Susan van de Ven

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

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New villages, new perspectives

by Susan van de Ven on 24 May, 2017

As a newly elected county councillor representing an area that includes two villages that are new to me, I have a good opportunity to see from the ground up the sorts of problems that South Cambs villages are coping with just now. Traffic and transport go hand in hand. Outside of our superb rail services, […]

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Link to Meldreth Station: good for everyone

by Susan van de Ven on 11 May, 2017

An early morning-late afternoon shuttle service to Meldreth Station is now on the horizon. Royston and District Community Transport is prepared to provide this for groups travelling to the station first thing in the morning and back at the end of the day. The job now is to find out who would be interested. RDCT […]

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Melbourn Hub safety fencing

by Susan van de Ven on 11 May, 2017

A few questions have come in about the new fence along the lawn at the Melbourn Hub, and specifically, how it was paid for. Here’s the background: Roughly four weeks ago, a small child escaped from his mother’s sight and wandered off the front of the hub’s grassed area and onto the pavement. He was […]

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Mike, who works for an engineering consulting firm in Melbourn, explains how arrangements like the Single Market and Customs Union, which are part and parcel of our membership of the European Union, matter on a daily basis. As a services business, we will be less affected by Brexit than many. We do 30% of our […]

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Thank you and getting started

by Susan van de Ven on 8 May, 2017

Following last week’s Cambridgeshire County Council elections, I’m delighted to take on the role of County Councillor for the new Melbourn and Bassingbourn Division. This also includes the villages of Meldreth and Whaddon. Thank you very much for the support I’ve received from so many people. The election results are here. While the boundary changes […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 30 April, 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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Melbourn Parish Council Report

by Susan van de Ven on 22 April, 2017

Melbourn Parish Council April 2017, County Councillor Report Narrow pavement, entrance to Back Lane: Thanks to residents who have raised a concern about an overgrown stretch of pavement at a key point for pedestrians. The pavement has narrowed to 70 cm and can’t accommodate a pushchair. The suggestion was made that if sided out, helpful […]

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New Bus User Group: Cam Vale BUGs

by Susan van de Ven on 21 April, 2017

Cam Vale Bus User Group (Cam Vale BUGs) New Bus User Group for the area covered by the 26, 27, 15, 127 and 128 buses Inaugural meeting 19 April 2017, 7:30-9:00, Elin Way Community Room Meldreth About 20 people from Meldreth, Whaddon and Bassingbourn, plus the manager of Royston and District Community Transport (RDCT) David […]

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Recycling biodegradable bin liners: not so fast!

by Susan van de Ven on 21 April, 2017

This useful question came in from a local resident: My green wheelie bin collection has changed to a Tuesday which is not a problem and since I moved into Melbourn nearly 4 years ago I have been using compostable kitchen caddy liners to put my kitchen food waste into. This has never been a problem […]

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Annual Report

by Susan van de Ven on 19 April, 2017

Here’s my annual report to parishes. There are a few differences of local detail which I will bring to individual parish meetings. Most of my reporting this year has again necessarily been about declining public services & struggles to protect bare essentials. Ours is one of the most affluent parts of the country, but not […]

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