Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2011: Cottenham

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2011.
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2011
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Michael Eric HEAVER  (UK Independence Party)
  • Alan John LEEKS  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Donald Allan MCBRIDE  (Green Party)
  • Andrew PAPWORTH  (Labour Party)
  • Timothy John WOTHERSPOON  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Cottenham ward candidates (7 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?

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan John LEEKS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Donald Allan MCBRIDE
(Green Party)

I would very much like to see the Histon to Cottenham segregated cycleway completed soon. The present cycleway is inadequate and cycling on the road very dangerous, with cars, buses and lorries speeding by

Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy John WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

It all makes complete sense to me, but then maybe that's because I'm a cyclist myself. Obviously the Cottenham-Histon link ranks highest for my residents, and to a lesser extent some kind of improvement to crossing the A14 into Cambridge.

Oakington has a direct connection to the Guided Busway, and Rampton has a good enough connection, so getting the cycleway surfaced before buses displace bicycles from the concrete beams is quite important.

Generally speaking I take my bicycle with me on to the train I am catching when I cycle to Cambridge railway station (though more often I join London-bound services at Waterbeach), but with an island platform on the way to cater for increased passenger numbers I can well see the need for many more spaces to park bicycles securely.

# 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?

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan John LEEKS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Donald Allan MCBRIDE
(Green Party)

I would like to see all new development in Cambridgeshire having to provide cycle parking as well as car parking.

Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy John WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

I don't really feel qualified to comment on particular cycle parking issues in the city (apart from the railway station), though I am sure you have them well covered.

In terms of my villages, I am not aware of untidy heaps of bicycles whose riders have been unable to find anywhere to lock them securely, but if any were brought to my attention I would see what could be done.

# 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?

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan John LEEKS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Donald Allan MCBRIDE
(Green Party)

As long as the law is enforced fairly I belive cyclists should obay the laws of the road. It is clear that some cyclists (and some motorists) do not know or understand the Highway Code.

Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy John WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

The police were always very strict when I was a student - especially about lights. Has enforcement become a bit lax over the past twenty years then?

I do feel strongly that anti-social cycling gives all of us a bad name, so I do believe that offending cyclists should be treated the same as anyone else who flouts the law.

# 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?

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan John LEEKS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Donald Allan MCBRIDE
(Green Party)

Yes I do. 20mph is fast enough in side streets and residential areas.

Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy John WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

It's obviously a desirable aim. I'm not sure your proposal for engineering works at every junction will endear itself to cash-strapped highway authorities though.

My understanding is that it is easier to design 20mph zones into new residential areas, by making the driving environment such as to make low speeds a natural choice.

# Question 5

What are your views on cycling provisions for commuting into Cambridge from Cottenham, Histon and Impington? Are the existing facilities adequate (and why or why not)? What do you think should be changed if anything?

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan John LEEKS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Donald Allan MCBRIDE
(Green Party)

The current cycleway is of a very poor quality and forces cyclists onto the road, endangering the cyclist and delaying traffic

Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy John WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

hmm... Well, we had been promised what almost amounted to an off-road cycling superhighway between Cottenham and Histon as part of the Cycling Demonstration Town funding, but I gather it has run into a lot of snags. Many of my residents ask me about this, so it is obviously a source of widespread disappointment that progress has been slower than expected - and rumours that the scheme may not turn out to be as cycle-friendly as initially envisaged are causing understandable disquiet. All I can do is keep chivvying my county council colleagues along in trying to get the decision-makers at Shire Hall to keep in mind the demand for high-quality provision along this route.

# Question 6

The speed limit on the B1049 north of Histon Green is 40 mph. With the new cycleway in place, do you support an early speed survey to establish whether average speeds have reduced and if so push for 30 mph along that stretch?

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan John LEEKS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Donald Allan MCBRIDE
(Green Party)

Yes I do support this initiative.

Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy John WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

not sure what "early" means. Anyway, aren't we coming up for a year now since the speed limits were reduced? That ought to have been plenty of time for traffic to settle down to new patterns of behaviour, so by all means let's get some data on current traffic flows.

# Question 7

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?

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan John LEEKS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Donald Allan MCBRIDE
(Green Party)

Cyclists must be aware of their responsibilitys to obay the Highway Code and so keep themselfs and others safe. I belive that all cyclists should have access to good quality training so reducing the number of cycling related accidents

Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy John WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

I took part in the Cambridge Cycle Challenge a month ago - though awkwardly the showers at the South Cambs offices were out of action for the duration, and the weather was unseasonally warm too. It's tricky washing all over in a small hand basin (especially if there's a queue!).

Which does lead me to a general point, which is that there should be much more provision of showers and lockers at principal destinations, such as workplaces and retail centres.

I guess I'm a bit unusual in not driving, but that does give me a full perspective on transport from the NMU point of view. So I actually use buses (not just campaign to keep them), and walk a lot too.

And as Northstowe Portfolio Holder, ideally I would like the transport network of the new town to be built up in a user hierarchy, starting with pedestrians and cyclists.

I've enjoyed answering this questionnaire. I'd like to wish you every success in your campaigns, and if any of your members or wider readers has any questions, send them to tim@rollingstructures.com and I'll do my best to answer them.

Regards, Tim.

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