Susan van de Ven

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

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 23 January, 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 you know of someone not receiving […]

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On first glance, Network Rail’s proposal many months ago to close the Barrington Rd level crossing gate appeared to be a mistake: surely whoever was drawing up the multiple level crossing closures programme would come to their senses and realize that this was not a ‘minor rural level crossing’ but a key component of a […]

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Brexit: Letter from a human rights lawyer to our MP

by Susan van de Ven on 7 February, 2017

A South Cambridgeshire human rights lawyer posted this letter to our MP, Heidi Allen, on how the government is doing in charge of Brexit. Dear Ms Allen, I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to express my grave concerns about the government’s handling of Brexit so far, and particularly the plan to […]

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Meldreth Station ticket lottery

by Susan van de Ven on 7 February, 2017

In the last ten days Meldreth Station ticket office has been closed five times without warning. It’s now a lottery as to whether or not paying passengers will find the office open, even though it is advertised as open six mornings per week. There is never any warning – not even on Twitter, which Govia […]

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Brexit and Trade Deals: Where Are We Now?

by Susan van de Ven on 2 February, 2017

Brexit and Trade Deals: Where Are We Now? 11 February, 7 for 7:30, Foxton Village Hall Dr Christopher Grey Professor of Organizational Studies, Royal Holloway Professor Grey has published widely on the subject including: The Oxford Socio-Economic Review – ‘Brexit: Understanding the socio-economic origins and consequences’. Tickets £15 per adult or £10 per student, including […]

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The GP surgery out-of-hours service that has been based at Chesterton Hospital for so many years is now considering moving to the Addenbrooke’s site, in order to situate the service where relevant specialist help will be available – including back-up GP coverage. About 10-15% of people who arrive at A & E don’t require A […]

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So why should we care who’s Mayor?

by Susan van de Ven on 31 January, 2017

Like many other aspects of our democratic system with which we disagree and want to see fundamental reform – including the first-past-the-post electoral system for electing Parliament, which leaves huge swathes of opinion unrepresented in national government – we believe it is not an option to disengage. Rather, we believe in working to create the […]

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A10 Cambridge-Royston cycle scheme: question to City Deal Board

by Susan van de Ven on 25 January, 2017

Here’s the comment and question I’d lodged for the City Deal meeting today: The A10 Cambridge-Royston cycle scheme is continuing to attract match funding opportunities. As you know, the scheme has already received several lots of Department for Transport Cycling Ambition match funding, totalling £2.5 million, plus one lot of City Deal funding, totalling £550K. […]

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Deafening silence in the wake of Theresa May’s deceit

by Susan van de Ven on 19 January, 2017

On this day before Trump’s inauguration, and in the wake of Theresa May’s January 16 announcement that the UK will leave the single market, the temptation to dress in black is overwhelming. I’d really like to curl up into a ball and fast forward to a better time. Looking for inspiration, I see people out […]

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Just another cancelled open heart surgery

by Susan van de Ven on 16 January, 2017

On the day of last week’s County Council Health Committee meeting, a young friend was off sick. He was at Papworth Hospital for open heart surgery to correct a life threatening condition. Our committee meeting started at 1PM. As the afternoon went on, I thought of my colleague, wondering how his operation was going. The […]

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