Susan van de Ven

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

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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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Freedom of Movement: Question Time for East West Rail

by Susan van de Ven on 16 February, 2019

  The East West Rail consultation happening now suggests serious intent to proceed with some version of the final Bedford-Cambridge rail connection.  Without a doubt this stands to be the biggest infrastructure project to impact South Cambridgeshire for a generation, and Bassingbourn stands to be at the epicentre.   So please heed the ‘Have Your Say’ […]

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Update for Meldreth Shepreth and Foxton Rail Users

by Susan van de Ven on 14 February, 2019

Update for Meldreth Shepreth and Foxton Rail Users – shared from Meldreth Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group post Sarah Grove and I met with Phil Hutchinson and Jane Cobb at King’s Cross on Tuesday.  The key agenda item was the restoration of at least one peak time semi-fast service for our London commuters. Now […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 11 February, 2019

Community Newsletter February 2019 EAST WEST RAIL: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IS NOW East West Rail constitutes the most transformational infrastructure project to impact South Cambridgeshire in a generation. Please take a moment to read through the links below. Five options have now been published on the exact line of the Bedford-Cambridge segment of the East West […]

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Money at Cambs County Council

by Susan van de Ven on 8 February, 2019

Cambridgeshire County Council met on Tuesday to set its budget and council tax. The conduct of the meeting was deeply embarrassing and it’s just as well that the live video stream wasn’t working. The outcome of decision making is summarized here in a report by Cllr Peter Downes: “Background: • Demand for council services is […]

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East West Rail: public participation is NOW

by Susan van de Ven on 6 February, 2019

East West Rail: public participation is NOW (and closes March 11) Five options have now been published on the exact line of the Bedford-Cambridge segment of the East West Rail project. Options A, C and D connect from Bassingbourn and fully include Whaddon, Meldreth and Shepreth in their possible associated housing development area. These options […]

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  Written Question to Council, 5 February 2019 Cllr Susan van de Ven Cambridgeshire County Council has a statutory obligation to make non-British EU citizens living in Cambridgeshire aware of the need to apply for Settled Status, post-Brexit, in order to secure their right to remain living in the UK; and also, to apply for […]

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