Susan van de Ven

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

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Meldreth issues

Meldreth Parish Council website: www.meldreth-pc.org.uk.

Susan’s monthly reports are posted with parish council minutes, and she writes regularly for Meldreth Matters.

Village groups

If you run a village group and would like help advertising an event or recruiting volunteer helpers, please let Susan know and she would be glad to include a few lines in her monthly community e-newsletter.

Susan regularly attends parish council meetings and provides a written report.

Meldreth Parish Council, July 2017

County Councillor Report

Level Crossing closure: In the next round of consideration under the Secretary of State, following Network Rail’s recommended level crossing closure programme, the County Council has concurred with the view locally that the closure order for the Chiswick End/Fieldgate crossing in unacceptable, as the proposed alternative route over Meldreth Station bridge would put pedestrians at much greater risk. We now await further communication about taking part in the public inquiry.

Bus users’ meeting July 17: Our new bus users’ group, covering villages served by the departing 27 bus, will meet July 17, 7:30-9:00PM, at The Limes Communal room in High Street Bassingbourn. Seven Meldreth residents are planning to attend at I am organizing lifts – please let me know if you can help as one more car will be needed. In addition to an update on our 128 operator, following the retendering of the contract, we’ll be fine-tuning arrangements for a shuttle link to Meldreth Station for sixth formers.

Children’s Centres: To save £1million, the County Council is planning to ‘redesignate’ children’s centres throughout the county – effectively downgrading and amalgamating with children and family health services. A consultation runs from July 17-September 22. There are severe implications for Melbourn and Bassingbourn Children’s Centres. This £1 million saving was unnecessary – but is a result of the Conservative and UKIP imposed council tax freeze. Cambridgeshire was the only shire county in England not to take the standard 1.99% rise, which adds an extra £5 million to the vast public service cuts we must make this year (mainly arising from loss of government revenue support grant, coupled with the aging population and rising cost of health and social care) – totalling £31 million.

Drainage walk: I’ve asked the officers for a September date, a bit late but intended to keep up our annual stock-take tour.

Train timetable consultation: The Thameslink timetable consultation is live until July 27. We’ve known for some time that Foxton, Shepreth and Meldreth will be getting twice-hourly trains throughout the day, and that rather than terminating at King’s Cross they will run through to Pancras and on to Gatwick. Commuters have raised concerns about longer journey times on some services.