Susan van de Ven

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

This Flag

by Susan van de Ven on 8 May, 2020

This flag, now 125 years old, was last displayed on VE Day 1945 in Huntington Road Cambridge.

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Cambridgeshire County Council Health Committee meets virtually on Tuesday May 5, the first time since the UK declared a Public Health Emergency on January 30.  I’ve submitted the following questions in light of current concerns around care home settings. In recent weeks and days, in reaction to reporting on deaths in care homes, and the […]

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Sharing Good Practice – village Covid-19 support networks

by Susan van de Ven on 17 April, 2020

Every village in South Cambridgeshire – that’s over 100 villages – now has its own local support network, each with particular features and ideas.  There has been much sharing of good practice on prescriptions collections, village communication, emergency financial support for residents in need, local food bank need, and social and practical support.  The bigger […]

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Changed circumstances and eligibility for Free School Meals

by Susan van de Ven on 15 April, 2020

For many families, the coronavirus outbreak has meant a change in financial circumstances. If your circumstances have changed, and you have school aged children, you might want to consider whether you meet the criteria for free school meals: Income Support. Income Based Job Seekers Allowance. Income-related Employment & Support Allowance. Child Tax Credit – but […]

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Coronavirus Community Basics

by Susan van de Ven on 19 March, 2020

1. DO NOT call your GP or the NHS 111 if you think you have basic and manageable Coronavirus symptoms. As counter-intuitive as this might seem, this is because medical support must be cordoned off for those who absolutely require it. Please read the advice on the NHS Coronavirus page. 2. DO wash your hands […]

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The council is working in partnership with the Local Resilience Forum – involving all public sector organisation in the county – to look at issues of business continuity and mutual aid. In addition, the countywide Strategic Co-ordinating Group is establishing a Community Reference group, to support vulnerable people. As a public sector organization, the County […]

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Pavements sided out: Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth

by Susan van de Ven on 15 March, 2020

Footways in Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth have been sided out – meaning encroaching grass pulled back and removed to reveal the actual width of the pavement. In some cases, two-thirds of the pavement had been covered up. These include: along the A1198 Old North Road, from Tudor Court to Swinnell Court; A1198 from Bassingbourn Barracks to first Kneesworth […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 8 March, 2020

Welcome to New County Councillor for Shepreth: Peter McDonald A by-election on February 27 saw an overwhelming win for Peter McDonald, now County Councillor for the Duxford Division which includes Shepreth and a large number of other villages including Foxton. We are delighted to welcome Peter, who is an experienced district councillor and whose professional […]

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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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