'House rough sleepers in a camp outside city' - UKIP discusses four big issues at Cambridge City Council elections
With voters going to the polls on Thursday (May 2) to elect councillors to 16 of the 42 seats on Cambridge City Council, we asked each party, and the independent candidate, for their thoughts on four key issues.
Here are the UK Independence Party answers.
By Peter Burkinshaw, UK Independent Party
How do we protect Cambridge's special character as it grows?
I doubt that you can do anything to protect the special character of Cambridge as it grows. The growth is what is forcing the changes.
What should be done about congestion? Would you approve of a congestion charge in Cambridge and/or a workplace parking levy?
Several streets which could take some strain off the main roads have been closed to traffic which increases the strain on the few main roads remaining. Scrapping bus lanes would increase road capacity by 50% in many places. Replacing some pedestrian controlled crossings with zebra crossings would reduce time wasted in some places. I would not support either a congestion charge or have a parking levy. Companies should be entitled to do what they wish with their land provided that it is not detrimental to their neighbours. Road users are already paying a fortune to use the roads. There should not be any more charges except for on-street parking.
Do you agree there is a climate emergency and what can the council do to address it?
There is not a climate emergency in the sense that anything can be done quickly to change it. As I mentioned before any improvements will take hundreds of years. So tell the children to stop demonstrating and learn some physics of the earth's atmosphere instead such as Stefan's law of black body radiation and its influence on the stability of the climate.
How would you tackle the homelessness problem?
Homelessness is difficult to solve in a small area. What should be done is to round up all the rough sleepers and house them in a camp outside the city. It is unacceptable to have the streets obstructed with such people and creating litter. The question remains of who is going to pay for it. It should a national solution.
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