John Whitehouse

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School Meals

by John Whitehouse on 24 April, 2008

Last year I took part in an in-depth review of the Demand for School Meals in Warwickshire, which resulted in the acceptance by the county council Cabinet of a wide range of recommendations to improve school meals and promote healthy eating. The background to this was of course the Jamie Oliver programmes on TV, that […]

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School Crossing Crisis

by John Whitehouse on 18 April, 2008

I am a governor at St. John’s Primary School and Nursery in Mortimer Road, Kenilworth. The road is part of the diversionary route for buses and other vehicles during the 25 week closure of the Warwick Road which commenced yesterday morning. It was therefore┬áthe worst possible morning for the usual school crossing patrol person to […]

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Personal Information Held By Government

by John Whitehouse on 28 February, 2008

With a number of high profile data loss stories very much in the news recently, the spotlight has fallen on the vast quantities of personal information being routinely collected by central Government on children young people and families. Most of the data is collected and transmitted to central government by local councils, who however have […]

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Failing Schools?

by John Whitehouse on 28 February, 2008

On Monday we had yet another Government initiative on ‘failing schools’, with Ed Balls threatening to put hit-squads into any school not achieving at least 30% of students with 5+ A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths. As chance would have it, the very next day the WCC Childrens Young People & Families Overview […]

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SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education)

by John Whitehouse on 25 February, 2008

Last week I attended a SACRE meeting held in the Chapter House at Coventry Cathedral. The venue was wonderful of course, especially as we were given a guided tour of the cathedral before the meeting. What an inspiring place it is. SACRE is a most interesting body, with representation from all the faith groups represented […]

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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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Kenilworth Town Council

by John Whitehouse on 16 February, 2008

I attended the Kenilworth Town Council meeting on Thursday evening, something I do only occasionally – partly because their meetings sometimes clash with other commitments, but also because curiously I have no real role to perform there anyway. When I attend meetings of the parish council that covers part of my electoral division – i.e. […]

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Youth Parliament Elections

by John Whitehouse on 9 February, 2008

Today I attended the Youth Parliament Election Results event at Kenilworth’s De Montfort Hotel. 29 young people from across Warwickshire had put themselves forward for election for 8 positions – 4 members and 4 substitutes. After a record number of votes, up 19% on last year, the winning candidates were chosen. I congratulated the new […]

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Connecting Kenilworth Castle With The Town

by John Whitehouse on 9 February, 2008

One of the key objectives of the Kenilworth Town Centre Partnership is to improve the pedestrian links between the castle and the town centre. Kenilworth Castle is a major tourist attraction, with visitor numbers likely to grow this year as the wonderful Elizabethan garden project nears completion. We want to encourage visitors to the castle […]

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Concessionary Travel For Young People

by John Whitehouse on 9 February, 2008

Last year the Liberal Democrat group on the County Council won all-party support for a motion backing the importance of concessionary travel schemes for young people and urging action at national and local level. I have been asked to chair an all-party┬ápanel of councillors to review this subject in depth, and to report our recommendations […]

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