Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2012: Cottenham

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2012.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Simon Mark EDWARDS  (Conservative Party)
  • Richard William GYMER  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Michael Eric HEAVER  (UK Independence Party)
  • Andrew PAPWORTH  (Labour Party)

Questions for Cottenham 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.

Simon Mark EDWARDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard William GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

I greatly enjoy using the Guided Cycleway and I would look forward to a more car-free journey to the railway station and Sixth Form Colleges.

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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.

Simon Mark EDWARDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard William GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

This is a matter for Cambridge City Council.

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour 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?

Simon Mark EDWARDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard William GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

I think there is a good case for encouraging cyclists to ride legally and to have respect for other road and pavement users. I would prefer to see police concentrating on car drivers who hold mobile phones to their ear while driving, as this has more potential for injury if the driver loses control.

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Simon Mark EDWARDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard William GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

This is a matter for the City Council. I find the vast majority of other road users - taxis included - respect me when I am cycling.

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour 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 improved if anything?

Simon Mark EDWARDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard William GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

It has been great to have a wider path, making it possible to overtake pedestrians and other cyclists without problem. I would much have preferred to have an additional path on the other side of the road, as there is still an issue with facing oncoming headlights, and having to cross the road - twice - to use the new path, when travelling from Histon to Cottenham.
The lights are a boon at night, but I wonder if there will be maintenance issues when the batteries need replacing and the covers become dirty or badly scratched, as seems to have happened to the Girton cycleway.

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Simon Mark EDWARDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard William GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

I regularly cycle to work in Cambridge.

Michael Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew PAPWORTH
(Labour 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.