Elections

2015 South Cambridgeshire District Council election: Fulbourn

Summary: 2015 elections to South Cambridgeshire District Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Rosie CHARROT  (Labour Party)
  • Graham CONE  (Conservative Party)
  • John RANKEN  (Green Party)
  • Neil SCARR  (Independent)
  • Nancy WILLIAMS  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Fulbourn 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?

Rosie CHARROT
(Labour Party)

The guide is an excellent document and I fully support it.

Perhaps 'principle 4', "People want to maintain momentum" is one that could be applied better, in Fulbourn ward and on the route into Cambridge. There is good provision in places for cyclists, but it isn't as 'joined up' as it should be.

Graham CONE
(Conservative Party)

Having read “Making Space for Cycling” I fully support this guide and would endeavour to refer to it when considering any new roads and residential developments or improving existing roads. I also believe that this guide would be very important when considering accessibility to local services such as schools, healthcare centres and businesses. There are many principles from this guide that could be effectively applied in the ward in which I am standing but if I had to pick one it would be the principle of having separate space for cyclists apposed to sharing pedestrian areas. I feel that this would benefit many of Fulbourn’s residents when cycling within the village and those that make a daily commute into the city or to surrounding large employers (such as Addenbrookes Hospital). From a personal perspective I often worry about colliding with a pedestrian or the dog that they may be walking which has been especially bad over the winter months with little to no lighting on the shared pavements in the evenings.

John RANKEN
(Green Party)

Yes. I am a long standing member of Cambridge Cycling Campaign, and am fully committed to CCC aims, and actions to achieve them, including those in "Making Space for Cycling", and for the purpose of this questionnaire do not wish to quibble with any of the details.

Neil SCARR
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nancy WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes. Patchy cycle routes are an issue in Fulbourn and the Beechwoods, particularly effected by the quality and maintenance of the routes. People want space and level surfaces, but too many of the routes designed especially for cycling from Fulbourn into Cambridge do not meet these requirements, including the shared cycle footpath going into Cherry Hinton, just before the Robin Hood pub.

This has a real problem with roots and exemplifies why South Cambridgeshire District Council needs to make sure it works closely with Cambridge City to get clear and safe routes into town and Addenbrookes.

# Question 2

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

Rosie CHARROT
(Labour Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Graham CONE
(Conservative Party)

I have no children of my own, however I have spoken to many parents on the doorstep in Fulbourn who would like to see more zebra crossings on roads with heavier traffic leading to the school. I agree with these residents and have made enquiries to the local Parish Council surrounding zebra crossings. I would also happily see a reduced speed limit on the small surrounding roads leading to the Primary School. I am conscious that any speed limits set must be enforced by issuing fines. Enforcement of speeding would have a positive effect on children and families cycling and walking to their local school. In terms of cycle safety for children or young adults cycling to school I believe schools should actively encourage and provide cycling proficiency courses.

John RANKEN
(Green Party)

I want to see it as the norm that all children walk or cycle to and from school on safe routes, except in exceptional circumstances when they use public transport.

Neil SCARR
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nancy WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

In Fulbourn, we need to make sure that cycling remains an option for children. At the moment there are unsuitable levels of congestion on roads near Fulbourn Primary School and there are narrow pavements. There are concerns locally that Haggis Gap is getting too congested for children crossing the road, let alone on their bikes. Also, there are lorries driving through the village when children are on their way to and from school, which is a concern.

Encouraging cycling in the village as a whole, I hope, will help to encourage more children to get involved. Making sure there is access to proficiency training and advice when children and parents need it - this highlights the importance with communicating with the schools in the area.

We need to make sure the right facilities are in place, so bikes can be kept safe during school hours. It was great having the new bike shed put in just as I was leaving Fulbourn Primary School and it's great seeing it put to good use, but communication with schools is key to make sure the right facilities are available.

# 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?

Rosie CHARROT
(Labour Party)

I enjoy cycling for leisure, and for short journeys. My husband cycles into Cambridge regularly. We haven't got young children; if we did there are certain journeys that we'd probably regard as safe and others less so.

Graham CONE
(Conservative Party)

Both my partner and myself cycle about 6 miles a day to and from work. Although neither of us cycle for fun we both find there are many benefits to cycling to work each day such as reduced costs, health benefits, avoiding congestion, not having to fight for parking and wearing very fashionable yellow clothing. I tend to do a lot of my cycling on the road and I would worry about relatives who are not used to doing this as they would have limited options for cycle paths on the route that I take.

John RANKEN
(Green Party)

At the age of 82 I have been a cyclist on and off throughout my life, especially in retirement. During the past 12 months I have not cycled a lot because of 2 operations in Addenbrooke's, but I have now returned to cycling in and around my own village of Girton.
My wife stopped cycling a few years ago because of deteriorating general health and fear of traffic etc. My son, daughter and 4 grandchildren are all cyclists, who I have in mind as I work as a green activist, trying to push forward appropriate responses to climate change
etc.

Neil SCARR
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nancy WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

Growing up in Fulbourn, cycling has been a very practical and cost effective method of getting into town (particularly before the bus route was so quick and with rising fares) so my sisters and I are pretty experienced cycling around Cambridge and the surrounding area.

Our enthusiasm was helped by schemes at Fulbourn Primary School, including the Cycling Proficiency course and also British Cycling competitions, with the amazing support of local cyclists.

I also was fortunate to take part in an adult cycling course last summer in Cambridge. I thought there would not be much to learn having cycled most of my life, however I found that I was cycling far too close to the curb – make sure you take up the space you need!

These courses are great at boosting confidence on the road and I would recommend it for anyone that feels that they might be a bit shaky.

I think cycling advice is important, the information needs to get out there to make sure people remain safe.

Holding family events is a great way to get the whole family involved – events like the bike ride to Reach fair are a great way of doing this. Also competitions – the British Cycling one at school really got me and my sister engaged.

Also, a local cycling map for the area would be useful. I am aware that there are safer routes for cycling to key destinations like Bottisham Village College, but they are not so obvious - you have to go through Teversham to get there. This information is useful for those who want to cycle and it should be readily available.

# 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?

Rosie CHARROT
(Labour Party)

The route is quite good, but could be improved. There is a cycle path most of the way. However, there is one problem with it. When you cycle out of Fulbourn and reach Tescos you cross the level crossing and then you have a choice. You can use the road, Fulbourn Old Drift and then Coldhams Lane, before picking up the cycle path known as the "Tins" that runs past the Holiday Inn Express. Fulbourn Old drift is usually busy with cars from the school run and Coldhams lane is one of the main roads into Cambridge, so is always heavy with traffic. The alternative is the path that runs along the railway line to the level crossing in Cherry Hinton. This is narrow, has steps at the beginning (which should be replaced with a ramp) and two barriers that are difficult to negotiate. The path is also broken up at the Tescos end and needs repairing.

Graham CONE
(Conservative Party)

Cycling conditions from Fulbourn to the City Centre are mixed. I find that the closer I get to the city the better provision there is for cyclists. Although I feel comfortable cycling from Fulbourn to Cambridge City Centre (and do so on a regular basis) I do think the major roads linking Fulbourn and Cambridge City could be massively improved by the introduction of separate space for cyclists that is well lit for commuters to use at any time of the day. The cycle paths that link Fulbourn with Cambridge City are largely shared with pedestrians and force the cyclist to constantly stop and start due to junctions interrupting flow and cycle paths that suddenly change from one side of the road to another due to roundabouts. I am fully aware that there are difficulties in implementing changes to existing roads such as the ones that I travel on in and out of Fulbourn. Changes would clearly be of substantial cost and involve large disturbances to the flow of traffic when alterations are being made. This is not to say that alterations shouldn’t be made when the benefits are clear and funding is accessible. It is for this reason that we need to be so careful when planning and implementing new roads and developments that the necessary thought and provision for cyclists goes into projects from the start.

John RANKEN
(Green Party)

In Fulbourn ward there need to be big improvements to standards approaching those of the Huntingdon Rd link to Cambridge from my home village of Girton. The big need for Fulbourn as well as for Girton is to improve cycling provision within and between the "necklace" villages around Cambridge.
I am standing as a Green candidate for Fulbourn in the forthcoming SCDC election. In Fulbourn there are 2 immediate issues I would want to focus on : a) providing a roundabout at the extremely dangerous Cambridge Rd / Hinton Rd T-junction and b) slowing/reducing traffic in the village centre eg through a 20mph speed limit.

Neil SCARR
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nancy WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

More needs to be done. Currently there is not enough communication between South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City regarding routes into town. This is why we have gaps.

Furthermore, we need to be careful to keep these routes maintained well - otherwise people will just be encouraged to get back in their cars.

Cambridge is not the only place people from Fulbourn go, many of us find ourselves needing to go to the other villages, for school and healthcare, so the focus should not only be on safer cycling to the city, but between the villages as well.

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