Elections

Local elections (City), June 2009: East Chesterton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council in June 2009.
Polling date: Thursday 4th June 2009
Ward: East Chesterton
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Peter BURKINSHAW  (UK Independence Party)
  • Kevin FRANCIS  (Conservative Party)
  • Susannah KERR  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Peter Harry POPE  (Green Party)
  • Sam WAKEFORD  (Labour Party)

Questions for East Chesterton ward 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?

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

No

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Susannah KERR
(Liberal Democrat)

As a cyclist I appreciate the importance of appropriately placed and secure cycle parking facilities. I fully support increases in the amount of cycle parking available across the city, especially in areas around shops where there are insufficient spaces and particularly in front of the station where the current situation is a disgrace. I am aware of different forms of parking facilities, including cyclehoops which maximise the use of existing posts, and am glad to hear that these are being introduced across the city. In East Chesterton there are numerous locations such as the Brown’s Field Youth and Community Centre, which provides excellent parking facilities. I would welcome suggestions for other locations where more are needed and could be considered. As for the replacement of some on-street parking with on-street cycle parking this is obviously an issue which varies considerably between wards. As there are fewer residents’ parking zones than in other areas, East Chesterton is, in principle, more suitable for this kind of transfer. Locations would need to be considered case-by-case.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sam WAKEFORD
(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?

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

No

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Susannah KERR
(Liberal Democrat)

Cyclists who behave in a dangerous or irresponsible manner tarnish the image of the hundreds of cyclists who ride in a considerate and safe way. I agree that those in the former category should be punished and that this should be a greater police priority. Additionally, I would like to see the continuation of cycling proficiency schemes in the city’s schools as a key contribution to any effort to improve cycling behaviour.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sam WAKEFORD
(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?

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

No

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Susannah KERR
(Liberal Democrat)

I fully support the ’20’s plenty’ campaign and am glad that the 20mph speed limit will soon cover the historic city centre. We must accept that narrow busy roads (with pedestrians, cyclists and cars) will not tolerate motorists that travel at any greater speed and I am confident that cyclists and pedestrians will benefit from this move. I would welcome extensions to this scheme in other areas of the city.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sam WAKEFORD
(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?

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

To reduce the Council tax

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Susannah KERR
(Liberal Democrat)

I would like to see that money spent on improving cycling routes across the city, especially in areas that are recognised as accident black spots for cyclists, with the overall emphasis on dealing with gaps in Cambridge cycling routes where this is the case. I would also recommend that a proportion of the money is spent on improvements to portions of pavements that are cyclist only (including making them more visible to pedestrians) and cycle lanes on roads which are often in such a bad state that cycling is very difficult and potentially dangerous. I am interested to see how plans for areas such as Riverside, along which I cycle to work every day, develop – this is certainly one of the areas which need improvement!

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sam WAKEFORD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

The Haling Way / Penny Ferry path is part of a national cycle route. Its entranceway is currently being remodelled, at considerable cost. We believe that a diagonal entrance into the path should have been created, rather than the current ‘wiggle’ round a blind corner and use of the pavement. This has not been done because it would involve removal of a few more car parking spaces. Do you feel that this cycle route should have a proper entrance for cyclists, even if it means the loss of three or four parking spaces?

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

No

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Susannah KERR
(Liberal Democrat)

I agree that the Haling Way/Penny Ferry path area could have been designed with a diagonal entrance, and that this would have been more convenient for cyclists. I am happy, however, with the overall result of the remodelling, especially the provision of cycling parking. I would like to see future projects progress with consultation with and input from groups such as the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, so that the needs of cyclists are considered from the outset.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sam WAKEFORD
(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?

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

Provision for cyclists is already adequate. Please remember that motorists are the people who pay to use the roads whereas cyclists are "freeloaders". They are entitled to use the roads but not disproportionately.

If everyone cycled, as you suggest, there would be no roads to ride on.

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Susannah KERR
(Liberal Democrat)

I was born and grew up in Cambridge, and have been cycling its streets for the majority of these years. In this time it has become a much better city to cycle around, but I think that we can all recognise that there are many areas for improvement. I look forward to speaking with more residents from East Chesterton so that we can work together to improve conditions for cyclists, cycling behaviour and the safety of all road users.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sam WAKEFORD
(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.