Greg Sammons – Liberal Democrats

How would you encourage more local journeys to be taken by sustainable modes of transport.

As we started to unlock from the first lockdown last summer (remember the cleaner air and the clearer sound of birdsong?), I was part of a group of local residents who organised a campaign to install a pop-up bike lane along the A6 Stockport Road. Neighbouring boroughs in Greater Manchester signed up to a network of new bike lanes using government money but the missing piece in the jigsaw was the City of Manchester itself. Manchester City Council haven’t handled our Active Neighbourhood perfectly but I support its principles and would work with them to establish better consultation and communication as we near the end of this trial period.

How would you as a local candidate tackle Air Pollution and what do you propose should be done at council level to help reduce the pollution on our streets?

Levenshulme and North Burnage Active Neighbourhood is a good start but there’s more we can do to make it more attractive and safer to walk or cycle, such as bike lanes on busy roads. As a governor at St Andrews, I’ll be pushing for us to be part of the School Streets programme, which has been delayed a number of times at other local schools sadly. As we start to loosen COVID restrictions, I’ll work with local parents to encourage more walking buses on and off the Fallowfield Loop (which I use myself on the school run).

What would you do to help bring the community back together so that all residents feel included in council decision and future regeneration schemes?

I would work with Manchester City Council to establish better consultation and communication, as it’s clear that a lot of us have felt we’ve not been listened to. One thing that hasn’t been communicated well is how later phases of the project would help to alleviate some of the issues on boundary roads. Crossings and traffic calming measures on roads like Broom Lane and Barlow Road was always meant to be part of the plan but seems to have been lost in the noise. It’s not been helped by a lack of traffic/pollution monitoring to back up the theory of LTNs with data.

Quick Questions:

  1. Would you support a ban on pavement parking in Manchester?

Yes

2. Would you support an improved bus network, including expanded services and routes and increasing the dedicated bus lane network in Manchester?

Yes

3. Would you support improved rail services and access at Levenshulme station, including step-free access and for more frequent services and routes?

Yes and I have campaigned (and will continue to campaign) on Access for All at Levenshulme Station already.

4. Would you support the implementation of School Streets across Levenshulme / Burnage?

Yes

5. Would you support infrastructure to improve safety on ‘boundary roads’ including traffic calming and pedestrian crossings?

Yes

6. Would you support action to strengthen the network of modal filters and provide safe active travel routes throughout Levenshulme /Burnage?

Yes. Some zones (groups of roads) are not fully filtered and so are not working effectively / as intended.

7.     Would you support a segregated cycle lane for the A6 from Stockport to Manchester city centre?

Yes and it’s something I’ve campaigned on before.

8. Would you support an enforced 20mph default speed limit in built-up areas in Levenshulme / Burnage?

Yes

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?

Yes

10. Would you support a tougher voluntary air quality limit of 30ug/m3 for nitrogen dioxide in Manchester?

Yes