Elections

2015 South Cambridgeshire District Council election: Sawston

Summary: 2015 elections to South Cambridgeshire District Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • David BARD  (Conservative Party)
  • Sophi BERRIDGE  (Green Party)
  • Mark TONER  (Labour Party)

Questions for Sawston 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?

David BARD
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sophi BERRIDGE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mark TONER
(Labour Party)

I support the principles outlined in the Making space for Cycling report. A particular area of engagement should be the continuation and expansion of "facilitating short cuts". Of which the current cycle routes and in particular the area between Stapleford and Great Shelford which connects to the 10,000 national cycle way DNA cycle way between Great Shelford and Cambridge needs to be extended. The current route presents numerous road obstacles for cyclists as high lighted in the "making space" report and a short cut would be instrumental in addressing these issues.

# Question 2

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

David BARD
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sophi BERRIDGE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mark TONER
(Labour Party)

The introduction of further space for cycling paths. lower speeds in built up areas and the reduction of parked cars, especially in busier traffic routes and roads near to schools. I would certainly try to make cycling safer for parents and youngsters on the way to school. I would also look to introduce raised zebra crossing outside schools as this would facilitate a reduction in speed from all traffic users when near schools.

# 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?

David BARD
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sophi BERRIDGE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mark TONER
(Labour Party)

My family regularly cycles, with my wife commuting to addenbrookes hospital by bike, and my son often cycling to School. I myself commute on occasion but not enough and am more of a family leisure cyclist. Again a main concern is the room for cyclists on the streets. The introduction of more dedicated marked cycle lanes and independent cycle routes and reducing "mixing" to a safe minimum would be a benefit to all. Again raised zebra crossings near schools would lead to a reduction in speed at these crossing points.

# 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?

David BARD
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sophi BERRIDGE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mark TONER
(Labour Party)

The currently the lack of a connecting cycle route from Sawston to Cambridge between Stapleford and Great Shelford is a problem. A new short cut to the DNA cycle way between Great Shelford and Cambridge from Stapleford needs to be introduced to improve the cycle way to Sawston. The current route in these villages presents numerous road obstacles for cyclists, a short cut would be instrumental in addressing these issues. I would also improve the amount of cycle parking at Whittlesford parkway and Shelford train stations as part of improved commuter facilities and also look to improve cycle facilities available on trains for commuter's if possible.

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.