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 11 January, 2019

Liberal Democrat Community Newsletter January 2019 CHILD HEALTH CLINIC: FREE DROP-IN ADVICE Melbourn Community Health Centre, 35 Orchard Road Melbourn, Wednesdays 9:30-11AM.  Drop-in session, run by Health Visitors for baby weighing, measuring and advice on health issues or concerns. This is a free service – if you’d like to visit but lack the transport to […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 10 December, 2018

Liberal Democrat Community Newsletter December 2018 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 […]

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Addenbrooke’s: Retaining EU staff

by Susan van de Ven on 21 January, 2019

EU nationals (other than Brits) make up approximately 12% of the Addenbrooke’s workforce – about 1000 employees.   Together with Cambridge University, Addenbrooke’s was invited to take part in Government’s piloting of the European Settlement scheme, to be rolled out nationally on March 30. The idea is to facilitate early settled status for staff (though […]

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Hospital Stockpiling

by Susan van de Ven on 21 January, 2019

(‘Resilience and Supplies’ or just ‘Contingency Planning’) From local meetings over the past several weeks: Local organisations are taking action to ensure that disruption to hospital supplies expected after March 29 is managed to a level that ensures our safety as much as possible. Good to know there’s some joined up thinking. The Cambridgeshire and […]

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Tour of Seven Villages

by Susan van de Ven on 18 January, 2019

A neighbour in Orwell writes: My daily commute is a “Tour of Seven Villages” from Orwell to Duxford.  I do over 200km a week commuting by bicycle and can do it all year round.   I’ve been doing it for over 10 years now. I work in industry and the mentality is that it’s unacceptable […]

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It turns out that Brexit will have an impact on the County Council’s responsibilities, contrary to assurances from Leader Steve Count when we debated the matter in October. This question has been raised by Cllr Lorna Dupre: “At the meeting of the bid panel today considering applications for the council’s Innovate and Cultivate funds, it […]

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I am a European

by Susan van de Ven on 17 December, 2018

I was born in Essex to two British parents. Three grandparents came from London, one from Cheshire. My wife is from Middlesex, and we live near Cambridge. But I am a European. How can this be? One of the most inspiring experiences of my life was living in Germany for two years while in my […]

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Jessamine of Barrington: New German Citizen

by Susan van de Ven on 3 December, 2018

Thanks to Jessamine Davis, who writes: “I first came to Berlin on the Erasmus programme, studying abroad as part of my degree at the University of Manchester. I loved the city so much that I returned immediately after graduation and have now been living and working here as a Project Manager for over seven years. […]

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Children’s Centres: what’s on and what’s gone

by Susan van de Ven on 26 November, 2018

Earlier this month I attended a meeting of the Children and Young People’s Committee, which was considering a paper on redesigned children’s centre services. I wanted to find out what progress has been made on re-providing services that were lost when the Bassingbourn Children’s Centre closed, following the council’s vote to cut £900K from its […]

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South Cambs GP, German Citizen

by Susan van de Ven on 19 November, 2018

Dr Hubertus Von Blumenthal has been treating South Cambridgeshire residents for over 30 years. This is home. “My personal concerns have been mirrored by many before. I don’t expect a knock on the door but the handling of individual cases by the Home Office is quite outrageous. I do not accept reassurances like ‘you will […]

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