Susan van de Ven

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

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South Cambs Local Plan adopted after record delay

by Susan van de Ven on 3 October, 2018

Finally! After an unprecedentedly long time (over four years) the South Cambs Local Plan has finally been passed by the Inspector and formally adopted by South Cambs District Council. This was not the Local Plan that would have been forward had the Liberal Democrats been in power four years ago but even so they have […]

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Staff shortages – Highways Dept

by Susan van de Ven on 2 October, 2018

I’ve submitted this question to the October full council meeting: Part of the division I represent has had no Local Highways Officer for nearly a year.  Now the post of District Manager, who oversees the Local Highways Officers, is vacant. Another Local Highways Officer from a neighbouring patch has been assigned to help cover the […]

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Europe in My Village

by Susan van de Ven on 11 September, 2018

Here are some conversations about the positive impact of our country’s membership of the European Union, at community level: the school, the doctors’ surgery, the fruit farm, the care home, the shoe shop, the zoo – or the nearest business to where you live.  Equally, it is about the damage to local economies and opportunities, […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 12 August, 2018

Liberal Democrat Community Newsletter We are writing to you, as councillors and campaigners for our interlinked cluster of villages, to keep you informed of local issues involving the District and County Councils. If you would prefer not to receive this email newsletter, please reply asking to be removed from the distribution list. If you know […]

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Fake news?

by Susan van de Ven on 15 July, 2018

We are now told that Cambridgeshire roads and paths are no longer in a state of ‘Managed Decline’ and it is not necessary to augment the inspection regime currently in place. It’s not clear when this magical turnaround happened. Roads like Tower Close Bassingbourn  are apparently in a decent state. Here’s the reply to my […]

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The Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group meets tonight at the Melbourn Hub, 30 High Street Melbourn, 7:30-9:00PM. The agenda can be found here. Meanwhile, in response to GTR’s letter to MPs about the new ‘pre-interim timetable running from 24 June – mid-July, this letter has been sent to GTR senior staff (Nick Brown, […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 25 June, 2018

We are writing to you, as councillors and campaigners for our interlinked cluster of villages, to keep you informed of local issues involving the District and County Councils. If you would prefer not to receive this email newsletter, please reply asking to be removed from the distribution list. If you know of someone not receiving […]

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My school can’t get a cleaner

by Susan van de Ven on 18 June, 2018

A local primary school headteacher writes: My school can’t get a cleaner. As I am the headteacher, this is a big problem for me. It’s a long story. It begins with the Government’s slow strangulation of local authorities as suppliers of school services, resulting in the eventual closure of CCS, Cambridgeshire Cleaning Services, leaving dozens […]

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Letter to Govia Thameslink Railway: Dear Katherine, Keith and Stuart Thank you Katherine for your reply to my email of June 8, on behalf of Charles Horton. We are pleased to know that Karen Gregson and Marc Edwards will attend the Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group meeting on 27 June. Yes, we will […]

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Letter to Govia Thameslink Railway

by Susan van de Ven on 9 June, 2018

Charles Horton Chief Executive Officer, Govia Thameslink Railway   Dear Mr Horton, As Chair of the Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group, I write to you on behalf of a large community of rail users from these stations who depend on GTR in order to reach jobs and education in Cambridge, London, and all […]

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