Elections

Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Melbourn & Bassingbourn

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Chris COLERIDGE  (Labour Party)
  • Adrian DENT  (UK Independence Party)
  • Joshua HUNTINGFIELD  (Conservative Party)
  • Simon SAGGERS  (Green Party)
  • Susan VAN DE VEN  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Melbourn & Bassingbourn 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?

Chris COLERIDGE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian DENT
(UK Independence Party)

I cycle quite frequently and yes I have concerns for the younger cyclists, between our village and Royston is a very poor cycleway

Joshua HUNTINGFIELD
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Simon SAGGERS
(Green Party)

I cycle all the time for work and pleasure. My son is even more passionate than me and for his sake I would fight to improve public transport and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. We recently went on a cycle holiday in Holland and came back resolved to fight to for a new cycle world! We should have the cycle
path networks found in Holland.

Susan VAN DE VEN
(Liberal Democrat)

I use a bicycle as my primary means of local transport to meetings and council responsibilities, for leisure, and for most family shopping. For travelling longer distances by train or car I regularly use my folding bike. As a former mobility scooter user, cycling became a means of mobility and eventually a direct way of staying healthy. In 2013 I launched the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign, which I continue to coordinate; this has been the most well-supported campaign I've been involved with in my 13 years as a councillor and we are seeing real results.

As a mum I always worried about road safety when my three children cycled to village college in Melbourn or to Cambridge for work, social life or college, though would have worried just as much if they were driving cars. They are all now of driving age, but have adopted cycling as their own primary forms of transport.

My husband is from the Netherlands and together with the rest of his Dutch family find cycling conditions here shockingly poor, though is a convert now to the new sections of A10 path.

# 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?

Chris COLERIDGE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian DENT
(UK Independence Party)

I would look to get more cycle paths within the villages and main roads

Joshua HUNTINGFIELD
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Simon SAGGERS
(Green Party)

Please see our green county transport manifesto which should be available on this site.

Susan VAN DE VEN
(Liberal Democrat)

Mixing with traffic puts people off. Pavements where they exist are generally unsuitable for dual use. Many short routes between villages are felt to be dangerous due to national speed limits, blind bends, and lack of off-road paths. Ultimately we need dedicated walk/cycle links between villages.

# 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?

Chris COLERIDGE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian DENT
(UK Independence Party)

I have been opposed to the city deal for being to City centric, whilst the East of the county is very deprived those of us in the SOuth of the county are treated like poor cousins

Joshua HUNTINGFIELD
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Simon SAGGERS
(Green Party)

Please see our green county transport manifesto which should be available on this site.

Susan VAN DE VEN
(Liberal Democrat)

City Deal should strike quick wins by boldly fostering a fundamental travel culture change and introducing a South Cambs-wide cycle network of the highest standard. We know that cycle infrastructure is far less expensive that roads and busways. South Cambs already has a high proportion of cycling to work; many short distance journeys on generally flat terrain makes this an ideal geography to introduce a serious cycle network. With child and adult obesity and lack of physical activity being an over-riding public health concern, with traffic congestion a problem within villages and into Cambridge and Royston making journey times unreliable, and with home to school transport costs a massive expense, investing now in a comprehensive cycle network would serve many positive purposes. Dept for Transport has strongly recognized health dividends of cycling so we should run with this.

City Deal should be embracing the opportunity to bring the Cambridge-Royston scheme to fruition, by seeing through the final Melbourn-Royston link - in this it needs to take a leadership role rather than be reactive. This should include also spurs to places like Fowlmere, improved connection between Harston and Hauxton, speed limit issues on all anomalous sections between 50 MPH A10 and 30 MPH villages.

Journeys don't stop at county borders; great cycle commuting potential exists between Bassingbourn and Whaddon and Royston, Meldreth and Melbourn. Royston Industrial Site and other Royston business centres see much travel to work from South Cambs villages, as do Meldreth and Royston Stations and Melbourn Science Park. These journeys are hampered by lack of safe routes, over A505 in particular. Opportunities will never be maximized for what are a very short distance commutes unless this area is examined and made cycle-friendly. The A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign has long been keen to see the Ivy Farm Bridge opened, recognizing the need for multiple A505 crossing points. Whaddon-Meldreth should have an off-road link for very easy journeys to Meldreth Station.

Many sub-issues require urgent attention: junctions, solar stud lighting, rights of way, information and signage to maximize usage of advantageous routs. Greenways could open up new opportunities but need to link villages to one another - linking exclusively in and out of Cambridge will leave out many potential regular cyclists.

Camcycle's papers on Tackling Cambridge Congestion, Greenways with aspiration for higher standards, and Chisholm Trail are all relevant to Melbourn and Bassingbourn Division which is home to many Cambridge commuters who will be looking to multi-modal transport opportunities. The quest to set highest standards from the outset is critical, as in Camcycle response to City Deal Design Guide.

# 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?

Chris COLERIDGE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian DENT
(UK Independence Party)

ALL of A1198 and generlly village connections

Joshua HUNTINGFIELD
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Simon SAGGERS
(Green Party)

Please see our green county transport manifesto which should be available on this site.

Susan VAN DE VEN
(Liberal Democrat)

For long-distance A10 commutes, all A10 need consideration; those particularly concerning are Fowlmere Rd Shepreth, and the business entrances along the new Shepreth-Melbourn path. Signage, rights of way clarity and visibility improvements needed. Junction with M11 from the south urgently needs improvement between turn-off to Trumpington Meadows and roundabout - via a high quality cycle path and improved path on the roundabout (traffic lights make this a safe option). Trumpington Meadows path is not workable at night for all cyclists. Foxton Level Crossing needs total overhaul as is well known for A10 commuters.

As mentioned, the A505 on the Herts/Cambs border is a serious obstacle to short-distance cycling; the Ivy Farm Bridge needs opening. The Kneesworth A1198 roundabout is a no-go area for cyclists - the Ashwell Stret as a greenways link could offer a better alternative including a link to the hoped-for pedestrian/cyclist bridge over the A10/A505 roundabout.

# 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?

Chris COLERIDGE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian DENT
(UK Independence Party)

Anything to take vulnerable cyclists off the Highways

Joshua HUNTINGFIELD
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Simon SAGGERS
(Green Party)

Please see our green county transport manifesto which should be available on this site.

Susan VAN DE VEN
(Liberal Democrat)

Foxton-Cambridge rail line should have cycle track alongside, providing the development of a true cycle network of options. This would feed directly to Cambridge Biomedical campus and relieve pressure on A10 path, which will become increasingly busy. Foxton Crossing bypass with bridge or underpass for continuous journey. Bassingbourn to Melbourn via Ashwell Stret is an obvious choice for Greenways, as is end of Bridge Street Whaddon to connect to Kneesworth Rd/Chestnut Lane stretch, though national speed limit and blind bends there need thought.

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.