Susan van de Ven

Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Bassingbourn, Melbourn, Meldreth and Whaddon Learn more

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Beechwood Avenue Melbourn Traffic Meeting update

by Susan van de Ven on 2 January, 2020

Road surface issues: Highways has put Beechwood Avenue on the list for surface dressing treatment in 2020. This work usually takes place in the summer due to optimal weather conditions. Treatment does not involve digging up and relaying the road surface, but rather adding a protective layer over it which generally extends the life of […]

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Hopeful and enjoyable things from our community in 2019

by Susan van de Ven on 31 December, 2019

A few of the many enjoyable and hopeful things that happened in our community this year: Meldreth School Junior Travel Ambassador Iris Bostanci, aged 8, makes a passionate case for cycling to the Greater Cambridge Partnership Citizens Assembly. Bassingbourn Barracks mums get an overwhelming public response for bits and pieces to start up their new […]

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Modern slavery a mile from home

by Susan van de Ven on 21 December, 2019

I was very sad to receive this report from Cambs Police on the discovery of a modern slavery operation at Kneesworth. The link at the bottom leads on to more general information about modern slavery in Cambridgeshire and how to become better informed. Modern slavery operation finds five men at Cambridgeshire nursery: A nursery business […]

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It’s the next generation

by Susan van de Ven on 14 December, 2019

It’s for the next generation that it all matters most. They’ve been out there doing their best, in the wake of disastrous decisions by much older people before they even had a chance to vote. They care deeply about the issues, but now have a prime minister who couldn’t be bothered to turn up for […]

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A thoughtful piece on tactical voting in South Cambridgeshire

by Susan van de Ven on 2 December, 2019

Jeremy Bridle writes on Facebook: I don’t usually make political statements on here but this is really important. If you’re in South Cambs and are thinking of voting Labour or Lib Dem please read this. I know a lot of people have been unsure between Labour and Lib Dems for the South Cambs anti-Tory tactical […]

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Local stories in the Party Political Broadcast

by Susan van de Ven on 26 November, 2019

Gotta gloat about my friend Sarah Decent of Shepreth, who features in this video – the Lib Dem Party Political Broadcast. It’s about the localized impact of Brexit on people, businesses, hospitals and community, and it features Sarah’s shoe shop, Modish, in Green Street Cambridge. As you might know I’m not someone to get excited […]

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A Walking Bus to School?

by Susan van de Ven on 21 November, 2019

Walking Bus to School? Recently I was contacted by Alix Valentine and School Crossing Patrol Officer Sarah Dixon about the idea of starting up a walking bus to Bassingbourn Primary School – something that will always be in the realm of possibility when so many parents already walk with their children to school every day. […]

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Cam Vale Bus User Group: extend the 127 to Letchworth?

by Susan van de Ven on 16 November, 2019

CAM VALE BUS USER GROUP: Would you like to see the 127 bus running as far as Letchworth? Recently, I met up with councillor colleagues Sebastian Kindersley and Steve Jarvis, and officers from Cambs and Herts, to discuss pooling resources on both sides of the county border, in order to enhance current bus services. This […]

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November Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 9 November, 2019

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 newsletter, please reply asking to be removed from the distribution list. If you know of someone not receiving this […]

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1st Orwell Scouts litter pickers take on the A10

by Susan van de Ven on 26 October, 2019

Oblivious to autumn wind and rain, the 1st Orwell Scouts are out there right now on the A10 path, litter picking a clear streak from Foxton Level Crossing to Fowlmere Road, Shepreth. Notable finds include a microwave, old coats and sandbags (weighing just a little bit to shift). They’ve had horns honking from appreciative passing […]

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