Elections

Peterborough City Council elections, May 2022: Stanground South

Summary: Elections to Peterborough Council, May 2022
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2022
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Ray BISBY  (Conservative Party)
  • Timothy FISH  (Labour Party)
  • Stuart MIDDLETON  (Green Party)

Questions for Stanground South 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?

Ray BISBY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy FISH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stuart MIDDLETON
(Green Party)

We are fortunate that Green Party councillor Nicola Day has recently been appointed chair of the Walking & Cycling Group on Peterborough City Council as she is a strong advocate for improved provision across the city. Maintenance of the existing network must be a priority, whilst lobbying for access to funds that will allow improvements and extension.

# 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?

Ray BISBY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy FISH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stuart MIDDLETON
(Green Party)

Cycle routes must be fully interconnected, and this seems especially important in central locations where we should expect to see the greatest number of cyclists, but where we also see the most road traffic.

22 years of Conservative leadership in the city have led to underinvestment, failure to use joined up thinking and look at the big picture, and infrastructure investment and planning happening in a piecemeal fashion that wastes money and resources.

# 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?

Ray BISBY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy FISH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
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.

# 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?

Ray BISBY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy FISH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stuart MIDDLETON
(Green Party)

We should introduce 20mph speed limits wherever possible, and work with the police to ensure enforcement of these new limits. Campaign for major investment to create fully interconnected, segregated & protected cycling infrastructure. Encourage reduction in car use by supporting development of car sharing and bike/scooter hire. Promote online and home working where possible.

Education for cyclists and drivers is essential to improve safety where cars and bikes/pedestrians etc come together.

# 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?

Ray BISBY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy FISH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stuart MIDDLETON
(Green Party)

In the Green Party we would prioritise pedestrians wherever possible, including always following best practice on accessibility. We’d create Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and School Streets where appropriate, making it safer for children to travel to school whilst also creating health benefits for those same children. We’d work with the Combined Authority on franchising the bus service, which should then be subsidised through a workplace parking levy. A franchised bus service should be cheaper, more in tune with the needs of local people, and use a fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles. We’d explore the feasibility of a light rail scheme, like many other urban areas across the country. We’d campaign for major investment to create fully interconnected, segregated & protected cycling infrastructure, ensuring that all new routes are designed to maximise the accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities and long term conditions. We’d further encourage a reduction in car use by supporting the development of car sharing schemes and bike & scooter hire. And we’d promote online and home working where possible.

All of this should be done alongside local communities to ensure that transport solutions improve quality of life for local residents, work for everyone and protect our local environment.

# 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?

Ray BISBY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy FISH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stuart MIDDLETON
(Green Party)

Yes, I would support these measures, as previous answers have hopefully illustrated.

# 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?

Ray BISBY
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy FISH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stuart MIDDLETON
(Green Party)

I don't drive. Never have, never will. Which means that almost all of my local travel is by bus or foot. Very little of it, unfortunately, is by bike. And that is because the local cycle routes don't feel safe, or simply don't exist where I need them. I'm sure this is true of many others in Peterborough too. Hopefully the measures mentioned in my previous answers will help me and others to feel more confident about using bikes in the future.

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.