Elections

2015 South Cambridgeshire District Council election: Bar Hill

Summary: 2015 elections to South Cambridgeshire District Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Clare DELDERFIELD  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Helene GREEN  (UK Independence Party)
  • Roger HALL  (Conservative Party)
  • Claudia ROLAND  (Green Party)
  • Alexander SMITH  (Labour Party)

Questions for Bar Hill ward candidates (5 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?

Clare DELDERFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

Making Space For Cycling looks really good. If only it had been written when Bar Hill was being designed! It would not have taken much to create a really good set of cycle links that would make cycling more attractive that driving a car for trips around the village. Indeed, in many places this would be possible now if some barriers were removed. For example, there are almost no safe cycle routes across Tesco’s car park.

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Roger HALL
(Conservative Party)

I do not know of your publication *Making Space for Cycling*. But if, on
roads particularly in Cambridge, it advocates more space for cyclists, I
would think carefully about endorsing its point of view. I
In the city, the balance of road use between cyclists and vehicular
traffic is now tilting towards cyclists, many of whom ride irresponsibly
(not only foreign students), riding a night without lights or reflective
clothing, riding through red lights and believing they have a right of road
use in excess of that of the motorist. These are often offences which carry
heavy penalties for motorists.
Provision of cycling lanes and traffic lights placed for the
convenience of cyclists and pedestrians, often hinders the free-flow of
traffic, causing pollution and other problems. Among the cycling
fraternity, there is often a lack of understanding that residents who live
outside the city often have to use their cars to get into it.

Claudia ROLAND
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alexander SMITH
(Labour Party)
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?

Clare DELDERFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

The school’s location and the good footpaths mean that the proportion of children who walk to school is very high, although the number who cycle is quite low. Most paths are shared use, so if they were widened and segregated, this would improve things both for people on foot or scooter and on bike.

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Roger HALL
(Conservative Party)

i) Instill into children a knowledge of the Highway Code, ii) be aware
of other road and pavement users, iii) do not ride two abreast.

Claudia ROLAND
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alexander SMITH
(Labour Party)
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?

Clare DELDERFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

We do occasionally go cycling as a family, and having a dedicated cycle path, as there is between the Genome Campus and the Sawston roundabout, is really good.

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Roger HALL
(Conservative Party)

Riding thousands of miles in my younger days - to and from school and
leisure cycling - being a scout I was aware of the Highway Code, paying
particular attention to signalling, having lights, not overtaking vehicular
traffic on the inside.Unfortunately, many cyclists in Cambridge disregard
these. My son also cycled long distances, not only in the UK but also in
France.

Claudia ROLAND
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alexander SMITH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

The A14 improvement scheme will provide a safe route to Cambridge. What improvements would you like to see within Bar Hill to enable people to access this route?

Clare DELDERFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

The Highways Agency’s proposals do not include a direct link from Crafts Way to Oakington Road. Such a link would mean that many people could avoid crossing and recrossing the A14 to get to West Cambridge, for example. The County Council should prioritise such a link.

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Roger HALL
(Conservative Party)

It is vital to keep cyclists off the A14 which will be a motorway in all
but name. Cycle lanes, however, will be provided along the 'local road. In
addition, cycling provision partly exists from Boxworth, through Lolworth,
Bar Hill, Dry Drayton and Madingley as far as the A428, and then from Coton
into Cambridge. The dangerous part is between Dry Drayton and Madingley,and
negotiations are taking place to create a designated cycle path alongside
this narrow road.

Claudia ROLAND
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alexander SMITH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

The 2011 census shows that South Cambridgeshire has the highest levels of cycle commuting of any non-urban area, including substantial cycling into Cambridge city: how would you rate the current conditions for cycling from your ward into Cambridge, and how could it be improved?

Clare DELDERFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

At present, the routes from Bar Hill to Cambridge are effectively non-existent, which is reflected in the much lower levels of cycle commuting. However, I hope that the A14 upgrade will bring a significant change. There is a lot of detail about the routes and the link to Bar Hill that isn’t show in the Highways Agency plans, and I hope that we see this during the examination phase shortly.

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Roger HALL
(Conservative Party)

This has been answered in questions 3 and 4. For those cyclists who wsh to
enter Cambridge along the Huntingdon Road, the cycling path alongside the
local road is important.

Claudia ROLAND
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alexander SMITH
(Labour Party)
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.