Elections

2015 South Cambridgeshire District Council election: Hardwick

Summary: 2015 elections to South Cambridgeshire District Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Nigel ATKINSON  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Grenville CHAMBERLAIN  (Conservative Party)
  • Norman CROWTHER  (Labour Party)
  • Clare RANKIN  (Green Party)
  • Joe WEBSTER  (UK Independence Party)

Questions for Hardwick 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?

Nigel ATKINSON
(Liberal Democrat)

I fully support this guide.

Grenville CHAMBERLAIN
(Conservative Party)

I fully support the making Space for Cycling initiative especially in Hardwick where the cycle route along St Neots Road is shared with the main carriageway in both directions and is not a comfortable place to be when cycling. Additionally, part of the cycle path is shared with pedestrians which is not ideal for either group. There is a need for a segregated cycle route which all cyclists should then be encouraged to use.

Norman CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Clare RANKIN
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe WEBSTER
(UK Independence Party)

I had a quick look through that report and three things struck me. Firstly, the pictures of urban areas mostly showed roads and streets much much wider than are to be found in Cambridge City or in most of the surrounding villages. Secondly, much of it had to do with design for new developments - all very sensible but not hugely relevant to the problems faced by cyclists in this area now. Thirdly, I didn't notice any reference to the costs of the provisions recommended.

Sadly, none of it seemed to me to be particularly applicable to Hardwick.

# Question 2

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

Nigel ATKINSON
(Liberal Democrat)

Proper training at schools and messages to parents about the importance of the training and the use of helmets and approprite clothing.

Grenville CHAMBERLAIN
(Conservative Party)

The main schools for Hardwick children are located in Comberton to which there is no segregated cycle route and, for a smaller number, in Cambourne to which there is a cycle route part of which is a path shared with pedestrians or a cycle lane along a derestricted fast flowing road. In both cases a segregated cycle route would improve safety and enhance a cycling experience enormously.

Norman CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Clare RANKIN
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe WEBSTER
(UK Independence Party)

I think the part-time speed restrictions near schools are an excellent idea but they could be blessed with better signage.

# 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?

Nigel ATKINSON
(Liberal Democrat)

Because of my disability I haven't cycled for many years, but have always supported my children to cycle, when and where it is safe.

Grenville CHAMBERLAIN
(Conservative Party)

My family and I have completed the London to Brighton bike ride on several occasions, I am taking part in Nightrider around London and a 60 mile tour of Essex this year for charity. During the summer months I commute from my home in Hardwick to my office in Milton by bike. Occasionally my wife and I go shopping in Cambourne by bike but this is dependent upon the weight of the expected purchases.

Norman CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Clare RANKIN
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe WEBSTER
(UK Independence Party)

I used to do a great deal of cycling but recent ill-health has prevented me from cycling for over a year now.
None of my close relatives have any interest in cycling whatsoever.

# 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?

Nigel ATKINSON
(Liberal Democrat)

Some of the pathways aren't completely flat, but the number of people I see using them suggests that they must be useable.

Grenville CHAMBERLAIN
(Conservative Party)

Many more cyclists are presently using the route from Hardwick into Cambridge than was formerly the case but several improvements could be made to encourage further growth. A well surfaced, segregated cycle route free from overhanging branches and better crossings of junctions at Long Road and Coton together with improvements to the cycle route along Madingley Road would encourage more people to travel by bike. Additionally, a safe cycle roué to Comberton would enable many youngsters to cycle to school as I did throughout my school life.
The extension of a cycle route to the west would facilitate a safer and faster route from the new developments at Cambourne.

Norman CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Clare RANKIN
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe WEBSTER
(UK Independence Party)

I have no recent experience of this. I last cycled from Hardwick to Cambridge about forty years ago and it is over thirty years since I last cycled in Cambridge City.

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.