Portswood ward

May 1st, 2015
Summary: Elections to Southampton City Council in May 2015
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Chris BLUEMEL (Green Party)
  • Nick CHAFFEY (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
  • Matthew CLAISSE (The Conservative Party)
  • Lucas SZLEK (Labour Party)
  • Adrian John VINSON (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Portswood ward candidates (8 questions)

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# Question 1

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

Chris BLUEMEL (Green Party)

 I cycle everywhere in my day to day life.  I frequently cycle all over Southampton, and as far as Totton and Eastleigh.

Nick CHAFFEY (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Matthew CLAISSE (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucas SZLEK (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian John VINSON (Liberal Democrat) Though not myself a cyclist, my son and daughter both were when they lived here.

# 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?

Chris BLUEMEL (Green Party)

I do indeed believe that 20mph should be the norm for residential streets, shopping streets, and past schools.  I believe that 30mph should remain the norm only for main trunk roads, and that this should be highest speed allowed on main roads.  I believe that the speed limit on the Avenue, currently 40mph, should be reduced to 30mph.

Nick CHAFFEY (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Matthew CLAISSE (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucas SZLEK (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian John VINSON (Liberal Democrat) Yes.

# 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.

Chris BLUEMEL (Green Party)

If elected, I will use my position to speak up on behalf of cyclists at every opportunity.  I will liaise regularly with the Cycling Campaign, and try to ensure that the campaign are consulted about any new proposals which they may have an interest in, something I am aware has not always happened in the past.

In the long-term, I believe that Southampton needs a bigger network of cycle routes.  I think a relatively simple way to achieve this would be to build parallel cycle routes throughout the length of all of the main trunk roads out of this city centre; this would provide every suburb with a safe route to cycle to the centre.  In the shorter-term, I will push for softer measures, such as improved signage of safe cycle routes which avoid busy roads.

Nick CHAFFEY (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Matthew CLAISSE (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucas SZLEK (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian John VINSON (Liberal Democrat) More dedicated cycleways.

# 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.

Chris BLUEMEL (Green Party)

I believe that walking and cycling are very important in tackling air pollution, and the measures needed to encourage their use would generally be very much cheaper than the alternatives.

Nick CHAFFEY (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Matthew CLAISSE (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucas SZLEK (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian John VINSON (Liberal Democrat) Very.

# 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?

Chris BLUEMEL (Green Party)

In principle, I would support such a plan for Southampton.  That said, I am not currently in a position to comment on the fine details.

Nick CHAFFEY (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Matthew CLAISSE (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucas SZLEK (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian John VINSON (Liberal Democrat) Wherever practicable.

# 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?

Chris BLUEMEL (Green Party) Yes.  On slower roads, cyclists should have priority, and on faster ones, they should be segregated.
Nick CHAFFEY (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Matthew CLAISSE (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucas SZLEK (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian John VINSON (Liberal Democrat) Ideally yes, though may not be practicable in full in all circumstances.

# 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?

Chris BLUEMEL (Green Party) Yes, I do believe that traffic policing should be given greater priority.
Nick CHAFFEY (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Matthew CLAISSE (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucas SZLEK (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian John VINSON (Liberal Democrat) Yes.

# 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?

Chris BLUEMEL (Green Party) I have been a keen cyclist and had a strong interest in sustainable transport for many years.
Nick CHAFFEY (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Matthew CLAISSE (The Conservative Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucas SZLEK (Labour Party) The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adrian John VINSON (Liberal Democrat) Consistent advocacy of greater funding for cycleways and safe cycling measures in Council budgets.

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

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