Elections

Peterborough City Council elections, May 2022: Orton Waterville

Summary: Elections to Peterborough Council, May 2022
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2022
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Vince CARROLL  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Julie HOWELL  (Green Party)
  • Henry MCKEARNEY  (Labour Party)
  • Michael SAMWAYS  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Orton Waterville 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?

Vince CARROLL
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie HOWELL
(Green Party)

Cllr Day is the Green representative on the walking and cycling group so she is dealing with this. She is up for re-election in 2023. When it comes to citywide issues, my focus is equality, disability rights, women's rights, anti-bullying, anti-social use of cars, while Cllr Day focuses on cycling and walking and as chair on the council's group I trust her to take the lead on these issues. So my answers reflect this. We're lucky to have Cllr Day on our team as she is one of the strongest advocates for cycling in the city. But I do agree that the green wheel is not maintained to the standard that it should be, signage and maps are pretty non-existent, and the car is king in Peterborough.

Henry MCKEARNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael SAMWAYS
(Conservative Party)

I'm a regular cyclist and cycle 2 to 3 times a week both alone and with groups. I was particularly disappointed that the Cycle West planning application was refused and will do all I can to work with the forum to ensure this scheme goes ahead. Within my ward one of the key issues is the condition of cycleways both in terms of the surface condition but also the markings, way finding and lighting. Ensuring cycle routes are safe and accessible should be a top priority for the Council.

# 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?

Vince CARROLL
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie HOWELL
(Green Party)

See answer 1

Henry MCKEARNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael SAMWAYS
(Conservative Party)

I strongly believe that until we de-prioritise cars in our public realm, the uptake of sustainable transport is going to be limited. Therefore I would begin by working with colleagues to see what schemes can be introduced to reduce the number of cars in our city centre through a variety of measure e.g. increased parking charges, park and ride, congestion charging. I'm fully in favour of more and better cycle routes but this cannot be at the expense of increased congestion which will be counter productive.

# 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?

Vince CARROLL
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie HOWELL
(Green Party)

See answer 1

Henry MCKEARNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael SAMWAYS
(Conservative Party)

As I'm not a sitting Councillor I'm not fully up to speed with the history here however I do believe that engaging with interest groups and others in the local community is essential. I'm a passionate cyclists and there are many of us in this city and collectively we can see this higher on PCC's list of priorities.

# 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?

Vince CARROLL
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie HOWELL
(Green Party)

See answer 1

Henry MCKEARNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael SAMWAYS
(Conservative Party)

I'm particularly concerned about the condition of Oundle Road. This is a primary route in to the city with a painted cycle lane and the condition of the road surface is terrible. There needs to be improved separation between cars and cycles and a much better surface. I regularly have to swerve out of the painted cycle lane to avoid potholes or debris and due to the narrow carriageway this can be very dangerous. In many cases improving safety does not have to be hugely expensive but just well thought through for example different surface treatment and colours or just better maintenance.

# 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?

Vince CARROLL
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie HOWELL
(Green Party)

See answer 1, although I would add that Peterborough is designed to be car-centric. You only have to look at Orton Northgate to see what a disaster the council has made of active travel there. Most people drive and most households have multiple cars (though not mine!). This is down to two things: planning policy; failure to migrate people to active travel choices effectively. I don't see it changing without a sea change in attitude on the part of the council.

Henry MCKEARNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael SAMWAYS
(Conservative Party)

I think we need to introduce measures to discourage people choosing the cars as the first option to come in to the City Centre. For families with children this is not always easy but I think giving people a better range of choices is by far the best option. I would like to see car free days introduced in our city so people can see how easy it could be to get around without so many cars.

# 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?

Vince CARROLL
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie HOWELL
(Green Party)

Yes, though again I refer you to answer 1, as Cllr Day is our champion on these issues. I have multiple sclerosis and don't drive or cycle, so Cllr Day takes the lead for us on this as she does both and understand the issues better than I ever could.

Henry MCKEARNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael SAMWAYS
(Conservative Party)

I fully support this manifesto. My focus would be on improving cycling infrastructure including better maintenance of cycle routes and surfaces, increased security, more secure and better cycle storage locations around the city.

# 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?

Vince CARROLL
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Julie HOWELL
(Green Party)

Poor. Lack of signage and maps is the issue. I let local people know of local walking routes. Last week, a lady who has lived here 30 years thanked me for publishing the location of a path that runs down to the river, less than a mile from where she lives. This is the problem. No tourist info, and no local info. People who live outside the city don't know what's here, and people who live in the city don't know what's on their doorstep.

Henry MCKEARNEY
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael SAMWAYS
(Conservative Party)

I cycle a lot and mainly for recreation purposes but often to travel to meetings and to the railway station. My biggest issue is that there is a lack of consistency in the cycling infrastructure with some routes being safe and well lit and then other sections on the same routes being poorly maintained and dangerous. This would stop me from cycling with my children or taking the bike trailer for example.

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.