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Question 23 - we asked:

Planning permission was recently granted to a five-storey office block on Hills Road, even though the proposed cycle parking was much lower than the Cycle Parking Standards require. What do you think of this decision?

We asked this question in these 2 wards: Petersfield, Trumpington.

4 of the 8 candidates (50%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

This decision is unacceptable

(Labour Party)

The Cycle Parking standard on this site should have been adhered to. This location at the bottom end of the southern section of the Guided Busway with its adjacent cycle track indicates its cycle accessibility so the standard should have been stuck to.
I would also raise the question that putting aside the face of the busway itself. Why haven't the two cycle paths adjacent to the busway sections been opened up to the public to use, particularly the southern section up to Addenbrooke's.

(Labour Party)

I think all planning decisions should be made only after proper and early consultation with the interested parties of which Cycle Parking Standards Authority is a key member. For Cambridge to continue to be regarded nationwide as a cycle friendly city, there had to be a drive to maintain the highest standards possible in cycle safety and parking.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

I am not familiar with the specifics of that planning application, as I believe it falls just outside the borders of both Petersfield and East Area. However, in general I believe it is important to provide good facilities and this should be reflected in planning decisions.

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