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Elections

Local elections (City), May 2014: Cherry Hinton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council in May 2014.
Polling date: Thursday 22nd May 2014
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Keith EDKINS  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Timothy James HAIRE  (Conservative Party)
  • Russ MCPHERSON  (Labour Party)

Questions for Cherry Hinton ward candidates (6 questions)

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# Question 1

Protected Space on main roads: The County Council have recently consulted on creating protected space on Hills Road and Huntingdon Road. Do you support these schemes? Are there roads in your ward or elsewhere that you would like to see protected space on?

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

I welcome schemes to make cycling more convenient and safe, but they must be carefully designed to avoid conflicts between cyclists and bus passengers. For instance the area around bus stops must be well-lit. I would like to see improvements on Coldham's Lane where the off-carriageway option is at present a rather narrow footpath where cycling conflicts with pedestrians and bus stops.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)

These schemes are essential on some busy roads, particularly at some very busy/dangerous junctions. But as a rule I prefer cyclists to be accommodated as just another road user where this is possible. Over use of schemes such as this risk motorists believeing and behaving as if cyclists have no place on the roads. I don't think there are any roads in Cherry Hinton that would benefit from schemes such as this and I think they should always be looked at on a case by case basis.

Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)

Yes, I do support the idea of them; however they need to link up with a whole network of protected spaces across the city - or they will simply end at a given point so what then? The Hills Road scheme is a point to refer to - what happens at the end point? it needs to be linked up to a network. But the idea is a good start, we hope it continues.

Cherry Hinton High Street is not a good place for cycling - the road is poorly laid-out for such making cyclist use the pavment far to much causing a problem both for them and everyone else who needs to walk on the pavment; loads of conflict on a daily basis on this one. Hopefully the future funding in will help resolve this issue.

# Question 2

Remove through motor traffic: Most motor traffic cannot go through the city centre. In residential areas, some streets are closed to motor vehicles at certain points. Do you support this idea, and would you like to see it more widely used?

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

I don't think this can be answered one way or the other in general. There is a danger that blocking some roads would just generate more traffic on other, already busy, roads, such as Coldham's Lane and the High Street.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)

I think when residents want these schemes I am b5roadly supportive of them. Although we have to be careful not to just shift the traffic problem elsewhere.

Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)

'Rat-running is a big problem; so I guess it would depend on the area - on some roads it could work very well on this others not so well - there is not a 'one size fits all' solution here: I would agree that speed in residential areas is a huge problem and I would say that schemes to reduce the speed of vehicles (and perhaps access) making safer environment for all road users including cycles, the elderly and young children and restrict speeding and rat running has got to be a good thing.

# Question 3

Safe routes to schools: What measures would you like to see to improve the safety of children getting to school?

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)

In terms of cycling there is no substitute for high quality cycle training and road awareness course for school children of the sort that are currently being provided by outspoken and others. Also greater police enforcement at hot spots where there is in appropriate and dangerous parking at school drop off and pick up times.

Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)

Less use of cars to take children to schools would be a good start; perhaps anyone living within half a mile of the school should not be allowed to use a car to bring children to school (unless of course there is a medical reason for such use); no parking within half a mile of a school between designated times; 20mph (or less) speed restirctions within half a mile of a school at designated times(unless its a 20mph are anyway of course): Much more road safety training for children - including cycling and walking. Bring back the crossing patrol and seeking co-operation of parents in perhaps marshalling a 'safe-route' at flash points to create a 'corridor of safety' might be a good idea.

# Question 4

Cycle-friendly town centres: Cycle parking is at a premium in Cambridge city centre. Although the City Council are putting in more, it is unlikely to be enough. Would you support converting some car parking to cycle parking, and do you have any further suggestions?

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)

Cambridge town centre and the city in general suffers from a lack of cycle parking spaces and both councils need to up there game here both through the planning process and providing extra parking spaces on land that they are responsible for.

Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)

If there were sufficent 'safe-routes' to get to the town cenre and back again from all over the city where people felt they could safely cycle in then I would have no problem with that; a problem I see is that many people simply don't feel confident enough to cycle in so they use their car - the two have to go together - one without the other can be problamatic, we need safer routs and then good secure parking when they get there.

# Question 5

Cycle routes in green spaces: The commons and greens provide well-used pleasant cycle routes through the city. Would you support some widening of the paths, undertaken sensitively, to reduce conflict between pedestrians and cyclists?

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

Worth considering, but will need proper consultation. Cambridge's green spaces can be a touchy subject!

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)

Yes, but with a mind to ensuring not too much green space is not spoilt or lost.

Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)

Yes I would; however cyclists have to remember that their speed in these areas is a saftey factor - flying through parks and public spaces at a rate of knots is a very unsafe practice; in these areas the cylist then becomes the 'vehicle' just as the car is on the public highway so due care should be taken. But having said that - with some give & take and as long as the paths are well lit at night that could work very well.

# Question 6

20mph speed limits: Public consultation has brought 20mph zones to the North area of the city. The consultation for the East area also received general public support. Do you support the scheme? Do you support extending it to rest of Cambridge, i.e. South and West/Central? If so, what measures would you like to see to help encourage compliance?

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

I support 20 mph schemes and would like to see the police taking enforcement seriously.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)

I think 20mph is appropriate for some roads but the blanket way it is being applied is not always appropriate. In terms of encouraging compliance we need to ensure any speed limits are enforced by the police

Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)

20mph in the right areas is a good idea - I have no problem with it; but it can be very odd when cylists undertakes car/motorcycle/moped because they are themselves going faster that the 20mph designated limit. I understand that cylist are not subject to speeding offence but it would indicate a 'respect' for the 20mph that everyone else on the road has to comply with - if its 20mph then it should be 20mph for type of 'vehicle' on the road; perhaps that may aid compliance. That being said it can work fine if everyone understands why its 20mph and complies with that idea. In principal 20mph zones are fine by me.

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