Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2010: Queen Edith's

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2010.
Polling date: Thursday 6th May 2010
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Jonathan Hugh GOODACRE  (Labour Party)
  • Carol Elizabeth JACKSON  (UK Independence Party)
  • Vincenzo MARINO  (Conservative Party)
  • Jean Susan SWANSON  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Brian WESTCOTT  (Green Party)

Questions for Queen Edith's ward candidates (5 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 work towards a situation where every resident and every worker in every ward can keep a bike safe?

Jonathan Hugh GOODACRE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Carol Elizabeth JACKSON
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vincenzo MARINO
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jean Susan SWANSON
(Liberal Democrat)

Other than at Addenbrookes there are few places in Queen Edith's where bike racks are needed. The shops on Wulfstan Way and the Library are well served. Any reduction in car parking at Addenbrookes would make the streets of Queen Edith's even more difficult to navigate. It is unlikely that anyone cycling to Addenbrookes would use bike racks in the local streets having removed car parking. Although outside Queen Edith's, secure parking at the Railway Station would make many residents lives easier.

Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

Although one car occupies the same space as enough embedded metal fixtures to securely lock ten bikes to, at present car owners are given disproportionate resources compared with cycle owners. I would fight to reverse this, not only on the grounds of social justice, but also because car owners do much more damage by polluting the atmosphere than cycle owners do.

# 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?

Jonathan Hugh GOODACRE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Carol Elizabeth JACKSON
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vincenzo MARINO
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jean Susan SWANSON
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes within budget and safety constraints. Cycling the wrong way down one way streets is particularly dangerous (though not generally in Queen Edith's)

Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

I certainly support your view here. For example, I have encountered several instances where cars or vans have been parked on pavements so that buggies, wheelchairs and blind pedestrians could not get by safely and yet the police took no action. Sometimes illgally parked vehicles jut out into the road enough to block cycleways and endanger other cyclists when there is no cycleway present.

# 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?

Jonathan Hugh GOODACRE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Carol Elizabeth JACKSON
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vincenzo MARINO
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jean Susan SWANSON
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes - it would certainly be preferable to more traffic calming measures. Wulfstan Way is to become a 20mph street. It would need to be enforced of course.
I do not know about villages needs.

Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

This is already Green Party policy and I believe has been implemented in both Brighton and Norwich where there are many more Green councillors than in Cambridge. I would fight to get this passed in Cambridge, if elected.

# Question 4

Do you support our proposal for ‘The Chisholm Trail’, a cycling super-highway that would run roughly along the railway, joining up the Science Park to Addenbrookes? This high-profile scheme would cut journey times, give people a genuine, realistic alternative to car use and help the city cope with the population increase which will take place in the coming years.

Jonathan Hugh GOODACRE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Carol Elizabeth JACKSON
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vincenzo MARINO
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jean Susan SWANSON
(Liberal Democrat)

It is a great idea and could greatly increase cycle use on a route that is currently very difficult. Lighting would be important but with the cycle path from Addenbrookes to the Shelfords as a model it would be good to see progress.

Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

I certainly support all measures that would reduce motor vehicle traffic and, if elected, would press vigorously for all such schemes to be implemented on environmental grounds so as to reduce the impact of climate change.

# Question 5

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?

Jonathan Hugh GOODACRE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Carol Elizabeth JACKSON
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vincenzo MARINO
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jean Susan SWANSON
(Liberal Democrat)

I attended the Hills Road Bridge cycle route consultation and am unhappy with the current proposal. The present trial works well but increasing the number of cyclists who would be crossing car lanes is not a good idea. Coming out of town and crossing lanes at Station Road corner is bad enough. The other aspect that concerns me is the general condition of road surfaces from a cyclists point of view. Its not just potholes but being shaken around all the time that sometimes causes me to use the car when I can't face it again.

Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

As far as I'm concerned cycling and walking are the only sustainable transport options. The only non-sustainable traffic that should be allowed are vehicles for use by disabled people as well as emergency vehicles. Any other policy is not realistic in view of our rate of consumption of resources like energy, metals, plastics and water, as the present rate does harm. Clearly cycling has health benefits by increasing fitness and reducing obesity. The safety of cyclists is a personal concern for me as I have been the victim of an 'accident' which was not my fault.

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.