Susan van de Ven

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

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Jessamine of Barrington: New German Citizen

by Susan van de Ven on 3 December, 2018

Thanks to Jessamine Davis, who writes: “I first came to Berlin on the Erasmus programme, studying abroad as part of my degree at the University of Manchester. I loved the city so much that I returned immediately after graduation and have now been living and working here as a Project Manager for over seven years. […]

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Children’s Centres: what’s on and what’s gone

by Susan van de Ven on 26 November, 2018

Earlier this month I attended a meeting of the Children and Young People’s Committee, which was considering a paper on redesigned children’s centre services. I wanted to find out what progress has been made on re-providing services that were lost when the Bassingbourn Children’s Centre closed, following the council’s vote to cut £900K from its […]

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South Cambs GP, German Citizen

by Susan van de Ven on 19 November, 2018

Dr Hubertus Von Blumenthal has been treating South Cambridgeshire residents for over 30 years. This is home. “My personal concerns have been mirrored by many before. I don’t expect a knock on the door but the handling of individual cases by the Home Office is quite outrageous. I do not accept reassurances like ‘you will […]

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Mental health support at Melbourn Hub

by Susan van de Ven on 13 November, 2018

Mind mental health service at the Melbourn Hub A very good, free mental health service is provided by Mind at the Melbourn Hub, once a month on a Thursday.  To make a referral (including for yourself), please ring 01223 311320 to speak to the wellbeing team, or alternatively you can send an email to […]

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Letter received on Friday

by Susan van de Ven on 5 November, 2018

This letter was sent to all Cambridgeshire County Councillors. Dear Ms van de Ven, My business is based in Cambridge (although I live in a nearby village) and manufactures high tech equipment used to test power cables connecting offshore wind farms. 85% of our business is with EU companies based outside the UK. All of […]

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Little Extras

by Susan van de Ven on 1 November, 2018

A Cambridgeshire Headteacher speaks: “The £400 million announced by the Chancellor barely scratches the surface of what is needed to make up for the erosion of school funding over the last few years. His comment that the money will help schools ‘to buy the little extras they need’ shows a complete misunderstanding of the prevailing […]

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Shine a Light… Freedom of Information and the Ely Bridge

by Susan van de Ven on 25 October, 2018

Thanks to Cllr David Jenkins for this post – he writes:   A colleague at the County Council has done some excellent work to demonstrate how abuse of process, by councillors who should know better, resulted in the Ely bridge cost overrun. Until now we’ve depended on what’s in papers for the Economy & Environment […]

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Community Newsletter

by Susan van de Ven on 15 October, 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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  I’ve been contacted by concerned residents who rightly feel that more should be done to raise awareness of the following: About 150 people attended the September 25 meeting at Shepreth Village Hall in order to hear a presentation from the ‘CamBedRailRoad’ (CBRR) group.  The backdrop is the likely recommended ‘preferred route’ for the Bedford-Cambridge […]

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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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