Bitterne Park ward

May 15th, 2015
Summary: Elections to Southampton City Council in May 2015
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Lindsi BLUEMEL  (Green Party)
  • Linda BOULTON (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
  • David FULLER (The Conservative Party)
  • Andrew GODSELL (Labour Party)
  • Richard JAY (UK Independence Party (UKIP))
  • James Arnold READ (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Bitterne Park ward candidates (8 questions)

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# Question 1

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

Lindsi BLUEMEL  (Green Party) I cycle daily around the city. I do not own a car and all my journeys are by bicycle both within the city and in the surrounding countryside as well as between Southampton and neighbouring urban areas: Eastleigh, Romsey, Portsmouth, Salisbury and Winchester.
Linda BOULTON (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David FULLER (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew GODSELL (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard JAY (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Arnold READ (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?

Lindsi BLUEMEL  (Green Party) I definitely agree that 20 should be the norm for residential roads. I would extend it to include the sections of connecting roads that are also residential eg Bitterne Road West, Winchester Road, Bassett Avenue and Thornhill Rd. The only roads that should not be 20 are those entirely non-residential such as Tebourba Way and Thomas Lewis Way.
Linda BOULTON (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)  The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David FULLER (The Conservative Party)  The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew GODSELL (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard JAY (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Arnold READ (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.

Lindsi BLUEMEL  (Green Party) I would i) incentivise cycling by, for example, discounts for those who arrive by bike when visiting Sea City, Tudor House etc (or offer free cup of tea as National Trust does)  ii) use a significant proportion of the 15 billion roads budget to extend cycle lanes/paths so that there are no “missing links” ie make it easy and safe to cycle around the city without having to negotiate any dangerous roads or junctions  iii) improve signage so it is easy to find a safe cycle route to your destination.
Linda BOULTON (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)  The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David FULLER (The Conservative Party)  The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew GODSELL (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard JAY (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Arnold READ (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.

Lindsi BLUEMEL  (Green Party) Active travel is the only solution to improving air quality. Most of the toxic emissions are from motor vehicles, including buses. Electric cars and low emission buses will help but not in the short term.
Linda BOULTON (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David FULLER (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew GODSELL (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard JAY (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Arnold READ (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?

Lindsi BLUEMEL  (Green Party) Not in the life of the next council. In order to justify this expenditure there would need to be a higher percentage of cyclists, otherwise it would create a negative response from other road users.  In London, Boris’s scheme comes after a massive increase in cycling; it’s not justifiable for 2% of journeys. I believe the council should concentrate on improving the present provision and making safe cycle paths/lanes continuous and throughout the city, rather than throw money at a few high-profile schemes which only benefit cyclists if they are using particular routes.
Linda BOULTON (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)  The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David FULLER (The Conservative Party)  The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew GODSELL (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard JAY (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Arnold READ (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?

Lindsi BLUEMEL (Green Party) Yes, where there is room. Roads with lower motor traffic volumes could probably have cycle lanes marked by broken white lines and likewise, little used pavements don’t need segregation. Yes, there should always be consultation.
Linda BOULTON (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David FULLER (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew GODSELL (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard JAY (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Arnold READ (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?

Lindsi BLUEMEL  (Green Party) Yes, definitely. Fines should be used to increase traffic police numbers.
Linda BOULTON (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)  The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David FULLER (The Conservative Party)  The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew GODSELL (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard JAY (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Arnold READ (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?

Lindsi BLUEMEL  (Green Party) I would like to see greater priority given to pedestrians and cyclists in all road schemes. I believe we should remove most of the pelican crossings in designated areas eg city centre and peds can cross wherever, similar to the new Exhibition Road scheme in London.  This council is installing more and more pelican/toucan crossings at great cost rather than simply reducing speeds and making larger areas “shared space”.  More junctions where all (except motor vehicles) can cross in any direction at the same time (called something like simultaneous red).
Linda BOULTON (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David FULLER (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrew GODSELL (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Richard JAY (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Arnold READ (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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