Elections

2016 Cambridge City Council Election: Trumpington

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council May 2016
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2016
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Donald ADEY  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Ceri GALLOWAY  (Green Party)
  • Nick GAY  (Labour Party)
  • Shapour MEFTAH  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Trumpington 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?

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes.... Trumpington Rd needs off road cycle paths throughout.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

The document “Makng Space for Cycling” is excellent and thorough piece of work and offers a very comprehensive approach for supporting any prospective councilor to be better informed about these issues. I am already aware of many of the issues raised in this document as lifelong cyclist and none driver. However there is lot of useful information on technical issues e.g. suitable parking racks and ways of thinking about solutions. The issue that this document addresses that is relevant to Trumpington is reduction in congestion. We suffer from increasing congestion due to the new developemnts in Trumpingotn in an area where congestion is already a problem making access to and from Cambridge by road for nessessary car journeys and unsafe for road cyclists it's helpful that we are well provided with cycle paths.Though the developements are far form completed with a quadrupling in the number of people living in the area by 2017 (currently we have doubled in size) cycling is an important strategy to reduce congestion on the roads as well as reducing pollution. The infrastructure in the new development and the guided busway cycle path have brought us closer to a Dutch style provision for cycling. However there are still many areas were we would benefit from a more joined up approach and I would keen to see more priority in cycle provision and new links made in the area around Porson Road and Long Road. We also need to promote cycling to local people and support them to use the provision better. I think discussing the blocks to cycling with local people and responding to their concerns in perspective, looking at making it safer to use areas without cycle paths, while improving links between badly served areas and demonstrating that cycling can be integrated with the public transport use would be a great help.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Although Cambridge is regarded as the cycling capital of the UK we should not be complacent as there is a great deal to be done to create better provision for cyclists and pedestrians. “Making Space for Cycling” is an excellent guide for improving cycling infrastructure but should not be regarded as an exclusive guide as there is much to be gained by also using the SUSTRANS “Handbook for Cycle Friendly Design” as a complementary design guide. I fully support segregated cycle ways and would like to see them introduced on the re-configured Milton Road and Histon Road. I also think “floating bus stops” are of benefit for all road users and believe they are now operating successfully on Huntingdon Road and Hills Road.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative 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?

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Enforcement of parking restrictions round schools.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Many parents are rightly fearful of allowing their children cycle to school when the route is not ideal for parents and children cycling together or older children cycling alone. So starting with a really thorough city wide consultation of parents and children about what would help them in their ward to get them onto their bikes, really taking on board what they say. One solution for parents who have multiple drops to have cycle meeting places for children to cycle together to school. Second starting point could be to research which school catchment areas could be made safer for cycling to school starting with the simplist solutions in areas where children are most likely to increase cycling to school. Then to look at long term planning and prioritisation of more expensive remedies. Setting up a schedules of targets to make at least one major improvement per year.

Additionally exploring solutions in special areas such as assisting families to buy, maintain cycles and purchase appropriate, lights and waterproofs/warm clothing. Setting up a city wide roving team of cycle repair experts to advise and help parents and children lacking in confidence in cycle maintenance and cycling awareness. Supporting people on low incomes by directing them to grants for clothing and recycling of lost and abandoned cycles that are not reclaimed and grants.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

As I know from daily experience taking my son to St Matthews parents should be discouraged from transporting their children to school by car. It is great to see large numbers of children cycling, walking and using public transport to get to school but there are still too many children being dropped off from cars causing conflict and competition for space and danger to children as they arrive and leave school. I would like to see “no car zones” around schools as has been introduced in some towns. Extending the “Bikeability” schemes to children in the lower years at secondary schools should be considered.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative 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?

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

My partner cycles to work daily. I do for leisure.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

I have been cycling in Britain since 1981, travelling widely in the UK on holiday using public transport and bicycle. Some areas of the UK are much easier to cycle in than others and Trumpington Ward is well served by cycle paths by comparison with most other cities in UK.

When travelling abroad in Holland I enjoyed the ease and safety of cycling on dedicated cycle paths widely integrated into their transport system though I never got used to having priority, as cyclist to crossing roads while on cycle path. The need to ensure it is safe to cross a road ingrained by cycling on the UK roads meant I did a dance with confused motorists who waited to let me cross.

One of my concerns is that now the streets around the station are a no cycle parking zone it means that if the new cycle park does not suit your cycle parking needs you need to search further away for a parking space. On observation I found the new cycle park is difficult for people with cargo bikes, child carriers and 3 wheelers to find parking space, cycles with child extensions and for those with mobility difficulties and for people like myself who has difficulty lifting the bike on and off 2 tier racks creates concern about whether I can park on a given day. This means for some to ensure parking there is quite a long walk to the station from the side streets in order to access the railway station.

If we really want to tackle congestion and climate change by supporting cyclists to manage their work and family time and speed of access to the station we need to encourage a wider group of people to come by bike rather than car so the new cycle parking at the station has to be set up to cater for older people like myself, cyclists with disabilities or family groups.

Looking at the ground floor area dedicated to cycle parking for those with special needs, according to Abelio literature there is limited space if one is unable to find a parking space one has to push bikes up a ramp suitable only for standard bikes as there are no lifts to the upper floors. On the day I visited these steps were quite slippery which concerned me too. There were not any notices to identify this area as a dedicated space for those who might have difficulty accessing the 2nd and 3rd floor. This parking has Sheffield racks are very close together and double decker racks that are difficult to access unless you have a certain level of physical fitness. The Sheffield racks are too tightly packed and when the area is full has bikes they are falling across each other, blocking access for standard bikes let alone larger ones. There is no notice to tell cyclists these places are for people with special needs and it would be difficult to park a large cycle in this area due to layout, so it needs some rethinking.

To give examples of difficulties people might experience: For people like myself with arthritis in the joints of the spine in the area of the ribs, and in right elbow it’s difficult to lift the bikes on/off the double decker racks without causing stress on the spine and rib movement that is not recommended with this condition and causing pain. Another person I know with balance issues uses a 3 wheeler would have difficulty pushing a bike to level 2 on the ramp, another local cyclist with profound mobility issues would not be able to get to upper floor at all. My own solution is to take my bike on the train and park in Kings Cross where there is plenty of parking or cycle to my destination in London.

Friends with cargo child bikes would not be able to access the ground or upper floor space at all due to the size of their bikes and layout of grd floor and access issues.
So I’d work to see the ground floor dedicated to special needs and reorganised after consultation with them on layout and to see lifts installed to upper floors before the building is finished and it is too late. Lifts large enough to take 6 bikes or 2 cargo bikes at least. There is suitable space for this at present and contractors are still on site. There will not be enough specialist parking on the ground floor and having discussed this issue with a number of people they were all taken aback by the lack of planning at the early stage for provision of lifts.

Additionally there appears to be no secure provision for longer term storage while away on holiday similar to the provision provided by Station Cycles provided prior to redevelopment, which at £3 per week was an affordable price. This service meant that your bike was not only secure but not in the way of daily parking.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Cycling is central to my daily life and that of my family. I cycle about 60-70 miles a week (non recreational) and have done so for the 37 years that I have lived in Cambridge. In 1979 provision for cyclists was very poor and although things have improved it remains substandard. Segregation from motor traffic especially HGV is essential for safety and yet it is simply abandoned at the most hazardous places like Hill/Lensfield Rd, Hobson St. The £2M remodelling of this junction has not made things better in my experience. A big problem for planning of cycling provision is the dysfunctional dual authority with Cambridgeshire County Council – I am strongly in favour of Cambridge becoming a unitary council. The Tory proposal for a third tier with an Eastern Region Mayor is in my view bonkers and will make things worse.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative 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?

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Downing Lane.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

There has been considerable creative increase in extra parking in the city in the last year using previously unused before. It is getting easier to park in town but it’s still very difficult around the colleges and it would help if the university provided a parking space inside Colleges for all students. So that road side parking could be used by students, visitors and local people accessing entertainment and shopping in town.

However there is still a need for more city centre parking.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

The City Council has done a splendid job in providing additional cycle parking throughout the city centre but demand still far outstrips supply of secure places to park bikes. The viability of taking some of the car parking spaces in Lion Yard Car Park could be explored along with investigating a cycl cycle parking area under Market cycle parking facility under Market Square. Some spaces used for on street car parking should be changed to be used for cycle parking. Park Street Car Park should have expanded cycle parking provision.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative 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?

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Must be better taken into account at planning stage.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

I would hope we would always make sure planning officers and developers work together to consult local people about closure of routes and parking and plan ahead for alternative options. Communication could be improved and residents made to feel they are being heard too often people feel that consultation follows a decision that has already been made by developers and planners alike. A recent proposal to close a pedestrian route to the local school and main cycle route from the guided busway to the Foster Road was made however once people pointed out the disruption it would cause it was rerouted rather then closed. The initial proposal was presented as fait accompli which led to a great deal of anxiety for parents, allotment holders and cyclists and took up officer time, which could have been avoided if a different approach had been taken. I’d like to look at a change in consultation process and would raise this with officers and at planning and council meetings if elected.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

I know from painful experience about the cycling chaos at Abbey St/New St which has lasted for at least 3 years. Construction companies should prioritise the needs of cyclists and pedestrians over vehicles when roads are narrowed/ obstructed during when building work and road improvements are being undertaken. All construction companies should be required to be signed up for CLOCS before they are allowed to operate in the Cambridge area.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative 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?

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

To many to list. We need to simply work out a programme to improve all. Many more cargo bikes are being used around Trumpington.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Recently sharp turns on Shelford Road to clay farm cycle route has been marked with slow signs alerting cyclists to slow down on sharp bends. This issued raised by the Foster Road Allotment Committee which I am glad to be member of. This solution helps cyclists to know there is a problem ahead as well as reducing anxiety for pedestrians. This might be a solution for other parts of city where this arises however it needs local people to feel empowered to raise issues of concern in their wards and feel confident they will be responded to. Council officers seem happy to help where local citizens raise issues so I’d be happy to encourage locals to bring issues to the council officers similar to this. Citizen raised ideas are often the best solutions.

Also I would be happy to raise the facilitation of reconnaissance of the city by county and city officers for specialist groups and individuals to look at positive ways forward as well as supporting citizen to raised concerns to get them to respond quickly.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Paths that lead on to the guided busway from Long Rd need improvement as do new paths on estates like Trumpington Meadows some of which have not even been properly surfaced.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative 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?

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Again, your campaign had identified many. As a member, I would look to you for the most top risk ones to improve first.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

The junction at Long / Trumpington Road would benefit from having protected dedicated lines for pedestrian and cyclists to cross. At present to get across the junction from the cycle path towards Long Road or North Cottages we have to wait for 2 sets of lights unless you cycle on the main road which can be very busy rather than the cycle path.
Cycling form the town side of this junction towards Trumpington is confusing as there are side lanes for joining Long Road as well as the bus lane. It feels quite frightening with three lines of traffic to negotiate to get into the correct lane to cross onto the cycle path on the other side of the junction.

Another junction that would benefit is at the junction going into Brooklands Ave from Hills road and the from the station area. It’s very confusing for cyclists who are not drivers and unsafe as you have to cross from the wrong side of the road to get the pedestrian crossing to cross the junction safely to Brooklands Ave cycle path when coming from the station area. It would help to have a direct link for cycles to cross this junction into Brooklands Ave similar to the one at Newnham/ Barton Road thought that junction could be improved by making it clearer which the traffic light is for driver and cyclists. Also the corner from Brooklands Ave cycle path to Hills road to the Station needs dedicated cycle solutions too as there are many pedestrians on the pavement on this corner at times. So a solution for the crossing from other side of road could be used for cyclist leaving pavement for sole use of pedestrians.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

A junction which requires a radical improvement is the roundabout where Fen Causeway meets Trumpington Road. This major hazard for cyclists is a challenge for infrastructure designers to come up with a solution that will improve safety for all users.
Another local junction of concern is Hauxton Rd/Waitrose. Trumpington Labour are petitioning for the provision of a pedestrian crossing, cycle lanes and priority traffic lights here (see https://www.facebook.com/trumpingtonlabourparty/)

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative 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?

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

More cycle parking stands as put into Thoday St in Romsey last year.. Thanks to the then Lib Dem County Cllr.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Parking along cycle paths makes no sense as it blocks the pathway and where this takes place should be clearly sign posted as unacceptable even for delivery. The Coffee shop on Hills Road parked its van next to the crossing and on cycle path until pointed out to the manager now found better place in side road. Thoughtful planning of delivery arrangements needed when new shop built by planners, letting agents and companies before letting and enshrined in letting agreements.

Parking is quite Roads by none residents causes problems for residents and tradespeople and increase hazards for cyclists due to increase in poor parking and car door opening in an area where resident parking could be more stable. Resident parking permits and more robust charging for misuse of parking space would benefit residents. Along with increased ease in use of public transport for those getting to commuters and locals getting to work. Meaning those who need to drive in these areas due to disability, trades or complex family arrangements and carer would be able to use their cars more easily.

Special permits for trade’s people needing to park for employment such as plumbers and heating engineers etc. that are only for use with a work vehicle during work time.
All this would be resolutions i would promote.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Residents parking schemes or single yellow lines with one hour prohibited parking in the middle of the day are ways to solve the problem. But of course, residents need to be consulted on the measures that can be implemented in their areas.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

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