Susan van de Ven

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

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 11 June, 2019

CLIMATE EMERGENCY Last November, South Cambridgeshire District Council declared a Climate Emergency and set itself a Zero Carbon by 2050 ambition, setting the basis for adapting new policies to meet its goals. The new Zero Carbon Communities Grant is one example. In April, school children planned a demonstration at Shire Hall to raise awareness at […]

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100 Riders on the A10 Path

by Susan van de Ven on 10 June, 2019

Today 100 people aged 3 to 80+ showed up on bikes of all shapes and sizes for the A10 Annual Awareness Ride. We started at Trumpington Park and Ride and cycled off-road via the Trumpington Meadows and A10 paths, all the way to Phillimore Garden Centre in Melbourn. Lots of people had braved it all […]

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A10 Cycle: Annual Ride June 9th

by Susan van de Ven on 1 June, 2019

It’s that time of year! A10 Cycle Annual Ride June 9th, 10AM from Trumpington Park and Ride to Phillimore Garden Centre for refreshments. Definitely family-friendly with lots of children of all ages. The Quest: we want to connect Melbourn and Royston! The ‘Melbourn Greenways’ consultation on improvements and extensions to the overall A10 route will […]

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Community Rail Partnership: Party on Platform 2

by Susan van de Ven on 26 May, 2019

Celebrating the success of the Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Community Rail Partnership in persuading people to travel sustainably, by the train service we’re so lucky to have (and walking and cycling to the train if at all possible). Junior Travel Ambassadors from Barrington and Meldreth Schools are our secret weapons! The arrival of the 8-carriage […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 15 May, 2019

Community Newsletter May 2019 DRAINAGE TOURS Low-lying Meldreth, with its many watercourses and drainage ditches in addition to the River Mel, has an active Flood Avoidance Committee which over the past 14 years has conducted an annual tour of the village with our Local Highways Officer, in order to keep an eye on the network […]

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Annual Report

by Susan van de Ven on 12 May, 2019

Here’s my annual report. The local bit at the top in this version relates to Meldreth, which will hold its Annual Parish Meeting this week, 16 May, 7:30PM, Meldreth Village Hall. The rest of the report pertains to all parishes. Meldreth Annual Report 2019 – County Cllr Susan van de Ven I report monthly to […]

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Here’s a practical look at what the new Lib Dem-run district council has done in its first year here in South Cambridgeshire, and plans for next steps.

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A new community garden is being started up by young mums and children living on the Bassingbourn Barracks site. They would greatly appreciate any donations of plants, seeds, pots, empty compost bags, disused water butts or compost bins, watering cans, tools or any other odds and ends that could be put to good use. As […]

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Flowers at the stations: Adopt a tub?

by Susan van de Ven on 22 April, 2019

If you’ve travelled by train from Meldreth, Shepreth or Foxton you’ll probably have noticed the lovely flower tubs that greet returning travellers and send others on their way. Would you, your family, business or group of friends like to adopt a flower tub at your nearest station? That just means planting with summer and winter […]

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Are you young, old, or in the middle?

by Susan van de Ven on 18 April, 2019

At a time of year when parish councils organise their Annual Parish Meetings, and councillors are invited to give an overview of Local Authority priorities and challenges, this article on runaway social care costs is well worth a read. https://on.ft.com/2UpRB9e Not a glamorous topic but fundamentally important to everyone, if only for its knock-on effects […]

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