Susan van de Ven

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

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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The response of the Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Community Rail Partnership to the Cambridge Resignalling project – and the proposal to upgrade the Meldreth Road Shepreth level crossing – can be found here.

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Bus number 17

by Susan van de Ven on 11 April, 2021

Following its launch on April 6th, the number 17 bus is running between Melbourn, Meldreth, Whaddon, Kneesworth, Bassingbourn, Litington, Steeple Morden, Guiden Morden & Royston. This picks up where the 127 left off. Operator A2B has proposed to run a commercial service in the same area, and the Cam Vale Bus User Group is helping […]

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Late arrival of drainage crew in Meldreth

by Susan van de Ven on 26 March, 2021

Residents of Meldreth High St, Station Rd, Whitecroft Rd, Elin Way and Fenny Lane will have had a letter from us recently, kindly printed and distributed by Meldreth Parish Council, to let them know that a systematic gulley emptying operation would be taking place in their road in Meldreth starting earlier this week.   Residents were […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 26 March, 2021

SO, WHAT’S THE MELBOURN WARD AND WHERE DOES SHEPRETH FIT?  SALLY ANN EXPLAINS Sally Ann Hart, local campaigner and Melbourn parish councillor, explains: “Until four years ago, district ward and county division boundaries fit together fairly well, but county boundary changes mean that is no longer the case and Shepreth falls into two separate geographies:  […]

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Can Mr Browne’s Petition Stop Thakeham?

by Susan van de Ven on 22 March, 2021

Can Mr Browne’s petition stop Thakeham?   A petition has been set up by Anthony Browne MP.  It asks South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) to exclude Thakeham’s South West Cambridgeshire New Town proposal from its Local Plan.  At the present time Thakeham has yet to submit a proposal to SCDC, so there is no proposal […]

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Meldreth Road Level Crossing – are full barriers needed?

by Susan van de Ven on 16 March, 2021

Cambridge Resignaling Project Network Rail is consulting on upgrading Meldreth Rd, Shepreth, level crossing to a full barrier, which would bring a long waiting time, similar to that at Shepreth Station, and in turn significantly impact traffic flows. While the Shepreth Station full barrier system was installed largely in response to a serious trespassing problem […]

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