Susan van de Ven

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

Meldreth Report

County and District Councillors’ Report

Meldreth Parish Council

December 2019


From Susan –

Kissing Gate

I’ve now had confirmation that it would be up to the Parish Council to obtain a quote for removing the kissing gate and replacing it with a different structure (as you know I have suggested a staggered gate that allows pushchairs and wheelchairs through but prevents people from running from the path into the road).  This would fall to the parish because the present infrastructure could be left as is for public use.  This would then need to be checked with Peter Gaskin at the County Council.

Mud on Malton Lane

I have complained again about the excessive mud on Malton Lane.  The LHO for Orwell is dealing with the culprit and recharging for time spent.


The Climate Change Strategy mentioned in your agenda goes out for consultation as you say on Dec. 20 – but it’s only a working draft at the moment. It will be interesting to see how transport and travel issues are dealt with, given the complicated local governance arrangements now in play.

The Council meets again on December 19, rescheduled due to the General Election. 


Local Plan update

The first public consultation – a six-week Issues and Options Consultation – will be launched by the joint Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Planning Authority on Monday 13 January. Responses to the consultation will feed into the new joint Local Plan for Greater Cambridge and will feature four big themes: climate change, biodiversity and green spaces, wellbeing and social inclusion and great places. The themes will inform what types of new homes are built and where, where new jobs are based and businesses can locate and how infrastructure such as transport links, schools and healthcare can support new homes and jobs. From Friday 13 January, when the consultation starts, visit the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning website to find more and have your say. 

SCDC Community Chest Grants

Grants Advisory Committee remains keen to receive applications that help to:

– Promote active and healthy lifestyles

– Build inclusive communities

– Enhance the natural environment

Mobile Warden Grant Scheme

The Mobile Warden grant scheme opened on Friday 29 November and SCDC will be accepting applications until 5pm on Friday 24 January 2020.

In 2019/20 14 schemes were supported across the district, covering over 25 villages and supporting approximately 314 residents. The schemes support older people to live independently in their homes and the community they know. They are complementary to statutory care services and can help to combat loneliness and social isolation.

View the criteria, guidance notes and application form or contact Ellen Bridges by emailing or calling 01954 713294.

Three Free Trees for every parish

SCDC is committed to supporting the transition to zero carbon by 2050 and the doubling of nature so the council is launching an offer of ‘Three Free Trees’ to every parish in South Cambridgeshire at selected participating garden centres from early January.

More details to follow.

Contact:  Email Emma Dyer or call 01954 713344.

Zero Carbon Communities Forum – details to be announced in December

In January SCDC will be holding the first in a series of quarterly forums/workshops to support local action to move communities in South Cambs towards zero carbon. These are part of a new Zero Carbon Communities Programme which will replace our Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership work and will run alongside the Zero Carbon Communities grant scheme.  

Details will be sent to parish clerks and to the Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership mailing list in December.

Funding available to boost energy efficiency of homes and make repairs

South Cambridgeshire District Council provides funding towards making homes more energy efficient, as well as other essential repairs. For example, if people are struggling to heat their homes due to an old, faulty or inefficient boiler, we may be able to help pay for a new one through our Discretionary Grants scheme. To qualify for a grant, householders will need to have owned and lived in their home for at least two years and be in receipt of one of the following means tested benefits:

• Universal Credit

• Income Support

• Income based Job Seekers Allowance or Income Based Employment Support Alliance

• Working Tax Credit with gross income less than £18,000

• Council Tax support

• Guaranteed Pension Credit

• Or child tax credit with a relevant income less than £18,000

If householders receive one of the above benefits, this grant scheme could provide them with funding to help improve their current heating system. The Council may also be able to help with improving homes’ insulation, replacing draughty windows and doors and carrying out a range of other essential repairs.

See home improvement grants for more information.

Contact: or 01954 713 330.

South Cambs Magazine

The winter 2019 edition of South Cambs Magazine is now being delivered to residents. Thank you to parishes who have provided helpful information when delivery issues have been identified in the past. Please continue to encourage residents to flag any issues to Smart Distribution as soon as possible, after the delivery window has closed, which for this edition is Sunday 8 December.

You can view an online edition of the latest South Cambs Magazine.

Contact: Email Smart Distribution or 0800 6444 011.

Fly-tipping signs 

The council has been running a campaign to tackle fly-tipping since the summer and the next planned activity is to erect anti fly-tipping signs in particular hotspots across the district from 13 December. ‘Let’s S.C.R.A.P fly-tipping’ leaflets are available for parishes to and provide information on prevention, what people should be doing with their rubbish, and how to report fly-tipping. If you would like to receive some of these leaflets please let the Waste team know.

Contact: Rebecca Weymouth-Wood or Vicky Lacy

Council Tax base set

SCDC’s Chief Financial Officer has set the Council Tax Base for 2020/21. Please find attached the report and appendix. This decision has been published on the website: a