Elections

Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Papworth and Swavesey

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Gaynor CLEMENTS  (Green Party)
  • Darren MACEY  (Labour Party)
  • Peter SANDFORD  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Mandy SMITH  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Papworth and Swavesey 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?

Gaynor CLEMENTS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Darren MACEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter SANDFORD
(Liberal Democrat)

I live in Papworth which is not a cycle friendly village, neither for recreational cycling nor for commuting. The cycle is currently in the garage, waiting for an opportunity to use it again.

Mandy SMITH
(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?

Gaynor CLEMENTS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Darren MACEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter SANDFORD
(Liberal Democrat)

The main concern I have is the lack of a cycle path (or dual use cycle and foot path) between Papworth and Caxton Gibbet roundabout. The A1198 is frankly dangerous for cyclists at busy times, when it is used as a rat run for trucks avoiding congestion on the A14. The parish council and local residents have been requesting improvements for several years without signs of progress.
In all the villages in the division, provision of cycles paths seems patchy and unplanned. We would benefit by a survey by experienced cyclists to identify where improvements could be made.

Mandy SMITH
(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?

Gaynor CLEMENTS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Darren MACEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter SANDFORD
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the proposal to route the light rail line between Bedford and Cambridge close to Cambourne, Bourn and other villages along the A428 corridor. Stations along this line should be provided with *adequate* cycle racks that are monitored by staff and/or CCTV.
I would expect this line to have a parallel cycle path for its full length. The cycle path should, of course, have safe barriers or other protection to keep cyclists and trains apart.
I do not favour another busway, whether guided or not. It would just disgorge more buses into the city centre in the same way as the existing busway.
As a sidebar discussion, light rail should use environmentally sustainable electric power, not diesel.

Mandy SMITH
(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?

Gaynor CLEMENTS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Darren MACEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter SANDFORD
(Liberal Democrat)

Can I turn this question around? An individual councillor should not be identifying areas for improvement but should be collecting suggestions from residents. Does the council have a web site where residents can enter requests for improvements that councillors can act on? I am not aware of one but am willing to be proved wrong!

Mandy SMITH
(Conservative 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?

Gaynor CLEMENTS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Darren MACEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter SANDFORD
(Liberal Democrat)

From my perspective in the western commuter villages, the proposed light rail line should include a parallel cycle path, as mentioned above. We then need to ensure the satellite villages have safe, continuous paths to the main stations. This would allow safe cycle commuting from Cambourne, Papworth, Bourn and Hardwick into Cambridge.
My perception is that the cycle paths linking Swavesey and Over to the guided busway cycle path are relatively safe and well maintained. I am, of course, willing to listen to residents if this is not the case.

Mandy SMITH
(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.