Portswood ward

April 21st, 2016
Summary: Elections to Southampton City Council in May 2016
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2016
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Kieren BROWN (Green Party)
  • Nick CHAFFEY (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
  • Molly CHANDLER (UK Independence Party (UKIP))
  • Adrian FORD (Liberal Democrat)
  • Linda NORRIS (The Conservative Party)
  • John SAVAGE (Labour Party)

Questions for Portswood ward candidates (2 questions)

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# Question 1

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

Kieren BROWN (Green Party) I will certainly sign up, to Space for Cycling
Nick CHAFFEY (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Molly CHANDLER (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) A response has been submitted on behalf of UK Independence Party candidates by the branch chairman, Pearline Hingston
Adrian FORD (Liberal Democrat) I would like to meet members of the campaign before deciding how best I can help.
Linda NORRIS (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.
John SAVAGE (Labour Party) Yes.

# Question 2

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

Kieren BROWN (Green Party) Encouraging cycling in Southampton will lead to many long term benefits to many people in different ways. It will help increase the quality of the air in the city that prematurely kills at least 100 people a year. It will give people more confidence to get on the roads and cycle making people healthier. It will help to restore trust in cyclists from other road users. With so many benefits coming from cycling within the city I think it’s vital a cohesive set of cycle lanes are put in place starting with places cyclists feel they are most needed. This would mean putting in a full set of cycle lanes to get people safely to and from the city centre and to schools.  The token cycle lanes put in now in some cases are short and places were cyclists already feel safe. We need to make sure that in areas of particularly residential areas that speed limits are put to a level that is safe for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and in the majority of cases that is 20mph. In Priory Road after a consultation with residents we are already looking towards solutions to get traffic speed down. 
Nick CHAFFEY (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Molly CHANDLER (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) A response has been submitted on behalf of UK Independence Party candidates by the branch chairman, Pearline Hingston
Adrian FORD (Liberal Democrat) I would work to achieve funding for more dedicated cycle ways across the city.
Linda NORRIS (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.
John SAVAGE (Labour Party)
I would explore a wide range of initiatives
  • Getting families to cycle together, get stabilizers off cycle training events for toddlers in City parks.
  • Support schools with events to promote safer cycling, BMX displays with an emphasis on no lid no ride.*
  • Hosting sponsored distance rides eg London to Southampton.
  • Working with community groups, libraries, youth centres etc. to organise bike maintenance workshops.
  • Work with the police to support bike serial no. registration days to reduce bike thefts.
  • Explore obtaining a leg of the Tour de France starting in Southampton.
  • Continue with the expansion of cross City cycleways.
  • Improve clarity of priority cycleways and traffic lights eg. Hill lane junc with Bellemoor rd traffic lights provides cycle access to the Common but Traffic lights are confusing and dangerous.
  • Improve provision for shared cycle pedestrian pathways in and around park areas. eg.Highfield – Lovers Lane towards UoS is particularly difficult for both
  • Further develop a (Boris type) bike loan scheme beyond the train station.
  • Promotion of wage sacrifice bike purchase schemes
  • Investigation with tenants of housing estate secure bike shelters.
  • Setting up a web site to promote citywide cycling with suggestions from Southampton residents.
  • Discussion with train service providers of increased cycle passenger provision.
  • Work on highway maintenance to ensure roads are safe for cyclists.
  • We also need to do more to ensure safer cycling. Police must challenge illegal pavement cycling and riding without lights to improve safety for all road users
* PLEASE NOTE
I am a committed cyclist, cycling with my youngest son to his school everyday before continuing my journey to work. My oldest boy doesn’t cycle anymore as peer pressure stops him from wearing a helmet. This is common amongst his friends. We need to reverse this trend and work with schools, local cycling clubs, celebrity sports men and women as well as stunt cyclist to celebrate safe cycling.
I am very interested in working closer with Southampton cycling campaign.

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