Elections

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

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2012.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Douglas Raymond DE LACEY  (Independent)
  • Tom MOULE  (Labour Party)
  • Petra PELLEW  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Alastair John SIMPSON  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Girton ward candidates (7 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.

Douglas Raymond DE LACEY
(Independent)

I enthusiastically support the Trail, and have done for many years.

Tom MOULE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Petra PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alastair John SIMPSON
(Conservative Party)

I think the proposal for The Chisholm Trail is an excellent idea and support it wholeheartedly. A more direct, safer route through the city, some of it off-road, will undoubtedly be of benefit to commuters as well as leisure cyclists. Passing near the proposed Chesterton Parkway station, this trail would offer a real alternative primary transport route for Girton's residents, and provide further integration of greener and cleaner transport options.

# 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.

Douglas Raymond DE LACEY
(Independent)

Yes, but this is not an issue for South Cambs which (as far as I know) has never had such a post.

Tom MOULE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Petra PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alastair John SIMPSON
(Conservative Party)

This refers to Cambridge City’s cycling officer. The District Council has not had a full time cycling officer, but has always worked closely with Cambridgeshire County Council, which has responsibility for Transport. I do commit to reviewing relevant major local building projects personally to help ensure comprehensive cycle routes and provisions are provided from the outset, and would encourage other interested parties to do the same.

# 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?

Douglas Raymond DE LACEY
(Independent)

Certainly.

Tom MOULE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Petra PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alastair John SIMPSON
(Conservative Party)

I support the Campaign’s approach to responsible, legal cycling. It concerns me to see a minority of cyclists flout the Highway Code, common sense and general courtesy, which so often unfairly gives all of us cyclists a bad name. I don’t favour new rules, but would like to see an increase in awareness and better enforcement of the existing ones, even if this means fixed on-the-spot fines. The rules for cyclists are not unreasonable. I valued the cycle proficiency programme when I was at school, and believe its successor, Bikeability, is a great scheme to help promote safer and more responsible cycling to all ages.

# 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?

Douglas Raymond DE LACEY
(Independent)

I have already submitted comments to the Campaign about both this and the earlier consultation. My own preference is Option 1 with a few more teeth.

Tom MOULE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Petra PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alastair John SIMPSON
(Conservative Party)

Regarding the taxi consultation, there does need to be a clarity to deal with the small minority of rogue taxi drivers. Option 1 appears to be the clearer, more certain approach, with a better-defined method of objective measurement, which is essential for promoting understanding, adherence and enforcement. This said, I am pleased to have always experienced a friendly and efficient local taxi service.

# Question 5

Do you agree that Huntingdon Road should be a 30 mph road with on-road cycle lanes at least 2m wide?

Douglas Raymond DE LACEY
(Independent)

I have been arguing this for years and am glad to be currently involved in plans to reduce the speed limit.

Tom MOULE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Petra PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alastair John SIMPSON
(Conservative Party)

I support an extension of the 30mph speed limit along Huntingdon Road to Girton College beyond the Girton corner junction. It is a residential area and there have been a number of tragic incidents involving cyclists on that stretch. Residents have spoken of concerns that without adequate cycle lanes, reduced visibility of cyclists using pavements directly outside their homes could cause accidents. I would like to see cycle lanes widened to 2m where possible.

# Question 6

What are your aspirations for the major new developments in your area? Do you agree that Dutch-quality cycle provision, separate from pedestrians, is a standard to which the City should generally be holding developers to?

Douglas Raymond DE LACEY
(Independent)

Yes I do agree. I am already in discussion with the University over the NW Cambridge plans and am pleased to see some changes (eg greatly improved cycle parking facilities) as a result. I intend to continue such discussions with all developers in the District.

Tom MOULE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Petra PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alastair John SIMPSON
(Conservative Party)

I support the Campaign’s approach to cycling in new developments, and would like to see the provision of appropriate cycle ways mandated in all major new developments. I support the proposed new cycle route, The Ridgeway, that will cross the University’s North West development from the Girton Corner traffic lights to the Astronomy School, Cavendish Lab and the University’s West site on Madingley Road.

# 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?

Douglas Raymond DE LACEY
(Independent)

I have been an active member of the Campaign almost from its inception, and since my cycle is my primary mode of transport (I do not run a car) a good cycling infrastructure is high on my agenda. For Girton a primary goal is an access for cyclists and pedestrians from Wellbrook Way to Thornton Close.

Tom MOULE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Petra PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alastair John SIMPSON
(Conservative Party)

We are a one-car family and the practicalities of my partner’s commute and very early starts mean that I am often reliant on pedal power and public transport to get around. Girton and nearby Cambridge is the ideal area to live in without a car. My daughter and I both wear cycle helmets.

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.