needs more space and upgrading. We support Cambridge Cycle Campaign's opposition to the redevelopment of Lion Yard on the grounds of inadequate cycle parking provision.

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah EL-NEIL
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

Do you support our view that traffic policing (including fining of cyclists without lights or using pedestrian-only pavements) should become a police priority?

Marjorie Ruth Hadley BARR
(UK Independence Party)

I agree that the police should be stricter about enforcing the rules of the road where cyclists are concerned. I would like to add to the two offences you have mentioned that of crossing red lights at junctions instead of waiting for green.

Hamish George DOWNER
(Green Party)

Yes, I do support this. Cyclists need the respect of pedestrians and other road users, this means that people who cycle aggressively on non-shared use pavements or who do not use lights should be reprimanded as this behaviour brings down the reputation of all cyclists.

My main methods of transport are by foot and by bike. I am a confident cyclist, so I am happy to cycle on the road all the time, or on appropriate cycle paths. But I can understand that some cyclists are intimidated on the roads, so I don't mind them occasionally using pavements, but only provided that they are slow and considerate on the pavement. I wouldn't want such cyclists to be reprimanded or fined.

But if someone is cycling fast through pedestrians (whether or not the pedestrian area is dual use, then I think they should be reprimanded.

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah EL-NEIL
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

Following the remarkable success of 20 mph zones in Hull, we wish to see many more 20 mph zones around Cambridge for both safety and environmental reasons. Do you support this objective?

Marjorie Ruth Hadley BARR
(UK Independence Party)

Yes, we could do with more 20 m.p.h. zones provided they are placed in areas where they are likely to have an impact.

Hamish George DOWNER
(Green Party)

We do support this. Green Councillors in Lancaster have gained cross-party support for this motion.

And I would add community to the list of reasons for supporting this. If cars are going slowly and are considerate it is more likely that residents will spend more time on the street and thus get to know each other and build a stronger local community.

My ideal is that kids could safely play football in the streets (as I did when I was a kid) but it would take much more than a 20 mph limit to get to that stage ...

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah EL-NEIL
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

Cambridge Cycling Campaign is promoting a new route for pedestrians and cyclists called the 'Chisholm Trail', alongside the railway, joining up many journey destinations between Addenbrooke's to the south and the Science Park to the north. This would make many journeys much quicker. Do you support this in principle, and would you like more information?

Marjorie Ruth Hadley BARR
(UK Independence Party)

Yes, this sounds a good idea, but I would like to have more information about it.

Hamish George DOWNER
(Green Party)

We support this in principle, and I would like some more information about this. I have read the above link - http://www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/17/article15.html - so you don't need to send me that.

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah EL-NEIL
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

Do you have any other general cycling-related comments or points?

Marjorie Ruth Hadley BARR
(UK Independence Party)

I think cyclists should take the rules of the road more seriously and, particularly, realise how dangerous it is cycling without lights in the dusk and after dark. Conversely, of course, motorists should take more care also.

Hamish George DOWNER
(Green Party)

If elected, I would use my authority as a councillor to raise all issues in relation to increasing cycle use and safety .

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah EL-NEIL
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

Camcycle is a non-partisan body. All candidates are given an equal opportunity to submit their views. Information published by Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign), The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL.