Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2012: Histon & Impington

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2012.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Neil Sinnett DAVIES  (Independent)
  • Huw JONES  (Labour Party)
  • Yemi MACAULAY  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Steven James MASTIN  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Histon & Impington 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.

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

I fully support your proposal for 'The Chisholm Trail'.

I don't think that engineering solutions such as 'The Chisholm Trail' are the full solution. Town planning needs to re-think the current zoning philosophies that wind up forcing people to live long distances from employment and concentrates employment into narrow areas. Given the current zoning philosophies high levels or car based commuting are inevitable

Yemi MACAULAY
(Liberal Democrat)

I would give very serious consideration to any scheme that promotes sustainable transport and increases cycling levels. The Chisholm Trail would do this and has much merit. I fully support your proposal.

Steven James MASTIN
(Conservative Party)

I wholeheartedly support this 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.

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

I'm not sure. However, there should be an impact assessments of all council policies and decisions on cycling and walking.

Yemi MACAULAY
(Liberal Democrat)

If we have this position in South Cambridgeshire District Council, I will fully support it.

Steven James MASTIN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.

# 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?

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

Traffic policing is essential to modify the behaviour of anti-social individuals whether they are cycling or driving. It is difficult to accept the curent rate of injury and death on the roads in Cambridge. Policing should play a role in resolving these issues, alongside education and engineering solutions.

I would like to add a comment that I feel Cambridge cyclists are poorly served by the police regarding cycle theft. My family and I have had a succession of bike stolen and the police seen to take a very laid back attitude to reports. Someone is making a lot of money through cycle theft yet it is treated as a trivial issue.

Yemi MACAULAY
(Liberal Democrat)

I would support a crackdown on all unlawful traffic activity - be it cyclists or motorists.

Steven James MASTIN
(Conservative Party)

Cyclists are like any other road user and should be treated as such. Therefore, I support the police prioritising infringements by cyclists in the same way as any other road user.

# 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?

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

I don't have strong views on this

Yemi MACAULAY
(Liberal Democrat)

This is not a matter for South Cambridge District Council.

Steven James MASTIN
(Conservative Party)

This seems a sensible suggestion. It is worth investigating further.

# 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?

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

I regularly cycle into Cambridge from Histon. The route in towards west Cambridge has been vastly improved by the cycle path. However, the route along the B1049 is dangerous at the A14 junction. I have had a number of 'near misses from fast moving cars and think that the cycle crossing points across the slip roads need re-engineering or a short period when all lights in each cycle are on red to allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross safely. The cycle path along the busway is good and feels very safe. The busway path needs to be better integrated into the Cambridge cycle path network. I think good quality provision that would take cyclists from CRC to the Green Dragon bridge would be a useful addition. I can't comment on the quality of the route to Cottenham beyond observing that I wouldn't fancy it much myself. The greatest ommision, in my view, is the lack of a safe route from Bar Hill into Cambridge (parallel to the A14) of a link to the busway.

Yemi MACAULAY
(Liberal Democrat)

There have been significant improvements in recent years, but it is not finished yet. There are still some gaps and the proposed improvements to the roundabout over the A14 must be completed. There is still a gap in the route from Impington to Milton and this must also be completed without delay.

Steven James MASTIN
(Conservative Party)

No they are not adequate. They are basic. Travelling to Holland or Germany reveals how far behind we are in Cambridgeshire.

# 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?

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

I have been a cycle commuter for all but two years of my working life (35 years). I am a long time supporter of Sustrans. I was a 'Safer Cycling' trainer in the local junior school for many years and was involved in a 'Safer Routes to School' project at the same school.

Yemi MACAULAY
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle to and fro work sometimes and I am a strong supporter of cycling and see the incresed use of this mode as essential in our battle agaist climate change.

Steven James MASTIN
(Conservative Party)

Cycleways are cheaper and more effective if they are built through the countryside rather than next to main roads.

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.