Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (County), May 2013: Waterbeach

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council in May 2013.
Polling date: Thursday 2nd May 2013
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Eleanor Ruth CRANE  (Green Party)
  • Paul Thomas FINLEY  (Labour Party)
  • Richard GLOVER  (UK Independence Party)
  • James HOCKNEY  (Conservative Party)
  • Maurice Leonard LEEKE  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Waterbeach division candidates (8 questions)

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# Question 1

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

Eleanor Ruth CRANE
(Green Party)

I live in Milton and regularly cycle for local journeys - Cambridge and nearby villages. I cycle probably 2 days and about 15 miles per week on average.

Paul Thomas FINLEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard GLOVER
(UK Independence Party)

[Richard Glover sent a general reply rather than answering individual questions. He said:]

I do own a bicycle and use it for recreational purposes in the summer months. I do use the designated cycle lanes and follow the highway code.

[then see response 8...]

James HOCKNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maurice Leonard LEEKE
(Liberal Democrat)

I have 50 years of experience of cycling in and around Cambridge, for getting to and from work or study, for social puposes, and also for work.

# 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?

Eleanor Ruth CRANE
(Green Party)

I agree that investment in transport improvements should prioritise sustainable travel modes including cycling. Money should not be wasted on large scale road projects that do nothing to address the pressures long-term, but instead put into schemes for walking, cycling and bus travel. Nationally the Green Party would ensure that at least 10% of transport spending is on securing a shift to more active travel like walking and cycling.

I would encourage the Council to support local businesses in developing green workplace travel plans, including through the Cambridge Travel for Work partnership (http://www.tfw.org.uk).

I would also like to point out that the Green Party does not support the assumption that this level of growth is desirable for Cambridge. We clearly need a strong and vibrant economy, but I would look more to a state of 'dynamic equilibrium' - planning jobs, homes and infrastructure for those already in the area, not extra people from outside.

Paul Thomas FINLEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard GLOVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
James HOCKNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maurice Leonard LEEKE
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes.

# 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?

Eleanor Ruth CRANE
(Green Party)

I support evidence-based policing. Police priorities should be determined according to local need. Where traffic is identified as a key issue then traffic policing should be a high priority, but I wouldn’t insist on traffic policing being raised as a priority across the board at the expense of other issues that might be of more pressing importance.

Paul Thomas FINLEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard GLOVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
James HOCKNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maurice Leonard LEEKE
(Liberal Democrat)

I agree that traffic policing, for all road users, should be carried out on a proportionate basis.

# 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?

Eleanor Ruth CRANE
(Green Party)

I would certainly support a coherent strategy to encourage cycling in the county. Its specific details should fit the needs of Cambridgeshire and be agreed in consultation with local people and groups representing different groups of road users. Any such plan should consider not only built infrastructure (cycle lanes etc) but other things that people might need to help them cycle - ranging from salary sacrifice schemes for bicycle purchase and more bike shops to adult cycle training, cycle buddy schemes etc. Provision should also be made for maintenance of cycle lanes including gritting during icy weather.

Paul Thomas FINLEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard GLOVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
James HOCKNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maurice Leonard LEEKE
(Liberal Democrat)

I support better cycling facilities, including the provision of segregated facilities (acknowledging that cyclists may choose to cycle on road - as they are entitled to do).

# 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?

Eleanor Ruth CRANE
(Green Party)

Promoting sustainable and active forms of transport clearly has a role to play in tackling all of these issues.

The Green Party believes in a much stronger emphasis on prevention of ill health via living healthier lives. We need to encourage healthier eating, more exercise, a lower-stress, slower-living society, a serious reduction in environmental pollutants, and greater access to tranquil countryside.

I would support initiatives that increase the tranquillity of our built environment, including provision and maintenance of high-quality green space within walking distance of where people live, and 20mph zones in residential areas and around schools. I would also look to increase the provision of free school meals for children in our County, and work to increase the quality of school meals through promoting the Food for Life partnership (http://www.foodforlife.org.uk).

Paul Thomas FINLEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard GLOVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
James HOCKNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maurice Leonard LEEKE
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycling can help with the diverse issues you mention, and I would welcome and support an increase in cycling. There are people for whom cycling is not a possibility, however.

# Question 6

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?

Eleanor Ruth CRANE
(Green Party)

I believe that providing accessible local services is an essential step towards creating sustainable new communities which people want to live in. Services like schools and doctors should be easy and affordable to reach by public transport, and where possible within walking or cycling distance of where people live.

To encourage walking and cycling for shorter journeys and improve road safety I would look to
implement 20mph speed limits in built-up areas, including villages. I would support mixed-use developments where shops, housing and businesses are closely located and connected by pavements and cycleways.

Recognising that not everybody is willing or able to cycle, I strongly support the provision of affordable, accessible local transport. I believe the Council should invest in buses and subsidise some routes.

Paul Thomas FINLEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard GLOVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
James HOCKNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maurice Leonard LEEKE
(Liberal Democrat)

I think that would be a tremendous improvement on so many, no all, of the developments that we see going up at the moment.

# Question 7

Cambridge is the cycling capital of the UK. Our city is a better place, healthier, greener and more joyful for it. How do you intend to bring similar levels of cycling to the surrounding villages? What specific improvements would you support?

Eleanor Ruth CRANE
(Green Party)

Making roads safer including through appropriate speed limits; investing in cycle ways that connect people with their local shops and services.

I would ask the Council to support training to give adults confidence to ride, such as the You Can Bike Too scheme (http://www.youcanbiketoo.org), run from Milton Country Park. Another option to explore might be subsidised courses in bike maintenance, offered through large employers, adult learning courses, schools and colleges.

I would push for better gritting of cycleways - current County policy is only to grit when 5 days or more of icy weather are forecast. I would ask the Council to promote the winter gritting volunteer programme to parishes where this is not in place (http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/roads/winter/Volunteerforwintergritting.htm)

Paul Thomas FINLEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard GLOVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
James HOCKNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maurice Leonard LEEKE
(Liberal Democrat)

I think that there are two crucial aspects to this: linking villages and the city, and making cycling safer within villages.

I am delighted that the Milton to Landbeach (shared-use) cycleway is being constructed at the moment. I would like to see the Milton to Impington one completed. I very much support the extension of the A10 cycleway northwards to Denny Abbey - and this should be an essential feature of any changes to the A10 as a result of the proposed new town at Waterbeach. I should like to see a shared-use cycleway on Denny End Road from the business park to the A10. I would also like the Akeman Street - the green lane from Landbeach to Kings Hedges to be made up to a condition suitable for cycles to use it.

# 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?

Eleanor Ruth CRANE
(Green Party)

I support sustainable transport by using it: I try to walk, cycle or take the bus whenever I can in preference to driving.

Paul Thomas FINLEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard GLOVER
(UK Independence Party)

If elected my priority will be to make sure the Taxpayer gets good value for money and the Council Tax is kept as low as possible. We are all going to have to tighten our belts due to past over spending and the biggest deficit in history. We cannot just keep on adding to the debt.

I will fight for any money spent on road improvement to be in proportion to road users.

I have no intention of joining any pressure groups. I will be fair to all.

James HOCKNEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maurice Leonard LEEKE
(Liberal Democrat)

I was fortunate to be in a position to support the construction of the Carter Bridge and the Coston Bridge, and the replacement of Cutter Ferry Bridge, while on the county council before. I was unsuccessful then in my attempts to get a mandatory cycle lane on Gilbert Road. We also tried to overturn the cycle ban in Sidney Street.

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.