Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (County), May 2013: The Hemingfords and Fenstanton

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council in May 2013.
Polling date: Thursday 2nd May 2013
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Ian Cyril BATES  (Conservative Party)
  • Philip FOSTER  (UK Independence Party)
  • David John PRIESTMAN  (Liberal Democrat)
  • John Philip WATSON  (Labour Party)

Questions for The Hemingfords and Fenstanton division candidates (8 questions)

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# Question 1

What experience do you have of cycling in the Cambridgeshire area?

Ian Cyril BATES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip FOSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David John PRIESTMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle on the busway cycle path from St Ives to Swavesey for pleasure, as well as aroung Hemingford & St Ives with my young family. My wife sometimes cycles to work to Cambridge Science Park.

John Philip WATSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 2

Cambridge is seeing massive housing growth, with tens of thousands of new journeys into the city expected daily. Given that building tunnels, knocking down houses, or providing new public transport is very expensive, would you agree that creating very high-quality cycling routes to encourage new people to cycle offers by far the best cost-benefit ratio for transport improvements that facilitate growth of the City and surrounding areas?

Ian Cyril BATES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip FOSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David John PRIESTMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, cycling must continue to be prioritised, along with public transport options and park & ride schemes.

John Philip WATSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

Do you support our view that traffic policing, of all groups of road users (cyclists, drivers, etc), should become a greater police priority, and that this should be evidence-based, namely based on the relative levels of danger presented by each such group?

Ian Cyril BATES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip FOSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David John PRIESTMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

I would prefer to see more 'active' police monitoring on the A14 and local trunk roads and commuter routes, as well as in our towns, rather than relying just on 'passive' cameras everywhere.

John Philip WATSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

London’s Mayor has launched plans for proper prioritisation of space for cycling in London, with a 15-mile substantially-segregated route by removing traffic lanes from cars, three ‘mini-Hollands’ and more. Do you and your party support a new London-style bike plan for Cambridgeshire?

Ian Cyril BATES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip FOSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David John PRIESTMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

I don't think Cambridge City, nor our predominantly rural shire, should look to the metropolis for better solutions. Pedestrian issues and safer cycling should continue to be jointly-prioritised locally.

John Philip WATSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

The County Council now has responsibility for public heath. As a member of the Council, how would you address such urgent and diverse issues as air quality, obesity, children’s independence, and the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle?

Ian Cyril BATES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip FOSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David John PRIESTMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

Air quality isn't something that Cambridgeshire CC alone can have a significant effect on, as it relies on national & intternatiuonal regulation of emmissions and pollutants. We should consider setting a goal of hybrid and low-Co2 vehicle only access to our urban centres in the future - say 2025.
Regarding exercise, CCC cannot regulate food standards but should encourage schools & health professionals to hammer-home the message that general fitness is a pre-requisite to a long and happy life.

John Philip WATSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

The rising price of petrol, traffic congestion, the high cost of parking are a great concern for the public. How will you help the public to explore alternatives to the car? How will you give more choice to residents who think they have no choice but to use their car? What is your vision beyond the cycle of car-dependency?

Ian Cyril BATES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip FOSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David John PRIESTMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

Congestion on the A14 can immediately be greatly improved by banning Commercial Vehilces at rush hours and providing truck services both at East of Cambridge and west of Brampton. CVs should also be banned from using the outside lanes & from overtaking. The guided bus service should be expanded further, with more buses and routes. More pedestrianisation of our town centres should be introduced.

John Philip WATSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

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

Ian Cyril BATES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip FOSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David John PRIESTMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, we can learn alot from Dutch towns & cities. But I cannot see us being ble to introduce a tram service though.

John Philip WATSON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 8

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?

Ian Cyril BATES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip FOSTER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David John PRIESTMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

CCC could write to all local employers requesting that they offer the cycle to work scheme to their staff.

John Philip WATSON
(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.