Elections

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

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2012.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Billy ALDRIDGE  (Green Party)
  • Andre Leslie BEAUMONT  (Conservative Party)
  • Sarah CAIN  (Labour Party)
  • Sian REID  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Newnham 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.

Billy ALDRIDGE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andre Leslie BEAUMONT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah CAIN
(Labour Party)

Yes; it fits perfectly with Labour's current 2012 Manifesto commitment to reduce car use and improve non-car access to the city centre and other key local sites. This would provide much-needed cycle access between two world-class centres of scientific and medical research in Cambridge, which together support a large population of researchers, residents, students and postdocs who cycle.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, keen to improve the safety and practicality of cyclists in and into the city. The Chisholm Trail would be an important and valuable addition to the work that has already taken place to improve cycle and pedestrian routes.

# 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.

Billy ALDRIDGE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andre Leslie BEAUMONT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah CAIN
(Labour Party)

Yes; on page 10 of our Contract with Cambridge 2012 Manifesto, Labour has pledged to "Reinstate a full-time Cycling Officer with a remit of promoting safer cycling
through planning and other projects." I fully support this.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

Some of the work previously carried out by a cycling and walking officer role has now been included in a project management department of five FT staff plus a manager. This department has plenty of capacity to deal with cycling projects. There has been no reduction in the capacity of the City Council to address cycling issues in relation to development management and project delivery.

# 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?

Billy ALDRIDGE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andre Leslie BEAUMONT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah CAIN
(Labour Party)

Yes: Labour's Manifesto commitments include the pledges to "Use the new City Centre Enforcement Officer to encourage positive cycling behaviour and crack down on dangerous and illegal cycling in the city centre"; also to "Work with police around the whole city to tackle dangerous cycling, such as cycling on the pavement and not wearing lights, and also bike theft."
At the same time, I also want to make sure that safe drving and car use is promoted, and traffic policing better enforced to prevent danger to cyclists and pedestrians - including a 20mph speed limit throughout residential zones of the city, with enforcement of the 20mph speed limit a priority for police resources.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

Policing cyclists is regularly a priority set by local councillors and the police at area committee meetings and that is the place to compare cycling as a prioirity against other priorities. I often support cycling as a priority in these discussions such as tackling crossing red lights in my ward. I am happy to ask the police and councillors about pavement cycling at future meetings, and cycling without lights - as well as enforcement parking of motor vehicles in cycle lanes.

# 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?

Billy ALDRIDGE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andre Leslie BEAUMONT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah CAIN
(Labour Party)

I agree with the proposal for a Consultation on this - it's important for residents' safety, particularly for women, elderly or vulnerable people and children that they can depend on safe and secure taxi transport, good and safe driving and transparent licensing systems and clear enforcement of offences. At this time I'm not sure which option looks best: I'd want to see the full responses to the Consultation, particularly those from residents, police and representatives of local taxi providers, before coming to a decision.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

While the consultation is taking place it is not appropriate to make a formal comment.

# Question 5

We would like to see the Pembroke Street / Mill Lane route becoming the default priority direction at its junction with Trumpington Street. This would enable the high pedestrian and cycle flows to be catered for better. Do you support this idea?

Billy ALDRIDGE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andre Leslie BEAUMONT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah CAIN
(Labour Party)

I'd be keen to see some models of how this would affect traffic flow: it's a dangerous junction for cyclists and pedestrians and I would welcome any positive changes that would make this junction safer - but with a complex one-way system around that junction, I'd need to see in a bit more depth what kind of impact it would have before coming to a decision.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

Interesting idea; in the past the County have found it hard to find solutions for this hazardous junction and it is important for residents in my ward. I would definitely support this being considered by council officers and councillors and will follow this up.

# 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?

Billy ALDRIDGE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andre Leslie BEAUMONT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah CAIN
(Labour Party)

Yes: I strongly believe that we should be encouraging (and even enforcing more strongly) good, high-quality low-car-impact sustainable development, including best practice in cycling provision as a central feature. The Dutch have some of the best cycling provision in the world, and we can learn positively from European developments in good-quality sustainable housing and transport. We should be looking at formulating a long-term strategic plan for integrating development and transport infrastructure in Cambridge: our Labour 2012 Manifesto commitment to exploring the development of a unitary council for Cambridge would help achieve this. Under a unitary council, the current City Council development remit would be merged with the County Council remit for transport and infrastructure, so that we can cater for transport and cycling provision as an *integral* part of our overall development plan for Cambridge.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

This is an attractive aspiration and one that can be considered in the light of the new Local Plan. We do of course have to balance many competing issues in our search for very high standards for new developments.

# 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?

Billy ALDRIDGE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andre Leslie BEAUMONT
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sarah CAIN
(Labour Party)

Cycling will be an integral feature of Cambridge now and in the future, helping us create and sustain a low-carbon, efficient, environmentally friendly and pleasant living and working economy in the city. Better safety for cyclists; less traffic flow; more high-profile support for safe and green cycling and a 20mph speed limit in residential areas in the city will all be part of this. Safe, free of charge bike parking in the city and at the station will also be essential.
I'd also want to explore a bike hire scheme in Cambridge similar to the London Barclays bike hire scheme, with hire points at the train and guided bus stations, in the city centre, Addenbrooke's, the West Cambridge site and other locations around the town.

I fully support the Cambridge Cycling Campaign! I myself don't actually cycle (only for medical reasons however - I have a part-artificial knee joint in my left leg), but I very much wish I could! I don't own a car either, though; and this is why I'm all in favour of a low-car economy in the city. We need to make access in and out of the centre and other key sites much more friendly and efficient for those who are non-car owning, whether they cycle, walk or use public transport. To this end, I also support better bus services provision (and would want to explore facilities for taking cycles onto buses in Cambridge for short journeys); better pedestrian facilities and safety; and would also like to see this parallelled by expanded facilities for community car hire services in the city and more charging points for electric cars.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

Through area committee I have secured money for two schemes useful for cyclists - Gough Way Bridge replacement, and better conditions for those crossing Grantchester Road. I have supported investment in the Madingley Road cycle path, helped to get road surfaces such as Eltisley Avenue improved for cyclists and others, and supported the 20mph fund.

Cycling Vision 2016 is a very interesting document and endorses our view that investment in cycling is crucial if we are to encourage more people to cycle and promote our city as environmentally friendly and efficient. We are already consulting on a number of suggestions in the document including increasing the number of 20mph zones in residential streets to improve safety. I have worked to support the investment set aside for 20mph zones as I think these are very important for pedestrian and cycle safety. I am very supportive of having 3,000 more cycle parking spaces at Cambridge railway station.

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.