Susan van de Ven

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

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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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November Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 9 November, 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 know of someone not receiving this […]

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1st Orwell Scouts litter pickers take on the A10

by Susan van de Ven on 26 October, 2019

Oblivious to autumn wind and rain, the 1st Orwell Scouts are out there right now on the A10 path, litter picking a clear streak from Foxton Level Crossing to Fowlmere Road, Shepreth. Notable finds include a microwave, old coats and sandbags (weighing just a little bit to shift). They’ve had horns honking from appreciative passing […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 27 September, 2019

Community Newsletter September 2019 BEECHWOOD AVENUE TRAFFIC MEETING 29 OCTOBER Our growing villages are seeing an inevitable increase in traffic, with intensified flash points giving cause for concern.  Beechwood Ave Melbourn rat running and turning out of the A505/New Road junction have prompted local residents to seek improvement measures. Even big development planning conditions have […]

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Response to Local Transport Plan

by Susan van de Ven on 26 September, 2019

Comments on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Draft Local Transport Plan Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft Local Transport Plan. I welcome the draft LTP’s ambitions to expand the scope of transport and travel to affordable and sustainable modes, including: The Bus Review and its recognition of the challenges faced in rural […]

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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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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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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 Susan van de Ven 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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