Millbrook ward

May 3rd, 2016
Summary: Elections to Southampton City Council in May 2016
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2016
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Jonathan BEAN (Green Party)
  • Graham GALTON (Liberal Democrat)
  • Stephen GALTON (The Conservative Party)
  • Pearline HINGSTON (UK Independence Party (UKIP))
  • Sarah TAGGART (Labour Party)
  • Peter WYATT (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Questions for Millbrook ward candidates (2 questions)

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# Question 1

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

Jonathan BEAN (Green Party) Yes, of course.
Graham GALTON (Liberal Democrat) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen GALTON (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.
Pearline HINGSTON (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) A response has been submitted on behalf of UK Independence Party candidates by the branch chairman, Pearline Hingston
Sarah TAGGART (Labour Party) Yes

Clarification on 20 mph speed limits

Peter WYATT (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 2

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

Jonathan BEAN (Green Party)

I own a car, but cycle every day on my way to work.  It’s only a short journey from my home, but it highlights just how badly Southampton needs to invest in its infrastructure.  We need to make walking and cycling journeys safer by investing in infrastructure that puts people first, not cars.  We need to provide training (not just bike handling, but maintenance skills) to those cyclists who feel they would benefit from it.  And we need to publicise the benefits of cycling, walking, and using public transport.  All the Space for Cycling campaign’s recommendations should be adopted.

My personal view is that infrastructure is critical.  For many people cycling to work is likely to be cheaper, quicker, healthier than driving, but unless they feel safe, the car will remain the preferred option.

From the outset, I would push for segregated cycle lanes on all roads with a speed limit of more than 30mph, with parallel paths were space allows; residential areas to have 20mph speed limits with no-through roads or one way systems as appropriate; the re-design of dangerous junctions with phased light signals; and an increase in secure cycle storage facilities in the city centre.

Alongside this, I would push for greater cooperation with neighbouring local authorities.  Even if Southampton had the best cycling infrastructure in the country, but if those visiting from the New Forest, Test Valley, Eastleigh, or beyond feel compelled to drive in, then there will be only minimal improvements.  A joined up approach to cycling routes, plus cooperation to develop multi-modal (walk, cycle, bus, train, etc) transport routes will help to reduce the number of cars on the road.

Lastly, I would campaign for planners to ensure that any new developments – either residential or commercial – are designed and built with cycling, walking, and public transport in mind.

Once again, thanks for asking my views on cycling in Southampton.
Graham GALTON (Liberal Democrat) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen GALTON (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.
 Pearline HINGSTON (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) A response has been submitted on behalf of UK Independence Party candidates by the branch chairman, Pearline Hingston
Sarah TAGGART (Labour Party) I believe that cycling lanes need to be kept painted and signposted. Steps can be taken to effect a more joined up policy for cycling to link with city destinations, both for work and leisure, for example, ensuring that cycle routes are contiguous across the city and into its outer areasWe should provide covered lockers in city centre and transport hub locations.The council could work with the police and voluntary organisations to offer regular cycle clinics and security marking services. Advice on bike maintenance and simple on-the-spot repairs could be offered.

Innovations to ensure continued encouragement for people to choose cycling as a transport option could include secure bike locking facilities as a condition for pub licences and cafe/restaurant applications.

A more continuous safe cycle route linking Millbrook Road East to the city centre is needed to ensure safe and easy access for cyclists. A recent fatality has highlighted the urgency for this.

A cycle lane along Thomas Lewis way is essential as it is such an important and busy access route in and out of the city.

Cycling is central to changing lifestyle habits that will improve the health, safety and environment of all Southampton residents.  Policy must include media campaigns and incentives to get people cycling, and real measures to make cycling a safer and more pleasant experience.

Many of these initiatives could be sponsored by bike and cycling equipment retailers. Perhaps offering advertising in return.

Peter WYATT (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.

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