Elections

Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Linton

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • John BALD  (Conservative Party)
  • Henry BATCHELOR  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Paul RICHARDSON  (Green Party)
  • Ernie TURKINGTON  (Labour Party)

Questions for Linton 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?

John BALD
(Conservative Party)

I did John O'Groats to Landsend with Friends of the Earth in the early eighties, and used to cycle to work in London and, when I could. In Essex. I am very worried about people cycling in current traffic conditions, as I have friends who have been injured.

Henry BATCHELOR
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Paul RICHARDSON
(Green Party)

My wife and I (and when they were younger my three boys) cycle around Linton but rarely go further afield than that; in part because we prefer to walk for leisure, but also because anywhere else that we might want to go (e.g. Cambridge) tends to be further away than we would cycle and isn't that safe!

Linton itself is fairly amenable to cycling around especially now that there are some roads restricted to 20 MPH.

I remember when one of my sons used to ride to Long Road 6th form, I would be very anxious about him, knowing how dangerous sections of the A1307 are.

Ernie TURKINGTON
(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?

John BALD
(Conservative Party)

Traffic. Hills. Distance. Nothing to be done about the last two. I support traffic management, such as the new one- way scheme in Saffron Walden. Many older people can't cycle, though, and need cars.

Henry BATCHELOR
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Paul RICHARDSON
(Green Party)

There is poor accommodation for cyclists around Linton; the cycle path to Cambridge is better now than it used to be but we still don't have a fully joined up cycle path all the way to Cambridge, and some of the sections that do exist are breaking up badly now (between Hildersham and Linton). I would push to ensure that there is a straightforward, well-maintained cycle path all the way to Cambridge.

Many of the roads in Linton are quite narrow and they nearly all have parked cars along them so you have to cycle out into the road away from the kerb, and compete for space on the road with cars. On some of the roads into and out of Linton, cars travel at speed making it a somewhat threatening environment for both cyclists and pedestrians. I would push to see more roads restricted to 20 MPH in order to create a safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians; a measure that has the additional benefits of reducing noise and air pollution.

There are other significant centres of employment not on the route to Cambridge such as the Genome Campus and ARM/Capital Park which are poorly served for cyclists, so I would look to see how protected cycling routes could be created to encourage cycling to these places.

Ernie TURKINGTON
(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?

John BALD
(Conservative Party)

These proposals are not at present clear, and the subject of continuing workshops.

Henry BATCHELOR
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Paul RICHARDSON
(Green Party)

I support the Chisholm Trail and the investment in the new Greenways cycle routes into villages and areas surrounding Cambridge City. I like and support the idea of the Workforce Parking Levy as a way of reducing commuter traffic into the city, it will raise significant money to invest in new public transport infrastructure also which could benefit the city.

I would like to see protected cycle ways from the park and ride sites into the city centre which I don't think has been explored. Also more protected, safe cycle storage at park and ride sites which would mean people could get to the sites by car or other means and travel from there into the city by bike.

South Cambs Green Party has worked closely with the other local Green Parties in the region to develop a strategic vision for transport across the region which includes many more ideas, you can read this here;

https://cambridge.greenparty.org.uk/site/Cambridge/files/Transport_Policy_2017.pdf

Ernie TURKINGTON
(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?

John BALD
(Conservative Party)

Junctions are less a problem than narrow roads.

Henry BATCHELOR
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Paul RICHARDSON
(Green Party)

The principal challenges to cyclists in Linton are not junctions, but nevertheless more could be done for cyclists at the top of the High Street, where it meets the A1307, and also where Back Road meets the A1307 at Abington. These junctions are difficult for cars at rush hour, let alone cyclists.

Ernie TURKINGTON
(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?

John BALD
(Conservative Party)

Depends on distance. There are some gaps in cycle provision on A 1307.

Henry BATCHELOR
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Paul RICHARDSON
(Green Party)

As mentioned above, I certainly support the Greenways proposal, but as the Treasurer, for the campaign group, Rail Haverhill, we also have a vision for a cycle path that runs alongside a light rail system from Haverhill to Cambridge.

Ernie TURKINGTON
(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.