2022 local election candidates: Southwick Green 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 Southwick Green ward in Southwick. 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: David Batchelor
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?


It’s a real shame that cycle facilities have passed us by in Southwick. We need cycleways to link the schools, Buckingham Park, Southwick Square and Holmbush. Anyone that braves the Brighton Road or Upper Shoreham Road knows that cycling to Hove and Brighton is not for the faint-hearted and needs sorting.

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
@FocusonShorehamanSouthwick.

Candidate: Jude Harvey
Party: Labour

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

Consultation has just closed on a possible cycle route along the A259 through Southwick to Hove. Many good ideas were put forward, but it seems to me 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?

I cycle most days in Southwick and experience the pot-holes and poor road surfaces that entails. I will press the county council to do more on that. The issue of potholes is extremely important. They can burst a car’s tyre but they can throw a cyclist from their bike on a busy road used by heavy lorries – Kingston Lane for example. It’s also difficult for a cyclist to be watching out for potholes at the same time as gauging traffic behaviour.

I will also argue for more reminders of the speed limit would be helpful. Signs that remind motorists of the place of cyclists in the new highway code hierarchy of road users at strategic points would be worthwhile too.

As an Adur councillor for Southwick Green I will want to see improvements to the Square so that it is more bike friendly, including more parking places for bicycles. Much more needs to be done and I will talk to residents about that. On-line surveys and consultations by the county council are one thing, but we need genuine local involvement to bring about change.

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 we 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/

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