Elections

Local elections, May 2007: Histon & Impington

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2007.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2007
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Philip 'Scotty' SCOTT  (Conservative Party)
  • Robin Philip STERN  (Labour Party)

Questions for Histon & Impington 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?

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

I agree that cycling provision should be considered in all major planning applications and any highways / transport modifications. Given the current focus on wellbeing and healthy living, cycling is an ideal activity for joined up promotional work between county and district councils.

Philip 'Scotty' SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robin Philip STERN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 2

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

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

Absolutely. As a cyclist, motorcyclist and car driver, it is essential that the laws are enforced. Cycle lights are fundamental and a high profile campaign should be instigated to see an improvement in this area.

Philip 'Scotty' SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robin Philip STERN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

Some cyclists have told us they feel unsafe riding over the A14 Histon junction, because of crossing the exit roads down onto the A14, and along Histon Rd, because of its narrowness. Do you support measures to improve safety for cyclists in these two areas?

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

I feel unsafe riding over the A14 junction! The speed of cars as the two lanes merge into one on Histon Road is another issue that needs to be addressed. I fully support the need for improvements in this area.

Philip 'Scotty' SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robin Philip STERN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

Over the A14 between Histon and Girton is a bridge, currently used by NIAB. If this were opened to cyclists as part of NIAB land developments it would enable many to avoid the Histon A14 roundabout and other sections of busy road. In principle, would you support such proposals?

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

An interesting thought and worth exploring. Most cyclists from Histon and Impington going into the city centre would probably not want to take such a detour, but it may work as an integrated part of the NIAB development.

Philip 'Scotty' SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robin Philip STERN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

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?

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

Agreed. Decent width on-road cycle lanes should be the priority with shared use pavements as a secondary item for those who would prefer not to cycle on-road.

Philip 'Scotty' SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robin Philip STERN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs), a red area for cyclists in front of a traffic light, improve cycle safety by improving visibility of cyclists at junctions. Do you support the presumption that new junctions should include ASLs, and that existing ones should be upgraded and always coloured?

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes. All new junctions should include coloured ASLs and the police should be prepared to enforce them! Existing ones should be upgraded.

Philip 'Scotty' SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robin Philip STERN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

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

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

My wife and I are keen cyclists and always enjoy the CCC newsletter. I am pleased that we now have a new surface on the shared path up over the old railway line on the B1049. It is much improved. I will continue to pursue the improvements to the Arbury Park development that have been promised. It is so disappointing they were not addressed at the outset.

Philip 'Scotty' SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robin Philip STERN
(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.