Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2011: Cherry Hinton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2011.
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2011
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Mark ASHTON  (Labour Party)
  • Keith EDKINS  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Jane Sarah ESGATE  (Green Party)
  • Neil Alan FORD  (Green Party)
  • Timothy James HAIRE  (Conservative Party)
  • Russ MCPHERSON  (Labour Party)
  • Joe RYAN  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Edward James Anthony TURNHAM  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Cherry Hinton ward candidates (5 questions)

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# Question 1

Our new Cycling Vision 2016 report, available on our website and as featured in the local media recently, outlines a range of proposals for increasing the rate of cycling in the area. Do you give Cycling Vision 2016 your backing, and what are you most keen to see implemented?

Mark ASHTON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jane Sarah ESGATE
(Green Party)

I am very much in favour of Cycling Vision 2016, which is a comprehensive plan essential for the future of Cambridge; I'm especially keen on raised cycle lanes to encourage more reluctant users.

Neil Alan FORD
(Green Party)

Yes I definitely back the proposals for increasing the rate of cycling and as people take to their bikes in view of the rise in petrol prices I feel that the junction improvements are very important.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe RYAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Edward James Anthony TURNHAM
(Conservative Party)

Cycling Vision 2016 is a very impressive piece of work and I am in broad agreement with it. Despite Cambridge having one of the highest cycling rates in the country, cycling infrastructure is still rudimentary by the standards of some countries and a great improvement is needed if cycling is to play its full role in dealing with the congestion that damages the character of our City and hampers its economy. In particular I support the Chisholm Trail.

The narrow roads of central Cambridge mean that cycle lanes cannot always be optimal. As the report states, narrow cycle lanes can do more harm than good. A flexible approach is needed; sometimes it is not possible or desirable to separate cyclists from drivers.

I also agree that many of our junctions need considerable improvements. Works such as the Hills Road bridge changeshave the potential to improve traffic speeds by separating the motorists from the (slower) cyclists. However, removing car lanes in an effort to separate cyclists from motorists can sometimes make life worse for all concerned by causing car tailbacks which then hold up the cyclists if there is not room to undertake upstream of the junction. This would not be good for anyone and would exacerbate the unhealthy tensions between cyclists and motorists in Cambridge.

# Question 2

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?

Mark ASHTON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jane Sarah ESGATE
(Green Party)

The replacement of some (on street)car parking with secure cycle parking has my backing. This would contribute in part to reclaimation of streets in residential areas for pedestrians and cyclists. I am fortunate to have secure city centre cycle parking provided with my job and I am keen to see other employers do the same and incentives provided to those employees who cycle. Existing businesses, landlords and developers alike must understand Cambridge's unique needs.

Neil Alan FORD
(Green Party)

Elected Green councillors have already made provision for extra cycle parking at Cambridge Utd but there needs to be more around the city. I take my bike on the train to work so am familiar with the problems at the Rail Station and can only hope that when the area is redeveloped they will consider cyclists as an important part of the planning.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe RYAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Edward James Anthony TURNHAM
(Conservative Party)

I agree that we need a huge expansion of cycle parking in the City centre and at the Station. New developments in the City centre ought to leave more space for cycle parking. I would personally find this sort of provision more useful than large 1,000+ space parking facilities that would on average be further from my destination, but perhaps others disagree.

I am not aware of any significant shortages of cycle parking in Cherry Hinton ward. Future High Street works, such as the Rectory Terrace forecourt improvements (if they ever happen) should continue to expand cycle parking provision to further encourage cycling. I do not think there is any need to convert on-street parking spaces in the village.

# Question 3

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?

Mark ASHTON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jane Sarah ESGATE
(Green Party)

Yes, cyclists without lights are an obvious danger to all path and road users; however usage of pedestrian only pavements may seem to some an inevitable choice where no safe provision has yet been made.

Neil Alan FORD
(Green Party)

Cyclists get a bad name by not using lights and I would support this.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe RYAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Edward James Anthony TURNHAM
(Conservative Party)

I agree that traffic policing needs to be improved. I was proud to be present when Cambridge's last Conservative councillor, Chris Howell, fought successfully for speeding to be retained as a policing priority in Coleridge.

Inconsiderate cyclists should be dealt with by beat officers as part of their daily duties. It shouldn't be necessary to declare a police priority for this to be done. With other potential priorities being high on the agenda - burglary, anti-social behaviour, motorist speeding, etc. - I would be hesitant to add cyclists to the list. Making everything a priority would mean that nothing would be a priority!

# Question 4

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?

Mark ASHTON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jane Sarah ESGATE
(Green Party)

Very much so.

Neil Alan FORD
(Green Party)

This has been implemented in my local area but is must be enforced. Why have it when motorists and buses ignore it. They must obey the law.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe RYAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Edward James Anthony TURNHAM
(Conservative Party)

I agree that there are many streets in Cambridge where driving above 20mph is unsafe. However, I don't agree that drivers should constantly be told in detail what they can and cannot do. This infantilises them and leads ultimately to worse driving. Driving inappropriately fast is already an offence under the general category of 'dangerous driving' whether or not the speed is within the limit.

But I would agree that high speeds can degrade quality of life for local residents even if they are not unsafe, and so I would concur that reductions in speed limits are sometimes necessary.

# 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 recent past?

Mark ASHTON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jane Sarah ESGATE
(Green Party)

My daily cycle ride to the city centre from Cherry Hinton Road - with varying route and time of travel - makes me very aware of the problems facing everyone, whatever mode of transport they chose. I believe a complete network of cycleways is essential for the the well-being of Cambridge, it's inhabitants and visitors.

Neil Alan FORD
(Green Party)

Cambridge is a unique city for cycling and I believe that the car should be discouraged from entering the city to ease congestion, reduce pollution and hopefully people may realise that the bike is the quicker, cheaper and healthier option.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe RYAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Edward James Anthony TURNHAM
(Conservative Party)

I have cycled several miles every day in Cambridge for the last 4 or so years but I also occasionally drive. I have become very aware of the conflicts between different road users, including those between different cyclists; confident cyclists such as I are often inconvenienced by 'cycle-friendly' infrastructure such as separate traffic light sequences (e.g. those on the old-style Hills Road bridge). However I do accept this as the price of making cycling more 'accessible' to less confident cyclists.

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.