Elections

Local elections (County), June 2009: Cottenham, Histon and Impington

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council in June 2009.
Polling date: Thursday 4th June 2009
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Matthew BRADNEY  (Conservative Party)
  • Jenny BUTLER  (Green Party)
  • Simon Mark EDWARDS  (Conservative Party)
  • Susan GYMER  (Liberal Democrat)
  • David JENKINS  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Val ROSS  (Labour Party)
  • Niamh Marian SWEENEY  (Labour Party)

Questions for Cottenham, Histon and Impington division candidates (6 questions)

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# Question 1

There is a major shortage of cycle parking all around the city. Cycle theft is over 10% of all reported crime in the County. Do you have any suggestions for locations for cycle parking? Would you be willing to see a very small proportion of on-street car parking being replaced by on-street cycle parking in your ward? How will you progress towards a situation where every resident and every worker in each ward can keep a bike safe?

Matthew BRADNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jenny BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Simon Mark EDWARDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Susan GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

As I work for the University, I am aware of the problem. One colleague has had two bikes stolen in this academic year. Where possible, secure parking should be available at work and in shared accommodation. People largely need to take their own responsibility for leaving bikes securely, marking them, and noting their details. Cycling provision for shopping has been improved with the Grand Arcade development. For new builds, both for work and for homes, then easily accessible ground floor (preferably covered) should be provided, and I would like to see this as part of the planning process in the same way as car parking spaces are allocated. We personally have no room for a car in our garage - it's full of bikes instead.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

1: I'd make it a condition for every new development of housing that every dwelling has covered, secure cycle storage and that this is easy to use. Try owning a bike in some of the blocks of flats in Orchard Park!
2: I'd also make it a condition for every new office and industrial development and othr business unit that they provide safe, secure and readily accessible cycle storage. Where practical and economic I'd also encourage a retrofit program.
3: and finally I'd place storage where the demand is and survey the city for obvious points of defficiency. Taking out a minimum of existing car parking may be OK but this should not be an exercise in hitting the car owner. We can't just magic cars to disappear. We need to be a little more creative.

Val ROSS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Niamh Marian SWEENEY
(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?

Matthew BRADNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jenny BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Simon Mark EDWARDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Susan GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

I believe that education is more important than enforcement. The aim of police enforcement is to reduce injuries - mostly to cyclists. I am shocked at the number of cyclists who don't have lights at night.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes.

Cyclists are members of our society like anyone else and have rights (safe routes etc) and responsibilities (use lights, cycling on pavements etc).

Val ROSS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Niamh Marian SWEENEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

We believe that 20mph should be the norm for local streets in residential areas (as distinct from main connecting roads). 20mph would: greatly encourage walking and cycling; improve the quality of life in an area for residents; and would not delay car journeys significantly (because only the start/end of a journey would be affected). Do you agree that 20mph should become the norm for local streets in Cambridge and surrounding villages?

Matthew BRADNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jenny BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Simon Mark EDWARDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Susan GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

I think that there are some cyclists who would not stick to the 20mph limit! I would not like to see 20mph put in place to penalise car drivers. I am happy to support the introduction of lower limits where this has been suggested and justified by the local parish council or community council.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes but we need to be clear (1) about what do we mean by villages; and (2) that a 20mph speed limit is only a part of a broader program to make our communities more sustainable.

20mph speed limits wsuld slow down the tempo of traffic in village streets which would make them safer for cyclists who would then not need to cycle on the pavements which would then be safer for pedestrians.

But even at 20mph there would still be dangers as motorists feel the urge to 'get on'. We need to convince the motorist that he/she will not be held up and that keeping his/her speed down is of benefit not just to cyclists and pedestrians but also to motorists themselves.

Val ROSS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Niamh Marian SWEENEY
(Labour 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 associated 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 £500m spread over five 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?

Matthew BRADNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jenny BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Simon Mark EDWARDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Susan GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

One of my bugbears is that we have cycle paths only to the south of Cottenham and to Rampton. The guided bus goes through Westwick and many villagers have expressed a wish for a cycle route in that direction. Children attending CVC live in Landbeach and in Waterbeach and this limits activities after school, affecting friendship groups. Building cycle paths, however, should not be at the expense of school buses (this was thought a problem when a cycle path between Impington and Milton was suggested). Building a cycle path to the north could also potentially encourage leisure routes and so bring business to the village.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

£500 million can only be spent once and we will need to make breakthrough changes with it. This means that we should look at opportunities which under normal circumstances are simply out of question like tunnels and some forms of mass transit (on a Cambridge scale).It should be spent to make the County a better place to live in for all but will inevitabley be skewed towards Cambridge and its surroundings. However we must not ignore the rest of the county.

Given the above we should spend it on establishing bus networks such the routes complement each other and also link into the rail system (why for example are there no rail commuter services to Waterbeach station?). And we should spend it on establishing a proper cycle network in and around Cambridge and once and for all ditch all the silly compromises of white lines on roades, inadequate width cycle paths and discountinuous routes.

Val ROSS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Niamh Marian SWEENEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

What are your views on cycling provisions for commuting into Cambridge from Cottenham, Histon and Impington? Are the existing facilities adequate (include reasons)? What do you think should be changed if anything?

Matthew BRADNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jenny BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Simon Mark EDWARDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Susan GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

My husband daily cycles between Cottenham and Cambridge, and the present path is inadequate, poorly maintained, narrow and often overgrown. A number of villagers eagerly await the building of a new cycle way. I am sure this will be appreciated by motorists, as well. A separate bridge or a tunnel at the B1049 junction should be considered when they upgrade the A14.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

Poor. From the north:

1 there is nothing in Cottenham (the issue is broader)
2 the Cottenham Histon cycle path on the pavement is cynical and dangerous.
3 there is nothing through Histon
4 the B1049 junction is dangerous

There are bits and pieces but they are not continuous and generally of inadeqate width/not adequately separated from the road. Drop kerbs where needed are in the wrong places.

The B1049 needs to be looked at holistically. We also need to consider buses, the need (?) for bus lanes and express routes, the impact of 20mph speed limts in Histon and Cottenham and the need to control HCV traffic. And then of course there's the A14 development. We can't just do cycling on it's own.

Val ROSS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Niamh Marian SWEENEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

Do you have any other general cycling-related comments or points? And what support have you given for cycling and walking, or sustainable transport more generally, in the past?

Matthew BRADNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jenny BUTLER
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Simon Mark EDWARDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Susan GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

We have noted that in other countries you can sometimes take bicycles on board buses. We appreciate the cycling provision for children in schools. With new developments, the concern in the village is that traffic will only increase. Our children have benefited from being able to walk to school.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

I'm proud that Cambridge is a cycling city in a way that nowhere else is in the UK. The sights of business people going to work on bikes, older people going shopping on bikes and younger ones going out on the town (stilletos and all) are encouraging. They speak of healthier people and a safer and cleaner environment. We should think of doubling cycling and then doubling it again.

I do cycle and I will use the cycle path along the side of the Guided Bus to take me to work. I live in Histon close to the Gatehouse Lane crossing and work at the St John's Innovation Centre so it's ideal for me.

Val ROSS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Niamh Marian SWEENEY
(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.