Elections

Peterborough City Council elections, May 2022: Dogsthorpe

Summary: Elections to Peterborough Council, May 2022
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2022
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Kelsey BRACE  (Green Party)
  • Dennis JONES  (Labour & Co-operative)
  • Robert PETCH  (Freedom Alliance)
  • Sandra RINGLER  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Marius VAINAUSKAS  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Dogsthorpe 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?

Kelsey BRACE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Dennis JONES
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert PETCH
(Freedom Alliance)

I would like to see all the outlying villages connected to the Peterborough cycle network, and will offer up this proposal to the rest of the councillors. With regards to current cycle network, I'd like to check that the Council currently as an active maintenance plan for those, and if not, why not.

Sandra RINGLER
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Marius VAINAUSKAS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Kelsey BRACE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Dennis JONES
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert PETCH
(Freedom Alliance)

Once again something I'd would raise with the Council, as people should be able to cycle legally and safely through the centre, as we should be encouraging more people to cycle. It's healthier for most and cuts down on congestion and pollution.

Sandra RINGLER
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Marius VAINAUSKAS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Kelsey BRACE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Dennis JONES
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert PETCH
(Freedom Alliance)

I'd be happy to be the voice of various cycle and walking groups, putting their ideas forward to the Council. To make positive changes we need to work together.

Sandra RINGLER
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Marius VAINAUSKAS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Kelsey BRACE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Dennis JONES
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert PETCH
(Freedom Alliance)

I'd need to see the stats and locations to make an informed judgement on which junctions and routes need addressing. I would however like to see an initiative to encourage more riders to wear helmets. It would also be useful for the Council to ensure that all pathways have suitable lowered kerbside areas so that those using mobility scooters have an easier journey.

Sandra RINGLER
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Marius VAINAUSKAS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Kelsey BRACE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Dennis JONES
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert PETCH
(Freedom Alliance)

Making cycle routes safer is the main one as whilst many routes are fine in the summer months, they are not all so well lit in the winter months. The E bikes, I think they don't really appeal to many people, but could perhaps be used by local civil service and Council workers to use on local journeys, as it would make full use of them and even encourage members of the public to give them a try, when they see them in use. A scheme where large local employers
are encouraged to dip into their large profits and reward their workers, for care sharing, cycling and using public transport would be great.

Sandra RINGLER
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Marius VAINAUSKAS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Kelsey BRACE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Dennis JONES
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert PETCH
(Freedom Alliance)

I would support most of the menifesto, but point 2 I would have to look into more deeply as I currently do not have the info on the mentioned policies.

Sandra RINGLER
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Marius VAINAUSKAS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Kelsey BRACE
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Dennis JONES
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert PETCH
(Freedom Alliance)

From personal experience, I have to found that certain routes include underpasses without CCTV which can be daunting to some. Whilst we don't want Big Brother, we do need an element of security. Their is a constant problem of broken glass, certainly around some parts of Dogsthorpe and Bretton too, which can lead to punctures for cyclists and cut paws for dogs. I'd like to see the Council either mounting regular patrols to find and deal with the broken glass, or a scheme to actively encourage the public to report these matters and then a swift response in dealing with them.

Sandra RINGLER
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Marius VAINAUSKAS
(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.