John Whitehouse

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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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20’s plenty!

by John Whitehouse on 2 January, 2013

          I was very pleased to see this article in the Independent today: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-20mph-revolution-millions-of-drivers-face-lower-speed-limits-as-new-laws-sweep-the-country-8434292.html. 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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Street lights switch off – confusion reigns!

by John Whitehouse on 28 December, 2012

Having ignored the Lib Dems’ sensible advice to delay the start of the new street lights switch off regime until a less sensitive time of the year, WCC Tories are in disarray as they try to respond to events and public pressure. Policy changes are being made “on the hoof”, and press announcements being put […]

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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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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 (www.connect2kenilworth.org.uk), 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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Street lighting switch off – two weeks to go!

by John Whitehouse on 18 November, 2012

From 1st December onwards, the vast majority of street lights in Kenilworth will be switched off between midnight and 5.30 am. I’ve given strong support at the County Council to the new part night lighting policy. It will save a lot of money (£500,000 a year) and a lot of energy, helping to reduce our […]

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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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