Susan van de Ven

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

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Whaddon issues

Whaddon Parish Council July 2017 – County Councillor Report

The Cam Vale Bus Users Group will meet on July 17, 7:30PM, at The Limes Bassingbourn, with Royston and District Community Transport in attendance. Hopefully we’ll have news of the outcome of the retendering of the subsidized bus contracts for our area.

There has been much interest in the prospect of a new Community Transport link service connecting Bassingbourn and Whaddon to Meldreth Station, designed for post-16 college students – to the extent that I’m not sure if RDCT’s 16-seater minibus will be able to meet demand.

Meanwhile very worrying news is that Whippet, which had been standing by with interest in providing a new rail link commercial service for our area, is retreating and no longer up for it. They are withdrawing a number of Cambridgeshire services due to lack of commercial viability and cite lack of public readiness to use buses, plus gridlock congestion in Cambridge, as the two chief problems.

Highways: A tour of Whaddon highways issues has been set for July 26.

Marley Eternit: I’m sure that Nigel and David will be providing a report for you. All three of us spoke at the Planning Committee meeting where the decision was to defer determination pending more information on highways matters, but also citing a range of other concerns. The site’s fundamental sustainability was correctly called into question. We expect the decision to come back to committee in September or October.

The Thameslink timetable consultation for services from Meldreth and Royston is live until July 27. We’ve that Meldreth will be getting twice-hourly trains throughout the day, and that rather than terminating at King’s Cross they will run through St Pancras and on to Gatwick. Commuters have raised concerns about longer journey times on some services.

The Greater Cambridge City Deal has been rebranded the ‘Greater Cambridge Partnership’.

Children’s Centres are to be rebranded as ‘Child and Family Centres’ in an exercise to save £1 million, in direct response to the freezing of council tax in April. This will involve demoting and amalgamating with some health services and effectively shutting some children’s centres down. There are severe implications for Melbourn and Bassingbourn as outlined in Appendix 2 here.