Susan van de Ven

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

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Freedom of Movement: Question Time for East West Rail

by Susan van de Ven on 16 February, 2019

  The East West Rail consultation happening now suggests serious intent to proceed with some version of the final Bedford-Cambridge rail connection.  Without a doubt this stands to be the biggest infrastructure project to impact South Cambridgeshire for a generation, and Bassingbourn stands to be at the epicentre.   So please heed the ‘Have Your Say’ […]

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Update for Meldreth Shepreth and Foxton Rail Users

by Susan van de Ven on 14 February, 2019

Update for Meldreth Shepreth and Foxton Rail Users – shared from Meldreth Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group post Sarah Grove and I met with Phil Hutchinson and Jane Cobb at King’s Cross on Tuesday.  The key agenda item was the restoration of at least one peak time semi-fast service for our London commuters. Now […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 11 February, 2019

Community Newsletter February 2019 EAST WEST RAIL: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IS NOW East West Rail constitutes the most transformational infrastructure project to impact South Cambridgeshire in a generation. Please take a moment to read through the links below. Five options have now been published on the exact line of the Bedford-Cambridge segment of the East West […]

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Money at Cambs County Council

by Susan van de Ven on 8 February, 2019

Cambridgeshire County Council met on Tuesday to set its budget and council tax. The conduct of the meeting was deeply embarrassing and it’s just as well that the live video stream wasn’t working. The outcome of decision making is summarized here in a report by Cllr Peter Downes: “Background: • Demand for council services is […]

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East West Rail: public participation is NOW

by Susan van de Ven on 6 February, 2019

East West Rail: public participation is NOW (and closes March 11) Five options have now been published on the exact line of the Bedford-Cambridge segment of the East West Rail project. Options A, C and D connect from Bassingbourn and fully include Whaddon, Meldreth and Shepreth in their possible associated housing development area. These options […]

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  Written Question to Council, 5 February 2019 Cllr Susan van de Ven Cambridgeshire County Council has a statutory obligation to make non-British EU citizens living in Cambridgeshire aware of the need to apply for Settled Status, post-Brexit, in order to secure their right to remain living in the UK; and also, to apply for […]

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Bus Users Unite!

by Susan van de Ven on 30 January, 2019

Stretching from Melbourn to the Mordens, users of the 127 and Busway A services met up on a cold January night to take stock of the Mayor’s Bus Review, published just hours beforehand. Our members who’d managed to read the report were pleased that it acknowledges in detail the predicament of isolated Cambridgeshire communities trying […]

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The Royston Brexitometer 

by Susan van de Ven on 27 January, 2019

Out in Royston on Saturday morning for non-stop conversations with passers by, hearing which Brexit outcome they’d like to see and who they think should make the final decision. Overwhelming favourite: Remain in EU. Second Place: No Deal. Who decides? Overwhelming favourite – People’s Vote. Government credibility made a poor showing overall. Check out the […]

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Visit to Melbourn Village College Citizenship Class

by Susan van de Ven on 23 January, 2019

I was lucky enough to visit Melbourn Village College’s Citizenship class today – a treat.   Vibrant and thoughtful students almost all in favour of bringing the voting age down to 16: ‘In a few years we’ll be living with the consequences of decisions taken now.’   A small handful against – ‘At 18, I’ll […]

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Addenbrooke’s: Retaining EU staff

by Susan van de Ven on 21 January, 2019

EU nationals (other than Brits) make up approximately 12% of the Addenbrooke’s workforce – about 1000 employees.   Together with Cambridge University, Addenbrooke’s was invited to take part in Government’s piloting of the European Settlement scheme, to be rolled out nationally on March 30. The idea is to facilitate early settled status for staff (though […]

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