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Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Market

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Jeremy CADDICK  (Green Party)
  • Nick GAY  (Labour Party)
  • Nichola HARRISON  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Henry MITSON  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Market division candidates (7 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?

Jeremy CADDICK
(Green Party)

For myself, I cycle in the city centre and to places such as Addenbrookes, as do other members of my family. I appreciate the growth of segregated cycle routes as providing safer cycling options for those who are transporting children and those who might not be as quick others.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Cycling is central to my daily life and that of my family. I cycle about 60-70 miles a week (non recreational) and have done so for the 37 years that I have lived in Cambridge. In 1979 provision for cyclists was very poor and although things have improved it remains substandard. Segregation from motor traffic especially HGV is essential for safety and yet it is simply abandoned at the most hazardous places like Hill/Lensfield Rd, Hobson St. The £2M remodelling of this junction has not made things better in my experience. A big problem for planning of cycling provision is the dual authority with Cambridgeshire County Council and as CC I will work to promote Cambridge cycling up the agenda.

Nichola HARRISON
(Liberal Democrat)

I have used cycling as my main means of transport in the city for 40 years. I brought up two sons to do the same and felt reasonably confident that they were safe provided they used their common sense and avoided dangerous areas as much as possible. However, I do worry about the safety of children on many roads and it’s clear that much more needs to be done to improve conditions for them and for all cyclists in and around the city.

Henry MITSON
(Conservative 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?

Jeremy CADDICK
(Green Party)

In the centre of town the main obstacle is the narrowness of the streets, meaning that cyclists share the roads with buses and cars. This makes cyclists who are not confident feel unsafe. The Green Party has published a comprehensive Transport Manifesto, 'Getting Where We Want to Be' (https://cambridge.greenparty.org.uk/site/Cambridge/files/Transport_Policy_2017.pdf) In that we make clear our support of safe segregated cycleways. Part of that vision is reducing the number of cars in the centre of the city by providing a safe efficient public transport system. One of the benefits of that will be that the streets in the centre of the City become safer for cyclists.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

The main challenges in Market is motor vehicle congestion, motorist aggression, lack of cycle/pedestrian segregation, inadequate cycle parking. I support the proposal of Camcycle to address these problems.

Nichola HARRISON
(Liberal Democrat)

Lack of space to park bikes at home is an issue for many people living in the city centre, and indeed some people are deterred from cycling because of the shortage of cycle parking in the commercial areas of the city centre. If elected, I will press for an increase secure on-street cycling in both residential and commercial areas of the ward.

The cut-through between Adam and Eve Street and Burleigh Street is felt to be dangerous by local parents taking children to St Matthew’s School and the local Lib Dem team persuaded the county council to erect a moveable bollard there. This solution isn’t working as well as hoped and work is now underway to refine the scheme.

Henry MITSON
(Conservative 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?

Jeremy CADDICK
(Green Party)

I warmly support the Chisolm Trail and the Greenway cycle routes as extending the range over which people can consider cycling into the City. The Green Transport Manifesto makes clear our support for a Workforce Parking Levy as a way of reducing car traffic and generating funds for infrastructure and public transport.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

I strongly support City deal initiatives on cycling including Chisolm Trail, Greenways, Ditton meadows bridge etc.

Nichola HARRISON
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the City Deal’s stated aim to reduce congestion and air pollution and improve public transport and conditions for cycling and walking, but I think their refusal to consider and consult the public about congestion charging means they cannot achieve these aims to any serious extent. The evidence is clear that this option has the greatest potential to reduce car use and fund a top class public transport alternative.

I am in favour of a very high quality bus service along the A428 corridor, including the possibility of an off-road solution where appropriate. Any new transport infrastructure here or elsewhere, eg Milton Road and Histon Road, must provide high quality provision for cyclists and pedestrians. The Chisholm Trail is obviously a hugely important project and it's good that the City Deal stepped in to fund and implement it at last.

Henry MITSON
(Conservative 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?

Jeremy CADDICK
(Green Party)

I would like to see an advance box at the junction of Mill Road and Gonville Place.

I would like to investigate a cycle only filter for those turning left from Emmanuel Street into Downing Street when there is a green light for cars emerging from Downing Street. At this stage the route into Downing Street is clear, but it immediately fills up with pedestrians when the lights change.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Elizabeth way, very dangerous for cyclists - dedicated bike lanes, bike priority traffic lights.
Lensfield/Regent - better segregation especially from HGVs

Nichola HARRISON
(Liberal Democrat)

There is a need for a new cycle/pedestrian crossing at the bottom of Maid’s Causeway to allow people coming across Midsummer Common to access the city centre via King Street, Emmanuel Road or Jesus Lane, avoiding the Four Lamps roundabout. A suggestion from a local resident, followed a campaign by the local Lib Dem team, has recently persuaded the County Council to add this crossing to the list of strategic highways projects for early delivery.

Henry MITSON
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

With Park Street due for demolition, and Grand Arcade cycle park frequently beyond capacity, where do you think a third covered city centre cycle park should be located? What other additional actions do you propose to increase cycle parking capacity on our city centre streets?

Jeremy CADDICK
(Green Party)

Additional storage is certainly needed but I think we will need to have a probably extended consultation process to see which site (or sites) are most appropriate. In general the Greens support a strategy of converting car parking spaces into cycle storage both in response to growth in cycle use and as an encouragement to use cycles rather than cars. This applies both to roadside parking and designated car parks.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Post Office Terrace, possible underground facilty.

Nichola HARRISON
(Liberal Democrat)

I will push for the covered parking at Park Street to be increased in any new development. I also support a third such facility somewhere in the city centre and believe that the potential of Post Office Terrace should be properly explored. I will also press for the release of some car parking spaces in the Grand Arcade for cycle parking.

Henry MITSON
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

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?

Jeremy CADDICK
(Green Party)

Yes, I fully support these. I support efforts to ensure that the Greenways are built to a high standard and appropriate provision is made for their maintenance.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Market is very densely built up so bike parking is key but most importantly upgrading cycle routes such as recently on Midsummer Common and segregating from motor traffic particularly HGVs.

Nichola HARRISON
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the provision of new, segregated cycleways and/or on-road cycle lanes wherever possible.

Henry MITSON
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

On Thoday Street, two blocks of eight on-street cycle parking spaces have been created by replacing a car parking place each. Is this something you would like to see more of in your ward? If so, where would you consider it?

Jeremy CADDICK
(Green Party)

Absolutely. As indicated above, I think such conversion of car parking to cycle storage forms part of the larger vision for transport in the City. I think the parking spaces along Park Terrace could usefully be considered for this.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

There is not much car parking in Kite / Brunswick so choices for this are limited. Central cycle park more important.

Nichola HARRISON
(Liberal Democrat)

When I was a councillor in Petersfield we managed to secure a length of on-street cycle parking in Kingston Street, with the support of residents. I have promised residents in Market ward to undertake, with them, a review of on-street parking provision and the search for more cycle parking would form part of that.

Henry MITSON
(Conservative 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.