John Whitehouse

Retired County Councillor for Kenilworth Abbey Division Learn more

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As the county councillor representing the area in which Kenilworth Fire Station is situated, I have studied the Improvement Plan proposals very carefully and have asked a lot of searching questions. I am not persuaded by the Plan. I think it is wrong for the Fire & Rescue Service, and wrong for the people of […]

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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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Warwickshire Waste Partnership & Project Transform

by John Whitehouse on 30 September, 2009

Yesterday I attended my first meeting of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership, which brings together elected members and officers from both the county council (the waste disposal authority) and the five districts and boroughs (the waste collection authorities). From first impressions the rate of progress towards real partnership working has been painfully slow! Liberal Democrat policy […]

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Early Intervention Service Exhibition

by John Whitehouse on 28 September, 2009

Last week I attended an exhibition showcasing the achievements of pupils attending Warwickshire’s Early Intervention Service Teaching and Learning centres during the past year. Elizabeth Featherstone, Head of Service for Family and Community, showed me round the exhibition. The work exhibited is by students who have either been reintegrated back into mainstream schools, participated in work-based learning […]

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Warwickshire Signs Up to 10:10

by John Whitehouse on 16 September, 2009

Tonight I heard that Warwickshire County Council is to sign up to the national “10:10” climate change initiative launched at the Tate Modern in London last month. As an individual I signed up on Day 1 of the campaign, and am committed to trying to reduce my personal carbon footprint by 10% by the end of 2010. […]

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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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Environment & Economy Spokesperson

by John Whitehouse on 15 September, 2009

Since June I’ve become Environment & Economy spokesperson for the Liberal Democrat group on the County Council. I still retain an interest in the children’s agenda, but a Stratford colleague Peter Balaam (an ex teacher) has taken on the spokesperson responsibility in this area. I’m very excited by the challenge of my new role, because […]

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Web Site Relaunch

by John Whitehouse on 15 September, 2009

I’ve had a long and inexcusable break from ‘blogging’ since the County Council elections in June. Blame it on exhaustion after a very hard-won victory perhaps, but also the county council always winds down its activity levels over the school summer holidays. I’ve never really understood why …..? Anyway, I’m back blogging again now, and not before time […]

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Four More Years!

by John Whitehouse on 7 June, 2009

On Thursday I managed to hold my county seat by the massive majority of 15 votes!! I’d hoped for a bit more breathing room after winning by 56 votes four years ago, but it wasn’t to be. Kenilworth Abbey has always been like this …. Anyway, I’m extremely grateful to everyone who voted for me, […]

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