Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2008: East Chesterton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2008.
Polling date: Thursday 1st May 2008
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Peter BURKINSHAW  (UK Independence Party)
  • Kevin Andre FRANCIS  (Conservative Party)
  • Stefan Peter H  (Labour Party)
  • Jennifer Susan LIDDLE  (Liberal Democrat)
  • 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?

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan Peter H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jennifer Susan LIDDLE
(Liberal Democrat)

Provide more cycle parking provision, especially in the city centre.

Provide segregated and specialised cycleways. This is particularly important in the new developments.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green 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 greater police priority?

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan Peter H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jennifer Susan LIDDLE
(Liberal Democrat)

Priority over what? I would certainly argue that the police should not ignore cyclists being naughty, but there are a great deal of things that people would like the police to prioritise; burglary, mugging, domestic violence, non-domestic violence, hate crimes, distraction burglaries of older people. In terms of priorities, cycling without lights doesn't even come close.

Having said that, the public do get to tell the police what they would like to see the police prioritise in their neighbourhoods, at the Area Committee Meetings. I would urge people to come along to the meetings and have their say.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

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?

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan Peter H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jennifer Susan LIDDLE
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

We are seeking a trial of a new type of cycle provision in the city - 'hybrid cycle lanes', as used in Holland and Germany. These are 2-3m wide, on-road but with a degree of separation from other vehicles. They combine the best aspects of both off-road and on-road cycle lanes but without the downsides of both. The picture on our website illustrates the concept. What do you feel about this idea, and is there anywhere in your ward where you think these could be tried?

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan Peter H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jennifer Susan LIDDLE
(Liberal Democrat)

I think it's a very good idea in principle, but I confess I'm struggling to think of any road in East Chesterton that would be suitable for a trial. Most of the roads in Cambridge are too narrow.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

If the County Council's proposed Congestion Charge goes ahead, it is likely that the free, up-front money that would be received from the government to support prior improvements to public transport and cycling would be of the order of some £100m a year for four years. This is roughly ten times the amount the County currently receives for transport. If the scheme goes ahead, what would be your priorities for use of this up-front money?

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan Peter H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jennifer Susan LIDDLE
(Liberal Democrat)

The same as our current priorities for improving transport; walking, cycling, public transport. In that order.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

Some 47,500 new dwellings are to be built around Cambridge in the next ten years, increasing the population by perhaps 125,000 people. Although a Congestion Charge with half-a-billion pounds of up-front government money is proposed as a key means to deal with this, what would your suggestions be for reducing car usage and encouraging cycling in the new developments?

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan Peter H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jennifer Susan LIDDLE
(Liberal Democrat)

We support (as we say in our manifesto):
- limiting the car parking spaces in new developments
- good street design to encourage walking and cycling in and off streets
- direct cycle routes and indirect car routes
- investment outside the development sites to facilitate cycle access from the sites to work places and other destinations.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

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

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stefan Peter H
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jennifer Susan LIDDLE
(Liberal Democrat)

I am a regular cyclist. I commute to work by a combination of bicycle and bus, and I cycle to and from the city centre. I'm well aware of the problems that cyclists face on a daily basis.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green 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.