Millbrook ward

Summary: Elections to Southampton City Council in May 2018
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Andrew BEAL (Liberal Democrat)
  • Jonathan BEAN (Green Party)
  • Mike DENNESS (Labour Party)
  • Ed EDWORTHY (Southampton Independents Putting You First)
  • Stephen GALTON (The Conservative Party)
  • Pearline HINGSTON (UKIP)

Questions for Harefield ward candidates (6 questions)

Question 1

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

Andrew BEAL (Liberal Democrat)
Jonathan BEAN (Green Party) Yes
Mike DENNESS (Labour Party)
Ed EDWORTHY (Southampton Independents Putting You First)
Stephen GALTON (The Conservative Party)
Pearline HINGSTON (UKIP) Yes

Question 2

Are you in favour of removing road space for cars and using this for safe segregated cycle superhighways similar to London?

Andrew BEAL (Liberal Democrat)
Jonathan BEAN (Green Party) Yes
Mike DENNESS (Labour Party)
Ed EDWORTHY (Southampton Independents Putting You First)
Stephen GALTON (The Conservative Party)
Pearline HINGSTON (UKIP) Yes

Question 3

Are you in favour of lowering speed limits to 20mph in some residential areas to make it safer for people to walk and cycle?

Andrew BEAL (Liberal Democrat)
Jonathan BEAN (Green Party) Yes
Mike DENNESS (Labour Party)
Ed EDWORTHY (Southampton Independents Putting You First)
Stephen GALTON (The Conservative Party)
Pearline HINGSTON (UKIP) Yes

Question 4

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

Andrew BEAL (Liberal Democrat)
Jonathan BEAN (Green Party)

I would campaign for effective infrastructure changes.  Everyone knows that cycling, walking and public transport are better for our health and the environment than driving, yet people continue to drive as it is more convenient.  Awareness campaigns are important and necessary, but without changes to the built environment that make it a) safer, and b) quicker to cycle, the amount of change will be limited.  This means segregated cycle paths and safer junctions, as well as secure storage across the city.

I would work with neighbouring local authorities on a joint transport and planning approach.  Southampton could have all the bike lanes in the world, but if commuters are coming in by car from elsewhere, then the problems of congestion and pollution remain.  I would encourage multi-modal transport options, a park and ride system, or the reinstatement of local rail lines where appropriate
I would encourage the Council to look at the examples of other cities – such as Ghent, Nantes or Seville – who have successfully developed a cycling culture and commit to making some bold decisions about what kind of Southampton we want to build for the future:  one where the car is king; or one that is people-centric, safe and clean?
I also recognise that I am not an expert – but a cycle commuter with plenty of experience of cycling in Southampton – and would seek input and advice from local people and expert organisations.
Mike DENNESS (Labour Party)
Ed EDWORTHY (Southampton Independents Putting You First)
Stephen GALTON (The Conservative Party)
Pearline HINGSTON (UKIP) Campaign for cycle lanes

Question 5

If elected would you be in favour of allocating 10% of the local transport budget to cycling?

Andrew BEAL (Liberal Democrat)
Jonathan BEAN (Green Party) Yes, as a minimum
Mike DENNESS (Labour Party)
Ed EDWORTHY (Southampton Independents Putting You First)
Stephen GALTON (The Conservative Party)
Pearline HINGSTON (UKIP) Yes

Question 6

If elected would you be in favour of a Workplace Parking Levy?

Andrew BEAL (Liberal Democrat)
Jonathan BEAN (Green Party) Yes
Mike DENNESS (Labour Party)
Ed EDWORTHY (Southampton Independents Putting You First)
Stephen GALTON (The Conservative Party)
Pearline HINGSTON (UKIP) Within Southampton, most employees have to pay for onsite parking already, which goes to the employing organisation eg as in Southampton General Hospital.