Elections

2015 South Cambridgeshire District Council election: Cottenham

Summary: 2015 elections to South Cambridgeshire District Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Colin COE  (Green Party)
  • Richard GYMER  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Eric HEAVER  (UK Independence Party)
  • Mark MCCORMACK  (Labour Party)
  • Timothy WOTHERSPOON  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Cottenham ward candidates (4 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?

Colin COE
(Green Party)

I am presently a member of British Cycling's Eastern Region Board and perhaps not unsurprisingly I fully support initiatives to improve the lot of cyclists.

Whilst the proposed development at Northstowe may well be designed to encourage cycling within its immediate area, I fear that it will not make like easier for cyclists in Cottenham and other surrounding villages.

Richard GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

A lot of thought has gone into the guide and it has many good ideas. Segregation from motor vehicles is the ideal, and have seen increasing use of the cycle path between Cottenham and Histon, we have an opportunity to build good cycleways to access Northstowe from nearby villages.

Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mark MCCORMACK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative 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?

Colin COE
(Green Party)

20 mph speed limited during open and closing times

Richard GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

There is a noticeable "rush-hour" in Cottenham, in what is otherwise a fairly quiet village, and the narrowness of Lamb's Lane road and pavements, especially, does not make it easy to keep separate cars, pedestrians, buses and cycles. It might be worth looking at doing something radical, where the roads and pavements are marked but have no kerbs, and vehicle drivers feel they have to travel slowly, such as they have in Poynton.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Poynton,+Cheshire+East/@53.349432,-2.1224858,83m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x487a4b16027f1003:0x1845669d23f4b083
(note that Google Streetview is not up to date)

Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mark MCCORMACK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative 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?

Colin COE
(Green Party)

Ridden a cycle since 1953, raced from 1959 until 1982. Ride now to keep fit. Partner might be encouraged to cycle if more dedicated space available. Ten minute car drive to Guide Bus Route which does offer safer cycling - although a shared space.

Richard GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

I would think nothing of cycling 7 miles into work regularly, but these days I usually get a lift.

Other family members are not so keen on cycling so far, particularly as they have farther to go and the roads are not cycle-friendly. I have the impression that Sixth Form Colleges even now do not have enough cycle parking and can be a target for thieves.

Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mark MCCORMACK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

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?

Colin COE
(Green Party)

Not good enough, see previous question. A dedicated space should offer a greater degree of safety.

Richard GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

I always see cyclists on the path between Cottenham and Histon, and between Oakington and Girton - and the Guided busway is astonishingly popular for leisure and commuting rides. I am really pleased about that.
It was disappointing that not all of the plans could be effected for the Histon section of my ride into town, but the painted cycle lanes leading to the Histon crossroads are a cheap way of making a difference, reminding drivers that cyclists are around.

Eric HEAVER
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mark MCCORMACK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative 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.