Elections

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

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2008.
Polling date: Thursday 1st May 2008
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Salah AL BANDER  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY  (Green Party)
  • Peter Norman HASE  (Conservative Party)
  • Pamela Mary STACEY  (Labour Party)

Questions for Trumpington ward candidates (9 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?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

I am a cyclist, I do not have a car and I have lived in Cambridge for 20 years. I travel around by bike, on foot and in buses. I am very aware of the conflicts that frequently happen between different road and pavement users. I should like to see many more separated routes for cyclists. I have seen many improvements but too many cycle lanes come to an abrupt end, too many are in conflict with pedestrians or motorists.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

Yes. I would campaign for better training on our rules of the road, more cycle route planning and sponsorship of free lights. We must cut down on anti-social and illegal cycling - which remain the minority of Cambridge cyclists.

Pamela Mary STACEY
(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?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

Law enforcement should, indeed, be at the top of the list. I am aware that the South Area Committee have insisted on this being a police priority. This is particularly critical during summer time (tourists, language students, summer schools ~Eetc). However this must be joined by moves to educate and raise awareness of road safety, including tourists and day visitors. As a cyclist and Arabic speaker, I would be prepared to help with this.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

Yes - but I would champion Council funded and run training as opposed to the fines / big stick approach. In other words, unless a persistant offender, the police could direct a cyclist that broke the law towards a training programme. The exception must be cyclists that "jump" traffic lights, which is dangerous to themselves and others.

Pamela Mary STACEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

Some cyclists have told us they feel unsafe riding alongside the two short stretches of Lensfield Road and East Road where car parking is allowed in spite of the heavy traffic. Such car parking narrows the space available considerably. Do you support removal of this car parking in the interests of improved traffic flow and the safety of cyclists?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

Although I am aware of problems when I cycle along these roads, I recognise that narrow streets are a common problem in Cambridge, and the needs of residents and businesses mean there are no easy answers. I would consider Arbury Road, for example, is much more hazardous because of motorists parking and some of them opening their doors in front of cyclists without much care. I have seen this happen, and I cycle very carefully there.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

No. I support improved road planning and suggest that better cycle lanes would be the solution. These roads have business and a doctors surgery that need car parking.

Pamela Mary STACEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

We favour the removal of car parking on at least one side of Trumpington Road outside the Botanic Gardens. The current cycle lanes in the 'dooring zone' alongside parked cars endanger cyclists and are against government policy. Our proposal would allow wider cycle lanes and a buffer zone between the parked cars and the cycle lanes to protect cyclists from opened car doors . Do you support this?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

No. In my daily experience, and talking to other local cyclists, I do not believe this is a serious problem here. There is a clearly marked red cycle lane, and it is fairly easy to keep an eye out for people about to get out of their cars, if you don't cycle too fast.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

In general terms, yes. I use this road a great deal (both by car, cycle and motorcycle) and agree fully that there is a real problem.

Pamela Mary STACEY
(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?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

It is difficult to see where this facility could be implemented on Cambridge's narrow streets! I would like to know of any specific areas that the Cambridge Cycling Campaign had in mind.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

I agree and would consider this option as part of a package which includes the review of our town planning. I worked in the Netherlands for over a year and endorse the approach taken with well thought out cycle routes.

Pamela Mary STACEY
(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?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

Pedestrian safety measures, significant increase of cycle parking provision throughout Cambridge, and improvement of the street surfaces. I find uneven road surfaces and potholes a great problem.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

I do not condone or agree with a new Congestion Charge tax for Cambridge and deplore the Labour Government approach to give back funding if we add a new tax.

Pamela Mary STACEY
(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?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

Commitments to better bus services, safer routes to schools, home zones and segregated cycle routes are all described in planning applications for the growth areas. (e.g. Clay Farm design statement p. 26 para 2.4.2) but we will need to make sure that it happens! I think that more adult cycle training would help some people discover the advantages of cycling.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

The Park and Ride schemes are a success and we will have a new guided bus soon, which will reduce cars coming into Cambridge City Centre. I worry about the road system in Cambridge that blends buses, cars and cycles together and want better planning to seperate these varied forms of transport. More secure, well thought out bike parks and the Paris sheme for a community cycle facility must be worth exploring for Cambridge.

Pamela Mary STACEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 8

Would you like to see better lighting of cycle paths to improve safety issues and hence give people greater confidence to cycle in the winter when even early evenings are dark?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

Yes.

Pamela Mary STACEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 9

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

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

I do not own a car and have never driven a car in my life. This is a conscious decision. I depend entirely on my feet, public transport, and my cycle to get around. Although I was knocked off my bike six years ago, I refused to change my ways, and now use an electrically-assisted bike.  I am not advocating anti-car position because I can see the necessity of cars for many people. However, If I am elected I will consider the reduction of car usage in Cambridge as one of my core issues.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

My views are covered by the responses above. In general, the City Council is ineffective and weak with cycling issues and I am certain that adding new people, that are not alligned to the Liberal Democrat tired leadership, will do a great deal to move us forward. An example is the failed attempt to target bike theft in Trumpington over the last 12 months and the fact that this is still seen as a priority displays the failure.

Pamela Mary STACEY
(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.