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 10 April, 2019

Community Newsletter April 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 email newsletter, please reply asking to be removed from the distribution list. If you know […]

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Simon Holmes, Principal of Melbourn Village College, writes about how MVC has revolutionized language teaching and caught students’ imaginations. International education is one of MVC’s core principles.

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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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GREATER CAMBRIDGE LOCAL PLAN The government inspector requires South Cambs District Council to embark on a new joint Local Plan with Cambridge City and this is now getting underway. The first piece of work has been to ask landowners to come forward and tell the council about any land they are prepared to offer up […]

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If you live at or in the vicinity of Cambridge Crescent or Bassingbourn Barracks and are concerned about the safety of the ‘walk to school’ route along the fast moving A1198, which has been deemed ‘safe’ by the County Council, please feel free to come along tomorrow 8:45AM, Wednesday April 3rd for a brief get-together […]

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Settled Status, Scared to Celebrate

by Susan van de Ven on 25 March, 2019

A phone call came through from my friend, the 80-year old local resident with a German passport living in Britain for no less than 50 years, asked to prove the right to continue living here ahead of Brexit unknowns. Working together with neighbourhood friends and the local MP’s office, at last the bureaucracy had been […]

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Meaningful vote?

by Susan van de Ven on 16 March, 2019

It was only via a press release that I learned of the County Council’s endorsement of East West Rail Route Option A, running through Bassingbourn – published even before the relevant committee had met to form a view and vote on the matter. I’m very grateful to parish council representatives from Bassingbourn, Whaddon and Meldreth […]

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My response to the East West Rail consultation

by Susan van de Ven on 9 March, 2019

East West Rail Route Options consultation Melbourn and Bassingbourn County Councillor Response  I write to you as County Councillor for Bassingbourn, Whaddon, Meldreth and Melbourn. Please refer also to points made in the response from the Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Community Rail Partnership, which I co-authored. Meldreth Shepreth Foxton Community Rail Partnership Response to East […]

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Deborah Marriage’s Open Letter to East West Rail

by Susan van de Ven on 4 March, 2019

At Whaddon Village Hall this evening, I promised to post this comprehensive Open Letter from Town Planner Deborah Marriage in response to the East West Rail proposals. You’ll find the Open Letter posted on the CamBedRailRoad website: http://www.cambedrailroad.org/next-steps Tomorrow night March 5th: Bassingbourn Parish Council meeting at Bassingbourn Village College, 8PM, to hear residents’ views. If […]

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From my colleague County Councillor Lorna Dupre: Cambridgeshire’s children’s services: the artificial glow of the council press release Cambridgeshire County Council has issued a press release in glowing terms about the recent Ofsted inspection of its children’s services.  The average reader could be led to believe that the inspection had passed the council with flying colours: Council […]

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