We are asking all candidates in Epping Forest, at all levels of local government, these five questions, and will publish responses here as we receive them. So, candidates, we would be very grateful if you would send replies (ASAP – as much before polling day as possible) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your responses, please be as specific as possible, and beware of answers such as ‘Transport is a county matter’, as local councillors can achieve huge amounts by making their views known to other tiers of local government.
1) As a councillor, what policies would you advocate to ensure that transport within Epping Forest is part of the solution to our climate emergency, not part of the cause?
2) Epping Forest had a great opportunity last year to receive significant central government money to improve our active travel infrastructure, but this opportunity was missed. How will you, as a councillor, ensure Epping Forest doesn’t lose out next time?
3) There are goals for increasing the number of people cycling, but Epping Forest is still seeing houses and flats built without secure, under-cover cycle parking. How will you ensure that nobody is excluded from getting on their bike due to lack of adequate cycle storage?
4) Across the UK, 20 mph is becoming the default speed limit in built-up residential areas, yet Epping Forest still has virtually no 20 Zones. What would be your top three priority locations for a 20 limit, in order to encourage more people to walk or cycle?
5) Epping Forest has long had an air pollution problem: what behavioural changes do you think we need to see in order for our local authorities to meet their legal obligations under the Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010? (You can read a full briefing about your responsibilities as a member of a local authority on the House of Commons website).