Elections

Peterborough City Council elections, May 2022: Gunthorpe

Summary: Elections to Peterborough Council, May 2022
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2022
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Andrew BOND  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Jack GOWER  (Labour Party)
  • John PEACH  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Gunthorpe 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?

Andrew BOND
(Liberal Democrat)

I would push for Peterborough city council to realise the benefits from investing in our cycle networks and try and change attitudes in terms oh how we invest our finances

Jack GOWER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John PEACH
(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?

Andrew BOND
(Liberal Democrat)

I would like to see a change in how and where our money is invested. I would like to see our cycle routes expand in a way that goes hand in hand with development of our city centre.

Jack GOWER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John PEACH
(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?

Andrew BOND
(Liberal Democrat)

In my opinion I believe that in general Peterborough City Council approach to public consultation is flawed. I would push for a more vigorous effort when it comes to listening and seeking engagement from local groups and communities. I would also increase the priority of public consultations and see more weight placed behind the views and opinions of local people and local groups

Jack GOWER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John PEACH
(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?

Andrew BOND
(Liberal Democrat)

I would like to see the adoption of 20 mph speed limits around residential areas. I also believe a more connected system of pedestrian and cycle routes would help.

In my local area of Gunthorpe I would like to see improvements along Fulbridge road and Gunthorpe road. I often see cyclist being forced to ride on paths as the road just is not safe for people to ride on with confidence.

Jack GOWER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John PEACH
(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?

Andrew BOND
(Liberal Democrat)

I would like to see an improvement in our local roads to improve the safety of cyclists so more people feel confident in cycling longer distances. As well as seeing a more comprehensive and joined up cycle and pedestrian routes. While increasing the awareness of local residents in what routes and options are available so they are less reliant on motor vehicles when it comes to travelling to and from our city centre.

Jack GOWER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John PEACH
(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?

Andrew BOND
(Liberal Democrat)

I would certainly support the idea of 20mph speed limits. As well as improving the connectivity of cycle and pedestrian routes.

I also believe a change of attitude needs to happen when it comes to how we approach our transport routes. More priority needs to be given to meeting goals such as the government’s cycle design standards.

I would also like to see more support given to local schools to enable them to deliver good quality cycle proficiency courses so that future generations understand the potential and positives of cycling.

Jack GOWER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John PEACH
(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?

Andrew BOND
(Liberal Democrat)

I have often found it rather confusing for someone who is not well informed about cycle and pedestrian routes.

I often do not feel comfortable travelling longer distances as I do not feel safe on major roads which at the moment people are forced to use.

We need better connected cycle and pedestrian routes that people are aware of so they can travel with confidence that they can safely and quickly reach there destinations.

Jack GOWER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John PEACH
(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.