Elections

2016 Cambridge City Council Election: King's Hedges

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council May 2016
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2016
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • David CORN  (UK Independence Party)
  • Angela DITCHFIELD  (Green Party)
  • Nigel GAWTHROPE  (Labour Party)
  • Anette KARIMI  (Conservative Party)
  • Hugh NEWSAM  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for King's Hedges 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?

David CORN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Angela DITCHFIELD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nigel GAWTHROPE
(Labour Party)

Yes, I support the guide, though on balance I think it's easier to apply it in the design of new developments rather than redesigning Kings Hedges. I would like to see much more investment in providing good cycleways along the lines of the Dutch model.I would also like to see improvements in the general maintenance of pavements and road surfaces.There are far too many hazards for pedestrians and cyclists at the moment caused by the lack of maintenance and poor condition of the highways

Anette KARIMI
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hugh NEWSAM
(Liberal Democrat)
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?

David CORN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Angela DITCHFIELD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nigel GAWTHROPE
(Labour Party)

At primary level we need to give parents confidence that older primary children have safe routes to school, either for walking or cycling. Parking congestion outside schools also needs to be addressed. The Arbury Road Cycle Improvement plans should help improve safety along what is a key route to Cambridge North Academy for many pupils and also access for some to preschool and two primary schools. I also strongly support cycle training in schools for children

Anette KARIMI
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hugh NEWSAM
(Liberal Democrat)
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?

David CORN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Angela DITCHFIELD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nigel GAWTHROPE
(Labour Party)

I'm afraid the only cycling I do is my daily commute to work, which is in the city centre. I do this for speed and convenience.I don't often use my car to come into the city centre, I invariably use public transport. When I do cycle to work one thing that annoys me though is other cyclists and pedestrians wearing headphones, oblivious to their surroundings and a hazard to other road users

Anette KARIMI
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hugh NEWSAM
(Liberal Democrat)
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?

David CORN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Angela DITCHFIELD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nigel GAWTHROPE
(Labour Party)

Te City Council has done a good job providing additional cycle parking capacity in the city thus far but far more is needed, as my residents constantly tell me. With cuts to council budgets , we need to engage with the business community and encourage businesses to invest in cycle racks for their customer and employees. The redevelopment of Park Street car park is also an excellent opportunity to provide improved cycle parking in the city centre. Getting bikes off streets(eg locked to railings) also helps pedestrians and disabled people to navigate what can often be narrow and obstructive pavements

Anette KARIMI
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hugh NEWSAM
(Liberal Democrat)
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?

David CORN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Angela DITCHFIELD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nigel GAWTHROPE
(Labour Party)

There are construction sites all over the city, so disruption is hard to avoid. Developers need clear construction site management plans, to sign up to the Considerate Constructor scheme and good co-ordination with both County and City Councils. Safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists must be prioritised when roads and pavements are narrowed or obstructed.

Anette KARIMI
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hugh NEWSAM
(Liberal Democrat)
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?

David CORN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Angela DITCHFIELD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nigel GAWTHROPE
(Labour Party)

Kings Hedges was planned with lots of green space and to be a highly permeable area on foot or cycle so there are many cut throughs, turns and blind alleys. If individual examples are raised, I would work with our County Councillor to see what could be done. Arbury Road is also narrow which makes it hard for users of non-standard cycles

Anette KARIMI
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hugh NEWSAM
(Liberal Democrat)
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?

David CORN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Angela DITCHFIELD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nigel GAWTHROPE
(Labour Party)

I think the plans for Mitchams Corner have to achieve a high quality public space that isn't hostile to pedestrians and cyclists as is now the case, so I would like to see what can be done here. Roundabouts are generally not good for any but the most confident cyclists.

Anette KARIMI
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hugh NEWSAM
(Liberal Democrat)
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?

David CORN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Angela DITCHFIELD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nigel GAWTHROPE
(Labour Party)

In Kings Hedges there are localised problems: 1.student parking for CRC since the college brought in a charge for parking on site and 2. the development of Cambridge North railway station, which will may well cause future commuter parking in roads close by (for Kings Hedges ward this might mean Lovell Road,Kings Hedges Road, Ramsden Square and possibly even into Woodhead Drive).
Otherwise the main parking problems for residents in Kings Hedges arise from inconsiderate parking and congestion around schools at drop off and pick up time, or parking/driving on grass verges/green spaces and sometimes on pavements and not for commuter parking. Labour ward councillors are tackling grass verge parking through TRO's on Campkin Road, Kings Hedges Road and Ramsden Square. Overall I would only support the introduction of new resident parking schemes where residents request them to address a specific issue.

Anette KARIMI
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Hugh NEWSAM
(Liberal Democrat)
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.