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Question 22 - we asked:

Do you support our proposal for 'The Chisholm Trail', a cycling and walking linear park 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.

We asked this question in these 6 divisions: Abbey, Coleridge, East Chesterton, Petersfield, Romsey, Whittlesey North.

17 of the 28 candidates (61%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Tom WOODCOCK
(Cambridge Socialists)

yes

David Ian AMBROSE SMITH
(Conservative Party)

Yes. I would like to think that this proposal is given serious consideration

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

I do support the Chisholm Trail and would do what I could to get rail companies and any other relevant bodies to facilitate the scheme.

The Conservative-controlled county council is open to the idea of the trail and Cambridge Conservatives have supported it for many years.

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

The Chisholm trail has huge potential, so the answer is an absolute yes. Now let's find the funding!

Sandra BILLINGTON
(Green Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

Yes I support this. The existing routes going north out of the city in particular are the most hazardous and the Chisholm trail if completed would get a lot of use and support from cyclists.

Brett Mark HUGHES
(Green Party)

Long awaited by me. I would use it every day to get to work. Necessary for the northern growth of the city and a much wiser, cleaner and greener investment than the guided busway.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Yes.

Clare BLAIR
(Labour Party)

Yes. A high quality cycle and pedestrian route would provide a real alternative to the car. I was at the 3 day master planning workshop for Marshall’s recently and it is clear it is vital to ensure its success. At the same time it’s important to identify and address concerns and ensure that environmentally sensitive areas such as the Leper Chapel, Ditton Meadows and Stourbridge Common are recognised and protected as well asking closely with local and citywide green space organisations such as Cambridge PPF and Friends of Stourbridge Common or with parishes such as Fen Ditton. The Trail needs a clear plan and staged implementation which can go out for full consultation with local communities, users and businesses.

Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

Yes, I support "The Chisholm Trail" as do City and County Labour Groups.

This cycle and pedestrian route from the new rail station to Addenbrooks would provide a real alternative to the car . It will be very important to identify and address any concerns and ensure that environmentally sensitive areas such as Stourbridge Common, Ditton Meadows and the Leper Chapel are recognised and protected. The Trail needs a clear plan and staged implementation which can go out for full consultation with local communities as well as businesses and likely users.

Martin SMART
(Labour Party)

City and County Labour Groups both support the Chisholm Trail. This cycle and pedestrian route would provide a real alternative to the car and be a crucial factor in the success of developments such as the Wing site on Newmarket road. It will be very important to identify and address any concerns and ensure that environmentally sensitive areas such as Stourbridge Common and Ditton Meadows are recognised and protected. The Trail needs a clear plan and staged implementation which can go out for full consultation with local communities as well as businesses and likely users.  I want to see the first stages funded and implemented, rather than wait.

Ashley WALSH
(Labour Party)

Yes. The Labour Party in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire enthusiastically support the Chisholm Trail, which would begin in Petersfield at the train station and run alongside the railway into the northern part of the division. The route represents a realistic alternative to car usage between the station and the Science Park and will support cycling on such new developments as the Wing development on Newmarket Road.

The Chisholm Trail will require a great deal of planning before it is taken forward, taking account of the need to protect green spaces like Stourbridge Common, Ditton Meadows, and the Leper Chapel as well as the proximity to the railway line. This will require the democratic input and support of residents - and I would be only too happy to make the case to residents - but the county Labour group will be keen to fund and implement the first stages as soon as possible.

Kilian BOURKE
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the Chisholm Trail and in the last four years have done my best to hurry up the delivery of this project, including moving a motion to the County Council: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/CMSWebsite/Apps/Committees/AgendaItem.aspx?agendaItemID=5126

I also wrote a short blog about the trail last year: http://kilianbourke.mycouncillor.org.uk/2012/09/06/the-woods-the-trees-and-the-chisholm-trail/

Our manifesto contains a commitment to invest in delivering key sections of it that are of standalone value quickly, and our alternative budget provides £4M for this purpose (and another £4M for cycling).

To my surprise, in launching their County manifesto Labour’s group leader stated that he was opposed to the £8M investment that we propose to make. You can’t credibly support the Chisholm Trail and oppose investing on it.

If you want to access the detail of this discussion click on the link on the following web-page: http://kilianbourke.mycouncillor.org.uk/?attachment_id=1097

Christopher John BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, I support the proposed Chisholm Trail and think this would greatly improve cycling across the city and encourage more people to opt to use their bikes.

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, and I welcome the Liberal Democrat County Group's budget proposals to identify specific funding for advancing this project.

Ian Geoffrey MANNING
(Liberal Democrat)

I strongly support the Chishom trail, and in particular the new bridge over the river Cam. It is vital this bridge is in place before the new rail station opens to prevent a massive increase in car journies from South of the river and to encourage a culture of cycling & walking to the new station from its opening.

As the only opposition group on the County Council to present a fully costed alternative budget, Liberal Democrats commit to completing the trail in its entirity and have worked out how we'd fund it.

The Labour group don't even bother preparing a budget.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

Only if cyclists pay for it.

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