Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2011: Histon & Impington

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2011.
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2011
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Neil Sinnett DAVIES  (Independent)
  • Godson LAWAL  (Labour Party)
  • Steve MASTIN  (Conservative Party)
  • Joe WEBSTER  (UK Independence Party)

Questions for Histon & Impington 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?

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

I read the Cycling Vision report when it came out earlier this year and fully support its main proposals. As a keen cyclist myself, I believe we must encourage cycling for all ages and all abilities. A network of fast off road cycle paths such as the Chisholm Trail connecting key centres would incresae ridership and encourage further modal shift.

Neil Sinnett DAVIES
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Godson LAWAL
(Labour Party)

I fully support the Cycling Vision 2016; it's a great vision. It will not only benefit us, as cyclists but everybody.
I want to see more cycle route network that connects my ward to Cambridge Town Centre.
I want to see that the speed limit for vehicles are reviewed on some routes to ensure safety and for the cyclists to have real sense of security.
I want to see that our street lights are checked regularly to ensure that they are working.
I want to see more cycle parking bays on most of our streets.

Steve MASTIN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe WEBSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

Further cycle parking is required at many locations especially the railway station and city centre. Within Histon and Impington there are good facilities at the Recreation Ground, but we are still lacking in the High Street and at pubs/restaurants. I have spoken out about this and would like to see action taken.

Neil Sinnett DAVIES
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Godson LAWAL
(Labour Party)

Erecting CCTV to overlook most of the cycle parking bays will scare off most of the bike thieves.
Cyclists should be given more considerations and more on-street cycle parking should be provided proportionately to the amount of on-street car parking that we have.
Every resident will definitely love to ride once there are good measures in place to give them that sense of security and safety - more cycle route network linking to the City Centre, good street lighting, low car speed limits, on-street cycle parking and other things that will make cycling more convenient.

Steve MASTIN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe WEBSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

Police should certainly target those breaking the law whether they be car drivers, bus drivers, skip drivers or cyclists. This should include speeding, driving too close and traffic light offences.

Neil Sinnett DAVIES
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Godson LAWAL
(Labour Party)

Traffic policing should now be given stronger consideration as that is part of the sense of safety that the people want. It takes just few cautions and fining that will send the messages right across and that will make more cyclists be willing to abide to the rules.

Steve MASTIN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe WEBSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

I have actively campaigned for the 20s plenty campaign and would like to see it expanded beyond the existing streets and time periods. Once adopted, it does need to be enforced through fixed infrastructure and / or police presence.

Neil Sinnett DAVIES
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Godson LAWAL
(Labour Party)

Reducing the road speed limit on our local roads will give us, the cyclists and the pedestrians that sense of safety and security. So 20mph is the ideal speed limit for our local roads and that will encourage more people to do a lot of walking and riding. Walking and riding means better health for the people and reduction of health cost.

Steve MASTIN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe WEBSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

Not great, but getting better. I welcome the new cycle paths (off road and on road), but feel we must tackle the B1049 / A14 junction. There is £600K sitting in the county council bank account waiting to be spent on improving this roundabout for cyclists. Ideally we need a bridge or tunnel, but while we wait for this there are interim measures that could be adopted.

Neil Sinnett DAVIES
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Godson LAWAL
(Labour Party)

Some of the cycle route needed to be widened and the speed limit on the road from Cottenham to Cambridge should be reduced.

Steve MASTIN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe WEBSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

I am on record as already supporting 30mph throughout this section. I campaigned for 30mph south of The Green and was delighted when it was adopted. We should maintain this 30mph through the B1049 to the village exit on Cottenham Road.

Neil Sinnett DAVIES
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Godson LAWAL
(Labour Party)

Yes, absolutely.

Steve MASTIN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe WEBSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

Tomorrow morning I will be back on my bike travelling from Impington to the Rail Station and will see the usual positive and negative aspects of cycling in and around our city. Some very good cycle paths, but also some poorly designed road layouts, rough road surfaces and challenging road behaviours. I fully support the work of theCambridge Cycling Campaign and look forward to continuing to work with you in the years to come.

Neil Sinnett DAVIES
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Godson LAWAL
(Labour Party)

What I have been able to do so far is that whenever I walk, I used to remove anything like stones or any debris that are on the cycle routes that could endanger the Cyclists. That is my little effort as I have not been in the position to make more impact. I am willing to do more whenever I am in position or have any opportunity to influence great deals for cyclists.

Steve MASTIN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe WEBSTER
(UK Independence 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.