John Whitehouse

Retired County Councillor for Kenilworth Abbey Division Learn more

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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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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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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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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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Members Fund Grants

by John Whitehouse on 11 March, 2009

As an experiment this year, the County Council’s Warwick Area Committee allocated a sum of £2,000 to each county councillor, to recommend small grants to suitable voluntary groups and organisation in their areas. The final batch of grant awards for 2008/09 were agreed at the Area Committee meeting yesterday evening. I think this scheme has […]

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Connect2 Kenilworth – Are Local Tories Against It Or Not?

by John Whitehouse on 1 February, 2009

Over the past few weeks the local Sustrans Connect2 scheme has been ‘sniped at’ in the local press by Kenilworth Conservative town councillors, although they won’t come clean as to whether they want to oppose the scheme outright or not.  As chairman of the local Connect2 Steering Group, I have been defending the scheme vigorously […]

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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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