South Antrim Election Cycle 2017

When you go to vote on Thursday 2nd March 2017 in South Antrim cycling might not be your top priority, but where candidates stand might have a bearing on where you place your preferences. We contacted all of the candidates standing for election to the Northern Ireland Assembly – below you can see if they responded and what they think of our ask:

Will you commit to invest at least £10 per head of population on cycling measures and pledge to support and build upon the urban and rural cycling strategies launched since August 2015?

Steve Aiken (UUP)

“Happy to support nigreenways Election Cycle 2017.”

Ivanka Antova (PBPA)

“Yes we agree to commit.”

Eleanor Bailey (Green)

“The Green Party is committed to increase spending on cycling infrastructure throughout Northern Ireland to the value of £25 per person and to support moves to expand cycling green ways.”

Richard Cairns (TUV)

“Can’t commit to any spending when the country doesn’t have a budget and is set to leak approx £600m on RHI over 20 years. We need to tackle the waste first, then look at opportunities such as this. Broadly in favour but can’t ask rate/tax payer to take on extra debt.”

Pam Cameron (DUP)

No response so far.

Trevor Clarke (DUP)

“I have supported cycling in the past & personally I would commit to it. However, so close to an election I’m not sure what the party position would be on this issue. But if elected, happy to meet to discuss.”

Adrian Cochrane-Watson (UUP)

No response so far.

David Ford (Alliance)

“You have my support. Again!”

Paul Girvan (DUP)

“Yes to all three questions.  As a keen cyclist, I would like to see the greenways opened up for the communities to enjoy, in a safe manner.”

Declan Kearney (Sinn Féin)

“I can confirm that Sinn Féin supports your 3 key asks as detailed below:

  • Investment: Sinn Féin supports funding for cycling of at least £10 per head of population, so as to encourage safer cycling conditions and see more people start cycling
  • Greenways: Sinn Féin supports the Greenways Strategy and the development of traffic-free greenways across the country to boost rural regeneration and tourism.
  • Legislation: Sinn Féin supports the introduction of an Active Travel Act to incorporate cycling and walking provision into land-use planning and new developments.

“Post-election I look forward to continuing to work with you and your colleagues as we seek to emphasise the health and social benefits of cycling.”

Mark Logan (Conservatives)

“If elected I’d really like to discuss these ideas with you in more depth!”

Roisin Lynch (SDLP)

No response so far.

David McMaster (Independent)

No response so far.

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