Welcome to the Melbourn and Bassingbourn county division page covering Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth, Melbourn, Meldreth and Whaddon parishes.
We are passionate about the power of working together to make our communities better places to live. During the pandemic, we’ve seen the Melbourn Community Hub sharing good practice with its neighbours, and our villages have all worked together to support those in need.
Children are the future, and schools have done a phenomenal job supporting them during this difficult year - as have so many working families. The county council’s closure of Bassingbourn Children’s Centre three years ago was unnecessary, and has diminished local support for young families considerably.
Meanwhile annual drainage clearance hasn’t taken place for a long time. As a result, we’ve seen flood damage to roads, pavements and the drainage network itself. Susan has been working closely with parish and district colleagues as well as Highways officers, on a pilot project to systematically clear drains on key roads in Melbourn and Meldreth – hopefully to be rolled out to all villages.
On the plus side, our local bus service is now running on a commercial basis as the number 17, serving Melbourn, Meldreth, Whaddon, Kneesworth, Bassingbourn (including North End turning island) and Royston. This follows close working between the operator, councillors, bus officers and the Cam Vale Bus User Group, chaired by Susan.
Proper investment in basic services is necessary if we are to prevent problems from building up. Essential new affordable housing must be part of a sustainable infrastructure plan, including such things as drains in the road, good paths and pavements, and decent, clean public transport. Sadly, the Conservative-run county council has been defined by short-term thinking. Our communities deserve better.
Susan van de Ven and Sally Ann Hart
The Lib Dem plan for our area
1. Better basic services
Our growing villages are under perpetual pressure and basic services are struggling to keep up. The Conservative-run county council has failed to properly invest, from roads and paths to children’s centres.
2. No to Thakeham
Thakeham’s speculative proposal for a new town of 25,000 homes in and amongst our villages must not go ahead. The Conservative government’s creeping centralised control of planning powers puts local decision-making for our area under threat. Thakeham has donated £536,000 to the Tory party so far, while stating its aim of securing a national government route to development, not via the district council. The local Lib Dem team will be fighting this every step of the way.
3. Safer routes to school
School communities are working hard to create safe environments for children to walk, scooter and cycle, which is both good for their health and good for the environment. Much more support is needed.
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