Elections

Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Cambourne

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Gavin CLAYTON  (Labour Party)
  • Peter HEDGES  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Mark HOWELL  (Conservative Party)
  • Marcus PITCAITHLY  (Green Party)

Questions for Cambourne 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?

Gavin CLAYTON
(Labour Party)

I cycle 1 or 2 times per week to work from Cambourne to Cambridge city centre. I also use cycle ways in Cambourne and enjoy cycling around neighbouring villages. I also support TAG bikes in Huntingdon Community Centre and CAmCycle...if you don't already promote their scheme you really ought to.

Peter HEDGES
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle in Cambridge more or less everyday and my daughter cycles to School in Cambourne daily. In Herbert our cycling experience as a family is good but I am aware of the continuing need to ensure that cycycle facilities are managed and developed as a priority

Mark HOWELL
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Marcus PITCAITHLY
(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?

Gavin CLAYTON
(Labour Party)

Lack of designated cycle lanes that separate or distinguish cycle friendly routes. Where they do exist they are often in poor state of repair and do not link up clearly. They are also seldom comparable with cycles and mobility scooters used by those in our communities with impaired mobility. Dropped kerbs suddenly cease to exist and existing cycle ways are nearly wide enough for two standard bikes to pass let alone a trike. We need to link up Parish, District and County Councils with cycling organisations for an integrated strategy WITH action plan and timetable for investment.

Peter HEDGES
(Liberal Democrat)

Cambourne itself is a good environmentry for cyclists but this is not necessarily the case for the whole of Cambourne.division as this includes a wide rural area. I am keen to ensure that the needs for cyclists are properly taken into account in the ongoing development of Cambourne, for example that plans for Cambourne West and the planned dedicated bus route to Cambridge.

Mark HOWELL
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Marcus PITCAITHLY
(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?

Gavin CLAYTON
(Labour Party)

I agree with the letter CamCycle have sent https://www.camcycle.org.uk/images/blog/design_guide_jan2017.pdf relating to overall Design Guide consultation.
I strongly support ( and would benefit myself) from the radial route proposal, but am not sure that Cambourne residents are being included as a high enough priority given the current and growing housing numbers and accompanying threats of congestion.

Peter HEDGES
(Liberal Democrat)

I am a member of Cambourne Parish Council ando proposed the Council'services position that our residents needs will be best met through a rapid service to Cambridge, but that the route to deliver this service should be designed to minimise any negative I. Pacts on the communities through which the route will pass.

Mark HOWELL
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Marcus PITCAITHLY
(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?

Gavin CLAYTON
(Labour Party)

Exit of Upper Cambourne onto Bourn road is still awkward due to builders fences. There needs to be warning signs for traffic that cycles may be crossing. There is no dropped kerb there either which forces cyclists onto the road.
Ermine St cycle way junction has poor visibility. Perhaps hedge could be lowered?
Coton turn off if using pavement is a faff and often blocked by cars queuing to turn onto Madingley Road. A keep Clear box would help maybe?
The lane changes etc around West Cambridge University development site is a mess, confusing and dangerous. I presume it will be ok when finished, but interim measures have at times been very bad.
StJohns Chophouse turning and development around Ketttles Yard is always dangerous.

Peter HEDGES
(Liberal Democrat)

Most junctions within Cambourne are reasonable for cyclists and the most urgent need for changes at Bridge Streetc junction have now been implummeted. Gathered us a more urgent need to prioritise pedestrian crossings than improvements for cyclists that are fairly well served by dedicated cycle routes.

Mark HOWELL
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Marcus PITCAITHLY
(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?

Gavin CLAYTON
(Labour Party)

All of the above. We need more clearly defined routes for cycles that don't force you into traffic, off your bike or up and down raised kerbs.

Peter HEDGES
(Liberal Democrat)

Ideally there should be a dedicated, off road, cycle route but this must be balanced against the wider environmental impacts of the route

Mark HOWELL
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Marcus PITCAITHLY
(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.