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Question 5 - we asked:

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?

We asked this question in all 18 wards, namely: Bretton, Central, Dogsthorpe, East, Eye, Thorney & Newborough, Fletton & Stanground, Fletton & Woodston, Gunthorpe, Hampton Vale, Hargate & Hempsted, North, Orton Longueville, Orton Waterville, Park, Paston & Walton, Ravensthorpe, Stanground South, Werrington.

14 of the 75 candidates (19%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Marco CERESTE
(Conservative Party)

Resources are scarce and need to prioritised
The Council is under a directive to do only things that are statutory

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.

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.

Julie HOWELL
(Green Party)

See answer 1

Stuart MIDDLETON
(Green Party)

The Green Party believes in greater engagement of local people in decision making through, for example, participatory budgeting and citizens assemblies. This should apply to as many policy areas as possible. We should encourage all councillors to prioritise engagement with residents so that their views are better reflected, and councillors should always engage residents before a decision is taken, not after. Decisions should be taken at the lowest practical level, involving local groups. The views of Peterborough Cycle Forum and other groups should always be considered, and the expertise within these groups utilised.

Fiona RADIC
(Green Party)

I am a long standing memer of PCF. The council has excellent policies in place. What it lacks is the ability to listen to good advice and to put its top quality policies into practice during its detailed planning and decision making. I think that the fundamental problem is the political make up of the council, with people who really prefer the combustion engine seeming usually to get their way. I suspect that the planning department needs more resources: it needs a bit more power to its elbow, for when councillors prefer dogged irrationality (eg. decision to remove the very successful trial Covid cycle lane over Crescent Bridge.)

Ed MURPHY
(Independent)

Quite frankly I would work with the green group and other progressives on the council to get the hierarchy right where pedestrians and cyclist or put before the car and money is moved accordingly. The council currently plans to spend millions yes Millions on new roads to access the embankment and what we need is something to be spent on pedestrians and cyclists . Was only a few years ago that they actually put a concrete wall up on the cycle right near Ravensthorpe running to the railway station anyway we protested directly and got it taken down because it was actually an illegal blockage.

Alan DOWSON
(Labour & Co-operative)

This Council main aim is to reduce expenditure, 14 m£ debt. Any other issues neglected. l hope to establish links with parish council groups. You need to contact them. They are now co-ordinatlng their policies/attitudes to cycle r0utes through their village

Sam HEMRAJ
(Labour & Co-operative)

I would met with the community and try and build the links to help support the cycling group to plan for better cycling network in Peterborough.
Working with Complained Authority mayor.

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

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.

Simon KAIL
(Liberal Democrat)

Support the continuation of the Peterborough Cycle Forum.

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.

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.

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