Bargate ward

April 29th, 2015
Summary: Elections to Southampton City Council in May 2015
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Spencer BOWMAN (The Conservative Party)
  • Joe COX (Green Party)
  • Andrew HOWE (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
  • John NOON (Labour Party)
  • Vijay Saradhi TONDEPU (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Bargate ward candidates (8 questions)

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# Question 1

What experience do you have of cycling in the Southampton area?

Spencer BOWMAN (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe COX (Green Party) I live in Millbrook and cycle around three days a week to work in Chilworth.  For years I used a standard mountain bike, however in the last year I am using an off road electric bike. Altogether I have over twenty years experience cycling in the Southampton area.
Andrew HOWE (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) Up until a few months ago, cycling was my primary mode of transport. I cycled to and from work for over 2 years. I also cycled to get my main weekly shopping trips. (Unfortunately my bike is now broken, and I am looking at repairing it, walking everywhere for the time being).
John NOON (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vijay Saradhi TONDEPU (Liberal Democrat) The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 2

We believe that 20mph should be the norm for local streets in residential areas (as distinct from main connecting roads). 20mph would: greatly encourage walking and cycling; improve the quality of life in an area for residents; and would not delay car journeys significantly (because only the start/end of a journey would be affected). Do you agree that 20mph should become the norm for local streets in Southampton?

Spencer BOWMAN (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe COX (Green Party) Yes 20mph is a safe realistic speed for motor vehicles on Southampton residential roads.
Andrew HOWE (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) This sounds like a positive idea for the city, and I would support such a move.
John NOON (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vijay Saradhi TONDEPU (Liberal Democrat) The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

11,000 people took part in last year’s Sky Ride in Southampton. If you are elected what would you do to encourage these same people to cycle regularly in the city.

Spencer BOWMAN (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe COX (Green Party) By continuing to ride a push bike it will be a good advert for cycling. Talking to interested campaign parties and other cyclists so as to promote cycling in the City is a good start. We do have to accept that the Sky Ride attracts many cyclists as it is a fun day. It can be harder to convince riders to habitually ride.
Andrew HOWE (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) I think that people need more access to free, or at least very affordable, bike repair services. The city should subsidise these. I know there is already some provision in this area, but it should be greatly expanded.Also, access to affordable bikes is very important! A scheme to sell cheap refurbished bikes would be a good start. It’s important to remember that a lot of the people that could be persuaded to make cycling their primary mode of transport are low paid workers, for who buying a new bike would be an impossibility. I know that the Society of St James run a scheme, and a repair shop, out of their homeless accommodation at Jordan House. I believe the police run a scheme of sorts also.
John NOON (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vijay Saradhi TONDEPU (Liberal Democrat) The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

How important do you consider the role of active travel (cycling and walking) in improving the air quality in the city and so avoid paying a large fine to the EU.

Spencer BOWMAN (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe COX (Green Party) It is going to take good imaginative ways to keep people cycling in the busy city. Encouraging people to use buses will help with our over-crowded roads and in turn people will feel safer while cycling. Even encouraging commuters to walk part of the commute will help relieve our traffic problems. The Green Party are campaigning for Park & Ride, this could include riding from parking sites.
Andrew HOWE (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

We need to reduce the number of cars on the road, that’s a given. One only has to look across the channel at the issues that have affected Paris recently to see the devastating future for pollutant-heavy cities and urban areas.

I don’t think “avoiding paying a large fine to the EU” is even an issue to give much consideration to—people’s health and well-being should come first and foremost.

John NOON (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vijay Saradhi TONDEPU (Liberal Democrat) The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

London’s Mayor has launched plans for proper prioritisation of space for cycling in London, with a 15-mile substantially-segregated route by removing traffic lanes from cars, three ‘mini-Hollands’ and more. Would you and your party support a new London-style bike plan for Southampton?

Spencer BOWMAN (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe COX (Green Party) I like the idea that London is spending more money on cycle features within their city. I believe we need more money spent on schemes that help people to have the confidence to cycle.
Andrew HOWE (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Segregating cycle traffic is clearly very important for people’s safety. I would support moves in this direction in Southampton.

John NOON (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vijay Saradhi TONDEPU (Liberal Democrat) The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

Do you believe that Dutch-quality cycle provision, with cycle tracks that are separate both from pedestrians and motor traffic and that have priority over side roads should be our aspiration and should a) be included within all new traffic schemes and b) be considered and consulted on for all modifications to existing schemes?

Spencer BOWMAN (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe COX (Green Party) Of course increased segregation is a great way forward. I don’t want to promote extreme city restructure which will disadvantage car users especially, as we want car drivers to respect cyclists as making a positive effort. Each scheme must be assessed on individual merits.
Andrew HOWE (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) Yes; this sounds like a good idea.
John NOON (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vijay Saradhi TONDEPU (Liberal Democrat) The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

Do you support our view that traffic policing, of all groups of road users (cyclists, drivers, etc), should become a greater police priority, and that this should be evidence-based, namely based on the relative levels of danger presented by each such group?

Spencer BOWMAN (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe COX (Green Party) Yes with thousands killed on our roads and hundreds of cyclists each year policing is a very important part of the system.
Andrew HOWE (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Huge cuts to police forces across the entire country mean that little time can be devoted to such things. I agree that traffic policing and general road safety for all road users should be a greater police priority, but the resources likely don’t exist to do this at this time. We need to reverse these cuts, so that the police have the time and personnel to keep people safe on the roads.

Last winter, I narrowly avoided a side-on collision with a vehicle that ran a red light in the city centre. Fortunately, the car missed my front tyre by approximately half a metre, striking a car in the lane of traffic to my right, which, being a car, was equipped with appropriate safety features. The drivers and passengers involved suffered only minor injuries, but as a cyclist I could have been killed. I’ve heard similar horror stories from friends and acquaintances. I am all in favour of more active traffic policing in the city.

John NOON (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vijay Saradhi TONDEPU (Liberal Democrat) The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 8

Do you have any other general cycling-related comments or points? And what support have you given for cycling and walking, or sustainable transport more generally, in the recent past?

Spencer BOWMAN (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Joe COX (Green Party) As a member of the Green Party I have helped campaign through the newspaper letters page for the Winchester Rd cycle lane. I would like to see plenty more cyclists riding past those lines of traffic that clog our roads.
Andrew HOWE (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

It’s important to consider the direct health benefits of cycling. The improvements to general health and fitness of the city’s population could be great if cycling were to be encouraged in the right way.

I don’t think that improvements in cycling are the be-all-and-end-all of improving transport in this country—far from it. I also don’t think that improvements in cycling should be to the detriment of workers—such improvements should not come at the expense or detriment to people’s everyday lives.

Bringing the railways back into public ownership, reducing ticket prices and improving services, would be an important first step towards making transport in Britain sustainable. Nationalising the bus companies and other public transport would also play a key part in this. Such a programme of nationalisation would take millions of cars off of the roads. Why would you pay to tax, fuel, insure, and MOT a car if you could hop onto affordable, efficient, and sustainable public transport?

Let’s look also to parts of Europe, where public transport and cycling infrastructure are marvels we can learn much from.

John NOON (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vijay Saradhi TONDEPU (Liberal Democrat) The candidate has not responded to the survey.

Southampton Cycling Campaign is a non-partisan body. All candidates are given an equal opportunity to submit their views.

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