John Whitehouse

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In recent weeks the national media has been full of HS2. A number of prominent politicians have expressed opposition to the scheme, others like George Osborne have rushed to support it, the Institute of Directors members said it should be scrapped, etc etc. For those of us who have been “in the firing line” of […]

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Kenilworth Liberal Democrats recently distributed a newspaper to thousands of homes across the town, in which we told people of the Conservatives’ plans for an expensive feasibility study of a scheme to flood the Mere (great lake) at Kenilworth Castle, restoring it to something like it was in Tudor times. We warned that the costs would […]

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Street lighting switch off – two weeks to go!

by John Whitehouse on 18 November, 2012

From 1st December onwards, the vast majority of street lights in Kenilworth will be switched off between midnight and 5.30 am. I’ve given strong support at the County Council to the new part night lighting policy. It will save a lot of money (£500,000 a year) and a lot of energy, helping to reduce our […]

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No to HS2 – News Round-up

by John Whitehouse on 7 September, 2011

I’ve just received the following very useful news round-up from the Stop HS2 Action Group. Last week’s Economist article calling for the abandonment of HS2 could mark the start of the national tide turning! The forthcoming party conference season will be crucial. No to HS2 News Round-up   Economist magazine calls for plans to be […]

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Project Transform – My part in its downfall

by John Whitehouse on 3 October, 2010

A cause for celebration this week! Both Coventry and Solihull councils have decided to pull out of Project Transform, the joint project with Warwickshire to build a new giant incinerator. This kills the PFI project, and forces Warwickshire to go back to the drawing board. I have long argued that the project was fundamentally flawed, […]

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I oppose the High Speed Rail plan

by John Whitehouse on 15 June, 2010

As the county councillor whose electoral division includes the village of Burton Green, a community which would be split in two if the preferred route went ahead, I have been engaged actively in the issue since it was first announced on the 11th March. I have both attended and organised public meetings on the subject, […]

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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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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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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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