Susan van de Ven

Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Foxton, Heydon, Melbourn, Meldreth, Shepreth and the Chishills Learn more

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Government revenue support: how much for Cambridgeshire?

by Susan van de Ven on 26 March, 2017

As I’ve been reporting, central government is ending revenue support to councils. This policy was initiated by then Chancellor George Osborne and is winding down every year until 2020, when councils will receive nothing. Traditionally, about half of Cambridgeshire County Council’s annual spending for public services has depended on this support. Here are the recent […]

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Meldreth platform extension: Not happening, say Network Rail

by Susan van de Ven on 26 March, 2017

At this month’s Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group, Network Rail representatives announced that they will not be extending the platform at Meldreth. There will be no change at Foxton and Shepreth, where the Cambridge-bound platform extensions are happening. The reason given for excluding Meldreth was ‘to save taxpayers money.’ This is concerning because […]

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Dwindling but crucial bus services

by Susan van de Ven on 26 March, 2017

Bus information evening 19 April Due to understandable concern about the future of the 27 and other bus services in our villages, a public information evening will be held on 19 April, 7:30-9PM at the Elin Way Community Centre, Elin Way, Meldreth. Royston and District Community Transport will be attending, as we are working together […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 22 March, 2017

Liberal Democrat Community Newsletter March 2017 We are writing to you, as councillors and campaigners for our interlinked cluster of villages, to keep you informed of local issues involving the District and County Councils. If you would prefer not to receive this email newsletter, please reply asking to be removed from the distribution list. If […]

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What’s been planted along the new cycle path?

by Susan van de Ven on 21 March, 2017

People have been asked what’s been planted along the verges of the new walk/cycle path connecting Melbourn and Shepreth. Here’s the mix! (Next working party will meet on 26 March, 1:30-3:30, at the Shepreth End of the path. Please bring a rake if you can!) Plantago lanceolate (ribwort plantain) Lotus corniculatus (bird’s foot trefoil Galium […]

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Drainage Action Group and public information evening

by Susan van de Ven on 21 March, 2017

Wednesday 2 March 7:30-9:00PM, Melbourn Hub: The County Council does a fair bit of good drainage maintenance work in parts of Melbourn, but more attention is needed. To maximize opportunities, a Drainage Action Group is being set up. This will work with County Highways officers on sharing local knowledge about problem areas, and also, sharing […]

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Developer Field Day: Non-Existent Local Plan

by Susan van de Ven on 14 March, 2017

South Cambridgeshire District Council cannot demonstrate a rolling five year housing land supply, which is the underlying factor preventing the adoption of the Local Plan. As a result any of the Council policies which seek to restrict housing growth are effectively in abeyance, and this includes village framework lines. Incredibly frustratingly, there are already planning […]

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Planting wildflowers along the new Shepreth-Melbourn path

by Susan van de Ven on 12 March, 2017

We’ve received a generous grant from TTP Group at Melbourn Science Park to purchase a large quantity of specialist wildflower seed mix, for planting along the verges of the new walking/cycling path. This will enhance biodiversity and look nice, too. We need a small army of volunteers to plant the seeds. Can you help? This […]

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Brexit and a village primary school: the perfect storm

by Susan van de Ven on 28 February, 2017

Thanks to the Cambridgeshire headteacher who explains how her small primary school feels the impact of Brexit: Brexit isn’t just an abstract thing that is happening in Westminster and Brussels. It has an effect on everyone of us, in all of our lives. Take this for an example. I am headteacher of a small primary […]

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Thanks to the South Cambridgeshire small-business owner for explaining the fuss around the European Customs Union For most people, the customs union is probably a hidden irrelevance. Apart from walking through a blue or green channel at the airport after your holiday, what difference does it make? Yet almost every object you pick up has […]

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