2022 local election candidates: Southlands 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 Southlands 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.

Name: Tania Edwards
Party: Conservative

1. What will I do to bring meaningful improvement to  cycling in Adur, no in the distant future, but soon?

I have only been a Councillor for the last year (and if I am re-elected) I aim to continue working with the Highways and WSCC to get urgent repairs in Southlands as many of the potholes are at risk of reaching Australia and are a serious hazard to all road users!  Parts of Kingston Lane, Wilmot Road, Arundel Close (crater), Middle Road, are now scheduled to be repaired/resurfaced this year – photos sent to them obviously paint a thousand words!

However the above is mainly remedial work and I feel to help add value to Southlands and in order to link up with all the other surrounding Adur districts to have a more cohesive travel plan for all, whether by bike, walking, active travel through good public services and car, we need to have a major restructuring of Stoney Lane, Kingston Lane, Hammy Lane and last but not least Middle Road.  If we can get these roads/links right, I believe we can enhance the experience for all travellers, encouraging more that are physically able to get out and about.  

There are many families living in Southlands, however over 60% of residents are aged 60 yrs plus, there are a large number of people under0 – 60yrs too that have a variety of disabilities and are in specially adapted homes.  As I mention below, my challenge will be to serve all these needs, whilst trying to work closely with other wards as we are slap bang in the middle and therefore need to work together to achieve a cohesive plan.

The answers to many of the issues raised by everyone so far will depend on the same old issues – quality and proposed layouts.  Afterall we have the technology and the know-how, we just need to get on and apply it.

2. What in my ward, or in Adur more widely, are the specific problems, challenges or solutions that I would like to address that would enable more safe easy everyday journeys by bike?

I have addressed part of this already in Question 1.   

I would add:

  • I think that reducing speed restrictions in some areas (which has also been raised by many of the other candidates too) should be considered, some countries e.g. America have brought in ‘dual speed limits’ for areas that have children going to school which apply at certain times of the day (with hefty fines imposed if breached).
  • I think that we need to have a national road training programme and awareness for all road users, however I will settle for getting something up and running in Adur to start with, as in the last 10yrs alone the law has changed on so many fronts with regard to road use e.g. who gives right of way to who and people across all ages/modes of travel have not been keeping up and Covid has added to this problem.  I have seen all ages using all modes of transport and they seem to have lost their confidence and/or are completely oblivious to the dangers as they were vastly reduced when we were all in lockdowns.

3. Do I 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 the coming years?

I would very much like to work to get the buy-in from all on how we use our roads and pavements throughout Adur (and nationally).  To achieve this I think that following any training for all, this will help with accountability which everyone needs to take ownership.   In Amsterdam I have been amazed at how pedestrians, car drivers and bike riders can live in harmony and everyone respects each other as equals, whether this is resulting in bike riders being registered I believe this has helped to give bike users a higher profile and formal recognition. 

Overall it is about working with all parties and authorities and whilst discussions are still needed, more doing is also imperative!

Candidate: Dan Flower
Party: Labour

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

We have had many consultations on cycle lanes. Many good ideas were put forward, but it seems that over the years council officers put forward good ideas only for Conservative councillors to come up with reasons why we should not do them. As a councillor I want to see action, I want to see improvements made.

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 Southlands safe cycling is especially important with the number of school students on their way to and from Shoreham Academy. The county council likes on-line surveys and consultations. That’s not good enough. Ideas for Middle Road and Upper Shoreham Road appear and disappear without anything happening.  As a councillor I will insist on genuine local involvement to bring about change and to ensure safe, active travel becomes an option for local people. How refreshing would it be if we heard from our children about their experiences of cycling and walking to school, from dog walkers about crossing the roads to the parks and from people with pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters about dropped kerbs.

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?

Transport is the biggest cause of pollution in Adur so I would like to make it easier for people to choose to leave the car behind. It should be easier and safer for local people to cycle to work, to school, to the shops or for leisure. I support more cycle lanes, more places to park cycles in town centres and workplaces, more 20mph speed limit zones and an affordable integrated public transport system. More about the policies I support are on https://www.ewslabour.org.uk/2022/04/14/our-priorities-for-cycling-and-transport-in-adur/

Candidate: Ian Jones
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.

Candidate: Anne Younger
Party: Green Party

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

Like so many of us I walk, cycle and drive a car, to be honest, not necessarily in that order! Nobody should be made ill, to feel guilty or unsafe doing any of those, but sadly they do. As a Green candidate I know that it could be so much better if we are brave, willing to see other perspectives and open ourselves to change. It is going to be the only way we survive as a race.

I would bring energy, drive and an absolute conviction to a whole range of ideas aimed at improving cycling and active travel, starting on day one. Above all I would look at things differently, putting our health and that of the planet first – because we depend on it (oh and it is very beautiful).

Despite the oft-quoted opinion that the County Council have all the power when it comes to improving active travel, Adur District DOES have some rights and jurisdiction. It would be my priority to push to use these to make early changes to our local roads and infrastructure – a great example being where I live and where I am standing as candidate – Middle Road in Southlands ward.

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?

Use Adur District’s local powers to make Middle Road safer for school children and all other users by providing cycling infrastructure.

Give support to a motion for a 20mph speed limit for all residential areas of Shoreham and throughout the district, improving safety significantly for cyclists & pedestrians, at low cost.

Back the campaign to develop infrastructure for the Upper Shoreham Road and A259 which is designed to the best specifications and creates a safe artery for cyclists, pedestrians, and mobility vehicles.

Support extension of cycle share schemes into the Adur area.

With local stakeholders, develop a blueprint for effective cycling arteries throughout the district – east to west and north to south.

Scrutinise planning applications to ensure that cyclist provision and infrastructure is a key component within any new build.

Lobby for ‘before and after’ school road closure schemes at local schools (eg. St Peter’s, St Nicolas and St Mary, Shoreham Academy)

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?

Besides active travel, other keys to easing the move away from the car are to provide well planned public transport services – rail and road, and to have a shared vision for revitalising and localising our urban spaces. I would support/ lobby for the following:

Station–town-river-sea pedestrianisation via Brunswick Road, East Street, footbridge, Ferry Road.

Given the development of the New Monks Farm area, to lobby for an A27 limited bus service to provide a ‘northern public transport artery’ to the district.

Lobby for bus lane infrastructure on the A259 to increase the efficiency/reliability of the Stagecoach 700 service between Worthing and Brighton.

Lobby for improvement to bus services north of the Upper Shoreham Road including frequency and timing of the Compass 19 service.

Lobby for ticket integration between companies – Stagecoach/Compass/Brighton & Hove – to minimise multiple tickets over extended journeys.

Lobby for extension of Car Share schemes into the Adur area. Car clubs reduce private car ownership and congestion. Ensure all new developments have ‘Car Club’ parking provision.

Lobby with Southern Rail to improve the capacity and frequency of West Coastway services. This is an essential public travel artery and services should include larger, more frequent trains.

Thanks to fellow Green candidate Julian Shinn for many of these suggestions.

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