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Question 2 - we asked:

What would you do to improve the Newtown area, which is currently difficult to cycle through because of the many one-way streets and short-cutting by some drivers? Would you support the development of a comprehensive plan to improve the area?

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3 of the 4 candidates (75%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

(Green Party)

I would definitely support the development of a comprehensive plan to improve the area. The safety of cyclists is key and a local consultation should be done with advice taken from CamCycle and cyclists who regularly use the route. I cycle in this area myself and agree that it can be difficult to negotiate safely at times in view of moving vehicles.

(Labour Party)

A comprehensive plan would be a good idea, with consultation amongst residents, CamCycle, local schools and any other relevant parties. Through talking to those most affected there could be several options identified, which should be considered before any choices made – developments in a community need everyone’s voice or they’re worthless.

As potential options which could be looked at, traffic calming measures such as the traffic ‘gateways’ employed in Romsey (Cromwell Road Roundabout) and an increased use of bollards could be investigated so as to dissuade rat-running and continue to allow cycle access though this will obviously need to be considered with access to the schools in mind. Another possible option would be making roads 2-way for cycles which are 1-way for cars, although with the width of the streets this would need to be carefully considered whether it would be effective or not.

Barbara Anne ASHWOOD
(Liberal Democrat)

As County Councillor 2013-17 I worked with Newtown residents to attempt to sort some of these problems, the biggest of which, I suspect, is the residents themselves. There are a large number of private schools in a small area and during peak times, I had concerns about the safety of cyclists, in particular children going to and from school. The Officer responsible for reviewing parking etc. is well aware of local feelings and has tried to take these into account when devising improved road usage. I would be keen to work with her and the local Residents' Associations to ensure a suitable solution is developed that improves cycle access without impacting unduly on other road users. However, it should be noted that Newtown is no longer in Trumpington for County elections but forms part of Petersfield ward. I would be prepared to work with the relevant County Councillor given my previous experience.

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.