John Whitehouse

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Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

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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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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More New Lighting for Kenilworth Abbey Ward

by John Whitehouse on 11 March, 2009

For the fourth year running I’ve been successful in winning a share of the County Council’s Minor Works budget for 2009/10, a record I’m proud of. £13,000 has been allocated to upgrade the lighting on the popular Blundells footway running betwwen Priory Road and Southbank Road, and between Southbank Road and Abbey End car park. This follows the […]

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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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K2L Cycle Route

by John Whitehouse on 24 April, 2008

I have long been a supporter of the K2L cycle route between Kenilworth & Leamington, and have been frustrated that it has not yet been able to gain funding priority within the county’s Local Transport Plan – although it is highlighted as an opportunity to pursue if and when funding becomes available. My colleague Cllr. […]

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The Vagaries of British Weather!

by John Whitehouse on 6 April, 2008

Although I am a strong believer in the realities of global warming and its impact on our planet, the year to year vagaries of our British weather never fail to amaze. This was the scene we woke up to this morning, a thick blanket of snow. On the equivalent Sunday last year, Easter Sunday as it happened, we […]

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Kenilworth Greenway (Connect2) A Hit Already!

by John Whitehouse on 31 March, 2008

Yesterday was the first day of British Summer Time and a lovely sunny day. I went for a walk with my wife along the newly-surfaced section of the Connect 2 Kenilworth Greenway route – from the Coventry Road nearly to Burton Green and back. Things still look a bit bare along the route with so […]

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Kenilworth Greenway

by John Whitehouse on 16 February, 2008

I visited the Kenilworth Greenway yesterday to see how the works were progressing on the stretch between the Coventry Road and Hollis Lane. All of the encroaching undergrowth has been cleared and the track levelled, on which is to be constructed a 2.5 metre wide walking and cycling path with a grass verge alongside for […]

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