Bassett ward

Summary: Elections to Southampton City Council in May 2018
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Richard BLACKMAN (Liberal Democrat)
  • Alan FRENCH (Green Party)
  • Beryl HARRIS (The Conservative Party)
  • Sally SPICER (Labour Party)

Questions for Bassett ward candidates (6 questions)

Question 1

If elected will you sign up to the Space for Cycling campaign?

Richard BLACKMAN (Liberal Democrat)
Alan FRENCH (Green Party) Yes, and I have petitioned the incumbent councillors in Bassett to do the same
Beryl HARRIS (The Conservative Party)
Sally SPICER (Labour Party)

Question 2

Are you in favour of removing road space for cars and using this for safe segregated cycle superhighways similar to London?

Richard BLACKMAN (Liberal Democrat)
Alan FRENCH (Green Party) Yes, I think my ward in particular could benefit from this. Although the pavement along the Avenue is shared use, I see many people cycling on the road despite the obvious dangers from passing cars and lorries, and from potentially lethal potholes. I understand why they do so, as using the pavement presents its own dangers, particularly when crossing junctions. A segregated cycle lane would mean cyclists no longer have to choose between these two less-than-ideal options
Beryl HARRIS (The Conservative Party)
Sally SPICER (Labour Party)

Question 3

Are you in favour of lowering speed limits to 20mph in some residential areas to make it safer for people to walk and cycle?

Richard BLACKMAN (Liberal Democrat)
Alan FRENCH (Green Party) Yes, I believe there are many residential roads that would benefit from having a 20mph speed limit, particularly those where junctions are often obscured from view due to on-street parking.
Beryl HARRIS (The Conservative Party)
Sally SPICER (Labour Party)

Question 4

If elected what would you do to encourage cycling in Southampton?

Richard BLACKMAN (Liberal Democrat)
Alan FRENCH (Green Party) I should probably try to lead by example, for starters! I’m not currently a frequent cyclist, though I make most of my journeys within the city either on foot or by public transport.

I would be in support of continuing fantastic community events such as Let’s Ride Southampton, and encouraging the use of bike-sharing schemes.

Beryl HARRIS (The Conservative Party)
Sally SPICER (Labour Party)

Question 5

If elected would you be in favour of allocating 10% of the local transport budget to cycling?

Richard BLACKMAN (Liberal Democrat)
Alan FRENCH (Green Party) I would generally be in favour of increasing the amount allocated to cycling, however I wouldn’t want to put my finger on a specific figure without going over the budget in more detail.
Beryl HARRIS (The Conservative Party)
Sally SPICER (Labour Party)

Question 6

If elected would you be in favour of a Workplace Parking Levy?

Richard BLACKMAN (Liberal Democrat)
Alan FRENCH (Green Party) In theory, yes, however it would require careful consideration in order not to simply push commuters into parking on the streets instead, should companies decide to reduce the number of spaces available or pass on the cost of the levy to their employees. An increase in on-road parking is likely to be a nuisance for local residents as well as hazardous to both pedestrians and cyclists.
Beryl HARRIS (The Conservative Party)
Sally SPICER (Labour Party)