Elections

Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Bar Hill

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Mark ARGENT  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Helene GREEN  (UK Independence Party)
  • Lynda HARFORD  (Conservative Party)
  • Stuart HILPERT  (Labour Party)
  • Teal RILEY  (Green Party)

Questions for Bar Hill division candidates (5 questions)

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# Question 1

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 for yourself?

Mark ARGENT
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle most days: for most purposes it is the easiest way to get around in the Cambridge area.

For the most part, Cambridge is bike-friendly, but I am concerned that children and older people, moving less quickly, are more vulnerable to problems with traffic, so it is good to have cycle routes away from heavy traffic. A good cycle route into Cambridge from Bar Hill is needed.

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)

For many years I cycled to work from Thriplow to Addenbrookes Hospital - 15 miles each day. Eventually, I had to give up because of wear on my knees. I continued on two wheels because I bought a small motorcycle which helped greatly on the hills. My son was a concern because he had several accidents when he collided with both a car and a motorcycle. In those days we wore no safety helmets and he had no official training in road awareness or rules. I fully support formal training for young cyclists which I have seen taking place today. One criticism of today's cyclists is that many do not have or use bells.

Lynda HARFORD
(Conservative Party)

I do not cycle. I have never owned a bike. I have no family living with me or anywhere in Cambridgeshire. I am always meaning to get a bike but somehow never get round to it. I would be nervous about cycling on road

Stuart HILPERT
(Labour Party)

I cycle to work approximately once a week if the weather is good (approx 7 mile trip through Bar Hill, Dry Drayton, Madingley).

Teal RILEY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 2

What challenges do people face in your area that prevent them from cycling, especially children and those using cycling as a mobility aid, and how will you address them?

Mark ARGENT
(Liberal Democrat)

Part of the answer is a park and ride facility for traffic along the Huntingdon road. We also need a decent interchange at the junction of Girton Rd and Huntingdon Rd for bikes heading into the North West Cambridge site.

As above, a good, car-free, cycle way from Bar Hill into Cambridge would help.

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Lynda HARFORD
(Conservative Party)

My division has some new cycling facilities and is due to get others some time in the future. There is certainly demand for more facilities. I am working on trying to get forward funding if at all possible. There are also safety concerns for Girton residents accessing the University primary school and other residents will need improved crossing facilities when Sainsbury opens and they also wish to access community facilities that will be available on the NWCD. I am working with residents, the university and county officers to find a resolution.

Stuart HILPERT
(Labour Party)

In Bar Hill there are not many cycling paths. On the circular route alongside the road that goes around the village there is not any path at all in many places. I believe this puts some people off cycling around the village, as they do not wish to cycle on the road - many cars come around the bends very fast which can be scary for even experienced cyclists.

There is also not a proper bike path leading to the next village (Dry Drayton), this I believe discourages people from going further afield on their bikes. The only path available is a narrow stony pedestrian path which would be almost impossible for those using cycling as a mobility aid.

Teal RILEY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

Which aspects of current City Deal proposals do you support, and what additional measures which have not been officially proposed do you think should be explored?

Mark ARGENT
(Liberal Democrat)

Personally I think we things like free park and ride, and a light railway, both of which reduce the total amount of traffic. From the cyclist's perspective things like gating and road closures are mixed blessings because they can make traffic more dangerous at bottlenecks.

I would also like to see facilities for hiring bikes — notably at park and ride car parks and the station — to tip the balance further in the direction of cycling

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Lynda HARFORD
(Conservative Party)

I am particularly supportive of the proposal for greenways. Many of ,SCambs's villages will benefit if these are taken forward.

Stuart HILPERT
(Labour Party)

Bar Hill/Madingley seems to have been left out of Greenways proposal, would like to see this addressed to provide a safer cycle route.

Teal RILEY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

Which junctions in your area need to be improved to increase safety for people cycling, and how what can be done to fix them?

Mark ARGENT
(Liberal Democrat)

Overall Bar Hill is relatively good, because it was designed with cars in mind. The big bottlenecks are the fact that Lolworth and Bar Hill are mainly accessed via the A14 which is not good for bikes. In the near future, the important campaign needs to be over the Girton Rd/Huntingdon Rd interchange. I'm particularly concerned at how this will work for the North West Cambridge site, but there is already a problem with crossing the Huntingdon Rd.

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Lynda HARFORD
(Conservative Party)

I have concerns about the safety of cyclists turning right at the Eddington /Huntingdon Roadjunction. The possibility of an alternative crossing is being discussed which may help somewhat but other improvements may also need investigation.

Stuart HILPERT
(Labour Party)

No specific answer for this.

Teal RILEY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

What measures would you support to boost cycle commuting into Cambridge? For instance, the City Deal Greenways proposal, reuse of old railway alignments, or new bridges over main roads?

Mark ARGENT
(Liberal Democrat)

In the Bar Hill division this would be a cycle way from Bar Hill — perhaps done by upgrading footpaths from Lolworth to Bar Hill to Dry Drayton and on to Cambridge.

I am also thinking about a cycle route from Welbrooke Way to Thornton Way, and the potential for extending this to provide an alternative to cycling along the Huntingdon Rd

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Lynda HARFORD
(Conservative Party)

I have already said that I support the greenways proposal. I am keen to see anything that improves cycling facilities for SCambs villages particularly those with very poor bus services. Consideration should be given to new cycling facilities whenever any new road infrastructure projects are being planned.

Stuart HILPERT
(Labour Party)

I would absolutely support safer and more direct cycling routes into Cambridge. The current cycling route from Bar Hill to Cambridge is two miles longer than going to the same destination by car - as camcycle notes the commuting figures are very low from Bar Hill and this is probably a big reason for that. The Greenways proposal does not seem to address this issue though?

It is the poor surfaces (path and road) and fast traffic, as well as the long and indirect route to the city centre which needs addressing. Perhaps something which could be integrated into the nearby Northstowe development?

Teal RILEY
(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.