Elections

2015 City Council election: Cherry Hinton

Summary: 2015 elections to Cambridge City Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Mark ASHTON  (Labour Party)
  • Philip Paul BARNETT  (Green Party)
  • Alex Jeffery CROWSON  (UK Independence Party)
  • Timothy James HAIRE  (Conservative Party)
  • Ed SEXTON  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Cherry Hinton ward candidates (7 questions)

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# Question 1

Cambridge Cycling Campaign has created a guide to cycling best-practice called Making Space For Cycling, endorsed by all national cycling organisations. Do you fully support this guide, and if so, what one principle in it do you think could most effectively be applied in your ward?

Mark ASHTON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip Paul BARNETT
(Green Party)

Yes, I absolutely support this guide, and believe that it is really essential that planners and Council officials put it into practise. I don't like to pick just one thing out, as I believe they are all necessary to ensure safe and convenient cycling, but obviously I'd pick the first principle, that people need (safe) space for cycling. Without that, then a good many people will never even contemplate getting on a bike. Cherry Hinton does not have good, safe cycling provision – the infamous High Street being the most glaring example of unsafe space.

Alex Jeffery CROWSON
(UK Independence Party)

I believe cyclists form an important attribute to Cambridge, I am one of the many 1,000's of cyclists who use the streets of Cambridge on a daily basis. Would be nice to see more cycle lanes in the area.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ed SEXTON
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 2

What measures would you like to see to improve the safety of children getting to school?

Mark ASHTON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip Paul BARNETT
(Green Party)

I'd like to see decent, off-road cycle lane provision. Many parents are unhappy about younger children mixing with traffic on roads – regardless of the quality or width of cycle lanes. In the absence of action on building such off-road provision, I'd like to see greater tolerance for children cycling on pavements – many people are unaware that successive Home Office/Ministry of Justice guidance has suggested sympathetic treatment of children and vulnerable people using pavements. A return to the use of lollipop men/women on busier road crossings would also be helpful.

Alex Jeffery CROWSON
(UK Independence Party)

Not cutting street lighting like the Conservative led council wants to do. Re-introduce lollipop ladies, who have been axed, and invest more in education in educating children of the safety of road use.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ed SEXTON
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

What experience do you and your family have of cycling? Do you have any different concerns about younger or older family members cycling than you do yourself?

Mark ASHTON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip Paul BARNETT
(Green Party)

I'm a longstanding member of the Cycling Campaign! I am a commuting cyclist, so cycle most days to the station, and also on shorter journeys across town. My children cycle to school most days, and we sometimes cycle recreationally, on quiet routes, eg to Shelford on the Genome path. My wife is a nervous cyclist – she doesn't feel safe on roads, mixing with traffic, so cycles much less often than I do. I'd class myself as a confident town cyclist, but I wouldn't go on the A14! (I also drive occasionally, as I'd guess a large proportion of 'cyclists' do – so I do also understand the concerns of motorists)
As I've already said, I definitely have concerns about young children on roads, and older people can also be vulnerable to dangerous motor vehicle behaviour. All people on cycles, however, are vulnerable to collisions with motor vehicles, and so all deserve protection.

Alex Jeffery CROWSON
(UK Independence Party)

I cycle every day. Cycling around Cherry Hinton is very easy, and safe. Hardest areas of the city are roads like Mill Road, and Hills Road bridge, and the top of Coldhams Lane. I have concerns about the amount of cyclists I see jumping red lights. They could cause a serious incident to themselves and other road users. It is a £30 fine for jumping a red light, I want this increased to £100. Plus many cyclists still fail to have lights after dark...I would like to have a fine of £100 for that also..it is not safe for the cyclist or other road users. I also see many motorists breaking the law, some with mobile while driving, and some driving to close to cyclists.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ed SEXTON
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

What would you do to improve cycle parking in the city centre?

Mark ASHTON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip Paul BARNETT
(Green Party)

I would support the conversion of a proportion of car parking space into cycle parking space, as there are clear advantages in numbers – 10 car spaces (10-20 people on average) or 80 people on bikes. I'm quite against 'high capacity' cycle parking, following the many shortcomings revealed by the dual cycle racks at the station – I believe they are discriminatory to the frailer members of society, as the upper tiers are inaccessible without a certain amount of upper body strength, and also they are not designed for anything other than very standard bikes – no tricycles, no trailers, and, most damagingly, no baskets. Sheffield stands are far preferable.

Alex Jeffery CROWSON
(UK Independence Party)

The issue here is space, you could have cycling parking centres which charges cyclists £1 per hour to park. The money made will not go to fat cats at the city council- but will go to improving cycling in Cambridge. more street lights, more education for kids, and more cycle lanes.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ed SEXTON
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

Recent construction in the city, such as on Abbey Street, Milton Road and at the University Arms have closed routes or removed cycle space. What would you do to ensure that cycle routes remain open and safe as construction grows the city?

Mark ASHTON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip Paul BARNETT
(Green Party)

Council officials should have an obligation to protect cycle space, even if a road is closed to motor traffic. The bridge replacement at Grantchester is an example of good practise – where there has been provision made for cyclists and pedestrians while the bridge is closed to motor vehicles.

Alex Jeffery CROWSON
(UK Independence Party)

Well open door immigration have clearly had an impact in Cambridge, more houses need to be built, and students get priority over locals over housing. Like motorists, cyclists will have to be patient. On a road that has construction, you have to make sure there is fair space for both motorists and cyclists.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ed SEXTON
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

Cycle routes which are narrow and involves sharp turns and chicanes make routes difficult or impossible for users of tricycles, handcycles and cargo bikes, impairing accessibility for the most vulnerable. Can you think of anywhere in your ward that is difficult to use on a non-standard cycle and what will you do to improve it?

Mark ASHTON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip Paul BARNETT
(Green Party)

I have actually improved such a situation in the past year or so; the cycle path north/south between Cherry Hinton Park and Gunhild Road was virtually impassible to many cycles, tandems etc including my wife's bike trailer, due to inappropriate chicanes. I contacted the council's cycling and walking officer who agreed that they should be modified, and later asked me for feedback on the two design choices, which was eventually completed a year or so later. (one angle of each chicane removed) so now all cycles can get through.
I'm not aware of any other such examples of bad design in Chery Hinton, although I'm sure they probably exist, but would do my best to arrange for them to be removed/remedied in like manner if brought to my attention.

Alex Jeffery CROWSON
(UK Independence Party)

I would remove those silly traffic islands that are near the road side with road markings on, cyclists have weave in and out of those. A tricycle could not fit through one of those.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ed SEXTON
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

Do you approve of the proposals for Cherry Hinton High Street? If not, what measures would you like to see here?

Mark ASHTON
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Philip Paul BARNETT
(Green Party)

The designs for the High Street are flawed, and I don't support them. I'd like to see better cycle provision, the cycle lanes are too narrow, and I'd actually prefer to see the High Street closed to through traffic, at, say the railway crossing. This would have a substantial traffic calming effect which would in turn improve road conditions for all, including local motor vehicle traffic.

Alex Jeffery CROWSON
(UK Independence Party)

I approve but do worry about the cost, since the council does not have enough funding from Central government...the only way to get the money to increase Council Tax which is a rip off as it is.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ed SEXTON
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

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.