Elections

Local elections, May 2007: Newnham

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2007.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2007
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Louis COIFFAIT  (Labour Party)
  • Aneaka Kaur KELLAY  (Green Party)
  • Julie Elizabeth SMITH  (Liberal Democrat)
  • James Andrew STRACHAN  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Newnham 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?

Louis COIFFAIT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Aneaka Kaur KELLAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie Elizabeth SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)

I think it would be great if the Council could advocate 'safe cycling' to students when they arrive at the City's universities. At present, students are given lots of introductory talks; it would be great if we could outline the advantages of cycling (as well as some basic guidance on the rules of the road). Perhaps the Council's cycling maps of the City could be given to incoming students and to new Council taxpayers when they register.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative 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?

Louis COIFFAIT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Aneaka Kaur KELLAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie Elizabeth SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)

I agree that it is often almost impossible to find a secure cycle parking space in Cambridge and am very keen to see more well-designed cycle parking spaces.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative 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?

Louis COIFFAIT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Aneaka Kaur KELLAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie Elizabeth SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)

I think it's really important to remind cyclists that the Highway Code applies to them. It would be good if the police were more pro-active regarding lights, cycling on pavements and jumping red lights. How far this can or should be a police priority obviously depends on a whole range of issues but it would be very helpful if cyclists were aware that they might be fined as this should act as a deterrent.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative 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?

Louis COIFFAIT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Aneaka Kaur KELLAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie Elizabeth SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)

I think it is very important to ensure that our road and cyclepath networks are safe and work efficiently. In some cases 20mph zones are the way to do this and in those cases I support it. However, we need to ensure that such zones don't lead to further problems such as additional pollution and/or cars speeding between speed bumps. So, I'm in favour of sensible policies that create safe conditions for all according to local conditions.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

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?

Louis COIFFAIT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Aneaka Kaur KELLAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie Elizabeth SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

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

Louis COIFFAIT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Aneaka Kaur KELLAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie Elizabeth SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)

It's great that so many people in Cambridge cycle and I welcome efforts to make the City even more cycle-friendly.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative 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.