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No ‘SPARK’ for Warwick District!

by John Whitehouse on 7 January, 2009

It seems that the’SPARK’ public transport scheme for Warwick District is a dead duck. Launched in a fanfare of publicity by the County Council 3 years ago, it succeeded in winning potential government funding of nearly £13 million to deliver a “step-change in the quality of public transport in Warwick District”. Now, because of the […]

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At last night’s meeting of the Warwick Area Committee, we saw the strange spectacle of all but one of the Conservative councillors voting for an amendment which would have directly contravened the County Council’s speed limit policies, which were re-stated and re-confirmed by the ruling Conservative Cabinet only last year. Even a Cabinet member supported […]

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Kenilworth Station – Progress Report

by John Whitehouse on 22 December, 2008

The latest report from the County Council shows that the Kenilworth Station project is making some good progress. The first key task is to decide the “Joint Promoter and Funder” – i.e. the private sector company that the Council will work with to bring this project to a successful conclusion. The tender documents were completed […]

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County Council Budget 2009/10

by John Whitehouse on 18 December, 2008

Today at the County Council we scrutinised the senior officers’ and Conservative Cabinet’s budget proposals for 2009/10. This is just one more stage in an ongoing process that will culminate in the setting of a budget next February. Because Warwickshire is a “hung” council with no overall control for any one political party, final agreement […]

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Connect2 Kenilworth – A Year On

by John Whitehouse on 17 December, 2008

Last Friday was the first anniversary of the Big Lottery Win by Sustrans Connect2, which secured £50 million of lottery funding (and at least the same again of matched funding) for 79 walking and cycling projects up and down the country. I was very pleased to have led the local Connect2 Kenilworth campaign, and have […]

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The Incinerator Debate

by John Whitehouse on 14 October, 2008

I took part today in a special Environment Scrutiny meeting today, reviewing proposals for Warwickshire CC to join Coventry CC and Solihull BC in the development of a major new “Energy from Waste” plant to replace the current Coventry residual waste incinerator. The decision as to whether to proceed with an application for goverment PFI funding […]

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SATS – Going, going ….. well not quite, yet!

by John Whitehouse on 14 October, 2008

Today’s announcement by the Government that it is to scrap all national schools tests (SATS) for 14 year olds from next year is welcome but long overdue. It seems (despite denials) that it has taken this summer’s marking fiasco to force a decision which the teaching profession has long called for. However, it seems that national […]

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Albion Street Post Office Closure Confirmed

by John Whitehouse on 27 August, 2008

The Post office announced its decision today to confirm the closure of the Albion Street, Kenilworth Post Office.   It’s a very sad day for the local community in the Albion Street area, who had demonstrated clearly its support for the current branch through survey responses, petitions, letters to the Post Office and Postwatch and attendance […]

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Personal Information Held By Government

by John Whitehouse on 3 July, 2008

In my role as vice-chair of the Children’s, Young People & Families Overview & Scrutiny Committee, I presented the committee’s recommendations to the County Council’s meeting today. The Cabinet approved the recommendations unamended. The issue of personal data security has become a critical one over the past year, following a number of well-publicised losses of […]

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County Tories in Disarray – Again!

by John Whitehouse on 3 July, 2008

The saga of the review of secondary education in Nuneaton & Bedworth took another unexpected turn at today’s meeting of the Conservative Cabinet of the county council. After eight months of review, debate and consultation, the Cabinet had been presented with detailed proposals to renew and redevelop secondary school provision in Nuneaton & Bedworth district. The […]

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