John Whitehouse

Retired County Councillor for Kenilworth Abbey Division Learn more

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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Gas Alliance Works in Kenilworth

by John Whitehouse on 11 March, 2009

This morning I met a Gas Alliance representative together with other local councillors, business leaders, council officers and local police, to discuss the current major programme of gas mains replacement across Kenilworth. The programme has not met its original timetable due to a number of unforeseen problems. What we discussed in outline was the completion […]

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More New Lighting for Kenilworth Abbey Ward

by John Whitehouse on 11 March, 2009

For the fourth year running I’ve been successful in winning a share of the County Council’s Minor Works budget for 2009/10, a record I’m proud of. £13,000 has been allocated to upgrade the lighting on the popular Blundells footway running betwwen Priory Road and Southbank Road, and between Southbank Road and Abbey End car park. This follows the […]

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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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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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County Council Budget 2009/10

by John Whitehouse on 18 December, 2008

Today at the County Council we scrutinised the senior officers’ and Conservative Cabinet’s budget proposals for 2009/10. This is just one more stage in an ongoing process that will culminate in the setting of a budget next February. Because Warwickshire is a “hung” council with no overall control for any one political party, final agreement […]

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