Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2008: Histon & Impington

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2008.
Polling date: Thursday 1st May 2008
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Vanessa Ann KELLY  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Mike MASON  (Independent)
  • William Jon QUINN  (Green Party)
  • Philip "Scotty" SCOTT  (Conservative Party)
  • Christopher Jeffrey WILSON  (Labour Party)

Questions for Histon & Impington ward candidates (8 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?

Vanessa Ann KELLY
(Liberal Democrat)

The Council should expand the reach of its travel planning schemes (eg. Travel for Work) by automatically contacting new business and residents of new developments, so it has a chance to influence travel choices from the outset. I'm involved in a personal travel plan pilot scheme for Arbury Park residents which, if successful, will be rolled out across all the large developments heading our way.
I think the Council should promote the idea of pool cars for businesses more (eg. with tax incentives).

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Jon QUINN
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip "Scotty" SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Christopher Jeffrey WILSON
(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 greater police priority?

Vanessa Ann KELLY
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, the general public's perception of cyclists is that they're all a bunch of law-breakers. The guilty minority needs to be made aware, by increased policing and fines, that its behaviour is unacceptable. Inconsiderate parking obstructing mandatory cycle lanes, cycle bypasses and shared-use paths causes real dangers, but seems a very low police priority. Speeding through our 2 villages causes huge concern amongst vulnerable road users, but I know it has been demoted to 'low priority status' for local police. It shouldn't be!

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Jon QUINN
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip "Scotty" SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Christopher Jeffrey WILSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

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 the development of a cycle route across this bridge?

Vanessa Ann KELLY
(Liberal Democrat)

Most definitely - not only would it mean a safer route into the City Centre, but also to West Cambridge and Girton. Douglas de Lacey (Girton PC, CCyC) and I are currently negotiating for a new cycle route across NIAB land (between the Quills and Thornton Way), which is, I hope, a first step in opening up this area prior to the NIAB development (1800 houses) between Histon Rd and Huntingdon Rd.

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Jon QUINN
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip "Scotty" SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Christopher Jeffrey WILSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

The changes to King's Hedges Road as a result of the Arbury Park development have made cycling much more difficult in this area, with the result that few people now cycle there. Would you support works to remodel this area extensively to add new 'hybrid cycle lanes' (2.5m wide, on-road but with cobble separation) to make cycling there a more attractive option?

Vanessa Ann KELLY
(Liberal Democrat)

I campaigned vigorously against the mess that the County Council and developers made round Arbury Park, and played a central role in securing the concessions we did get on King's Hedges Rd - red-mac cycle lane, narrower or wider islands, where appropriate and reinstalling the on-road cycle lane on Histon (Cambridge) Rd. But, as we recognised at the time, all of these measures could be greatly improved upon with greater funding. Remodelling and hybrid lanes would undoubtedly improve safety and encourage use. In particular, the south side of King's Hedges Rd, and the northern end of Arbury Rd, need extensive work.

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Jon QUINN
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip "Scotty" SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Christopher Jeffrey WILSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

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?

Vanessa Ann KELLY
(Liberal Democrat)

The B1049, New Rd and Park Lane would all be good places to start. Having lived in Holland for 2 years, I think hybrid lanes are a good solution for commuter cyclists as they facilitate direct journeys in a way that off-road cycle paths don't and are especially useful where space is restricted.

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Jon QUINN
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip "Scotty" SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Christopher Jeffrey WILSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

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?

Vanessa Ann KELLY
(Liberal Democrat)

In the local area, I would like to see TIF monies spent on a proper solution to the A14/Histon Rd junction, hybrid lanes on Histon Rd into Cambridge, high quality on and off-road cycle lanes between Histon and Cottenham, and between Impington and Milton, an upgrade of the controversial cycle path between Girton and Histon (Gatehouse Lane), and a network of routes across NIAB land north and south of the A14. A very long wish list, I know, but why not aim high?

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Jon QUINN
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip "Scotty" SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Christopher Jeffrey WILSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

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?

Vanessa Ann KELLY
(Liberal Democrat)

20mph zones throughout, road design that curbs excessive speeds, on and off-road cycling infrastructure that adhers to national guidance + direct, high quality links to surrounding area. Within development, high level of permeability for pedestrians and cyclists but not cars; Secure, covered cycle parking to higher City standards, not South Cambs. Layby parking and bus stops. Personal travel planning. Subsidized buses in early years.

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Jon QUINN
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip "Scotty" SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Christopher Jeffrey WILSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 8

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

Vanessa Ann KELLY
(Liberal Democrat)

With a few exceptions, cycling infrastructure between Cambridge and the necklace villages is poor and urgently needs upgrading. Within Histon and Impington, there are an abundance of danger spots - these need to be eradicated if car use is to go down. Pollution and the problem of rat-running HGVs needs to be addressed too!

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Jon QUINN
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip "Scotty" SCOTT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Christopher Jeffrey WILSON
(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.