Freemantle ward

May 3rd, 2016
Summary: Elections to Southampton City Council in May 2016
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2016
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Chris GRACE (The Conservative Party)
  • Amy GREENWOOD (Liberal Democrat)
  • Colin HINGSTON (UK Independence Party (UKIP))
  • Jonathan Woodrow MARTIN (Green Party)
  • Dave SHIELDS (Labour Party)

Questions for Freemantle ward candidates (2 questions)

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# Question 1

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

Chris GRACE (The Conservative Party) A response has been submitted on behalf of all Conservative Party candidates by the group spokesperson for Environment and Transport, Councillor Steven Galton.
Amy GREENWOOD (Liberal Democrat) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Colin HINGSTON (UK Independence Party (UKIP) A response has been submitted on behalf of UK Independence Party candidates by the branch chairman, Pearline Hingston
Jonathan Woodrow MARTIN (Green Party) Yes.
Dave Shields (Labour Party) My answer to this is ‘quite possibly’, as I would like to have some time to find out a bit more about the campaign, who exactly is involved locally and what the resource implications might be in terms of finance and Council officer time.

# Question 2

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

Chris GRACE (The Conservative Party) A response has been submitted on behalf of all Conservative Party candidates by the group spokesperson for Environment and Transport, Councillor Steven Galton.
Amy GREENWOOD (Liberal Democrat) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Colin HINGSTON (UK Independence Party (UKIP) A response has been submitted on behalf of UK Independence Party candidates by the branch chairman, Pearline Hingston
Jonathan Woodrow MARTIN (Green Party) If elected, I would look to make cycling an integral part of short and long-term transport strategy in Southampton.

The positive health and wellbeing impacts of increased cycling are many. This city must invest smartly for the future. By investing in cycling the council can make a real and measurable impact on people’s lives.

Potentially, money could be saved in other areas through this increased participation in safe cycling. Improvements in health could decrease pressure on the NHS whilst less reliance on motor transport could add to these savings in health as well as in areas such as road repairs and maintenance.

I would look to work with fellow councilors, residents and campaigners, such as SCC, to find the best ways to place cycling as a popular and safe mode of transport in all areas of the city.

Dave Shields (Labour Party)
  1. To continue to use the Council’s public health responsibilities and Government grant funding for promoting healthy behaviour change and support initiatives to encourage modal shift e.g. through the excellent My Journey campaign; I would want to ensure that a proportion of the £1.6 million p.a. we currently spend on promoting healthy lifestyles (e.g. through help via the local NHS for people wanting to give up smoking, lose weight and reduce alcohol intake) is devoted to encouraging more walking and cycling as part of everyday life.
  1. To establish a consensus between local campaigners, politicians of all parties and technicians/ engineers about an evidence-based approach to doing what works with whatever resources are available (not just those of the Council but also of the NHS, schools, colleges, police, fire & rescue service, major employers, civic society etc.)
  1. To ensure that we put public health and tackling health inequalities at the heart of all Council policies (including the Local Transport Plan and Local Plan Review) in order to (a) tackle the ‘obesogenic’ environment (b) better connect local communities and (c) address poor air quality
  1. To place more emphasis on addressing environmental hazards to people’s health – including safety at work, in our homes and on our roads; the City’s experiences of people killed and seriously injured on our roads needs a higher priority as the problem appears to have gotten worse in recent years (see the link below to the Council’s public health pages) and because of the very steep social class gradient where children and young people from the poorest backgrounds are over 5 times more likely to be affected than those from the richest. http://www.publichealth.southampton.gov.uk/Images/Road%20Traffic%20Accidents%20Briefing%20-%20April%202013.pdf
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