Susan van de Ven

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

Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 7 July, 2021

Plug the social care funding gap

by Susan van de Ven on 1 July, 2021

From Cambridgeshire County Council Two leading Councillors are backing a national call to plug the financial gap in adult social care funding and also for an urgent reform of the system. The letter to the Prime Minister, Chancellor and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care comes from the national body of leaders of […]

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Thakeham’s threat of compulsory purchase

by Susan van de Ven on 20 June, 2021

This anonymized letter from Thakeham to a local landowner, threatening compulsory purchase, has been shared with the South West Cambridge Action Group.

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Local Authority Remote Meetings: Call for Evidence

by Susan van de Ven on 2 June, 2021

All through Covid times we’ve seen much greater public participation in local government meetings, with the use of Zoom and other virtual platforms. People attending have said that they find it convenient (they may have small children or other caring responsibilities) or cheaper (no transport costs) or just safer (don’t want to venture out on […]

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An historic Joint Agreement has been signed by the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Independent groups to form a new administration for Cambridgeshire County Council. This follows Conservative losses rendering them short of a majority. Councillors Lucy Nethsingha and Lorna Dupre for the Liberal Democrats, Elisa Meschini and Richard Howitt of Labour, and Tom Sanderson of […]

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Thank you

by Susan van de Ven on 7 May, 2021

Thank you to residents of Melbourn, Meldreth, Whaddon and Bassingbourn for your support and confidence in the elections yesterday. I’m humbled and thrilled to have been re-elected as your County Councillor, and look forward to working together with so many newly elected colleagues including Sally Ann Hart, our new District Councillor for Melbourn Ward who […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 1 May, 2021

May 6th local elections: voting systems and emergency proxy voting arrangements Local government elections take place on May 6th, with all County Council seats at the ballot box, together with a by-election for the District Ward of Melbourn, as well as the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and the Police and Crime Commissioner. Your local […]

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So close but so far: Bassingbourn-Royston on foot

by Susan van de Ven on 30 April, 2021

Chatting on the doorstep with Bassingbourn residents, the matter of the opening up of the Ivy Farm Bridge, over the A505, comes up often. Love of walking and wandering across the countryside, and between villages and settlements, is one of the great joys of living in this part of the world – but roads and […]

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Supporting a new Bassingbourn Village Hall

by Susan van de Ven on 19 April, 2021

My letter of support to South Cambs Planning Dept: 19 April 2021 Richard Fitzjohn South Cambs District Council Planning Department Dear Richard 21/00512/FUL I would like to offer my strongest support for this planning application, The Limes Communal Rooms Bassingbourn, change of use to a village hall and as a base for the parish council. […]

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Standing up/Stepping forward

by Susan van de Ven on 13 April, 2021

Delighted to be standing in the local government elections on May 6th, as the Lib Dem candidate for the Melbourn and Bassingbourn Division on the County Council, which includes Meldreth and Whaddon. It has been an honour to serve in this role over the past four years, and I’ve learned lots from working alongside parish […]

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