Elections

2015 City Council election: Petersfield

Summary: 2015 elections to Cambridge City Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Kevin BLENCOWE  (Labour Party)
  • Ben FLOOK  (Conservative Party)
  • Atus Eamon MARIQUEO-RUSSELL  (Green Party)
  • Elizabeth PARKIN  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Petersfield ward candidates (8 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?

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

It is a well researched document but clearly to retrofit a dense and essentially old part of Cambridge is problematic.Decently maintained and properly distinct cycle ways and paths are the key for me.Grants are given for new extensions and in new areas but we need to look after the older and well used ones just as importantly.

Ben FLOOK
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Atus Eamon MARIQUEO-RUSSELL
(Green Party)

Yes, the guide was very informative and it stands as testament to Cambridge’s strong cycling culture that it was produced here. In terms of what principles could be best applied to Petersfield, a good one to start with would be to increase the visibility of cycle paths. This could be done relatively easily and would encourage cycle use. However, perhaps more importantly, would be dealing with the masses amount of parked cars that make Petersfield relatively tricky to navigate on bicycle. If elected, I would seek to engage in consultation with the Cambridge Cycling Campaign on how we can work to improve this situation.

Elizabeth PARKIN
(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?

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

The re-introduction of lollipop men and women would be a start to deal with the hazards kids and parents face crossing Hills Rd to go to St Pauls school.Blatant disregard of red lights by vehicles and moreover cyclists has meant we have had PCSO's on request from anxious parents regularly present at morning time at this location.

Ben FLOOK
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Atus Eamon MARIQUEO-RUSSELL
(Green Party)

I fully support the 20 mph speed limit being rolled out by the council and would like to see it implemented in all parts of Cambridge. However, if we are serious about protecting, not just children but all persons living in Cambridge, then we need to really look at how we can reduce congestion and air pollution levels. That is why we are proposing to investigate the possibility of a congestion charge to cut down on car use and reduce harmful air pollution throughout Cambridge.

Elizabeth PARKIN
(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?

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

I cycle everywhere unless it's a monsoon.My family live in a town in Northants called Brackley where my brother cycles to and from work but the environment there is far quieter than here.

Ben FLOOK
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Atus Eamon MARIQUEO-RUSSELL
(Green Party)

I grew up in Bristol, which also has an impressive culture of cycling. I remember going on long bike rides as a child to the nearby city of Bath for occasional day outings. My concerns for older and younger people cycling are mainly about how we can make sure that we structure cycling in Cambridge to be as inclusive as possible. Methods of inclusion are specified in great length in this organisation’s manifesto and I would be sure to spend time carefully consulting it before working on any new cycling projects in Cambridge.

Elizabeth PARKIN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

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

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

The City Council committed to providing 1,000 new cycle rack spaces two years ago with cross party support.I think we've installed about 650 thus far.It's a matter of finding suitable locations in a busy bustling area.All suggestions welcomed.

Ben FLOOK
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Atus Eamon MARIQUEO-RUSSELL
(Green Party)

Clearly more space is needed for bicycles in the city centre, especially if we are to incentivise alternatives to car use. It may be in some instances that areas for cycle parking could be expanded (around Parker’s piece for example), however, we are probably looking at needing another few hubs of cycle parking in the centre over the next couple of years. As councillor, I would look to investigate and engage in consultation with local groups to find appropriate spaces.

Elizabeth PARKIN
(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?

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

Find some highways staff at the County Council who have the nous to manage these sites in a cycle and pedestrian friendly manner and take no nonsense from contractors.

Ben FLOOK
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Atus Eamon MARIQUEO-RUSSELL
(Green Party)

We have to consider the city's transport routes in all proposed development at the planning stage. We wouldn't build in the middle of roads without providing an alternative route, so why should we build through cycle paths?

Elizabeth PARKIN
(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?

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

I'm sure there are many examples.As I've already pointed out we are essentially an old part of Cambridge designed when cars were scarce.We can't realign the roads without pulling down the houses.

Ben FLOOK
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Atus Eamon MARIQUEO-RUSSELL
(Green Party)

The current development by the station has thrown together a temporary lazy cycle path that could be easily improved at little/no cost.

Elizabeth PARKIN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

How would you improve conditions for people on bikes along Mill Road?

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

Regularly repair and resurface the whole stretch of the Road.Why the bit opposite the swimming pool was not resurfaced together with the rest last year is beyond reason to most people.But clearly not the county highways.

Ben FLOOK
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Atus Eamon MARIQUEO-RUSSELL
(Green Party)

Mill Road has some intersections that are potentially unclear for cyclists to use. The road itself is also very difficult as there is little room between cars and bikes on the road. The lights at some intersections could be clearer as to when it is safe for bikes to go and that is something I would seek to pursue in council.

Elizabeth PARKIN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 8

Do you support the proposals for Tension Road? If not, what other measures would you take here?

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

Yes I do and did at the last Joint Area Committee.This scheme was envisaged at the outset of the railstation regeneration scheme[which I opposed on the grounds of overdevelopment] and promised to the residents locally to mitigate the impact.Roll forward to 2015 and nothing has yet been impemented.The intention is to reduce speeds along the street and by redesign make Tenison Rd seem more residential than the highway it appears now.

Ben FLOOK
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Atus Eamon MARIQUEO-RUSSELL
(Green Party)

Yes :-).

Elizabeth PARKIN
(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.