Susan van de Ven

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

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Whaddon report

Whaddon November 2018 Parish Council report from District and County Councillors

Electoral Registration: South Cambs officers from the electoral services team will be door-knocking at those households in the district who have yet to return their electoral registration forms up until 21st November. It is easy to go online and register the voters in your household (and remove those no longer living in the household unit). Follow this link


Bonfires:  Please can we remind residents to be considerate and to follow the Council Environmental Health advice at   The new Liberal Democrat administration is putting air quality at the forefront of its green agenda. To that end, please can residents also make sure that they burn well-seasoned wood in their wood burners and grates.


Bus services: The Mayor is expected to announce the results of his Bus Review sometime in November.  Our 127 service depends on a funding solution from April 1st.  A Cam Vale Bus User Group meeting will be arranged for January, to update our residents who depend on the service.


Rail User Group meets next December 5th at Elin Way Community Room.  Together with all the other user groups on the Cambridge-King’s Cross line, we have formally objected to the Department for Transport’s January fare increase plans, for several reasons including the fact that weekend service restoration won’t even begin until December.  Thanks to the three Meldreth residents who this past weekend turned all the tubs round for the winter.


Brexit impact on South Cambs businesses: SCDC hosted a session with the Federation of Small Businesses and the Chamber of Commerce for South Cambs area businesses, which Susan attended. Main concerns expressed were around EU workforce, supply chains for the EU, and general economic downturn. The FSB said that most small businesses have done no Brexit risk assessment or preparation, because the subject is too complex and overwhelming and requires dedicated staff – as large businesses tend to have. Small businesses are invited to contact SCDC Economic Development officer Johanna Davies for more information.


Home-Start: Philippa attended the Home-Start AGM a couple of weeks ago – the branch serves Royston and South Cambs.  Home-Start was one of many organisations supporting young families that is facing more pressure in the wake of the loss of Cambridgeshire children’s centre services.  They need to raise £175,000 to maintain their overall operations in the next year. ‘This puts my £2k sponsored swim contribution into sobering perspective’ says Philippa.


Police Surgery Melbourn Hub Café, Police Information evening meeting: The next Police drop-in surgery is 11th December 11:00 – 13:00, Melbourn Hub Cafe. A police public information evening will be held on 22 January, 7:30, Melbourn Hub.


North Herts and District Citizens Advice Bureau runs the drop-in service at the Melbourn Hub, through funding from SCDC (first and third Mondays, 9:30-12:30AM).  It previously ran a similar service at The Limes community centre Bassingbourn; its Royston walk-in service is open to South Cambs residents.  Susan is a member and will be reporting back from their Nov 1st AGM as to key issues for our residents.


Mind Wellbeing Service Melbourn Hub:  Cambs County Council funds a mental health self-referral service at the Melbourn Hub on the first Thursday of the month.  We’ve asked for a funding position update from CCC.