Susan van de Ven

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

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Shielding and supermarket priority slots

by Susan van de Ven on 15 July, 2020

If you’ve been encouraged to register as shielding against Covid and haven’t yet done so, Friday 17 July is the deadline. It’s important to consider registering, whether you need help at the moment or not. Although the shielding programme will be paused on 31 July, people on the shielded list who register for support with […]

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Please remember your face covering on the bus

by Susan van de Ven on 15 July, 2020

Please remember to wear your face covering on the bus! The 127 bus has been running all through lockdown. This really is a critical link for people who don’t have access to private transport. A scarf or bandana are acceptable as face coverings. The bus itself is equipped with hand sanitiser, and seats have been […]

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On Tuesday the Local Outbreak Control Plan was published by and for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This was required by Government on a June 30th deadline and is the local arm of the national Test and Trace system that’s supposed to help prevent a second Covid-19 outbreak, and to stamp out any small outbreaks that occur […]

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Melbourn Greenway

by Susan van de Ven on 27 June, 2020

Update from the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaing We’re delighted to report that the Melbourn Greenway scheme was approved by the Greater Cambridge Partnership Board meeting on 25 June. This is a big step forward in providing improvements right along our route, which we’ll explain in more detail below. Importantly, it means that the local authorities […]

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Financial assistance for small businesses

by Susan van de Ven on 11 June, 2020

More help for local businesses Over £1.25m in grant funding has been released to help hundreds of small South Cambridgeshire businesses – who have not been eligible for Coronavirus support so far – to secure jobs and recover. Eligible businesses such as charities, market traders, B&Bs and those in shared offices or flexible workspaces are […]

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#BlackLivesMatter: Student voices from the villages

by Susan van de Ven on 9 June, 2020

This account was published by Cllr Pippa Heylings of Histon on June 6th: #blacklivesmatter and today at the socially distanced, peaceful protest in Cambridge, the focus was on the “lives” part as much as paying respect to those who have died at the hands of police brutality. It has broken me a little more inside but […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 5 June, 2020

Keeping Safe – Coronavirus Community Support Groups continue Public Health advice on the importance of continued vigilance against Covid-19 infection and contagion, especially for those who are shielding and at a moment when the ‘R’ rating is still at a concerning level, means that continued support for many people in our communities remains firmly in […]

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Questions: track & trace comes to the local authority

by Susan van de Ven on 1 June, 2020

As the Government starts to release lockdown, seemingly against the recommendations of many of its advising scientists, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Liberal Democrat group leader Cllr Lucy Nethsingha has written to the County Council’s chief executive and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’s Director of Public Health. She says: “Given the sudden delegation by Government to local authorities of […]

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Spaces to Breathe

by Susan van de Ven on 19 May, 2020

Lots of people have been in touch to ask what measures might be taken to preserve and enable the safe space for walking and cycling that opened up so dramatically during lockdown. One thing you can do straight away is to sign the ‘Spaces to Breathe’ open letter sponsored by the Cambridge Cycling Campaign – which […]

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Recycling centres are reopening tomorrow – but please DON’T throw away any unwanted computers, laptops, screens, mice and keyboards! Meldreth Coronavirus Community Support is building new computers out of second-hand donations, to supply Melbourn Village College students who are on home study due to Covid-19 restrictions but lacking home computers. We’d also like to make […]

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