Elections

Peterborough City Council elections, May 2022: Bretton

Summary: Elections to Peterborough Council, May 2022
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2022
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Dave CRAIG  (Independent)
  • Nick THULBOURN  (Labour Party)
  • Scott WARREN  (Conservative Party)
  • Rohan WILSON  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Bretton ward candidates (7 questions)

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# Question 1

There have been very few improvements for cyclists in Peterborough in recent years, and much of the existing cycle network dating from the 60s and 70s is falling apart. What will you do to change this?

Dave CRAIG
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nick THULBOURN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Scott WARREN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Rohan WILSON
(Liberal Democrat)

I will question the Council’s spending priorities, press and vote for more spending on cycling and walking. Peterborough City Council has all the right written policies to favour and promote “active travel” but for years has in fact done very little.
Peterborough Cycling Forum (I am a member) has tried for years to work on this in partnership with Council representatives, but with very little action from the Council. As a council member I will have the authority to make things happen.

# Question 2

Peterborough city centre is changing, with the Embankment, Fletton Quays, the Market, and Queensgate all developing – but there is still no legal cycle route through the heart of the city. What will you do to change this and help people of all ages and abilities travel safely across Peterborough?

Dave CRAIG
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nick THULBOURN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Scott WARREN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Rohan WILSON
(Liberal Democrat)

People’s journeys, riding a bicycle or walking, should be made more direct than journeys by motor vehicle. I will press for safe and direct walking and cycling routes to and through Peterborough’s city centre. Walking and cycling journeys can mix in mutual respect and safety providing they are provided with sufficient, traffic-free space.

# Question 3

Between 2019-2021, Peterborough Cycle Forum worked with the City Council on ideas for the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). Despite the Cycle Forum’s keenness to continue with this, it was stopped from meeting in May 2021 and work on the LCWIP seems to have stalled. How would you work to build strong links with local groups and communities to improve cycling?

Dave CRAIG
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nick THULBOURN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Scott WARREN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Rohan WILSON
(Liberal Democrat)

As a resident near the centre if Bretton I see many people of all ages cycling in my area, in the park and in journeys to Bretton Centre. I see most Bretton people keen to cycle, but not wanting to cycle further, for example to the City Centre, because parts of these journeys involve mixing with traffic.
Thus I see ready acceptance among Bretton people for cycle network improvements. Indeed, cycling and walking would be an important part of my engagement with Bretton people. I also lead by example, making all my journeys within urban Peterborough by bicycle.

# Question 4

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (now the Vision Zero Partnership) aimed to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries to cyclists by 40% between 2015 and 2020, but it actually rose 2% during that time. Too many people are being hurt on our roads.

What do you think would most improve safety for people walking, cycling, using mobility aids and riding horses on the roads in your area? Which routes and junctions need the most urgent improvement?

Dave CRAIG
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nick THULBOURN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Scott WARREN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Rohan WILSON
(Liberal Democrat)

Within Bretton, and throughout urban Peterborough I would campaign to give walking and cycling the priority over motor vehicles where a cycle route crosses a residential or local distributor road. City Council policy is already to give walking and cycling top priority in the “road user hierarchy”, which has been accepted nationally and is totally accepted in mainland Europe. It’s time Peterborough implemented its promises.
In rural Peterborough road speed limits should be reduced in many locations to make non-motor journeys safe.

# Question 5

In June 2021, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority agreed to act on the Independent Commission on Climate’s recommendation to reduce car miles driven in the region by 15% by 2030.

Suggested actions needed to achieve this goal include installing safe cycle routes from new developments, working with employers to increase uptake in sustainable options for commuting, improving existing cycle infrastructure and encouraging the use of e-bikes. What changes do you think are needed to help people in your area reduce car mileage?

Dave CRAIG
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nick THULBOURN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Scott WARREN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Rohan WILSON
(Liberal Democrat)

Give our main walking and cycling routes as smooth a surface as on roads, and eliminate a few blind corners. Make motor vehicles give way to walking and cycling at crossings on existing cycle routes.
Ensure that in the planning process for new developments walking and cycling routes are planned ahead of vehicle routes, and are shorter. Ensure that there is cycle parking in the most convenient places at the entrances to homes, shops and other public buildings. People who have chosen to drive to a location would then see that the cycling alternative would be easy for them.

# Question 6

National charity Cycling UK's manifesto for English elections includes the following asks:

1: Create safe space for cycling: put the delivery of a connected network of routes at the heart of transport and development plans;

2: Improve delivery: ensure schemes meet the government’s cycle design standards laid out in LTN 1/20 and the Gear Change policy;

3: Make neighbourhoods more attractive for cycling & people: for example, by making 20mph the default for residential and shopping streets, and increasing secure cycle parking;

4: Enable rural & urban communities to cycle: integrate cycling and walking with public transport, make cycle training available for all and improve access to local green space.

Will you support this manifesto? What policies would you champion in your area to increase levels of walking and cycling?

Dave CRAIG
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nick THULBOURN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Scott WARREN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Rohan WILSON
(Liberal Democrat)

I’m already aware of Cycling UK’s excellent manifesto, and will support every part of it in all parts of Peterborough if I am elected for Bretton.

# Question 7

What is your personal experience of walking and cycling in your area? What barriers do you think local people face that may prevent them from choosing active travel for everyday journeys?

Dave CRAIG
(Independent)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Nick THULBOURN
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Scott WARREN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Rohan WILSON
(Liberal Democrat)

Every journey I make in Bretton and Peterborough is by bicycle, or occasionally (mostly to the countryside) by bus.
There are obstructive “chicane” barriers in many places on cycle and walking routes in Bretton and throughout urban Peterborough. They all need to be removed and cycling and walking given priority over motor vehicles in most locations. This is entirely safe and in accordance with national design guidance.
But the most serious “off-put” for most people wanting to cycle in Peterborough is their feeling unsafe among traffic.
Continuous traffic-free cycle routes would transform people’s travel choices in Peterborough!

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.