Elections

2015 South Cambridgeshire District Council election: Histon & Impington

Summary: 2015 elections to South Cambridgeshire District Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Aga CAHN  (Labour Party)
  • Darren COTTERELL  (Green Party)
  • Christopher CROSS  (Conservative Party)
  • Yemi MACAULAY  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Histon & Impington 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?

Aga CAHN
(Labour Party)

For me the most important principle is to provide safety to cyclists. This includes: separation from traffic, separation from pedestrians, visibility. Recently a cycle path has been suggested for use of Impington Village College students commuting from Milton, which is both inappropriate and dangerous. It is to replace the school bus connecting Milton and IVC. I think the authorities have to have safer cycling infrastructure before putting our children at risk and cutting off bus services.

Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

No, I don't fully support all of it. Completely segregated cycle ways on primary routes severely hinder emergency service vehicles if you take up part of the existing road to make them. I would prefer completely new cycle only routes being built where-ever possible. For example, if the guided busway had been built completely across Cambridge following the railway line all the way to Cambridge Railway Station, instead of ending in Milton Road, then not only would the bus journey have been uninterrupted but a cyclist would be able to cycle all the way from St Ives to Addenbrookes Hospital without having to go anywhere near a main road. The cycle ways that are currently being built on Hills Road at the moment have me a little worried as this is the main access way for ambulances to and from Addenbrookes Hospital. I'm also not convinced of "floating" bus stops where passengers, especially the elderly, frail and disabled have to cross a busy cycle path to get to and from them. I like the idea of permeability in street design. There are quite a number of cul-de-sacs in Histon/Impington and making access ways through them seems like a very good idea.

Christopher CROSS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Yemi MACAULAY
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes I support a guide to Cycling best - practice. I want priority to be given to pedestrian and cycle movements and have a proper layout routes for cyclists.

# Question 2

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

Aga CAHN
(Labour Party)

In our area there are many very dangerous cycling routes used by children, for instance along Impington Lane, along Histon Road or as I mentioned above, the proposed route to Milton, where the existing path is very narrow and shared with pedestrians. They would all require improvements, like stopping road side parking and more visible marking of cycling paths.

Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

Again improving the permeability would mean school children cycling to school would have to spend less time on the busy main roads. The Green Party policy of reducing the speed limit on all village and urban roads from 30 mph to 20 mph would considerably increase safety for both pedestrians and cyclists, as well as reduce air pollution.

Christopher CROSS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Yemi MACAULAY
(Liberal Democrat)

Make all roads around school areas 20mph. Create more cycling routes on school routes. More warning signs indicating look out for cyclists.

# 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?

Aga CAHN
(Labour Party)

We are working at home and live in close vicinity to our children's school and to shops so we do not have to cycle but when we lived in Cambridge I was not happy for my children to cycle along Histon Road so they had to use CitiBus 8 to travel to school every day.

Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

I don't personally cycle very often. I'm not as young as I once was. I like to cycle up and down the guided busway occasionally for recreation on a warm summers Sunday afternoon. I would consider switching my commute from bus to bike, from Histon to Addenbrookes Hospital, if there were a fully off-road route for cyclists.

Christopher CROSS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Yemi MACAULAY
(Liberal Democrat)

Occasionally I cycle to work and my children cycle to schools.

# Question 4

How would you improve access to the railway station at Waterbeach?

Aga CAHN
(Labour Party)

From Histon and Impington would be much simpler to go to the new station at Cambridge Science Park.

Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

There are lots of things that could be done, but what immediately comes to mind is; a cycle path adjacent to the A10, a foot/cycle bridge or underpass from Landbeach to Waterbeach over/under the A10 to ease crossing when coming from Histon/Cottenham. Make the tow-path along the river from Cambridge to Waterbeach more cycle friendly as in its current state it's only suitable for off-road bikes.

Christopher CROSS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Yemi MACAULAY
(Liberal Democrat)

Create more cycle routes from adjoining villages and streets and create more signs direction to the station. Have more cycle racks at the station where bikes can be safe and secure.

# 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?

Aga CAHN
(Labour Party)

In my opinion cycling from our village into Cambridge along bus way is safe but it probably needs better links from the science park into Cambridge (perhaps along the river). The route along Histon Road or Arbury Road is very unsafe and in need of improvement.

Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

The path adjacent to the guided busway has made the journey into Cambridge from Impington a lot safer. You can now travel down it to into Chesterton, across the river by the Green Dragon and along the river into Cambridge. It's not the most direct route but it is the safest and most picturesque, far better than fighting with all the other traffic down Histon Road. It could be improved by segregating the path along the busway for pedestrians and cyclists. There is also no lighting along it making it very dark at night. Solar studs could be introduced or other low level lighting. As a general improvement for all road users, in my opinion, it should be mandatory for all cyclists to take a proficiency test and a written test on the highway code. There should also be stricter enforcement of cyclists having adequate lighting, helmets and high-vis clothes. Also enforce traffic laws that motor vehicle drivers take for granted like stopping at red traffic lights which cyclist in Cambridge rarely do, in my experience.

Christopher CROSS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Yemi MACAULAY
(Liberal Democrat)

Since the last census and now there have been more cycle routes created from my ward to Cambridge city. In improving the cycle routes, creation of more cycle signs on cycle routes/lanes will prevent cars or vehicles driving on cycle routes. Reduce more roads to 20 mph to reduce speed and protect cyclists from being knocked down.

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.