Susan van de Ven

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

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Local stories in the Party Political Broadcast

by Susan van de Ven on 26 November, 2019

Gotta gloat about my friend Sarah Decent of Shepreth, who features in this video – the Lib Dem Party Political Broadcast. It’s about the localized impact of Brexit on people, businesses, hospitals and community, and it features Sarah’s shoe shop, Modish, in Green Street Cambridge. As you might know I’m not someone to get excited […]

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A Walking Bus to School?

by Susan van de Ven on 21 November, 2019

Walking Bus to School? Recently I was contacted by Alix Valentine and School Crossing Patrol Officer Sarah Dixon about the idea of starting up a walking bus to Bassingbourn Primary School – something that will always be in the realm of possibility when so many parents already walk with their children to school every day. […]

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Cam Vale Bus User Group: extend the 127 to Letchworth?

by Susan van de Ven on 16 November, 2019

CAM VALE BUS USER GROUP: Would you like to see the 127 bus running as far as Letchworth? Recently, I met up with councillor colleagues Sebastian Kindersley and Steve Jarvis, and officers from Cambs and Herts, to discuss pooling resources on both sides of the county border, in order to enhance current bus services. This […]

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November Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 9 November, 2019

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 newsletter, please reply asking to be removed from the distribution list. If you know of someone not receiving this […]

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1st Orwell Scouts litter pickers take on the A10

by Susan van de Ven on 26 October, 2019

Oblivious to autumn wind and rain, the 1st Orwell Scouts are out there right now on the A10 path, litter picking a clear streak from Foxton Level Crossing to Fowlmere Road, Shepreth. Notable finds include a microwave, old coats and sandbags (weighing just a little bit to shift). They’ve had horns honking from appreciative passing […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 27 September, 2019

Community Newsletter September 2019 BEECHWOOD AVENUE TRAFFIC MEETING 29 OCTOBER Our growing villages are seeing an inevitable increase in traffic, with intensified flash points giving cause for concern.  Beechwood Ave Melbourn rat running and turning out of the A505/New Road junction have prompted local residents to seek improvement measures. Even big development planning conditions have […]

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Response to Local Transport Plan

by Susan van de Ven on 26 September, 2019

Comments on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Draft Local Transport Plan Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft Local Transport Plan. I welcome the draft LTP’s ambitions to expand the scope of transport and travel to affordable and sustainable modes, including: The Bus Review and its recognition of the challenges faced in rural […]

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A new ‘temporary’ park and ride

by Susan van de Ven on 18 September, 2019

A site for a new Park and Ride has been approved by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, though it still requires planning permission.  It’s on the south side of the M11 junction in Hauxton and is officially called Cambridge South West Park and Ride. This is a deeply fraught issue, largely arising in reactive mode to […]

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There were 19 people on the 127 bus this morning by the time it pulled away from Meldreth One Stop, with only a few spare seats before the Melbourn pick-up. This is a County Council subsidized service that never has guaranteed funding beyond the end of any financial year – the new normal. Those who’d […]

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Send the Prime Minister to five weeks of parish council meetings

by Susan van de Ven on 9 September, 2019

On the night the Prime Minister shuts down Parliament, just because he can, how many thousands of parish councils have continued with their village hall meetings – as unpaid volunteers? Thanks to parish councils, dog poo bins are organised, pot hole repairs are tracked, planning applications are responded to, street lights are managed, recreation grounds […]

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