Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (County), May 2013: Roman Bank and Peckover

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council in May 2013.
Polling date: Thursday 2nd May 2013
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Barry Ernest Arthur DIGGLE  (Labour Party)
  • Alan LAY  (UK Independence Party)
  • Robert MCLAREN  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Steve TIERNEY  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Roman Bank and Peckover division candidates (8 questions)

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# Question 1

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

Barry Ernest Arthur DIGGLE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan LAY
(UK Independence Party)

Mostly around Wisbech

Robert MCLAREN
(Liberal Democrat)

I do cycle to work everyday,rain or shine,winter and summer.I do own a car ,however,by the time i get it out i can be over half way to work.I only really use it for family trips,moving heavy objects,and when i have to go out to meetings and look smart.I bike to town with my son,the park and where ever he wants to go.Cars however drive to close,although we both wear bright clothing.Roads are full of potholes,glass,and selfish drivers.More needs to be done to make the roads around Wisbech safer for cyclists thankyou!

Steve TIERNEY
(Conservative Party)

Mostly just cycling with my young son while teaching him to do so.

# 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?

Barry Ernest Arthur DIGGLE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan LAY
(UK Independence Party)

A safe cycling route is needed

Robert MCLAREN
(Liberal Democrat)

I really do think the healthy option is best for obvious reasons,cycle routes are ok for able commuters,but we also must not forget the older and and not so able commuter,also too,we must not forget to spend our budget in the neglected regions,such as Wisbech,it has to be said that Wisbech cyclists too deserve money spending on these cycle routes,we too have expanded,our roads are alot more populated,we too need cycle lanes,cant wait for the Tour de France,coming to Cambridge,will maybe get more youngsters back on bikes.We do up here in Wisbech,have a cycle club called the Wisbech Wheelers,amater/pro. They are fantastic,Paul Ashby is one of their top riders,he trys to adverage 28mph where ever he goes unless there is a headwind of coarse,i know because i work with him! Less cars on the road would of coarse facilitate growth.

Steve TIERNEY
(Conservative Party)

No. I think there are many forms of transport and all must be given proper consideration. Cycling is healthy and many enjoy it, but people still like and need to use their cars also. It's about finding a proper balance.

# 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?

Barry Ernest Arthur DIGGLE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan LAY
(UK Independence Party)

Could not agree more. There are many bad drivers who have no consideration for others, and I am afraid to say some mad cyclists as well.

Robert MCLAREN
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes i do support your view on traffic policing,people moan that cyclists are sometimes using the footpaths around Wisbech,but i always use the road ,i can see why they are on the paths , the motorists don't give us enough room,i have had my right arm hit a few times now.My son always rides in front,have very little trust of motorists,never seem to consider allowing room when they stop for trafficlights either.Always seem to brake at the very last minute too..

Steve TIERNEY
(Conservative Party)

I think that police priorities are best set locally by police, elected politicians and local people. In my own division I would welcome a focus on rural speeding - in other areas different priorities might come forward.

# 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?

Barry Ernest Arthur DIGGLE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan LAY
(UK Independence Party)

It does seem a good idea, but costings must be considered.

Robert MCLAREN
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes , as long as you do it in,Wisbech ,and all the other fenland towns.

Steve TIERNEY
(Conservative Party)

I do not speak "for my party" on this, but personally No. I do not support that.

# 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?

Barry Ernest Arthur DIGGLE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan LAY
(UK Independence Party)

Absolutely, I have been a cyclist for 60 years, it keeps me fit, and at 76 I am 5 ft 9 ins. fit as a fiddle and weigh 11 stone.

Robert MCLAREN
(Liberal Democrat)

We need to promote sport for all again,we need to make sport trendy and fashionable.
We already as a party support,youth clubs.
Wheelchair basket ball .Disabled still need help in accessing sport,some i know feel that if they take part in sport they will lose their benefits,this should not be the case.It is harder to keep a healthy lifestyle when you are disabled.We all know air quality is important,it should always be monitored,and corrected where poor asap.Childrens independence is very important,it is all ready being addressed very well by my party.The effects of a sedentary lifestyle would be addressed also by light physical activity,and then build from there.

Steve TIERNEY
(Conservative Party)

I think the answer to your interesting question requires an essay, or several. But in short, I believe that good advice, good support and provision for all sorts of healthy activity - ie prevention - is a very good place to start. And yes, cycling is a part of that of course. But we should be working with and helping people, not trying to dictate to them how to boss them around. We are here to serve and support, not to dictate people's personal choices.

# 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?

Barry Ernest Arthur DIGGLE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan LAY
(UK Independence Party)

Education from child hood is the first start, Teach the child to teach their parents.

Robert MCLAREN
(Liberal Democrat)

I think we all share a form of car dependency,don't we?
Some of us only minor,but for most it is acute.I think we really need to promote all the different types of cycling activities,and make the cyclists journey alot safer.
I have always enjoyed cycling and been amazed at some of the human powered vechical <hpv> searches i have done in the past,you would be amazed too.
Bradley Wiggins boosted cycle sales last year during the olympics,i think the Tour de France in Cambridge will do too ,but more needs to be done more regulary .A Fenland Tour perhaps? Annually? Prizemoney?
School time trials? many many ideas,email me .

Steve TIERNEY
(Conservative Party)

I have no ambition to try and socially-engineer what transport method people choose to use. But working with people like yourselves I believe we can expand and improve the options available.

# 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?

Barry Ernest Arthur DIGGLE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan LAY
(UK Independence Party)

I have been lucky to have visited some of Holland. As a visitor you have to know the rules as to who has priority.

Robert MCLAREN
(Liberal Democrat)

I do believe in dutch quality cycle provision,separate from pedestrians,financed by developers,but we have to keep it cost effective for the private sector,we do not want to scare them off.We should really work with developers in keeping the price for these cycle routes as low as possible.These should not just be for Cambridge,but all of cambridgeshire.

Steve TIERNEY
(Conservative Party)

Rather than having "aspirations" about future planning developments I prefer to listen to what people what during consultations. Each area is different and has different requirements and challenges. I think being overly prescriptive in advance is counter-productive.

# 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?

Barry Ernest Arthur DIGGLE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alan LAY
(UK Independence Party)

I have written letters to the local, papers, there is one major problem, when is it dangerous for a cycle to be peddled on the pavement, by a 4 year old? 6?8? 10? this has to be resolved. In Wisbech there is few cycle lanes. The police prosecute adults riding on the pavements
WHEN THEY HAVE THE TIME AND INCLINATION!!!!

Robert MCLAREN
(Liberal Democrat)

Recently i have helped to encouraged local residents children to use the newly provided schoolbus to Thomas Clarkson school from opposite my house here in Walsoken.This will help to take the parent's cars off the road at 8am.
The children closer to the school,some bike/walk.Maybe cycle dutch style cycle routes to schools?

Steve TIERNEY
(Conservative Party)

My only cycling-related comment would be that we seem to concentrate
on road and travel cycling - but there are many other sorts. Sport cycling, camping via cycle, cross country cycling, BMX and the like. Not everybody wants to cycle to work. Some people want to cycle down a steep hill, through trees, every Saturday. That sounds pretty exhilarating to me. I might even buy a new bike... : )

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.