Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2012: West Chesterton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2012.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Oliver Charles Mathew PERKINS  (Green Party)
  • Mike PITT  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Mike SARGEANT  (Labour Party)
  • James Andrew STRACHAN  (Conservative Party)

Questions for West Chesterton 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.

Oliver Charles Mathew PERKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

Short answer: yes. I understand my colleagues on the County Council (amongst others) are supporting many this.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I support the Chisholm Trail in principle, but there are certain aspects that are of concern such as the effect on Water Street, the Green Dragon bridge and Stoubridge Common.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative 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.

Oliver Charles Mathew PERKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

As I understand it the activity connected with the post has not been cut. The position has been included into a team which could and should allow projects to be more connected. The work is in a team of five "FTE" posts (plus a manager). There is a danger of isolating cycling from other aspects of the urban environment which would not be good. Cycling is recognised as important by Cambridge.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I completely support the reinstatement unlike the Lib Dems. In fact we could attract other moneys if we had the staff to make suitable bids.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative 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?

Oliver Charles Mathew PERKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

I wouldn't say a blanket yes to this, but I would like to see some traffic enforcement as a higher prioirity on occasion and in some areas. I have argued for this in the past when setting police priorities at North Area Committee, particylarly over enforcement of speed limits in residential areas, which would benefit cyclists as well as other residents.

With regard to cyclists, this should be a higher priority at certain times. For example it should be a priority when the clocks go back. There should also be extra education efforts at key times: start of school and university years, for example. The City Council has supported such programmes.

Red lights need better enforcement for both motorised vehicles and bicycles!

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

More enforcement is needed including stopping the parking of vehicles blocking cycle routes. I would also like to see publicity to change the culture of both cyclists and motorists in how they observe junctions and the advanced stop lines. Only when cyclists and motorists see each other as equally valid users of the roads and observe the Highway Code will we improve the situation.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative 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?

Oliver Charles Mathew PERKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

I think it is key that a City Council consultation listens to all stakeholders before making a decision. I know from my previous time on the Council that the Campaign does this effectively.

To me the penalty points scheme looks clearer and simpler than the alternative, however there are other aspects to consider such as ensuring we are fair to all those involved.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

My major concern is that all road users observe the Highway Code.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

There is no usable infrastructure supporting less confident cyclists along Arbury Road, Union Lane and Church Street, but very many pinch points and parked cars. Recent proposals were opposed by Cambridge Cycling Campaign, as they risked harming cyclists interests without providing a continuous, safe route along Arbury Road and Union Lane. Do you support a cycle route from Orchard Park to Riverside Bridge and if so, what infrastructure measures do you propose to encourage cyclists of different levels of ability and confidence here?

Oliver Charles Mathew PERKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

This is a problematic stretch and many of the calming measures make it hard for bicycles and motor vehicles to coexist. As I noted last year the proposals to make changes outside St Lawrence school where ill thought thrrough and I am glad they were reconsidered.

At the Milton Road end we have a junction that makes many low confidence cyclists use narrow pavements, causing conflicts with pedestrians, and not made easier by parking for the shops.

The problem is that I can't think of an easy solution. Both roads are narrow. However I would like this area to be looked at (see also question 6), and, if elected, would welcome comments from the campaign and others.

One possibility is a 20mph limit, which is something I think would make the roads more pleasant for residents, pedestrians and cyclists.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

As a regular cyclist in Union Lane, I am not sure that there is an easy answer. I would be interested in being involved in a consultation including the residents of both Arbury Road and Union Lane.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative 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?

Oliver Charles Mathew PERKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

There is also conflict between pedestrians, cyclists and drivers parking to use the shops on Milton Road. I would hope that some way could be found to make this safer.

I am pleased that it looks like the campaign for the Chesterton Sidings station looks like it has succeeded having been involved in the campaign.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I was very involved the Safer Gilbert Road Campaign and supported tha current cycle lanes.

My biggest concerns are:
1) the poor cycle routes through the centre of Cambridge e.g travelling from King's Parade to Bridge Street is not a route that enjoy
2) The low number of on street cycel parking in Cambridge City Centre

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative 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.