John Whitehouse

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Automatic Flood Warning System for Kenilworth to go ahead

by John Whitehouse on 9 January, 2014

Following a feasibility study last year, Warwickshire County Council has agreed today to go ahead with an automatic flood warning system for Kenilworth, at a cost of £52,000. The system will comprise a flood detection sensor at the Ford in Castle Road, electronic warning signs on the approach roads to the Ford, and a new […]

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A Partial Victory over School Admissions Policy

by John Whitehouse on 15 December, 2013

      As the Lib Dem lead member for Children & Schools on the County Council, for some time now I have been supporting the “Siblings at the Same School” group ( in their fight to get Warwickshire County Council to adopt a better schools admissions policy, one which would help to address the […]

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Warwickshire County Council launched a new 4-week consultation on the future of its Integrated Disability Service: This is a direct result of concerted action by opposition WCC councillors, who were not satisfied with the decision taken by Conservative Cabinet members on 12 Sep, and who therefore “called in” the decision to a special meeting […]

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Free advice on fitting child car seats

by John Whitehouse on 4 October, 2013

I was pleased to see a the latest road safety initiative from Warwickshire County Council, who have organised a number of ‘clinics’ across the county where parents can come along and get free advice on buying and fitting child car seats and information on the new i-size regulations. The Kenilworth clinic will be held at the […]

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An ‘omnishambles’?

by John Whitehouse on 3 January, 2013

A few days ago I described as a ‘shambles’ the introduction of the new part-night street lighting arrangements in Warwick District. Now, after yet more policy changes announced ‘on the hoof’, the situation undoubtedly deserves the full title of  ‘omnishambles‘ (as in ‘The Thick of It). Why? Well, the Oxford Dictionary’s definition of their “word […]

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20’s plenty!

by John Whitehouse on 2 January, 2013

          I was very pleased to see this article in the Independent today: Support for appropriate use of 20 mph speed limits is growing rapidly across the country. Sadly here in Warwickshire the ruling Conservative administration continues to drag its collective feet. Warwickshire Liberal Democrats have campaigned consistently on this issue, […]

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Tories fail to support start-up grants for small businesses

by John Whitehouse on 18 December, 2012

In a curious and rather ill-informed debate at Warwickshire County Council today, Conservative members used their block vote to defeat a proposal put by me on behalf of the Liberal Democrat group, to establish a £500,000 fund for start-up grants for small businesses. We were debating how to spend a £3.5 million “windfall”, arising from […]

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HS2 – meeting with Secretary of State for Transport

by John Whitehouse on 18 December, 2012

Yesterday I represented Warwickshire County Council at a meeting about HS2 with Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, organised through the local MP. Also present at the meeting were four representatives of HS2 Action Groups from across the county. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to the Secretary of State the close working liaison […]

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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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Town councillors get ‘lit up’ over Abbey Fields lighting

by John Whitehouse on 18 November, 2012

Kenilworth town councillors were asked their views this week, as to whether the lights in Abbey Fields (on the path from Bridge Street to the swimming pool) should stay on all night after 1st December – when the great majority of the town’s streetlights start being switched off at midnight to save money and energy. […]

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