Elections

Local elections (County), June 2009: Queen Edith's

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council in June 2009.
Polling date: Thursday 4th June 2009
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Donald F DOUGLAS  (Conservative Party)
  • Jonathan H GOODACRE  (Labour Party)
  • Geoffrey HEATHCOCK  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Brian WESTCOTT  (Green Party)

Questions for Queen Edith's 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?

Donald F DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

There is a need for more and more secure cycle parking at Addenbrooke's Hospital. If the hospital and the City Council are serious about modal shift there should be greater provision for secure cycle parking.

Although it is not in the ward, the station is important to many residents. There is insufficient parking at the station and some of the car park spaces, particularly in the season ticket holders' car park could be released for this purpose.

Jonathan H GOODACRE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Geoffrey HEATHCOCK
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green 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?

Donald F DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

Yes - and the penalties should be greater and publicised more widely. Irresponsible cyclists (jumping red lights, passing other cyclists on the left...) should also be fined.

Jonathan H GOODACRE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Geoffrey HEATHCOCK
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green 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?

Donald F DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

Yes! and on some main roads such as Mill Road.

Jonathan H GOODACRE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Geoffrey HEATHCOCK
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green 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?

Donald F DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

Cycle bridges to the station from Rustat Road / Cherryhinton Road (as originally required from the developers of CB1 but mysteriously dropped) and to Accordia and beyond from Hills Road. they would encourage and simplify routes for cyclists and pedestrians and avoid Hills Road Bridge: also opening up Hills Road and primary schools to Accordia residents. Extension of the railside cycle track through the City (the Chisholm trail) which incidentally I proposed for the Southern section in 1998.

There should also be much better information about buses and their routes.

Ideally the rail authorities should be required to re-examine why a station at Addenbrooke's doesn't work.

However I don't support tying the £500 million to congestion charging.

Jonathan H GOODACRE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Geoffrey HEATHCOCK
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

Hills Road Bridge has always been a very poor environment for cycling, with high speeds and aggressive traffic, and lack of on-road space. The County Council proposes a scheme involving one traffic lane uphill, and two traffic lanes downhill, in each direction, plus a 2.1m on-road ‘hybrid’ cycle lane on both sides. We think this represents national best practice and would lead to many more people feeling able to cycle here. Do you support the proposals in principle?

Donald F DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

Yes.

Jonathan H GOODACRE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Geoffrey HEATHCOCK
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green 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?

Donald F DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

I championed "cycle - calming" as a spokesperson in the Environment Committee ten years ago - no-one really took me seriously then! and the southern part of the Chisholm trail.

I have cycled all my life and have five bikes including a Higgins frame racing cycle which I bought in 1962.

Jonathan H GOODACRE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Geoffrey HEATHCOCK
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green 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.