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 12 August, 2018

Liberal Democrat Community Newsletter 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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Fake news?

by Susan van de Ven on 15 July, 2018

We are now told that Cambridgeshire roads and paths are no longer in a state of ‘Managed Decline’ and it is not necessary to augment the inspection regime currently in place. It’s not clear when this magical turnaround happened. Roads like Tower Close Bassingbourn  are apparently in a decent state. Here’s the reply to my […]

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The Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group meets tonight at the Melbourn Hub, 30 High Street Melbourn, 7:30-9:00PM. The agenda can be found here. Meanwhile, in response to GTR’s letter to MPs about the new ‘pre-interim timetable running from 24 June – mid-July, this letter has been sent to GTR senior staff (Nick Brown, […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 25 June, 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 you know of someone not receiving […]

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My school can’t get a cleaner

by Susan van de Ven on 18 June, 2018

A local primary school headteacher writes: My school can’t get a cleaner. As I am the headteacher, this is a big problem for me. It’s a long story. It begins with the Government’s slow strangulation of local authorities as suppliers of school services, resulting in the eventual closure of CCS, Cambridgeshire Cleaning Services, leaving dozens […]

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Letter to Govia Thameslink Railway: Dear Katherine, Keith and Stuart Thank you Katherine for your reply to my email of June 8, on behalf of Charles Horton. We are pleased to know that Karen Gregson and Marc Edwards will attend the Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group meeting on 27 June. Yes, we will […]

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Letter to Govia Thameslink Railway

by Susan van de Ven on 9 June, 2018

Charles Horton Chief Executive Officer, Govia Thameslink Railway   Dear Mr Horton, As Chair of the Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group, I write to you on behalf of a large community of rail users from these stations who depend on GTR in order to reach jobs and education in Cambridge, London, and all […]

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Annual Report

by Susan van de Ven on 24 May, 2018

County Councillor Annual Report 2018 The council make-up is 36 Conservatives, 14 Lib Dems, 7 Labour, 4 Independents.  My main responsibility is on the Health Committee, where we scrutinize Cambs NHS budgets and oversee the council’s Public Health function.  This provides a fascinating window on demographic trends.  I also chair a steering group for bus […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 20 April, 2018

Liberal Democrat Community Newsletter 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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Battle of the Rouses – Ceasefire

by Susan van de Ven on 19 April, 2018

Nigel Cathcart’s characterisation of the Battle of the Rouses in the current issue of the Bassingbourn Village Voice is, unfortunately, apt. This is a battle for a key piece of land.  In my view it has nothing to do with building essential housing.  Rather, it is the County Council looking to squeeze money out of […]

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