Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2012: Cherry Hinton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2012.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Robert DRYDEN  (Labour Party)
  • Keith EDKINS  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Angela OZTURK  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Cherry Hinton ward candidates (6 questions)

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# Question 1

Do you support our proposal for 'The Chisholm Trail', a cycling and walking route that would run roughly along the railway, joining up the Science Park to Addenbrookes? More details are in our Cycling Vision 2016 document. 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.

Robert DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

Our Group on the city council support’s the 'The Chisholm Trail'.

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the scheme and welcomed the recent Lib Dem motion at County Council to commit to completion by 2020. I was sorry that the controlling Conservative group refused to agree this.

Angela OZTURK
(Conservative Party)

Yes I fully support your proposal

# Question 2

Would you reinstate the full-time Cycling Officer position, or even expand this to two full-time posts? This post has been crucial in the past for scrutinising new developments for cycling-related issues, as well as developing work to promote responsible cycling.

Robert DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

We would reinstate the full-time Cycling Officer position and we have and but this into our alternate budget. We would even like to have two full-time posts in the future because we think the council is losing out on external funding because it does not have the staff to do the bids.

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

I understand from my contacts on the council that the service provided has not been cut but merely reassigned. Hopefully one of them will cover this point in more detail. The appointment of extra staff in financially straitened times would need to be justified by very specific objectives. On the broad front I would prefer to see it made a clear part of every officer's remit to consider cyclists and pedestrians in all their deliberations (also important at the County Council, if anything even more so than the City).

Angela OZTURK
(Conservative Party)

I think it absolutely crucial that we reinstate the full-time Cycling Officer position and expand to two full time posts

# 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?

Robert DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

More enforcement officers are needed because of vehicles parking on double yellows and in cycle lanes, as well as trying to encourage the small minority of cyclists to stop cycling without lights at night or riding on footpaths

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

It is important that the police enforce laws on cycling (my own gripe is those cycling the wrong way across junctions) and, of course, motoring, and publicise that they are doing so. How high a priority this should take is, I suggest, best left to the existing priority setting sessions at area committees - there is a limit to how many conflicting sets of priorities the police can work to.

Angela OZTURK
(Conservative Party)

Fully support this

# Question 4

The City is currently conducting a consultation on taxi licensing. This Campaign strongly supports the proposal that complaints should be taken into account in determining if a driver is a fit and proper person to hold a taxi license. We prefer Option 1 in the consultation as this allows evidence of both offences and complaints to be taken together. We also suggest that complaints and offences should be considered over three and five year periods, as well as over one year (which is the proposal in the consultation), as this makes it far easier to set trigger levels that are likely to catch the (few) rogue taxi drivers without jeopardising the others. What is your view?

Robert DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

I think the length of time that should be taken into account ought be considered with the seriousness of the complaint and offences if found guilty.

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

I don't think I understand the difference in the working of the schemes well enough to prefer one over the other. On the taxi drivers' side I am worried about the inclusion in both proposals of "unsubstantiated complaints" (doesn't that mean disproved, or at least not proved?) and "offences where legal proceedings are not instigated" (how is this recorded?). On the cyclists' and pedestrians' side I would like too see a well-publicised method for registering complaints and providing substantiation, eg mobile phone pictures.

Angela OZTURK
(Conservative Party)

I too prefer Option 1

# Question 5

Our Cycling Vision 2016 report, available on our website 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?

Robert DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

I support a lot of what is in your report and I think the The Chisholm Trail' is a very important section of that report.

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

In supporting Cycling Vision 2016, my priority would be junction improvements. All too often, provision for cyclists gives out just when the life starts getting difficult approaching a junction.

Angela OZTURK
(Conservative Party)

I give Cycling Vision 2016 my backing and am most keen to see Safety Improvements Around the City implemented.

# Question 6

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?

Robert DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

I have often supported your recommendations at the city council's planning committee and please see the answers I gave you in 2008 when you asked me to respond to your questions then.

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycling is my means of tranport around the city. I subscribe to the Sustrans Campaign http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ and have joined in local awareness-raising events - the anuual ride to Reach Fair and the inaugural busway cyclepath ride to Swavesey.

Angela OZTURK
(Conservative Party)

Although I have not been involved in any campaigns to date, I generally support any scheme which aims to promote cycling by alleviating the present problems facing cyclists, plan ahead for further inevitable expansion of the city and benefit the environment by encouring more people to leave their motor cars at home.

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.