Susan van de Ven

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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