Susan van de Ven

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

Whaddon report

  HDistrict and County Councillors Report – Whaddon Parish Council, February 2020 How to write a good funding application –  Presented by Cambridge Council for Voluntary Services: 19 February 16:00 – 19:30, Foxton Village Hall:
We will run a short workshop on how to write a good funding application followed by a panel discussion with local funders: Cambridgeshire Community FoundationLiving SportSouth Cambridgeshire Community ChestCommunity Reach Fund Our funders will talk about funding available for community groups and how to apply. There will also be time to ask questions. More information call 01223 464696 or email: East West Rail route confirmed:  The route for East West Rail has been announced by the Government.  The route via Cambourne was the option South Cambridgeshire District Council said should be chosen when asked during a consultation.  The County Council’s preferred route was Option A via Bassingbourn.   Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer, Deputy Leader and lead Cabinet Member for Strategic Infrastructure at South Cambridgeshire District Council said: “We were told that one of the key factors in determining the route was the environmental opportunities that this option offers. Any project of this size has an impact, but overall it will offer huge scope for environmental enhancements, much of which be in South Cambridgeshire.  The decision on whether this will be an electrified line has not yet been made but we are told that it will be a net zero carbon railway which is exactly what we would want as we move towards being a zero carbon district by 2050.”  Cllr Bridget Smith, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “I have asked East-West Railway Company to work very closely with local councillors and officers, and to fully engage with all of our affected villages from the outset. This is vital so they know exactly what is going on and have every opportunity to input their views into the whole process.”   Solar car port, SCDC offices:  Proposals have been put forward to make the Council offices less dependent on fossil fuels, including installing a solar car port which will generate more than 20% if the electricity for the entire building and installing a ground source heat pump to reduce the amount of gas used on site by at least 80% For the full details:   Model Parish Council Climate Change Policies: A number of South Cambridgeshire parish councils are declaring a climate emergency, and adopting climate change and environment policies, for example in the realm of planning.  There is a good deal of sharing of information and best practice available.   Zero Carbon Communities grants for Meldreth Station and Melbourn Village College:  We’re delighted to report two successes: Melbourn Village College students spearheaded the ‘Melbourn Community Refill Project’ that will see the installation of personal water bottle refill stations in public areas of the College, in an effort to do away with single use plastic water bottles on site.  The Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Community Rail Partnership has won funding to partner up with Govia Thameslink Railway for new secure cycle parking at Meldreth Station – GTR’s proportion having been won from the Department for Transport’s Cycle Rail Fund.  Work on the new cycle park installation including CCTV will commence very soon; the site will likely behind the new waiting shelter.  More details to come. Under-funded Special Educational Needs takes funding from general school budgets:  The most significant recent decision by the County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee has been to ask the Department for Education to allow the County Council to remove 1.8% of the main schools budget and put it in the High Needs Block to help meet the extra cost of providing for the increasing number and proportion of children needing extra help (and also to help pay off the £16 million deficit carried forward). This will mean, if approved, that the per pupil allocation in mainstream schools will go down by £50; this will have a significant impact particularly on already perilous primary school budgets.  Pot holes and Christmas break:  As a cost saving measure, the County Council now requires its employees to take off the Christmas to New Year holiday period, which means that there’s no one in the office to process reports of Highways faults during that time.  This causes a backlog in January.    Bus meeting and bus stops: The Cam Vale Bus User Group met on 22 January with about 40 people in attendance at The Limes Bassingbourn.  The upshot was support for a cross-border service to Letchworth, amalgamating resources of both Cambs and Herts and seeing the 127 from its pick-up points in Bassingbourn reach all the way to Letchworth.  This won’t directly benefit our Meldreth and Whaddon users but another outcome of the meetings was that all the bus stops along the route of the 127 will be inspected by the Combined Authority, with our Herts bus officer colleague, Daniel Washington, leading the tour.  This happens at the end of Feb.   Bus subsidies and the County Council budget:  Funding arrangements for subsidized bus services are not yet clear; for the past few years they have somehow scraped through by various means.  While buses are now the domain of the mayor, the funding responsibility is essentially delegated back to the Council. Rail User Group meeting Feb 25th: Results of a recent meeting with Network Rail at Foxton Signal Box, which controls the new full barriers at Shepreth Station, will be brought to the next meeting of the Rail User Group – all welcome, upstairs at the Melbourn Hub, from 7:30-9PM on 25 February. A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign meeting:  The A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign meets next on February 12th, 7:30-9PM, at TTP (The Technology Partnership), Melbourn Science Park.  On the agenda will be path maintenance and the Melbourn Greenways scheme which proposes a number of improvements to the Cambridge-Royston cycle route.  A decision by the Greater Cambridge Partership has now been delayed until June – decision-making meetings having been pushed back due to the General Election purdah period before Christmas.  Royston and Hertfordshire Growth and Transport Plan and links into South Cambs: Please take a look and respond to this new Hertfordshire County Council strategic Growth and Transport consultation that specifically envisages a cycle link over the A505, tying in with the Melbourn Greenway.  The consultation runs until March 30.