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Question 30 - we asked:

Orchard Park contains many areas of unfinished public infrastructure, misleading ‘Cyclists dismount’ signs, absent cycle parking and more. All those conspire to discourage high levels of cycling. What would you do to ensure the developer fixes these before the County Council adopts this, to avoid taxpayers paying to deal with these problems in future years?

We asked this question in these 2 divisions: East Chesterton, King's Hedges.

7 of the 9 candidates (78%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Make this a priority for S106 payments.

Ian TYES
(Independent)

Orchard Park is symbolic of the collective failures over many years of the planning system to integrate new developments into the existing infrastructure. The reliance on the guided bus for ALL of the Orchard Park transport needs was completely daft and is a real problem for people living there with tiny amounts of parking per property and no joined up cycle network. There are legal methods within the planning system to enforce any contractual commitments and these should be utilised, either by compelling the developers to complete the work or by doing the work and billing the contractors.

Clare BLAIR
(Labour Party)

Orchard Park is an ongoing development and one with which I am very familiar as I am Chair of Governors at its primary school ,Vice Chair of the Community Council and our lead on all planning matters and liaison with developers . The County Council must work with South Cambs DC and the Community Council to agree and implement any changes together with Gallaghers. The lack of road adoption is itself a problem as the lack of traffic management measures and enforcement action means drivers develop bad habits including parking on streets rather than in their parking spaces. This creates a difficult environment for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate as well.
The Community Council has strongly supported the Cycling Campaign’s proposals for Ring Fort Path to improve access to and from Histon and Impington for pedestrians and cyclists. We have also run an extensive transport survey through residents and that has given us a very clear direction on what residents want, including 20 mph, traffic management measures, better bus services and improvements in some cycling areas. We are actively working on community transport options and are also seeking a further pedestrian and cycle crossing of Kings Hedges Rd which remains a real barrier for many. The Cycling Campaign has recently audited cycling infrastructure in Orchard Park and it would be useful to present this to both the Community Council and South Cambs and see what can usefully be done to enhance our own provision and learn for the other urban fringe developments.

Fiona ONASANYA
(Labour Party)

Orchard Park is an on-going development. As such, the County Council must work with South Cambs District Council and the Community Council to agree and implement any changes together with Gallaghers.

The lack of road adoption is, in itself, a problem. The lack of traffic management measures and enforcement action means drivers develop bad habits such as parking on streets rather than in their parking spaces, which creates a difficult environment for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate as well.

The Community Council has strongly supported the Cycling Campaign’s proposals for Ring Fort Path to improve access to and from Histon and Impington for pedestrians and cyclists.

Ian Geoffrey MANNING
(Liberal Democrat)

I don't know a lot about Orchard park as it isn't in East Chesterton, but I do know it isn't very cycle friendly.

The VIE, where I live, initially wasn't – but I got extra cycle parking spaces put in as well as making sure car parking was controlled, and got a car club on site, which discourages second car ownership.

We can't ignore that people need cars to work, but we can take practical steps to make sure that not everyone needs to rely on them. That benefits everyone.

Neale UPSTONE
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes. Developers too often get 'off the hook'.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

Nothing

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