John Whitehouse

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Unhappy 4th Birthday, HS2!

by John Whitehouse on March 11, 2014

Today is the fourth anniversary of the fateful day in 2010 when, in the run-up to the General Election, the Labour government announced its plan to build the HS2 line between London and Birmingham. Many at the time saw it as a blatant election ploy by Labour to boost support in West Midlands marginal constituencies. […]

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Congratulations to St John’s School, Kenilworth!

by John Whitehouse on March 7, 2014

As a governor of St John’s Primary School, Kenilworth for over ten years, I’m absolutely delighted with the school’s latest Ofsted report which has been published today:  http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/130870 As most people know, the latest Ofsted inspection framework for schools has “set the bar” even higher than before, and there have been a number of high-profile […]

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Today I’ve sent off my response to the HS2 Phase1 Environmental Statement. The final deadline for this is 11:59pm on 27 February 2014. The full text of my response is here: JW response to the HS2 Phase 1 Environmental Statement FINAL As the county councillor representing the community of Burton Green, much of my response addresses the total […]

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The great majority of people in Kenilworth, when asked, are totally against the whole idea of HS2. They think it’s not needed, will be a huge waste of taxpayers’ money, and will do nothing for people in this area. However, unless you live on the Eastern side of Kenilworth, many residents may feel that it […]

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Automatic Flood Warning System for Kenilworth to go ahead

by John Whitehouse on January 9, 2014

Following a feasibility study last year, Warwickshire County Council has agreed today to go ahead with an automatic flood warning system for Kenilworth, at a cost of £52,000. The system will comprise a flood detection sensor at the Ford in Castle Road, electronic warning signs on the approach roads to the Ford, and a new […]

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A Partial Victory over School Admissions Policy

by John Whitehouse on December 15, 2013

      As the Lib Dem lead member for Children & Schools on the County Council, for some time now I have been supporting the “Siblings at the Same School” group (https://www.facebook.com/LeamingtonSiblingsAtTheSameSchoolActionGroup) in their fight to get Warwickshire County Council to adopt a better schools admissions policy, one which would help to address the […]

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Go Ahead for Kenilworth Station At Last!

by John Whitehouse on December 12, 2013

I was thrilled to hear the news today that the Government had approved the £5 million funding bid for Kenilworth Station. With the rest of the £11.3 million funding already secured, this means that we have a final go ahead at last! I’ve been campaigning for a station since 2003, and some others for longer […]

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Today’s publication by the Liberal think tank Centre Forum, “Build the infrastructure: bin the wish list”, ought to make every Liberal Democrat stop and think again about the wisdom of spending £50 billion on HS2. The report concludes that “projects must be prioritised with full consideration of opportunity costs”, saying: The debate on major infrastructure […]

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My response to the HS2 Property Compensation Consultation 2013

by John Whitehouse on November 29, 2013

THIS IS THE TEXT OF MY RESPONSE TO THE HS2 PROPERTY COMPENSATION CONSULTATION, WHICH I SENT YESTERDAY (28TH NOVEMBER). IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY RESPONDED IN PERSON, I URGE YOU TO DO SO BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE OF 4TH DECEMBER. LET’S FIGHT FOR FAIRNESS FOR EVERYONE BLIGHTED BY HS2!   I am responding to this consultation in […]

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Warwickshire County Council launched a new 4-week consultation on the future of its Integrated Disability Service: http://askwarks.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/integrated-disability-service-consultation-on-the-proposed-matrix-of-need/ This is a direct result of concerted action by opposition WCC councillors, who were not satisfied with the decision taken by Conservative Cabinet members on 12 Sep, and who therefore “called in” the decision to a special meeting […]

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