Elections

Peterborough City Council elections, May 2022: Fletton & Stanground

Summary: Elections to Peterborough Council, May 2022
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2022
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Christian HOGG  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Asim MAHMOOD  (Labour Party)
  • Jade SEAGER  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Vishal VICHARE  (Conservative Party)
  • Irene WALSH  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Fletton & Stanground 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?

Christian HOGG
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycling has a poor priority with the council, despite the objective to put walking and cycling ahead of motorised transport. We need to apply more pressure on the administration to take cycling seriously and help reduce vehicle emissions in our urban areas.

Without a change in attitude to cycling I fear that it will never get the investment that it deserves.

Asim MAHMOOD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jade SEAGER
(Liberal Democrat)

Peterborough has a good cycling network in the new town areas but it is poorly connected to older areas such as the city centre. Much could be achieved by just adding in a few key links, such as a cycle lane along Thorpe Road and over the Crescent Bridge. The Conservatives took Government funds to put in a temporary cycle lane over Crescent Bridge and then ripped it out when the cash ran out. We need long term planning not this type of short term thinking.

Vishal VICHARE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Irene WALSH
(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?

Christian HOGG
(Liberal Democrat)

As the Lib Dem rep on the Walking and Cycling Working Group I was a keen supporter of the new cycle routes developed during the pandemic, specifically the one over the crescent bridge and wanted to see it extended further down Thorpe Road, this was a main recommendation of the group, but was rejected by the cabinet.

I feel that there are other routes into the city centre such as Park Road which could also be developed.

Asim MAHMOOD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jade SEAGER
(Liberal Democrat)

People need to be able to make cross city journeys by cycle. We have large pedestrianised area in the city centre but cycling is prohibited on key routes and cyclists are often prosecuted by council enforcement officers. Balancing the interests of cyclists and pedestrians is a difficult one, particularly in busy areas such as Bridge Street, but the Council should develop a cycling plan for the city to address such issues.

Vishal VICHARE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Irene WALSH
(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?

Christian HOGG
(Liberal Democrat)

During my time on the working groups I reached out to the Critical Mass Cycling group to get wider opinion but also to get involved with cycling around the city centre to experience it myself.

Asim MAHMOOD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jade SEAGER
(Liberal Democrat)

The cross party cycling group on the Council has been re-established which is a good sign but in the past recommendations of this group, for example on retaining the Crescent Bridge cycleway, have been ignored by the council cabinet. This group could reach out to the Cycle Forum and local residents to help deliver changes which will benefit cyclists across the city.

Vishal VICHARE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Irene WALSH
(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?

Christian HOGG
(Liberal Democrat)

Car usage has grown hugely over the last decade, and the number of large vans has also increased substantially. A street by street review needs to be done to better meet the needs of all road users. We need to look at whether some roads should be changed to one way, what roads need double yellow lines to help with visablity, also due to increased vehicle movements and problems with speeding cars a review of suitable locations for additional pedestrian crossing is sorely needed. I would also like to see a review on residential areas where it would be more appropriate to reduce the speed limit to 20mph as has been achieved elsewhere. Specific examples for the above would be a pedestrian crossing on Coneygree Road nr Kingfisher Court. 20mph zones for older narrower roads such as Glebe Road.

Asim MAHMOOD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jade SEAGER
(Liberal Democrat)

Council policy for years has been to prioritise the interests of cyclists and pedestrians over that of car drivers but in practice they have done the opposite. In the new town areas there are segregated cycleways which are safer for cyclists but many are poorly lit and maintained. Traffic signals which give priority to cyclists would help in areas where they need to mix with traffic. But generally reducing car and commercial vehicle traffic in busy areas like the city centre is one of the key answers. Make cycling the norm, rather than the exception, in these areas.

Vishal VICHARE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Irene WALSH
(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?

Christian HOGG
(Liberal Democrat)

Whilst large parts of the city's cycle route network are very good (if a little uncared for) the largest problem is that it isnt complete and that cyclists need a more comprehensive joined up network that cover most routes across and around the city

Asim MAHMOOD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jade SEAGER
(Liberal Democrat)

As mentioned before, more cycling provision in the older parts of the city like Fletton and Stanground and linking up existing cycleways to provide safer routes for cyclists through the city. Getting employers and schools to develop travel plans is a good idea but they need to be monitored and enforced, not left to sit on shelves gathering dust.

Vishal VICHARE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Irene WALSH
(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?

Christian HOGG
(Liberal Democrat)

Full support for this. Change has to come from the top, I would advocate strong representations to both PCC and the Combined Authority to much needed change in delivering a real and sustained program of improvement to our cycling infrastructure.

Asim MAHMOOD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jade SEAGER
(Liberal Democrat)

Lib Dems in Peterborough have called for introduction of 20mph zones in residential areas where there is evidence of public support for them. I have already referred to the need for more connected cycle routes and integration of cycling with public transport is also a good idea. Further information on our views on cycling can be found in the Lib Dem local election manifesto for Peterborough at www.peterboroughlibdems.org.uk in the section on transport.

Vishal VICHARE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Irene WALSH
(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?

Christian HOGG
(Liberal Democrat)

As previously stated, the current network isnt joined up and leaves cyclists suddenly having to compete with today's larger cars and van on road poorly maintained and too narrow to deal with the traffic on them.

Also there is a shocking lack of proper security measures in place to protect people's cycles when left in the city centre.

Asim MAHMOOD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jade SEAGER
(Liberal Democrat)

I do not cycle regularly but have Lib Dem colleagues who do. I have outlined some of the concerns in answer to previous questions.

Vishal VICHARE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Irene WALSH
(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.