John Whitehouse

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Concessionary Travel For Young People – A Result!

by John Whitehouse on 2 April, 2009

I was delighted to win the backing of the Cabinet today for the County Council to commission an external study of the feasibility and costs of introducing a concessionary travel scheme for young people in Warwickshire. The work will now be done in time to inform decision making at the time of the next County […]

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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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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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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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No ‘SPARK’ for Warwick District!

by John Whitehouse on 7 January, 2009

It seems that the’SPARK’ public transport scheme for Warwick District is a dead duck. Launched in a fanfare of publicity by the County Council 3 years ago, it succeeded in winning potential government funding of nearly £13 million to deliver a “step-change in the quality of public transport in Warwick District”. Now, because of the […]

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At last night’s meeting of the Warwick Area Committee, we saw the strange spectacle of all but one of the Conservative councillors voting for an amendment which would have directly contravened the County Council’s speed limit policies, which were re-stated and re-confirmed by the ruling Conservative Cabinet only last year. Even a Cabinet member supported […]

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Kenilworth Station – Progress Report

by John Whitehouse on 22 December, 2008

The latest report from the County Council shows that the Kenilworth Station project is making some good progress. The first key task is to decide the “Joint Promoter and Funder” – i.e. the private sector company that the Council will work with to bring this project to a successful conclusion. The tender documents were completed […]

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Connect2 Kenilworth – A Year On

by John Whitehouse on 17 December, 2008

Last Friday was the first anniversary of the Big Lottery Win by Sustrans Connect2, which secured £50 million of lottery funding (and at least the same again of matched funding) for 79 walking and cycling projects up and down the country. I was very pleased to have led the local Connect2 Kenilworth campaign, and have […]

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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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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 the worst possible morning for the usual school crossing patrol person to […]

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