Elections

Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Cottenham & Willingham

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Colin COE  (Green Party)
  • Neil GOUGH  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Mike MASON  (Independent)
  • Alex TILEY  (Labour Party)
  • Timothy WOTHERSPOON  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Cottenham & Willingham 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?

Colin COE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Neil GOUGH
(Liberal Democrat)

We are all active cyclists. I am cycle for pleasure and to get around the village and into town. Cycling is my primary form of outdoor exercise and recreational activity. I have ridden London to Paris for MacMillan Cancer Relief. I have also ridden the Cape Argus in South Africa and the Welsh Etape. My paramount concern for all cyclists is safety and the provision of safe cycling routes.

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alex TILEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

Cycling is my principal mode of transport. For longer journeys I take a bicycle on the train.

This probably makes me quite an assertive cyclist. Youngsters and the elderly often tell me they prefer off-road tracks.

# 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?

Colin COE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Neil GOUGH
(Liberal Democrat)

We have a particular issue in Cottenham, Rampton and Willingham in that the provision of safe cycling routes is very poor and this is exacerbated by traffic on our roads that makes cycling very daunting. I will be pushing for investment in safe cycle routes that connection our villages to core facilities (Cambridge North railway station, guided bus). At the moment, these just do not exist.

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alex TILEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

I know you guys want us to go Dutch, and I can see the merits. I am more comfortable with shared space, however, than you all seem to be. On the other hand, there is an "if we build it they will come" element to providing safe and appealing cycleways. The Netherlands undoubtedly made a positive choice a generation ago to build comprehensive cycling infrastructure and the results are there for all to see.

One of my regular challenges is good changing facilities at the destination. The prospect of a decent shower at the end means it doesn't really matter how wet or cold the journey turns out to be.

# 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?

Colin COE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Neil GOUGH
(Liberal Democrat)

My concern with the City Deal is that the villages north of the A14 have largely been forgotten. This disparity is particularly egregious with respect to provision for cyclists. I want to increase the emphasis on sustainability north of the city. The proposed housing developments in our villages are simply unsustainable given the current provision of public transportation and cycling options. Our villages need a stronger voice pushing for provision for cyclists.

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alex TILEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

I have been a member of the City Deal Joint Assembly from the beginning (apart from a short break), and was vice-chairman for a time. My views are recorded in the minutes.

While I am strongly in favour of things like the Royston to Cambridge cycleway and the Chisholm Train, I am uncomfortable about spending City Deal money on cycleways when there is so much other government funding available for them, and our county council cycling team is so proficient about bidding for grants whenever they are offered. City Deal money, in my opinion, should be spent tackling the "too hard to tackle" problems that we have been putting off for too long. That said, I like the Greenways initiative, but as always the details count. See my answer to question 5.

I am also very enthusiastic about the Smarter Cambridge initiative, using big data to make optimum use of existing transport networks.

# 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?

Colin COE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Neil GOUGH
(Liberal Democrat)

The main issues are specific routes. Beach Road to Landbeach and Oakington Road are particularly dangerous routes for cyclists due to excessive speed and HGV traffic. The only real solution is to invest in safe cycling routes.

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alex TILEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

I read "Making Space for Cycling" when it first came out. I have engaged the Cambridge Cycling Campaign and other cycling organisations very closely in the Design Code work at Northstowe, and I will continue doing so there and at the other major new settlements. In my opinion the cycle track alongside the Busway is a prime example of living well in the twenty-first century.

The main traffic complaint in this division is the speed of traffic on the B1050 and the alternative route via Rampton and Cottenham. There have been several attempts at traffic calming over the years but we haven't quite cracked it yet.

There are not all that many junctions. I guess the one that makes me least comfortable is the right turn from High Street to Lambs Lane. The Oakington Road Rampton Road junction is a bit tight in the morning peak. There is a proposal to double the diameter of the roundabout, but this raises heritage and welfare concerns relating to the almshouses.

# 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?

Colin COE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Neil GOUGH
(Liberal Democrat)

It is quite simple for residents in our villages. Cycling just needs to be made safer along the key routes. . That has to be addressed, otherwise the consequence will be a vicious circle of ever increasing car traffic that further deters cycling through exacerbating the risks.

Mike MASON
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Alex TILEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

I am generally sympathetic with the greenways project, but they need to be done to high standards, especially width. The running surface needs to be carefully thought through too: beaten earth turns to mud in winter; road planings are uncomfortable; and blacktop is considered obtrusive in the countryside.

Also, just as orbital bus routes would save passengers from unnecessarily crossing Cambridge, some orbital cycle routes would aid linkages between villages.

Good connectivity with Cambridge North station, as well as good accessibility (and plenty of cycle parking) at a new station at Addenbrooke's, would all help increase the appeal of cycling, at least for part of the daily commute.

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.