Elections

2015 South Cambridgeshire District Council election: Milton

Summary: 2015 elections to South Cambridgeshire District Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Christine SMITH  (Conservative Party)
  • Hazel SMITH  (Liberal Democrat)
  • John WILSON  (UK Independence Party)
  • Alison WOOD  (Labour Party)

Questions for Milton 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?

Christine SMITH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hazel SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John WILSON
(UK Independence Party)

I confirm my full support for this initiative. To me, the one guiding principle is keeping fit within an environment of fewer vehicles.

Alison WOOD
(Labour Party)

1. People need space for cycling.

The main road through Milton is atrocious:

+ not wide enough for two directions of traffice plus the 'cycle lanes' either side
+ not clear enough cycle lane markings anyway and it's badly surfaced
+ the road narrows at pedestrian crossings making it even more dangerous for cyclists
+ traffic speeds through particularly when avoiding hold-ups on the A10
+ will get worse as more homes built at Waterbeach

# Question 2

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

Christine SMITH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hazel SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John WILSON
(UK Independence Party)

Greater encouragement and improved facilities for children to cycle to school safely, (rather than using the "Chelsea Tractors"!) would be good for safety, fitness and the environment

Alison WOOD
(Labour Party)

Clearly signposted safer cycling routes to Milton Primary using residential side streets.

The footpath/cyclepath well-maintained with improved lighting along Butt Lane to Impington Village College, and another path built on the other side of the road for travel in the return direction.

The Guided Busway is good for getting to Cambridge Regional College.

# 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?

Christine SMITH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hazel SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John WILSON
(UK Independence Party)

My wife and I both have cycles and use them regularly. My youngest dsughter uses her cycle to in Newcastle get to and from University, although I do have worries, as the facilities in that city are poor by comparison with Cambridge

Alison WOOD
(Labour Party)

When I worked in Cambridge, I used to regularly cycle there from Histon, off the main road until the A14 roundabout and then along the main road. I later cycled to another job within the village. Once or twice I was cut-up by cars turning left into side roads barely a wheel in front of me. I am pleased that school pupils undertake Bikeability training. Having lost a younger cousin and later a village friend, both of whom were run over and killed by lorries whilst cycling on busy main roads, I think it's imperative that alleys and footpaths away from such routes are available for cyclists and pedestrians of all ages. Cyclists, pedestrians and scooter riders need to be visually and aurally aware of each other, so wearing music headphones whilst cycling or walking in public places should be avoided in order to cut down on collisions.

# Question 4

How would you improve the cycle route from Waterbeach to Cambridge?

Christine SMITH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hazel SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John WILSON
(UK Independence Party)

I have not had sufficient time to evaluate the options from waterbeach.

Alison WOOD
(Labour Party)

It depends on people's destinations. People cycling to the Science Park need the main road through Milton better defined for cyclists by resurfacing the cycle lane in red tarmac, then they can use the Coston bridge over the A14. Alternative routes are the riverside footpath from Clayhithe Bridge to Chesterton/Riverside or the road through Clayhithe, Horningsea & Fen Ditton to Newmarket Road. Making more using of droves and lanes away from the busiest routes for cars and heavy goods vehicles/buses could be a possibility.

# 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?

Christine SMITH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hazel SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John WILSON
(UK Independence Party)

The facilities for cycling in/from Milton have improved with the bridge over the A14 but further cycle paths could be added within the area and within the city quite easily to improve facilities for cyclists

Alison WOOD
(Labour Party)

I have cycled to and from Milton Country Park using the Coston bridge, Milton Road cycle paths and the Guided Busway. I think this is a good route, but there have been lots of road works which makes navigation by bike more tricky. Better signposting of off-main-road routes through housing estates and residential side streets would benefit safer cycling.

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.