2022 local election candidates: Buckingham ward

We have asked all candidates in May’s Adur District Council elections to answer some questions on cycling and transport, to help residents decide on their vote.

Here are the responses we have received so far for Buckingham ward in Shoreham-by-Sea. If you do not see a response from a candidate you’re looking for, we have not yet received one, and we’ll publish it when we do.

To view candidates for a different ward, see our main 2022 local elections page.

Candidate: Emma Evans
Party: Conservative

1. What will you do (and, if incumbent, what have you already done) to bring
meaningful improvement to cycling in Adur, not in the distant future, but soon?

In the time I have been a district councillor there has definitely been a shift in
emphasis to a more sustainable way of living.

With that comes the greater importance active travel, whether walking or cycling it is here to stay.

How we make that safer whilst bringing all of our community along with us is a
challenge. There are polarised opinions both for and against.

We are making strides in the right direction with the Local Cycling Walking
Infrastructure Plan and improvements such as the crossing going in across the A283 at the Red Lion.

2. In your ward, or in Adur more widely, what specific problems, challenges or
solutions would you like to address that would enable more safe, easy
everyday journeys by bike?

In Buckingham the pinch point for any cycle lane is particularly outside our local shopping parade where the road is narrower and the shops benefit from a lot of passing trade.

I don’t believe the scheme in 2020 was a well thought out one. Had it gone in in
March when the first lockdown happened the problems would have been excusable, however it didn’t go in til September and was not finished when it was removed in January 2021.

Do you have any other ambitions for cycling or other forms of sustainable
transport in Shoreham and Adur, particularly as the population of our district
grows in coming years?

My ambition, should I be re elected, is to find schemes initially that can be supported by many if not all residents. I believe that most would like to see schemes that enable children to have safe routes to school. The new crossing will help with those travelling west to Sir Robert Woodard Academy.

I feel that Eastern Avenue and along Middle Road would also benefit from a scheme, promotion and linking up of the national cycle route is key.

My dream scenario for the town would be for lorry/port traffic to be stopped from using Old Shoreham Rd, Upper Shoreham Rd and the High Street, instead using the route intended for them in Portslade. For the roads such as West St to become left turn only, and for there to be a reduction in the number of bus stops on the High Street.

I am very much looking forward to the new bike hire scheme coming to town, which will have electric as well as pedal power bikes, making active travel a viable option for many at a reasonable cost.

Also with the new developments, whilst controversial they do give the opportunity for a linked up coastal cycle route opening up the river views and safe routes East to West.

Candidate: Nico Kearns
Party: Liberal Democrat

1. What will you do to bring meaningful improvement to cycling in Adur, not in the distant future, but soon?

Now we have the bones of a network we need to facilitate the actual use of bikes. That means more secure parking in town centres, bike storage for residents without garages, and integration with other public transport. If elected, LibDem councillors will use carbon free transport wherever practicable when carrying out their duties. As councillors, we would use the current hike in petrol prices as a rallying cry to encourage more low carbon travel options, including cycling and walking.

2. In your ward, or in Adur more widely, what specific problems, challenges
or solutions would you like to address that would enable more safe, easy
everyday journeys by bike?

As the fiasco with Upper Shoreham Road demonstrated, cycle schemes are tolerated and begrudgingly adopted by Tory councillors after central government pressure. Cycles are equal and vulnerable road users. There are not enough segregated safe spaces to give cyclists of all levels of experience the confidence to use bikes as everyday transport and exercise. In the past, shared spaces have often been poorly designed and caused friction between users. Cycling will not be an afterthought for LibDem councillors.

3. Do you have any other ambitions for cycling or other forms of sustainable transport in Shoreham and Adur, particularly as the population of our district grows in coming years?

We will create a cyclists’ Adur Ring. It will link the Coastal Path, Downs Link and South Downs Way. It will be a marked and branded circuit that will link the beach to the downs and the river. It will provide a cycling link between Shoreham and Southwick as well as a link northward to Steyning. It will provide an opportunity for more residents to use bikes to travel safely between local towns. It will be a fabulous accessible recreation facility and another amenity to attract visitors. We shall be doing more work on the precise route of the Adur Ring and, in due course, will publish details on Facebook @FocusonShorehamandSouthwick.

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