John Whitehouse

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Walking the Connect2 Kenilworth Path

by John Whitehouse on 29 March, 2009

On Wednesday I arranged a walk along part of the route of the new Connect2 Kenilworth walking and cycling route which is currently under construction, supported by Sustrans and the Big Lottery. The local press reporter and photographer came along together with Sustrans representatives and a number of local Steering Group members.   It was […]

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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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Albion Street Post Office Closure Confirmed

by John Whitehouse on 27 August, 2008

The Post office announced its decision today to confirm the closure of the Albion Street, Kenilworth Post Office.   It’s a very sad day for the local community in the Albion Street area, who had demonstrated clearly its support for the current branch through survey responses, petitions, letters to the Post Office and Postwatch and attendance […]

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Albion Street Post Office Closure Threat

by John Whitehouse on 25 June, 2008

Yesterday the Post Office announced its list of 51 branches it proposes to close acorss Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire. Good news locally is that the High Street Kenilworth branch is not on the list, despite being earmarked earlier on a leaked map that was rapidly withdrawn and denied by the Post Office. A massive campaign […]

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Sort It!

by John Whitehouse on 20 May, 2008

Yesterday I fell foul of the “Sort It” rules governing the new recycling and waste collection rules imposed by Tory-controlled Warwick District Council! I put out my green (garden waste) bin for collection, together with another bag of garden waste – something that previously I had done many times before. But no, under the new rules […]

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Smalley Place, Kenilworth

by John Whitehouse on 10 May, 2008

  The local press ran a lead story a week ago quoting Cllr. Norman Vincett, the leader of the Conservative-controlled town council, saying that plans for a  “showpiece” civic centre at Smalley Place in Kenilworth were in trouble. This was confirmed at the Town Assembly on Thursday evening, when Cllr. Vincett admitted that current plans were […]

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K2L Cycle Route

by John Whitehouse on 24 April, 2008

I have long been a supporter of the K2L cycle route between Kenilworth & Leamington, and have been frustrated that it has not yet been able to gain funding priority within the county’s Local Transport Plan – although it is highlighted as an opportunity to pursue if and when funding becomes available. My colleague Cllr. […]

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Kenilworth Still Open For Business!

by John Whitehouse on 18 April, 2008

The final and most disruptive stage of the Severn Trent sewerage replacement scheme started in Kenilworth on Thursday morning, with the closure of the Warwick Road to through traffic for a period of up to 25 weeks. The first morning was inevitably a little difficult as motorists found they way through the various diversion routes, […]

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Pelican Crossing for Beehive Hill

by John Whitehouse on 4 April, 2008

I had confirmation today that county council officers are pushing ahead with preliminary design work for a pelican crossing at Beehive Hill, Kenilworth – good news that I was able to share with the St. Augustine’s School parents’ action group and headmistess, who have been campaigning with me to make the case for a crossing […]

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