Elections

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

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2008.
Polling date: Thursday 1st May 2008
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Jennifer Hannah BUTLER  (Green Party)
  • William Lawrance REDFERN  (Labour Party)
  • Sian REID  (Liberal Democrat)
  • James Andrew STRACHAN  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Newnham 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?

Jennifer Hannah BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Lawrance REDFERN
(Labour Party)

Cambridge Labour councillors believe the Cambridge Cycling Campaign is a very successful lobbying organization, which already has a number of successes of which it can boast, and some of us are members of the Campaign. But we would not presume to know better what is good for cycling than the Campaign itself, and will rely on the Campaign continuing to come up with challenging proposals, but will also expect to retain some critical distance which will enable us to make judgements about what is proposed.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

1. We are supporting the bid for Cambridge to be a Cycle Demonstration City,
we are appointing a Cycling Champion for next political year, starting a
new cycling working group within council with members and external
stakeholders having chance to participate

James Andrew STRACHAN
(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?

Jennifer Hannah BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Lawrance REDFERN
(Labour Party)

Probably, but we would need to know what priority it would replace in police consideration. We cannot in any case expect police to prioritise all aspects of their traffic work; all forms of enforcement are demanding of police resources, and enforcement is usually only effective at the margins, even when it is quite rigorous; so the question needs closer definition in terms of local and temporary circumstances

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

We do ask police at local area committees to focus on cyclists without
lights and crossing redlights. We can present Cycle Campaign views at area
committees, where we meet the police, more often and appreciate the links
given.

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

# Question 3

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?

Jennifer Hannah BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Lawrance REDFERN
(Labour Party)

Excellent where there is road space, which is usually at a premium on Cambridge city roads, but would clearly be particularly appropriate in new developments

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

I think the provision on hybrid cycle lanes is a good idea . Possibly in
my ward this would be a good idea for Adams Road? We would welcome the
Campaign's view on possible roads in Newnham. We would like to put the idea for strategic consideration at the Joint Transport Forum, newly established between the three
Local Authorities County SCambs and City to review transport planning, along
with other proposals.

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

# Question 4

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?

Jennifer Hannah BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Lawrance REDFERN
(Labour Party)

This begs more questions than we can answer. The current proposals for Congestion Charge are not ones we are likely to support. They appear to be to predicated on the County Council's wish to maximize the amount it can spend of the government's money. We would rather have a rational, low-risk approach to transport planning as a whole, where priorities are established by proper long-term planning, rather than a dash for cash; and if that were the case, we could make a submission setting out our priorities. Trying to put in pre-emptive bids is not good planning procedure.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

We are advocating NO spend on road building and widening from any surplus
and all money to be spent on sustainable transport in the usual hierarchy
with walking and cycling as top priorities.

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

# Question 5

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?

Jennifer Hannah BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Lawrance REDFERN
(Labour Party)

See my answer to question 4 above.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

We support -
- 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
teh sites to work places and other destinations.

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

# Question 6

What support have you given for cycling and walking, or sustainable transport more generally, in the past?

Jennifer Hannah BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Lawrance REDFERN
(Labour Party)

The only form of transport I reguarly use in Cambridge is walking or cycling and therefore I very much appreciate how important cycling is in Cambridge and how important it is that we continue to encourage and protect cycling.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

I have supported as follows
- continued investment in cycling improvements
- arguing for 2 way cycling on 1 way streets with some success
- arguing successfully for lifting city centre cycling ban
- supporting Cycle Demonstration City bid
- supporting staff to review planning applications carefully for cycle
routes
- cycle promotions eg the shopping trolley and Park Street cycle park
arrangements
- member of Cycling Campaign

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

# Question 7

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

Jennifer Hannah BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
William Lawrance REDFERN
(Labour Party)

Cambridge is famed for its cyclists and the image of the cyclist goes hand in hand with the image of Cambridge. As such it is crucial that we continue to encourage and protect cycling in Cambridge.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

Thank you very much for all the work you do at the Cycling Campaign. It is a very impressive organisation whose expertise makes a real impact on the city.

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.