Susan van de Ven

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

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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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Get involved in station gardening (at the pub)

by Susan van de Ven on 14 January, 2017

The Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Community Rail Partnership has wonderful teams of local people who look after the platform gardens at each station. Twice per year the tubs are replanted for the new season, and if we’re lucky, Scouts or Duke of Edinburgh Scheme volunteers help us out with keeping the tubs watered and looking […]

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26 bus service reduction: it matters

by Susan van de Ven on 22 December, 2016

This commercial bus service by a private company, Stagecoach, is set to reduce its off-peak service from hourly to two-hourly, starting on 3 January. We’ve been keeping in close contact with Stagecoach over many years, always querying the well-being of the 26 bus service. It has long been a ‘marginal’ service; a slight dip in […]

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Government support to councils slides to zero

by Susan van de Ven on 22 December, 2016

Cambridgeshire County Council’s annual budget for supporting public services has always been made up of two main components – Council Tax and Government Revenue Support Grant. The current Conservative Government Policy is to bring the latter down to zero, resulting in a catastrophic shortfall that is now affecting the quality of people’s lives. In 2013-14 […]

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My colleague Cllr David Jenkins has written this excellent post about Tuesday’s full meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council, which was filmed by Antony Carpen. A Lib Dem motion to the meeting has resulted in reinstatement of the gritting network as it stood before last year’s cuts. But a long-term solution to this and other critical […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 12 December, 2016

We are writing to you, as your 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 […]

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Every first Monday of the month I hold a drop-in advice surgery for anyone who has a query or piece of council business to untangle. Not long ago, I had a first-time visitor who came with a set of seven prepared questions, typed out on an A4 sheet arranged with room for a response next […]

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Network Rail has ​released notice of a public consultation meeting on 14 December, ​2-7PM, Foxton Village Hall, ​regarding modifications to their proposal to close the Barrington Road pedestrian crossing gate at Foxton Level Crossing​. Essentially, the modification is the inclusion of a three-metre wide pedestrian/cycleway alongside the Barrington side of the A10 itself as it […]

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I have submitted this response to the Boundary Commission’s proposal to move the current Melbourn, Bassingbourn and the Mordens District Wards into a new ‘Northeast Herts’ parliamentary constituency. * The Hon Mrs Justice Patterson DBE Deputy Chair Boundary Commission for England 35 Great Smith Street London SW1P 3BQ By email to: information@boundarycommissionengland.gov.uk By upload to: […]

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