Susan van de Ven

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

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

by Susan van de Ven on 1 March, 2020

With the absence of any signposting thus far on the public website of Cambridgeshire County Council, which is the local public health authority, here is a helpful information post created by my colleague Cllr Lorna Dupre: For accurate and up-to-date information about coronavirus (COVID-19), check regularly on the government web page here. This is being updated […]

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Reflections on County Council Budget Meeting

by Susan van de Ven on 18 February, 2020

Thanks to my colleague Cllr David Jenkins of Histon for this post: 2020’s budget amendments: a little light analysis: First a little background: as most people are/should be now aware council finances have been squeezed since about 2010, that’s before austerity kicked in so it’s not just the fault of the coalition, and whereas the Local […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 2 February, 2020

Zero Carbon Communities Grant: Local Winners We’re delighted to report on two successful local applications for the first South Cambs District Council Zero Carbon Communities Grant. Melbourn Village College students spearheaded the ‘Melbourn Community Refill Project’ that will see the installation of personal water bottle refill stations in public areas of the College, in an […]

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by Susan van de Ven on 30 January, 2020

ODE TO JOY TOPS THE CHARTS! Celebrating decades of building peace, prosperity and collaboration across Europe. I’ve been a proud citizen of the European Union for 16 years, since the day I became a proud Brit. I moved to Cambridge in 1988, as a US citizen married to a Dutch citizen and able to live […]

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Plans for digitizing many aspects of our health services have been set out by our local NHS ‘Sustainable Transformation Partnership’, a management group tasked with overseeing coordination of the many NHS partners that combine to provide our health care.  These plans are aspirational and not set out in any practical detail, and yet the intention […]

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Beechwood Avenue Melbourn Traffic Meeting update

by Susan van de Ven on 2 January, 2020

Road surface issues: Highways has put Beechwood Avenue on the list for surface dressing treatment in 2020. This work usually takes place in the summer due to optimal weather conditions. Treatment does not involve digging up and relaying the road surface, but rather adding a protective layer over it which generally extends the life of […]

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Hopeful and enjoyable things from our community in 2019

by Susan van de Ven on 31 December, 2019

A few of the many enjoyable and hopeful things that happened in our community this year: Meldreth School Junior Travel Ambassador Iris Bostanci, aged 8, makes a passionate case for cycling to the Greater Cambridge Partnership Citizens Assembly. Bassingbourn Barracks mums get an overwhelming public response for bits and pieces to start up their new […]

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Modern slavery a mile from home

by Susan van de Ven on 21 December, 2019

I was very sad to receive this report from Cambs Police on the discovery of a modern slavery operation at Kneesworth. The link at the bottom leads on to more general information about modern slavery in Cambridgeshire and how to become better informed. Modern slavery operation finds five men at Cambridgeshire nursery: A nursery business […]

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It’s the next generation

by Susan van de Ven on 14 December, 2019

It’s for the next generation that it all matters most. They’ve been out there doing their best, in the wake of disastrous decisions by much older people before they even had a chance to vote. They care deeply about the issues, but now have a prime minister who couldn’t be bothered to turn up for […]

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A thoughtful piece on tactical voting in South Cambridgeshire

by Susan van de Ven on 2 December, 2019

Jeremy Bridle writes on Facebook: I don’t usually make political statements on here but this is really important. If you’re in South Cambs and are thinking of voting Labour or Lib Dem please read this. I know a lot of people have been unsure between Labour and Lib Dems for the South Cambs anti-Tory tactical […]

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