Susan van de Ven

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

Annual Report 2022

by Susan van de Ven on 26 April, 2022

Here’s the report I’m sharing with Parish Councils in the Melbourn and Bassingbourn Division on the work of Cambridgeshire County Council over the past year.

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Cam Vale Bus User Group meets again

by Susan van de Ven on 20 April, 2022

The Cam Vale Bus User Group met at the Bassingbourn Old School Community Centre for the first time since the pandemic (and with a few absences due to Covid).  We discussed timetable issues and what people would want to see if changes could be made – optimizing time in Royston, and joining up with train […]

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Half-hourly train services to be augmented in May

by Susan van de Ven on 12 April, 2022

This announcement from Govia Thameslink was received by the Meldreth Shepreth and Foxton Community Rail Partnership yesterday: Update on Southern, Great Northern and Thameslink services – Train times will change from 15 May 2022 Good afternoon  I am writing to update you on the Summer timetable change on Sunday 15 May 2022. Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern will […]

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April Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 8 April, 2022

District and Parish Council Elections May 5th A list of people standing in parish and district council elections can be found here: If you’d like a postal or proxy vote, please read the instructions here – which includes the deadline by which you need to make your request (which can be done by email). For […]

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Thakeham: new donation to Conservative party

by Susan van de Ven on 31 March, 2022

South West Cambridge Action Group Update A significant new donation and auction prizes from Thakeham to the Conservative Party have been recorded on the Electoral Commission website – bringing the total to £716,000.    These are published here: South West Cambridge Action Group, 31 March 2022

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March Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 1 March, 2022

Liberal Democrat Community Newsletter March 2022 If you’d like to receive this newsletter directly by email, please sign up here. Congratulations to Bassingbourn Parish Council: Old School Community Centre on the way Congratulations to Bassingbourn Parish Council on the signing of a lease with South Cambs District Council that will allow The Limes Communal Room […]

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25 February 2022 – Statement by Cambridgeshire County Council: An independent investigation has concluded that former Cambridgeshire County Council deputy leader Roger Hickford breached the Council’s Code of Conduct in six different areas (as per para 1.10) – including bullying, improper use of his position and bringing the council into disrepute. The report by Wilkin […]

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New rail services from Monday

by Susan van de Ven on 26 February, 2022

Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group update In the discombobulating times in which we find ourselves, train services – like so many public services – are struggling to find their way back, with Omicron having dealt a blow this winter. A combination of continuing driver shortages and reduced passenger demand presents a challenge for […]

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Thakeham – South West Cambridge Update

by Susan van de Ven on 12 February, 2022

On February 3rd, we invited parish council representatives for villages within Thakeham’s ‘South West Cambridge’ new town area – including Wimpole, Barrington, Orwell, Shepreth, Foxton, Melbourn, Meldreth, Whaddon and Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth – to meet with Stephen Kelly, Director of Greater Cambridge Shared Planning, for an update on the OxCam Arc, the Greater Cambridge Local Plan and […]

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Cambridgeshire County Council sets its budget

by Susan van de Ven on 9 February, 2022

The Liberal Democrat group on Cambridgeshire County Council at today’s budget setting meeting. Cambridgeshire County Council’s Full Council today set its budget for the year starting in April.   The budget closes a projected £22.2 million gap using efficiencies, savings, and the government’s one-year financial settlement. It also starts to address a projected gap of […]

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