John Whitehouse

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 It will have taken seven months since the consultation over the future of the Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service closed in December last year, but finally we are going to get the chance to debate the final proposals for the service at Full Council on the 20th July. I’ve no idea yet what the new […]

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There is an alternative!

by John Whitehouse on 14 June, 2010

I’ve issued a press release today responding to a statement in last week’s local press by Cllr Alan Cockburn, the Conservative portfolio holder for the Environment on Warwickshire County Council. He had criticised the Liberal Democrats for opposing Project Transform, the giant incinerator project, without putting forward any alternative to this. I said: “It is not true that we […]

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Project Transform

by John Whitehouse on 4 June, 2010

In March a combination of Conservative and Labour councillors on Warwickshire County Council voted down my motion calling for an immediate halt to Project Transform, the joint project with Coventry and Solihull to build a replacement for the Coventry incinerator by 2016. However, the recent local election results in Coventry and Solihull have changed the political […]

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As a Warwickshire councillor I represent the county division of Kenilworth Abbey, which includes the village of Burton Green that is in the direct path of the proposed HS2 route. I am also the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the Environment & Economy on the County Council.  I am therefore writing as an individual councillor and […]

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Re-launching my web site

by John Whitehouse on 19 May, 2010

As you may have noticed, this web site has been pretty dormant for many months! Why? Because I was acting as election agent for Nigel Rock in the parliamentary election for the new constituency of Kenilworth & Southam, and was putting all my energies into that – including running the local party’s web site at […]

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Community Speed Watch Takes Off

by John Whitehouse on 30 September, 2009

The Community Speed Watch (CSW) scheme which we piloted in Kenilworth has been a great success, and is now being rolled out progressively across Warwickshire. Feedback from the general public has been almost universally positive, despite the occasional offensive gestures from motorists who feels they have a divine right to speed in residential roads. This week […]

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Warwickshire Waste Partnership & Project Transform

by John Whitehouse on 30 September, 2009

Yesterday I attended my first meeting of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership, which brings together elected members and officers from both the county council (the waste disposal authority) and the five districts and boroughs (the waste collection authorities). From first impressions the rate of progress towards real partnership working has been painfully slow! Liberal Democrat policy […]

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Early Intervention Service Exhibition

by John Whitehouse on 28 September, 2009

Last week I attended an exhibition showcasing the achievements of pupils attending Warwickshire’s Early Intervention Service Teaching and Learning centres during the past year. Elizabeth Featherstone, Head of Service for Family and Community, showed me round the exhibition. The work exhibited is by students who have either been reintegrated back into mainstream schools, participated in work-based learning […]

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Warwickshire Signs Up to 10:10

by John Whitehouse on 16 September, 2009

Tonight I heard that Warwickshire County Council is to sign up to the national “10:10” climate change initiative launched at the Tate Modern in London last month. As an individual I signed up on Day 1 of the campaign, and am committed to trying to reduce my personal carbon footprint by 10% by the end of 2010. […]

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Tory Hypocrisy over Fire Cuts

by John Whitehouse on 16 September, 2009

My blood boiled seeing our local Tory MP on TV on Monday night, standing in front of Kenilworth Fire Station and promising to fight its closure.  What hypocrites the Tories are! They have a dominant majority on the County Council, and it’s the County Council that is proposing to axe seven fire stations across Warwickshire, including […]

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