Elections

Local elections, May 2007: East Chesterton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2007.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2007
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Clare Frances BLAIR  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Peter BURKINSHAW  (UK Independence Party)
  • Kevin André FRANCIS  (Conservative Party)
  • Stefan H  (Labour Party)
  • Peter Harry POPE  (Green Party)

Questions for East Chesterton ward candidates (7 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?

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin André FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Cycle maintenance classes in schools. A cared for cycle is a valued cycle and complements the safer routes to school programme.

# 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?

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin André FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Yes.

# 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?

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin André FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Yes. Speeding cars and cyclists without lights are particular cases. I was particularly incensed on one occassion when I saw a cyclist without lights staring intently into his mobile phone!

# 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?

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin André FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Yes. I am a long time supporter of the Lower Speeds Initiative.

# 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?

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin André FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

I support the Chisholm trail, while realising that safety criteria adjacent to railway tracks create special and expensive problems.

# Question 6

Many cycling schemes effectively force cyclists onto the pavement, resulting in an inadequate cycling environment, and in resentment from pedestrians. Do you support our view that the Council's priority should always be to improve the general road environment first, including the provision of cycle lanes at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) wide?

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin André FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Good cycle lanes are the best solution. Of course, it is the County Council that controls such things and the City Council should allocate more resources to champion the needs of cyclists in the city.

# Question 7

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

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin André FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Road surfaces can be appalling for cyclists. Riverside, which has been ravaged by the works of housing developers, is an important quiet cycling route into town and is an utter disgrace.

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.