John Whitehouse

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Yesterday Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service (WFRS) announced proposals to close seven of the current twenty fire stations serving the county, and to merge two others. Included in the list of planned closures is Kenilworth Fire Station, located in the heart of my county electoral division. These proposals have been known to county councillors since […]

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Environment & Economy Spokesperson

by John Whitehouse on 15 September, 2009

Since June I’ve become Environment & Economy spokesperson for the Liberal Democrat group on the County Council. I still retain an interest in the children’s agenda, but a Stratford colleague Peter Balaam (an ex teacher) has taken on the spokesperson responsibility in this area. I’m very excited by the challenge of my new role, because […]

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Web Site Relaunch

by John Whitehouse on 15 September, 2009

I’ve had a long and inexcusable break from ‘blogging’ since the County Council elections in June. Blame it on exhaustion after a very hard-won victory perhaps, but also the county council always winds down its activity levels over the school summer holidays. I’ve never really understood why …..? Anyway, I’m back blogging again now, and not before time […]

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Four More Years!

by John Whitehouse on 7 June, 2009

On Thursday I managed to hold my county seat by the massive majority of 15 votes!! I’d hoped for a bit more breathing room after winning by 56 votes four years ago, but it wasn’t to be. Kenilworth Abbey has always been like this …. Anyway, I’m extremely grateful to everyone who voted for me, […]

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Children In Care Council

by John Whitehouse on 21 April, 2009

I helped to launch the Children In Care Council at Warwickshire County Council yesterday, and to sign the ‘Warwickshire Pledge’ which sets out our promises and commitments to looked after children and young people. It was a great event compered by ‘Dreadlockalien’ (aka poet Richard Grant),, and with graffiti artist Richard Inwood helping the young […]

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County Election Day 4th June

by John Whitehouse on 16 April, 2009

Yesterday I went to collect the nomination forms for the County Council elections on 4th June and to receive a briefing from the local Electoral Services officers. Although the formal notice of poll is not until 28th April, getting the forms in my hands made it all seem suddenly very real! This year’s county campaign […]

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K2L (Kenilworth to Leamington) Cycle Route

by John Whitehouse on 7 April, 2009

Yesterday I met the Cycleways K2L action group, who are trying to raise the profile again of this long-running campaign for improvements for cyclists on the route between Kenilworth and Leamington. The route has a number of major obstacles and hazards for cyclists, including the Thickthorn Island over the A46, the Chesford cross roads and […]

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Zero or Low Carbon Homes

by John Whitehouse on 7 April, 2009

At the weekend I went to a very interesting meeting organised by Action21’s Renewable Energy Club in conjunction with KICC (Kenilworth Initiative for Climate Change). Two Kenilworth residents, David Searle and George Martin, gave talks about their recent experiences of building zero or low carbon homes. David’s house was a new build, and he has […]

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Concessionary Travel For Young People – A Result!

by John Whitehouse on 2 April, 2009

I was delighted to win the backing of the Cabinet today for the County Council to commission an external study of the feasibility and costs of introducing a concessionary travel scheme for young people in Warwickshire. The work will now be done in time to inform decision making at the time of the next County […]

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Children & Young People Overview & Scrutiny Committee

by John Whitehouse on 2 April, 2009

Yesterday we held the last meeting of the County Council’s Children & Young People Overview & Scrutiny Committee before the elections on the 4th June. I have been a member of the Committee for the last 4 years, the Lib Dem spokesperson for the last 3, and the vice-chairman of the Committee for the last […]

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