Susan van de Ven

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

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Melbourn Parish Council April 2019 – District and County Councillors’ Report

Child and Family Zone baby weighing clinics – staff shortages:  There is a national shortage of health visitors, and a shortage here in South Cambs.   On more than one occasion, the Baby Weighing Clinic at Orchard Rd has been cancelled for this reason.

Noise from the A10: I have had a complaint from a resident of Chapman’s Close about increased noise levels from the nearby A10, which he believes may emanate from Last year’s resurfacing of the A10.  This resident has measured the decibel level, which has given cause for concern. I’ve raised this with County Highways; a site visit has now taken place with the contractor and I hope to have some information back soon.

Solar Studs on the Cambridge Road path:  It’s good to see these at last, and it’s hoped that another stretch of the path, from Frog End to Fowlmere Rd Shepreth, will follow.

Parking on Pavements Inquiry: The Transport Select Committee has launched an inquiry into the matter of parking on pavements.  Please see the link below and feel free to contribute your views – the closing date for written submissions is 14 May.

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/transport-committee/news-parliament-2017/pavement-parking-launch-17-19/

22 houses at 36 New Rd

It looks as though this development will be approved, local representatives having ensured that the 40% affordable homes will be delivered and that no houses will be occupied without guaranteed increased capacity in the sewage to the scheme

Local Plan: We’ve forwarded to you maps of the County Council’s submissions to the Call for Site exercise.  There is one County Council site submission for Melbourn: Tostock Farm, map attached.  Shortly, all submissions will be able to be viewed here:

https://www.scambs.gov.uk/planning/local-plan-and-neighbourhood-planning/emerging-local-plans-and-guidance/emerging-greater-cambridge-local-plan/call-for-sites/

Drainage tour 

Jose and Susan would be happy to set a date for a drainage tour of Melbourn with our Local Highways Officer and PC representative, if the parish council would like us to do so. 

Community Rail Partnership: Our CRP is looking for businesses, families or local organizations to sponsor a tub on the station platform at Meldreth – is this something Melbourn Parish Council might consider?  This involves replanting the tub twice per year and helping to look after it.  We usually have a team of Duke of Edinburgh student volunteers helping with the watering.  It would be nice to have Melbourn’s name reflected in this way, bearing in mind the previous name of the station, which was Meldreth and Melbourn Station.   Meanwhile, our CRP officer will be visiting Melbourn Primary School this week to explore a range of potential activities around rail safety and learning to use public transport.

New shelter at Meldreth Station:  Do nip down to the station if you haven’t already seen the very good new shelter on the Cambridge Platform, which has been campaigned for for many, many years, including by our beloved station master David Piggott.