The questions asked were answered by Shahed Hossain, the candidate for Burnage, on behalf of Alexandru Stelian Stancu
The Conservative party has recently announced to achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2035 and we believe that Manchester should be at the forefront of this. However we take a different approach to Labour, who seem to believe the answer to all the problems is to tax it. Whereas we are more creative and believe the carrot works better than the stick in this scenario. We support incentives not fines. Supporting integration of communities not putting people into boxes and drawing lines. Moreover, we believe in home should be of decent standard and affordable, not just a grey box. Residents should get the best from the area. WE want to level up the Levenshulme & Burnage to the same levels of prosperity as the city centre by proactively distributing investment. Encouraging transformation some of the most run-down in our areas into special enterprise zones as a part of our “Manchester Start Up” vision.
1. Would you support a ban on pavement parking in Manchester?
Full on pavement park, should be banned. Other than that, I have few exceptions in which Pavement parking is ok:
- If there is more than a 5ft width of space left on the pavement for people to pass
- If the road is too narrow it would be impossible for other cars get passed,
- Emergency vehicles which need quick access to nearby case.
Besides this, I believe pavement parking should not be able, as it hinders our residents, especially for the disabled and prams. As a solution to this problem, we will looking into creating dedicated parking spaces to remove reliance of pavement parking and yellow lines to deter potential parkers.
2. Would you support an improved bus network, including expanded services and routes and increasing the dedicated bus lane network in Manchester?
Bus network have proven to be crucial for transport in/out of the city. We would like to expand service and use more routes to cut down pollution on the main roads. Not mention we stand to support bus services to be established across the outskirts of Manchester to stop reliance of in then out service from the city centre, which is clogging our roads.
3. Would you support improved rail services and access at Levenshulme station, including step-free access and for more frequent services and routes?
The rail provides great method for access in/out of the city centre, in a timely manner. Which is great for commuters. So, any step to make it affordable and reliable for people, is always a step in the right direction. As the main reason why people use private vehicles is due to poor quality & unreliability of public transport.
We would look towards the Munich-model.
4. Would you support the implementation of School Streets across Levenshulme/Burnage?
Yes, the safety of our children is paramount. As a father of three myself. I want to make sure that they can get to/from school safely.
5. Would you support infrastructure to improve safety on ‘boundary roads’ including traffic calming and pedestrian crossings?
Yes, As long as the implementation is done sensibly rather than rushed across like Labour are doing at the moment and causing more congestion than reduces, which was the point of the endeavor.
6. Would you support action to strengthen the network of modal filters and provide safe active travel routes throughout Levenshulme /Burnage?
We support Levelling up Manchester outside the city centre and to encourage businesses set up shop here. Therefore, a cross city route must be established without being funneled into going to town and back out. To ease access across town, we need some road available for told smooth traffic flow and to allow access businesses. However, the modal system will be ideal for residential areas to stop speeding and disturbance of vehicles but counter-intuitive for business areas.
7. Would you support a segregated cycle lane for the A6 from Stockport to Manchester city centre?
To reduce our carbon footprint in the world, we must encourage people to use more sustainable modes of transport. So cycling is a great alternative to be environmentally- friendly not to mention a great form of exercise, therefore encourage where we can. We believe that segregated cycle lanes are the only way to ensure the safety of our cyclists. So yes, we would support this action.
8. Would you support an enforced 20mph default speed limit in built-up areas in Levenshulme / Burnage?
We will support the 20mph speed limit in areas of high risk of accidents, narrow roads, residential areas and school zones.
9. Would you support implementation of a Clean Air Zone in Manchester (and across Gr Manchester) to meet legal air quality limits in the ‘shortest time possible’?
As a party we are committed to being carbon-neutral by 2035 however we don’t not agree with the Clean Air Charge, which will put self-employed at risk and a flat tax on the commuter. Especially whilst we are recovering from the biggest crisis since WW2, it will only be a disaster on the average person. Instead we would like to encourage businesses to move over to eco-friendly vehicles (Much like HMRC relieves tax burdens Company cars that are Hybrids).
10. Would you support a tougher voluntary air quality limit of 30ug/m3 for nitrogen dioxide in Manchester?
We will clean the city’s air without placing a financial burden through congestion charges on ordinary commuters much like Labour’s Clean Air Charge. Instead we will introduce a scrappage scheme to help people switch to low emission vehicles; install new charging points to make it easier to own electric; and bring in a green reward scheme so you can choose the least polluting businesses and services.