Elections

2021 South Cambridgeshire District Council by-election: Harston & Comberton

Summary: 2021 South Cambridgeshire District Council by-election
Polling date: Thursday 6th May 2021
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Lorraine Wendy MOONEY  (Conservative Party)
  • Colin Frank REYNOLDS  (Green Party)
  • Michael TIERNEY  (Labour Party)
  • Fiona Elizabeth WHELAN  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Harston & Comberton ward candidates (6 questions)

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# Question 1

How would you improve the South Cambridgeshire District Council cycle parking policy? How would you bring inclusive cycle parking into the Local Plan? Also, how would you ensure that cycling parking policies are enforced in subsequent planning applications?

Lorraine Wendy MOONEY
(Conservative Party)

While SCDC’s cycle parking policy seems to make adequate allocation of spaces in new developments, I note CamCycle’s recommendation for the type of stand and location of parks.

If elected, I shall campaign for proper notice to be taken by decision-makers of cycle parking policies during Council discussions.

Colin Frank REYNOLDS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael TIERNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona Elizabeth WHELAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 2

How important is it for every rural village to have at least one safe and accessible off-road path for people walking and cycling, connecting to the growing network of such routes in the county? What action should be taken to enable everyone in the county to have access to the cycling network?

Lorraine Wendy MOONEY
(Conservative Party)

From listening to rural residents during Greenways consultations, it’s clear that many need to get between villages rather than into Cambridge. The Greenways network will be a great help towards off-road connections; hopefully this will inspire cooperation among parish councils to improve existing pathways between villages. The bridleway between Barton and Grantchester was resurfaced a few years ago, with volunteers from both villages donating time and materials, much improving year-round access.

Colin Frank REYNOLDS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael TIERNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona Elizabeth WHELAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

What do you think should be done to enable more children to walk and cycle safely to school? How can the county support more school communities to implement School Street schemes?

Lorraine Wendy MOONEY
(Conservative Party)

I know that cycle proficiency and safety training goes on in schools and by volunteer cycle clubs. It is important to instil road confidence and risk awareness in the young. I’ve seen the School Streets scheme at work in Barton and it seems to work well and be well-received so far, but I note that it places a heavy responsibility on volunteers.

Colin Frank REYNOLDS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael TIERNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona Elizabeth WHELAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

Safe and responsible use of the roads is a major issue. Our view is that traffic policing, of all groups of road users (cyclists, drivers, etc.), should become a greater police priority, and that this should be evidence-based, namely based on the relative levels of danger presented by each such group. What are your thoughts, and where would your priorities be?

Lorraine Wendy MOONEY
(Conservative Party)

Personal and community safety and responsibility are important throughout society. I hope that primary responsibility is taken by all road users for themselves and others; of course, police enforcement should be available where injury is threatened. I welcome the MVAS speed monitors, which can be owned and operated by parish councils in collaboration with the police. Information about speeding can quickly be given to the police by this technology; moving the units around and displaying different messages has been particularly useful in reducing speed in my village.

Colin Frank REYNOLDS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael TIERNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona Elizabeth WHELAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

Transport is the largest source of UK carbon dioxide emissions (34%). Physical inactivity is responsible for one in six UK deaths. What role do you think cycling can play in tackling the urgent climate and health crises we face?

Lorraine Wendy MOONEY
(Conservative Party)

Cycling is beneficial in many ways, as is well-understood. I support effectual policies to make cycling easier for more people more of the time.

Colin Frank REYNOLDS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael TIERNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona Elizabeth WHELAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

What challenges do people face in your area that prevent them from cycling, especially children and those using cycling as a mobility aid? How should cycling and walking infrastructure in your area be improved so that people of all ages and abilities would feel safe cycling there?

Lorraine Wendy MOONEY
(Conservative Party)

There are particular risk points in my area which have dissuaded families and children from using the existing cycle path. Fortunately, these problems were recognised by the Greenways team and the new scheme will remedy them. Elsewhere, our parish council has benefited from local highways initiative bids to make several safety improvements around the village and more measures are being assessed.

Colin Frank REYNOLDS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael TIERNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona Elizabeth WHELAN
(Liberal Democrat)
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.