Elections

2015 South Cambridgeshire District Council election: Orwell & Barrington

Summary: 2015 elections to South Cambridgeshire District Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Ian SHARP  (Conservative Party)
  • David SMITH  (Green Party)
  • Turlough STONE  (Labour Party)
  • Aidan VAN DE WEYER  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Orwell & Barrington 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?

Ian SHARP
(Conservative Party)

I support anyone who wants to bike more often, this guide gives some serious thought to how it can be implemented better .The report makes many good suggestions however I think the un-connected housing plan would make more sense if it was connected by cycle ways between the streets then residents can have safer cul de sacs for children to play in without the through traffic of the connected plan .

David SMITH
(Green Party)

I fully support this guide and feel that, especially in rural areas such as mine, it is very important to provide good quality off-road cycle routes to encourage more people to make more use of their cycles.

Turlough STONE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Aidan VAN DE WEYER
(Liberal Democrat)

Making Space For Cycling is a marvellously clear framework for designing cycling into new developments, and I fully support it. Even in the best of the new areas of Cambridge, many of the principles that it proposes are not implemented at all well, as I consistently argue on the JDCC.

There might well be a new housing estate of 220 houses built soon in the ward. If it is passed, I will argue for Making Space For Cycling to be applied.

# Question 2

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

Ian SHARP
(Conservative Party)

More cycle ways , HI Vis patches , the opportunity for some guidance at school on how to cycle safely

David SMITH
(Green Party)

Traffic calming measures and 20mph speed limits around schools at times when children are arriving/ leaving

Turlough STONE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Aidan VAN DE WEYER
(Liberal Democrat)

In both Orwell and Barrington, the greatest source of danger is currently the inconsiderate parking of cars by parents to drop children off. In both cases, there is much that could be done to reduce the speed of motor traffic. Improvements to cycling facilities would reduce the amount of parking as more children cycle, but the space for very safe facilities is limited and the reality is that only consistent enforcement of parking restrictions will help this. I am currently looking into whether decriminalisation of parking enforcement might enable this.

# 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?

Ian SHARP
(Conservative Party)

I found commuting into Cambridge ( when I lived in Haslingfield ) to be a treacherous affair , whether you are young or old more cycle ways would help keep cyclists safer and also keep them off the road which can be a problem for drivers too

David SMITH
(Green Party)

All members of my family use cycles regularly, I even do most of the family's shopping by bike ! My children are safe and confident cyclists because I spent a lot of time teaching them in their early years. I found the right of way through Wimpole Hall grounds provided a traffic-free, safe, environment for training and would always encourage other parents to spend time with their children in such an area.

Turlough STONE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Aidan VAN DE WEYER
(Liberal Democrat)

I commute by bike to Cambridge almost every day. My children have regularly cycled to school since they learned to ride. And we all make short journeys by bike where we can. Indeed, we just about manage with one car between us, borrowing another on occasion.

I can cope fairly well on all but the busiest roads, but I much prefer dedicated space for cycling. One of my children is pretty good on her own on the quieter roads around the village, but my other only goes accompanied. If there was proper space for cycling he would be fine.

# 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?

Ian SHARP
(Conservative Party)

I d like to see the each village connected to Foxton and Shepreth train stations

David SMITH
(Green Party)

The A10 Campaign will, hopefully, provide a good route from Royston to Cambridge along the A10. Orwell and Barrington residents might find it convenient to use the A603, which is relatively quiet and safe until the junctions to the east of Barton, which could certainly be improved in the interests of cyclists !

Turlough STONE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Aidan VAN DE WEYER
(Liberal Democrat)

I have often made this very point about the high levels of cycle commuting here, only to be told by our current leadership that commuter cycling cannot make a significant contribution to reducing congestion.

From Barrington, there are several routes, all with pros and cons. I go to Barton on the road and then use the cycle path into town. Some people use Cantaloupe Farm, but you need to get permission from the landowner, which is a pity as otherwise the route is good. The route along the A10 avoids the hill and the new Trumpington Meadows path is quite good, but there is no way of avoiding Harston, where you are either have to brave the 50-odd blind driveways on the shared-use path or get hassled by drivers on the main carriageway. The Cycling City Ambition grant should help solve this. We can then get better links from the A10 spine to the villages.

From Orwell, it is much worse. One option is to use the A603, which has no path for most of its length and is very hostile. I do know at least one resident who commutes to Cambridge everyday along the A603. Others come to Barrington and then use one of the routes mentioned above, but this adds to the length of the ride. The A603 should really have a good, wide shared use path along it. There is plenty of room in the verge. I hope one day to see this happen.

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.