Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2008: Girton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2008.
Polling date: Thursday 1st May 2008
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Helene Yvette DAVIES  (UK Independence Party)
  • Douglas DE LACEY  (Independent)
  • Christopher JONES  (Labour Party)
  • Teal Richard RILEY  (Green Party)
  • Mark Jonathan TAYLOR  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Girton 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?

Helene Yvette DAVIES
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Douglas DE LACEY
(Independent)

I'm already working with County and District officers on a possible network of cycle routes around Girton (hoping to take advantage of the NIAB development to make their A14 bridge a public amenity). In particular I have general agreement to a route from the SE of Girton's new Wellbrook estate to the Thornton area which will be a major improvement for all cyclists through Girton (as well as for the estate itself).

Christopher JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal Richard RILEY
(Green Party)

The priority should be an overall reduction in traffic and to work with the County Council to provide more, safer cycling routes into the City and between established and newer communities. The Council should looby for the improvement of the service track alongside the guided busway to provide a first class route into the City. There needs to be a realisation that cyclists will happily commute distances greater than 10 miles if the facilities are up to standard.

Mark Jonathan TAYLOR
(Conservative 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?

Helene Yvette DAVIES
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Douglas DE LACEY
(Independent)

Yes, entirely.

Christopher JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal Richard RILEY
(Green Party)

Yes, this should be a priority where it is a problem. Although it should be acknowledged that many primary school age children (and their parents) are more comfortable with them cycling to school on the pavement, which isn't to my knowledge a problem in Girton. It would be unfortunate that if it were to become a police issue then children may ultimately be discouraged from cycling to school.

Mark Jonathan TAYLOR
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

Some cyclists have told us they feel unsafe riding on the main road through Girton village, because of the volume of traffic, the level of on-street parking and the lack of cycle lanes. Do you support restrictions on car parking, and improved cycling infrastructure, in this area?

Helene Yvette DAVIES
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Douglas DE LACEY
(Independent)

I'm not aware that car parking on the main road is an issue (except at the Co-Op, where I have already suggested some improvements; eg the Co-Op now uses smaller vehicles for deliveries to Girton) but am continuing to campaign for a re-design of Girton Corner and an improved infrastructure generally. The path referred to in Q1 will permit many cyclists to avoid Girton Corner altogether.

Christopher JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal Richard RILEY
(Green Party)

Girton is not a good village for cycling through. The introduction of island speed bumps encourages drivers to cut back into the cyclist's 'path' in an attempt to 'straddle' the speed bump. The provision of the cycle path by pass at Girton Corner is laughable. It is effectively redundant at peak times because traffic hugs the left kerb since the T-junction was reshaped to accommodate traffic turning left and right, so most cyclists end up on the pavement. And when the route can be used it often bring cyclists in to the rear of a stationary bus at the adjacent bus stop. A classic case of a waste of Council money on a route where there must have been negligible consultation with what cyclists' required. I have lobbied Andrew Lansley and the Council to provide alternative cycle routes out of Girton so Girton Corner could be avoided altogether.

Mark Jonathan TAYLOR
(Conservative 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?

Helene Yvette DAVIES
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Douglas DE LACEY
(Independent)

In general I think it a great idea. A high priority here is the Girton-Oakington-Histon shared use path, which the County has just declared "safe" for schoolchildren. I'm fighting for a reversal of that decision, and for a proper design of the path: a hybrid lane here would be excellent.

Christopher JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal Richard RILEY
(Green Party)

The Coton cycle path should be the standard. I have cycled in Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark and it is disheartening to return to the UK. The Histon-Girton cycleway is adequate, but at 1.3m in far too narrow for cyclists to pass safely, particularly if they have trailers for example. The Council missed a trick in going to the significant effort to provide a cycleway and then making it sub standard.

Mark Jonathan TAYLOR
(Conservative 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?

Helene Yvette DAVIES
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Douglas DE LACEY
(Independent)

My main priority would be to prevent the County installing more of the same appalling "facilities" currently on offer to cyclists. The Campaign's position paper on Cycling in New Developments is excellent document and (although this is not a District issue, I think) I'd want the Campaign to be not just consulted but actively involved in planning if we get to the next stage of the TIF bid. (I do think that the money on offer, though, is far too small for a really coherent re-think of transport.)

Christopher JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal Richard RILEY
(Green Party)

The priority for additional cash would have to be excellent provision in new developments instead of patching up old. The developments in Northstowe, NW Cambridge and the infill between Madingley Rd and Huntingdon Rd would be my priorities for the provision of first rate cycle routes separate to existing roads.

Mark Jonathan TAYLOR
(Conservative 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?

Helene Yvette DAVIES
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Douglas DE LACEY
(Independent)

Somehow we need to get Councillors and Officers to re-think their approach to transport at a fundamental level. David Hembrow's comments about his experiences in Holland are an eye-opener (see for instance http://www.camcycle.org.uk/map/gallery/37/ and his own website at http://hembrow.eu/cycling/) and I'd hope to encourage SCDC at every level to think about them. And your paper on Cycling in New Developments is excellent. Sadly, SCDC is not the Highway Authority, but I shall continue, as I do now, to lobby the County on such issues.

Christopher JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal Richard RILEY
(Green Party)

Ensuring that pedestrians and cyclists have priority on movements ahead of traffic. Akin to the Dutch model where cyclists avoid traffic lights, junctions etc and have a direct route to work/school/leisure instead of constantly being told to dismount!!

Mark Jonathan TAYLOR
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

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

Helene Yvette DAVIES
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Douglas DE LACEY
(Independent)

I'm an active member of the Cycling Campaign and I am constantly looking for ways to improve the lot of the Girton cyclist. I don't expect that to change if I am elected to SCDC!

Christopher JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal Richard RILEY
(Green Party)

Improved cycle parking at work places and in the City, Sheffield-style cycle frames to secure your bike to and sheltered parking.

Mark Jonathan TAYLOR
(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.