Susan van de Ven

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

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Can Mr Browne’s Petition Stop Thakeham?

by Susan van de Ven on 22 March, 2021

Can Mr Browne’s petition stop Thakeham?   A petition has been set up by Anthony Browne MP.  It asks South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) to exclude Thakeham’s South West Cambridgeshire New Town proposal from its Local Plan.  At the present time Thakeham has yet to submit a proposal to SCDC, so there is no proposal […]

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Meldreth Road Level Crossing – are full barriers needed?

by Susan van de Ven on 16 March, 2021

Cambridge Resignaling Project Network Rail is consulting on upgrading Meldreth Rd, Shepreth, level crossing to a full barrier, which would bring a long waiting time, similar to that at Shepreth Station, and in turn significantly impact traffic flows. While the Shepreth Station full barrier system was installed largely in response to a serious trespassing problem […]

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New Town: Who Decides?

by Susan van de Ven on 16 March, 2021

We’re often asked, ‘Who has ultimate decision-making power on the proposed new town?  South Cambs District Council or National Government?’ The concern is that the developer is openly seeking an exceptional national development channel that would bypass the South Cambs District Council planning process, the standard process that everyone must follow and which is transparent […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 23 February, 2021

ZOOM CUPPA SURGERIES: BRING YOUR QUESTIONS, WEDNESDAYS 5-6PM We can’t have face-to-face conversations these days but if you’d like to meet with your councillors by Zoom, to bring any concerns or ask any questions, we’re introducing a weekly Zoom Cuppa Surgery: Wednesdays 5-6 PM. Please contact Melbourn Parish Councillor Sally Ann Hart for a link […]

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Reduced cash for road repairs

by Susan van de Ven on 21 February, 2021

Thanks to my colleague Cllr Lorna Dupre for her scrutiny of the financial picture on road repair budgets for Cambridgeshire. She writes: The Government has announced its allocation of highways maintenance cash for the forthcoming year – and it looks like bad news for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. My comparison of 2020/21 with 2021/22 is as follows. That’s nearly £7.5 […]

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New Town Proposal: Information Leaflet

by Susan van de Ven on 18 February, 2021

Thanks to a local resident who has kindly produced a new information leaflet on the proposed new town of 25,000 homes. You can download the PDF at the South West Cambridge Action Group website. Please feel free to share.

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Zoom Cuppa: new weekly surgery

by Susan van de Ven on 18 February, 2021

We can’t have face-to-face conversations these days but if you’d like to meet with your district and county councillors by Zoom, to bring any concerns or ask any questions, we’re introducing a weekly Zoom Cuppa Surgery on Wednesdays 5-6 PM. Please contact Susan for the link and arrangements – susanvandeven5@gmail.com.

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 8 February, 2021

HOW CAN WE BRING BACK MELBOURN POST OFFICE? The suggestion was made that Melbourn Parish Council could take on the running of a Post Office for Melbourn.  Melbourn Parish Councillor Sally Ann Hart reports: “Many thanks for keeping this question on the agenda. In response to the question ‘could Melbourn Parish Council’ provide a Post […]

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Ploughed over footpaths: what to do?

by Susan van de Ven on 1 February, 2021

We’ve had several reports of ploughed-over footpaths in recent weeks. These should always be reported to the Cambridgeshire County Council Highways reporting site. This is easy to do. Your report, which is always anonymized, will look something like this (and you may find that someone has already reported your concern): Thanks for reporting and creating […]

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Message from Orchard Surgery Melbourn:

by Susan van de Ven on 28 January, 2021

Message from Orchard Surgery, Melbourn. Our local vaccination hub in Royston started vaccinating our patients last week, focussing initially on patients over the age of 75.  This week we have invited all those over the age of 70 to book an appointment.   If you are over 75 years old, a patient at Orchard Surgery, Melbourn, […]

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