John Whitehouse

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by John Whitehouse on 9 January, 2011

As chair of the management committee of the Kenilworth Youth & Community Centre, I am leading the local campaign to save the Centre in the face of massive budget cuts threatened by Warwickshire’s Conservative administration. The proposed cuts would remove ALL county funding from the Centre within 2-3 years. Can the Centre survive as an […]

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Project Transform – My part in its downfall

by John Whitehouse on 3 October, 2010

A cause for celebration this week! Both Coventry and Solihull councils have decided to pull out of Project Transform, the joint project with Warwickshire to build a new giant incinerator. This kills the PFI project, and forces Warwickshire to go back to the drawing board. I have long argued that the project was fundamentally flawed, […]

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I oppose the High Speed Rail plan

by John Whitehouse on 15 June, 2010

As the county councillor whose electoral division includes the village of Burton Green, a community which would be split in two if the preferred route went ahead, I have been engaged actively in the issue since it was first announced on the 11th March. I have both attended and organised public meetings on the subject, […]

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 It will have taken seven months since the consultation over the future of the Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service closed in December last year, but finally we are going to get the chance to debate the final proposals for the service at Full Council on the 20th July. I’ve no idea yet what the new […]

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Community Speed Watch Takes Off

by John Whitehouse on 30 September, 2009

The Community Speed Watch (CSW) scheme which we piloted in Kenilworth has been a great success, and is now being rolled out progressively across Warwickshire. Feedback from the general public has been almost universally positive, despite the occasional offensive gestures from motorists who feels they have a divine right to speed in residential roads. This week […]

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Tory Hypocrisy over Fire Cuts

by John Whitehouse on 16 September, 2009

My blood boiled seeing our local Tory MP on TV on Monday night, standing in front of Kenilworth Fire Station and promising to fight its closure.  What hypocrites the Tories are! They have a dominant majority on the County Council, and it’s the County Council that is proposing to axe seven fire stations across Warwickshire, including […]

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Yesterday Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service (WFRS) announced proposals to close seven of the current twenty fire stations serving the county, and to merge two others. Included in the list of planned closures is Kenilworth Fire Station, located in the heart of my county electoral division. These proposals have been known to county councillors since […]

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Gas Alliance Works in Kenilworth – Continued!

by John Whitehouse on 2 April, 2009

As all residents will have realised by now, the major programme of works in Kenilworth by the Gas Alliance was not completed by the end of March as originally planned! There are still lots of unfilled holes across the town, and the traffic disruption caused by the traffic light controls at Abbey Hill has been […]

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A Sunday walk down the Greenway

by John Whitehouse on 29 March, 2009

The first day of British Summer Time and the sun shining, so what better way for my wife and I to spend the afternoon than walking along the Kenilworth to Berkeswell Greenway, part of the Connect2 Kenilworth walking and cycling route? It was great to see so many people out enjoying themselves, including lots of […]

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On Thursday I attended a meeting with Warwickshire Police and County Council officers, to agree the basis of a new joint “Community Speedwatch” scheme to be piloted in Kenilworth and Nuneaton from 1st May. If the pilot is successful it will be rolled out across Warwickshire. Details will be announced shortly. I chair the local Safer […]

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