John Whitehouse

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Today I’ve sent off my response to the HS2 Phase1 Environmental Statement. The final deadline for this is 11:59pm on 27 February 2014. The full text of my response is here: JW response to the HS2 Phase 1 Environmental Statement FINAL As the county councillor representing the community of Burton Green, much of my response addresses the total […]

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Go Ahead for Kenilworth Station At Last!

by John Whitehouse on 12 December, 2013

I was thrilled to hear the news today that the Government had approved the £5 million funding bid for Kenilworth Station. With the rest of the £11.3 million funding already secured, this means that we have a final go ahead at last! I’ve been campaigning for a station since 2003, and some others for longer […]

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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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Can we have OUR £6.9 billion as well please?

by John Whitehouse on 24 September, 2013

An interesting calculation in today’s Financial Times, that the costs of HS2 now work out at £160 million per mile. Warwickshire would get 43 miles of HS2 track – 32 miles in Phase 1 and 11 miles in Phase 2. That works out at a total cost of £6.9 billion for the Warwickshire sections of […]

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HS2 Property Compensation

by John Whitehouse on 24 January, 2013

I’ve just completed and sent off my response to the government’s consultation on the proposed HS2 Property Compensation Scheme. The deadline for getting responses in is 31st January, so there is just over a week left to do so! The scheme as currently proposed would be grossly unfair for 98% of the many thousands of […]

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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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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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Connect2Kenilworth – Final Steering Group Meeting

by John Whitehouse on 29 November, 2012

Yesterday I chaired the final meeting of the Connect2 Kenilworth Steering Group (, following the public event to celebrate the opening of the final route section to the University of Warwick on 26 October. The Steering Group has been in existence for just over 5 years, over which time its members have campaigned for Lottery […]

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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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