Elections

Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Sawston & Shelford

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Kevin CUFFLEY  (Conservative Party)
  • Peter FANE  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Roger HICKFORD  (Conservative Party)
  • Brian MILNES  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Mike NETTLETON  (Labour Party)
  • Sue WHITNEY  (Labour Party)

Questions for Sawston & Shelford 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?

Kevin CUFFLEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter FANE
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle to Cambridge occasionally, and we are lucky to have the Helical path from Shelford station. I prefer to use off-road cycle paths, and have campaigned for them in villages where there is currently no safe route and cyclists are at risk on narrow winding rural roads.
I am like many parent, concerned about the safety of my family cycling on certain stretches of road in this division - for instance sections of the cycle way from Shelford and Stapleford to Sawston, and also on Church Road past the Shelfords primary school, where I have proposed on the parish council some radical changes which would make cycling safer, particularly for school children.

Roger HICKFORD
(Conservative Party)

All my family has cycled. My children cycled much when they were younger. I feel there is not enough instruction for young people as road sense is so important, but difficult to safely come by when our roads are so busy.

Brian MILNES
(Liberal Democrat)

We are all occasional or more frequent cyclists. My 12 year old daughter cycles the short distance to Sawston Village College every day, and we still go on occasional bike trips as a family. And often take the bikes with us for day trips or other holidays.
I have done the London to Cambridge bike ride, of which my son also did part.
Last year on a bike ride to Wandlebury, we were disappointed that the County Highways had done no verge cutting and that the new A1307 cycle track was barely passable with one bike...

Mike NETTLETON
(Labour Party)

I cycled regularly in Cambridge and London. My wife and elder son still do so. My concerns are less to do with age than proficiency and experience.

Sue WHITNEY
(Labour Party)

Both my husband and I ride bikes as do my grandchildren.
I worry especially about the younger members of the family when they have to go on the roads and particularly in Sawston cars do not stick to the speed limits.

# 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?

Kevin CUFFLEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter FANE
(Liberal Democrat)

Many parents share my concerns about the safety of their children cycling on rural roads where off-road routes are not as yet available. Like many parents, I sometimes feel unsafe cycling on rural roads where there is currently no room even for a cycle lane. In urban areas, I am conscious of the effect of air pollution, particularly when cycling on congested roads, and am determined to see action taken to reduce the damaging effects of pollution, particularly to the lungs of younger people and children.

Roger HICKFORD
(Conservative Party)

I feel there are good overall cycling facilities in the area, and designated cycle routes. The biggest complaint is that some cycleways are not continuous and therefore cyclists suddenly find themselves having to cross a junction or use the highway. I am Chair of the City Deal Assembly, and I am aware of the vision of joining up the network of cycleways.

Brian MILNES
(Liberal Democrat)

The obvious issue for parents and students at Sawston Village College is that since the bus service was removed by the County Council, they have had to rely on cycling or cars.
The pinch point at Bridge End Cottage Stapleford is the most obvious deficiency but that whole cycle track isn't big enough to cope with the volume of cyclists.
Part of our Campaign message is to address that route:
https://www.facebook.com/brian4sawston/photos/a.1130162337047513.1073741828.1112399448823802/1490255507704859/?type=3
Also, as well as widening, on the Cambridge Road, it needs a shielding hedge, or similar, as in the dark, oncoming car headlights made visibility very difficult as the path is predominantly lower than road.
We know that it is part of the Greenways initiative but would like to see action before then. (Even a regular maintenance, grass cutting and path edging would help...)

Mike NETTLETON
(Labour Party)

At one level, we are reasonably well provided with cycle lanes from Great Shelford into Cambridge. However, the existing lanes should be widened where possible and new routes are needed to Stapleford, Little Shelford, Sawston, etc.

Sue WHITNEY
(Labour Party)

We need to ensure that there are cycling lanes connecting all major areas across south Cambridgeshire. Allow mobility scooters access to cycle lanes. We need to institute passive traffic calming measures to slow down traffic but ensure that these are safe for cyclists to use. Where it is not possible to have a cycle lane, i.e. through the centre of Sawston this must be a priority as is ensuring that the roads are in good repair. Through traffic must be encouraged to use the bypass through traffic calming measures.

# 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?

Kevin CUFFLEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter FANE
(Liberal Democrat)

I am concerned that City Deal has not consulted on proposals which are in many cases impractical. City Deal funds need to be used to improve the experience of pedestrians and cyclists as well as bus users if we re to get people out of their cars and reduce congestion and pollution on our roads.

Roger HICKFORD
(Conservative Party)

I am Chairman of the City Deal Assembly. I support, and have voted for, all the City Deal proposals for cycleways. I have gone on record as saying I am a great believer in segregated cycleways, and I feel we could be exploring this more in future years.

Brian MILNES
(Liberal Democrat)

I mentioned the Greenways which we would fully support, and really like the idea of extending cycle paths alongside railway lines. We note that Sustrans has leased the "spare track" land south of Shelford station with a view to a foot and cycle path to the bridge on London Road (A1301)
We would also like to explore the possibility of reopening the Haverhill Rail Line, if (not yet) for a light rail / tram-train service, at least for an alternative route cycle way, under the railway bridge, all the way to Granta Park, at least to service the proposed new houses and football stadium on the East of Sawston.
There also ought to be much improved cycle access to the Station at Whittlesford, especially from Sawston, where a diversion would make a much shorter, safer journey.

Mike NETTLETON
(Labour Party)

The City Deal has focussed almost exclusively on the A1307 corridor and will do nothing for the A1301 through Shelford and Sawston. We are lobbying County and City politicians to change this.

Sue WHITNEY
(Labour Party)

The Greenways routes look good and it is important that cycle routes follow the safety standards of the Netherlands model. It is lovely to be in Holland and see how life can be in a country which is connected by cycle paths safe for all the family, which connects community and public transport hubs and where there are fewer cars on the road. Cam cycle have done an excellent job in setting out proposals as part of the city deal which should be fully supported by all County Councillors.

# 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?

Kevin CUFFLEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter FANE
(Liberal Democrat)

There are a number of junctions on the A1307 in particular which need to be changed, with dedicated space for cyclists in particular on the roundabout with Hinton Way at Shelford Bottoms.

Roger HICKFORD
(Conservative Party)

There are a few junctions that could be improved, but not only for cyclists but also for motorised transport. I will be looking at all these for improvements via the County Council Local Highways Improvement Scheme, or as part of the £50m of improvement schemes that will be worked up as per the Conservative budget and manifesto.

Brian MILNES
(Liberal Democrat)

The lack of a contiguous cycle path from the DNA path at Granhams Road/Chaston Road to the south of Stapleford is disappointing as there are several awkward crossings to negotiate (e.g. at The Rose pub)
The other most obvious problem (for all users) is the A505/A1301 "McDonalds" Roundabout

Mike NETTLETON
(Labour Party)

We have recently persuaded the County Council to improve the junction at Woolards Lane/London Road/Station Road/Tunwells Lane by including ASBs at the traffic lights. The junctions at High Green/High Street and High Green/Granhams Road in Great Shelford would be my next priority and we are actively discussing these with local cyclists.

Sue WHITNEY
(Labour Party)

The path from Sawston to the station to be of a higher standard. Link way junction in Sawston high street. Over the hump back bridge, in the A1303, and then turning right at the Rose pub junction. No cycle lane at the traffic at Great Shelford. There is no continuous cycle lane along the A1301 from Sawston to the Genome.

# 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?

Kevin CUFFLEY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter FANE
(Liberal Democrat)

I have already, on behalf of Great Shelford parish council, called on City Deal to support the Greenway already agreed in principle with Sustrans along the former third line and reconnecting through the Wedd's site to the old Haverhill line via Sawston.
Importantly, this would by-pass the unsafe pinch point at Bridge Foot Cottage on the cycle track from Stapleford and Sawston, making it safer for students at Sawston Village College.

Roger HICKFORD
(Conservative Party)

I feel I am already giving much support for cycling via my work on the City Deal, and will continue to do so. The Greenways proposals are very exciting. I appreciate there is concern regarding the width of some routes, but I recognise the highway has limited space and is required by all road users. This is another reason for specific segregated cycleways.

Brian MILNES
(Liberal Democrat)

I am very keen on enabling multi-modal transport as a way of reducing congestion in the City and on its approaches.
For many of us who live further away in the "satellite" villages, cycling the whole journey into Cambridge may not be feasible, but adding cycling as an option at either end (or both) would be a big assist.
I see the Chinese Cycle company Ofo have just launched a trial of their service in Cambridge, and adding capacity and availability of Cycle Parking and rental at the Park and Rides would be beneficial.

Mike NETTLETON
(Labour Party)

Fully support the Greenways. My other priority would be to widen/duplicate the cycle/footpath from Great Shelford into Addenbrookes and introduce decent lighting.

Sue WHITNEY
(Labour Party)

The City Deal Greenway will help alleviate some of the problems outlined above for cycling community.

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.