Susan van de Ven

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

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Send the Prime Minister to five weeks of parish council meetings

by Susan van de Ven on 9 September, 2019

On the night the Prime Minister shuts down Parliament, just because he can, how many thousands of parish councils have continued with their village hall meetings – as unpaid volunteers? Thanks to parish councils, dog poo bins are organised, pot hole repairs are tracked, planning applications are responded to, street lights are managed, recreation grounds […]

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A new ‘temporary’ park and ride

by Susan van de Ven on 18 September, 2019

A site for a new Park and Ride has been approved by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, though it still requires planning permission.  It’s on the south side of the M11 junction in Hauxton and is officially called Cambridge South West Park and Ride. This is a deeply fraught issue, largely arising in reactive mode to […]

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There were 19 people on the 127 bus this morning by the time it pulled away from Meldreth One Stop, with only a few spare seats before the Melbourn pick-up. This is a County Council subsidized service that never has guaranteed funding beyond the end of any financial year – the new normal. Those who’d […]

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Yesterday together with old and new friends from the villages, Cambridge, Ely and Royston, I travelled by train to Parliament Square – angered by the contempt for democracy shown by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Leader of the House Jacob Rees Mogg, et al. Our group travelled under the banner of the group Cambridge Stays. If […]

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Remember to Smile: A Pen Pal on Death Row

by aldc on 19 August, 2019

Several years ago, a planning application was lodged for a commercial greenhouse in a field between Meldreth and Shepreth. This aroused much interest and controversy, in part because of concerns about commercial traffic along the small, winding road that connects the two villages.- well used by walkers and cyclists in spite of the absence of […]

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Every Young Person Counts!

by Susan van de Ven on 31 July, 2019

Consultation for the Melbourn Greenway closes at noon on August 5th. The link is here. Every person in a household is entitled to their own response. Most particularly it is hoped that children and young people will be encouraged to respond and be counted – because improvements to walking and cycling and getting around independently […]

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St Mary’s Church Whaddon: crowdfunding for a new roof

by Susan van de Ven on 14 July, 2019

Following the theft of St Mary’s lead roof last month, a crowdfunding site has been set up to help raise funds needed for a new permanent roof. The story is here.

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A border and a road in the way

by Susan van de Ven on 10 July, 2019

Earlier this week I met up with Royston County, District and Town Council colleagues at Royston Heath. Together we represent neighbouring communities in very localized natural environment. We discussed rights of way and safe passage over our county border and the A505. The road forms a physical barrier that has cut off ancient rights of […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 10 July, 2019

Liberal Democrat Community Newsletter July 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 newsletter, please reply asking to be removed from the distribution list. If you […]

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To the pub other than by car

by Susan van de Ven on 5 July, 2019

Sustainability Fortnight at The Plough Shepreth – what’s on: 10% Off A Pint if you walk, cycle, train or otherwise get to the Plough not by car – July 6-18 July 6, 12-3PM: Learn how to compost under the tutelage of three Master Composters including the Chairman of South Cambridgeshire District Council Cllr Douglas De […]

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