Elections

Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Histon & Impington

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Othman COLE  (Conservative Party)
  • Darren COTTERELL  (Green Party)
  • David JENKINS  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Beccy TALMY  (Labour Party)

Questions for Histon & Impington division candidates (6 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?

Othman COLE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

I commute by bicycle from Impington to Addenbrooke's Hospital 5 days a week on my Giant Roam 0 Hybrid. I am also an active member of Histon and Impington bicycle club and regularly make 60-80 mile trips at the weekend on my Cube Attain GTC Pro Disk.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

I am a regular cyclist and often cycle into Cambridge. My main concern is the safety of cycling along Histon Road. There are no younger members of my family living at home.

Beccy TALMY
(Labour 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?

Othman COLE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

Roads are poorly maintained. Too many cars not only in Cambridge but also in the surrounding villages. Poorly designed cycle lanes with just a white line painted about a metre from the curb. This gives drivers an excuse to pass far too close as they assume as long as they are their side of the white line they are giving the cyclist enough space.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

1 sufficient safe cycling routes within the community: working with the Parish Council
2 sufficient secure cycle stands within the community: ditto
3 safety for cyclists along Histon Road (see above): working through the City Deal/local liaison forum
4 safe leisure cycling routes to neighbouring villages etc: joined up working with other parish councils

Beccy TALMY
(Labour 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?

Othman COLE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

The city deal does not go nearly far enough in providing transport infrastructure for the city. Cycling provision should always, where practical, be dedicated to cycles and not shared use. Far more needs to be done to keep commuter traffic out of Cambridge. Bus services, especially out to the villages run only once or twice per hour, providing no incentive to use them at all. Until public transport is provided as a service and not for profit this will never change. Bus and Rail services must be returned to the public sector before this will ever have a chance of working.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

support
1 safe cycle lanes (both ways) along Histon Road (see above)
2 safe junction at Victoria Road/Histon Road/Castle Hill/Huntingdon Road
3 safe junction at Gilbert Road/Histon Road
4 safe junction at King's Hedges Road/ Histon Road (esp in view of adjacent housing developments)
need
1 safe outbound cycle lane along Huntingdon Road
2 safe junction for cyclists at Girton

Beccy TALMY
(Labour 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?

Othman COLE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

Histon Road, Kings Hedges Road is extremely dangerous for cyclists with the cycle lane running between the the lane for traffic heading for Kings Hedges and traffic heading into Cambridge. The majority of traffic coming off the A14 at the Histon junction is heading for the science park. All of this traffic has to cut across the cycle lane. I have been actually hit twice on this junction and cut up and forced to brake hard more times than I can remember.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

see above
1 Huntingdon Road at Girton
2 Victoria Road/Histon Road/Castle Hill/Huntingdon Road
3 Gilbert Road/Histon Road
4 King's Hedges Road/ Histon Road (esp in view of adjacent housing developments)

Beccy TALMY
(Labour 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?

Othman COLE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

I would support any and all measures to get people out of their cars and onto bikes. Higher fuel taxes, tax breaks on cycles (better than the cycle to work scheme where there is a 10% surcharge and you have to keep the bike for 4 years). i.e. make all cycles income tax and VAT deductible. Congestion charges in Cambridge.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

It's fundamental that cycle routes be continuous (ie not 95% safe, the rest unsafe) and (reasonably) direct so any opportunity as outlines should be explored.

Beccy TALMY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

With a new primary school coming to the Buxhall Farm site, expansion of the existing junior school to an all-through primary, and increasing transport pressure from nearby housing developments, what measures would you pursue to ensure families can make safe and healthy active journeys (walking, cycling, scooting etc) to school?

Othman COLE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

Actively enforce the 30mph speed limit on B1049 (Bridge Road/Water Lane/Glebe Way) with average speed cameras. Make the residential roads 20mph. Create off road cycle paths where possible. More crossing points on B1049. Make it impossible to use Station Road/Cambridge Road as a rat run by use of one way systems and making access across the guided busway for cycles only.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

1 cycle/footbridge over the B1049 at the north end of the community
2 road access to the Buxhall Farm school from the B1049 only keeping Mill Lane free for cyclists and pedestrians
3 explore options for a safe drop off point on the B1049 at the junior school site
NOTE: at present there are no 'nearby housing developments' within the community.

Beccy TALMY
(Labour 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.