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Question 7 - we asked:

Would you support closures for motor vehicles in North Romsey, as used in Petersfield?

We asked this question:

2 of the 5 candidates (40%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Debbie AITCHISON
(Green Party)

Absolutely. However, it is important that it is well explained and that the decision be democratically made by the local community. It is important to have routes open to pedestrians and cyclists that do not become rat runs for motorists. The streets in Romsey are often quite narrow, so we want to discourage heavy use by motor cars. This will then make them a much more attractive route for cyclists leading to less mixing of cyclists with motor vehicle traffic. For maximum efficiency, these roads need to be resurfaced. In their current condition, they are hazardous for cyclists and one of the reasons they are not used more frequently.

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

We would need to look at all the relevant factors before proceeding to close the majority of the roads in North Romsey to motor vehicles. In principle, I support it as it would make cycling easier and safer through that part of the ward. However, we must take into account that there are lots of car users who reside on these streets - where would they drive in order to park outside their house? How much more is that going to add to the already congested Cambridge streets? To go ahead I would speak with all the residents to see what they wanted for their streets and take a level-headed approach into meetings to get the best outcome for Romsey residents.

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.