John Whitehouse

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20’s plenty!

by John Whitehouse on 2 January, 2013

          I was very pleased to see this article in the Independent today: Support for appropriate use of 20 mph speed limits is growing rapidly across the country. Sadly here in Warwickshire the ruling Conservative administration continues to drag its collective feet. Warwickshire Liberal Democrats have campaigned consistently on this issue, […]

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HS2 – meeting with Secretary of State for Transport

by John Whitehouse on 18 December, 2012

Yesterday I represented Warwickshire County Council at a meeting about HS2 with Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, organised through the local MP. Also present at the meeting were four representatives of HS2 Action Groups from across the county. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to the Secretary of State the close working liaison […]

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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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The consultation “window” for the WDC New Local Plan Preferred Options closes today, 27th July 2012. Set out below is the text of my response to the consultation. PO1: Preferred level of growth I support the preferred option based on an average 600 new homes per annum, as being realistic against current demographic trends and […]

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Tomorrow’s expected announcements about HS2

by John Whitehouse on 9 January, 2012

So much for an open, transparent consultation process about HS2! The past few days have seen a concerted pre-briefing of and by its supporters, and the release to journalists (not the general public yet) of a Network Rail report which purports to prove that strategic alternatives to HS2 will not be sufficient. I had hoped […]

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No to HS2 – News Round-up

by John Whitehouse on 7 September, 2011

I’ve just received the following very useful news round-up from the Stop HS2 Action Group. Last week’s Economist article calling for the abandonment of HS2 could mark the start of the national tide turning! The forthcoming party conference season will be crucial. No to HS2 News Round-up   Economist magazine calls for plans to be […]

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My HS2 Consultation Response

by John Whitehouse on 18 July, 2011

I represent Kenilworth Abbey division on Warwickshire County Council. The electoral division includes the northern side of Kenilworth, the parish of Burton Green and the Warwickshire part of the University of Warwick campus. The proposed HS2 route bisects my electoral division, entering it at the A429 Coventry Road, Kenilworth and leaving it at Hodgetts Lane, […]

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As a Warwickshire councillor I represent the county division of Kenilworth Abbey, which includes the village of Burton Green that is in the direct path of the proposed HS2 route. I am also the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the Environment & Economy on the County Council.  I am therefore writing as an individual councillor and […]

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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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K2L (Kenilworth to Leamington) Cycle Route

by John Whitehouse on 7 April, 2009

Yesterday I met the Cycleways K2L action group, who are trying to raise the profile again of this long-running campaign for improvements for cyclists on the route between Kenilworth and Leamington. The route has a number of major obstacles and hazards for cyclists, including the Thickthorn Island over the A46, the Chesford cross roads and […]

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