Elections

2016 Cambridge City Council Election: Cherry Hinton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council May 2016
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2016
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Eric BARRETT-PAYTON  (Conservative Party)
  • Jamie DALZELL  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Rob DRYDEN  (Labour Party)
  • Richard JEFFS  (UK Independence Party)
  • Caitlin PATTERSON  (Green Party)

Questions for Cherry Hinton ward candidates (8 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?

Eric BARRETT-PAYTON
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

I do support the guide produced, I think it provides a well-researched and credible document that should help city planners in their considerations. For me, I think the first principle “People need space for cycling” is most relevant to Cherry Hinton; our two main routes Cherry Hinton Road and Queen Edith’s Way both lack space for cyclists which lead to conflicts with both pedestrians and motorists.

Rob DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

I know the Cambridge Cycling Campaign has created a guild to best-practice called Making Space For Cycling and I support this.One of the princples in the guild could be home zones where some of our streets would give priority to people over vehiclpes

Richard JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

I do not fully support the guide as I feel that there are more pressing issues for local authorities to address and space is already limited, especially in the city centre. Despite investment only being around £20 per head per year in Cambridge, the death-trap "floating" bus stops and overly generous new cycle lanes do not really help in an already congested city. I do agree that cyclists and motor vehicles should only mix at low traffic speeds and volumes.

Caitlin PATTERSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 2

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

Eric BARRETT-PAYTON
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

The lack of cycling routes clearly has a major impact on pupils travelling to and from Netherhall. Queen Edith’s Way lacks any protected space for cyclists and we should consider using the space currently taken by grass verges to provide the cycle lanes needed to protect our young people. Greater protection at the Robin Hood junction and the Fendon Road Roundabout, both key routes, should also be sought.

Rob DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

Parents should be discouraged from taking and picking up their kids from school by car.

Richard JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

I feel that children are safe at the moment. We must ensure that the Green Cross Code is taught, cycling proficiency lessons are laid-on, lollipop ladies are employed at crossings and free school buses are provided to and from the Park & Ride sites.

Caitlin PATTERSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Eric BARRETT-PAYTON
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

I myself cycle to and from work almost every day and currently ride a recumbent tricycle (the lazy-boy of British cycling). The Ant is a bit wider than normal bikes and therefore it has highlighted access issues to me (discussed later).

My partner commutes between Suffolk, but has a conventional bike for evenings and weekends around Cambridge.

Although we do not have kids, I am a school governor and Cheney is a teacher and therefore we are both acutely aware of the scrapes younger cyclists can get themselves into. Young cyclists can lack experience and, sometimes, consideration or common sense. It is therefore very important that we have safe cycle paths along key routes to schools.

Rob DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

I personally don't cycle very much because of a back condition that prevents me but my wife cycles a lot because she does not drive. Her main complaints is potholes and some of the bad behaviour from motorists.

Richard JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

My concern is that cycling is not inclusive as it requires a certain level of fitness and ability. it could be described as a sport as well as a mode of transport and people should be discouraged from using the public highways as a gym for everyone's safety, especially elderly pedestrians.

Caitlin PATTERSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

Secure cycle parking has been fixed in the short term at Cambridge Railway Station but is still a major problem for people travelling to work or to shop in the city centre. Where do you think that additional cycle parking can be provided in the city centre?

Eric BARRETT-PAYTON
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

Regarding the city centre, I understand that there have already been extensive searches performed but that the only feasible option currently identified by Council officers is the further extension of the bike park facilities Lion Yard. It is disappointing that the City Council has not developed this project more quickly, and they clearly need to consider opportunities for other areas in all future planning.

With such limitations in our historic city centre, I would also be keen to see the Council working more closely with local businesses to encourage and support better cycle parking for employees (which could help to take pressure away from existing public facilities).

Rob DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

I know the council has provided lots more secure cycle parking over the last few years but as more people take to their bikes we need more. The best way to identify additional cycle parking would be for the Council and the Cambridge Cycling Campaign to work together.

Richard JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

The Grand Arcade car park was a mistake. It has caused chronic congestion on Trumpington Road, Tennis Court Road and Downing Street thus crippling the Trumpington Park & Ride service. The basement could be a guided bus underground station, the ground floor would make a great combined disabled badge holder and secure cycle parking facility and the remaining floors could be a mix of social housing and premium apartments providing additional revenue for the council.

Caitlin PATTERSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

Recent construction in the city, such as on Abbey Street, Milton Road and at the University Arms have closed routes or removed cycle space. What would you do to ensure that cycle routes remain open and safe as construction grows the city?

Eric BARRETT-PAYTON
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

I think the ‘Making Space for Cycling’ report provides a great guide for city planners on issues to be considered for cyclists. Obviously, the Planning Committee should consider the transport implications before approving new developments and planning applications should reflect this with additional information about short-term and long-term impacts. The Council then needs to be able to review such applications in the context of accurate data regarding travel patterns for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

In the longer-term, we need to ensure that we use inter-connected street layouts which provide some flexibility and help reduce troublesome bottlenecks in the transport network.

Rob DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

As in my last answer, it is working together so the Council, Cambridge Cycling Campaign and the contractors should work on prioritising the needs of pedestrians and cyclists when building and road works are been done.

Richard JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

I would like to see motorised transport consigned to tunnels in the centre in the future.

Caitlin PATTERSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

Cycle routes which are narrow and involves sharp turns and chicanes make routes difficult or impossible for users of tricycles, handcycles and cargo bikes, impairing accessibility for the most vulnerable. Can you think of anywhere in your ward that is difficult to use on a non-standard cycle and what will you do to improve it?

Eric BARRETT-PAYTON
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

As mentioned, I ride a recumbent trike which does present its own accessibility issues. Around Cherry Hinton, the ‘shared’ pavement on Cherry Hinton Road is particularly difficult as it’s very narrow in places but the road can be quite hazardous with heavy vehicles not leaving much room for an intrepid trike. Making changes to such a key route would not be easy, but cycle lanes on both sides should be considered to improve safety for the long-term.

Rob DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

The cycle lanes on the High Street but these problems should be sorted out as we are having works carried soon.

Richard JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

The mini-roundabouts in Cherry Hinton are a bit tight. I would introduce shared spaces, similar to Exhibition Road in London, with a 10MPH speed limit. Gatso speed cameras are ineffective below 30MPH but average speed systems are.

Caitlin PATTERSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

Protected junctions where pedestrian and bicycle traffic are fully separated from motorised traffic have been proposed by Cambridge Cycling Campaign for the Milton Road / Elizabeth Way junction. Which junctions do you think would benefit from this safety improvement within the Cambridge area?

Eric BARRETT-PAYTON
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

Robin Hood Junction could be significant improved by adding protections to the Junction (especially for those turning right along Queen Edith’s way). Additional separated cycle lanes around Fendon Roundabout would also provide significant improvements for the local community.

Rob DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

I don't know all the areas of Cambridge which might have problems but an area where I have witnessed is the roundabout where Fen Causeway meets Trumpington Road.

Richard JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

If it is unsafe for cyclists to proceed, they should dismount and continue on foot. We are spending hundreds of thousands on cycling "improvements" whilst potholes are appearing left, right and centre and street lighting seems constantly under threat compromising community safety.

Caitlin PATTERSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 8

Residential streets used by commuters to park all day for free increases traffic on already congested roads. This has an impact on cycle safety. It also means that residents of those streets may not be able to park cars outside or even near their own homes during the daytime. How would you solve this problem?

Eric BARRETT-PAYTON
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

Parking restrictions are the most obvious choice and should be considered when the local community requests them. However, this will often just move the problem and not address the underlying cause.

I think it is key to work with local employers to address the root cause of the issue by getting more people to use other forms of transport. The ARM bus from the Cambridge station is a good example of a local company helping to reduce congestion; I believe the City Council should encourage and support companies in doing this.

A key improvement for Cherry Hinton could come through the proposed train station at Addenbrookes. We must work with the local residents and employers to ensure that we can maximise the impact by providing easy, cheap routes from the station to the rest of South Cambridge. This obviously would include improvements to the surrounding cycling network.

Rob DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

I think in these areas the residents must take the lead and the council must work with them to help and solve the problems.

Richard JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

As before, the city is suffering from chronic congestion. We need public transport to be an economical and effective alternative to driving in the city. To do this, we need to go underground and cut fares.

Caitlin PATTERSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

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.