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Call to speed up broadband roll out

by Paul Hodgkinson on 19 May, 2015

Having problems downloading and buffering? At the recent County Council Environment Scrutiny Committee Cllr Paul Hodgkinson raised the subject of faster broadband again. This was on the back of an update at the meeting from Shire Hall bosses about the faster broadband roll out in the Cotswolds. Paul said: “The situation is that there is a current […]

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Campaign video launched

by Paul Hodgkinson on 2 April, 2015

A prospective MP has been first out of the traps in Gloucestershire to launch a 3 minute campaign video. The video, filmed on the streets of Cirencester, Tetbury, Northleach, Bourton and other iconic villages, vox pops local residents. In a series of personal endorsements people interviewed give their view of Mr Hodgkinson and his track […]

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Pull your socks up, roads contractor told

by Paul Hodgkinson on 26 March, 2015

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson received cross-party support yesterday for a call to monitor more closely Gloucestershire’s highways contract with Amey. He also received backing to continue imposing financial penalties if performance targets are not consistently achieved in the upcoming 2015/2016 financial year. The long awaited debate coinciding with World Pothole Day regarding the condition of Gloucestershire roads was finally […]

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MP challenged to give up 2nd job

by Paul Hodgkinson on 8 March, 2015

The Conservative MP for the Cotswolds is facing a call to give up his second job outside Parliament.   Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, has challenged Geoffrey Clifton-Brown to put an end to his substantial second income after new figures show that the MP has earned an average of over £4,000 per day from […]

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Bin the litter!

by Paul Hodgkinson on 15 February, 2015

A call is being made to keep the Cotswolds cleaner. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for the Cotswolds) is calling for Cotswold District Council to be more proactive in clearing the area of unsightly rubbish. At present, the Council picks up litter in some areas regularly but many rural roads face long waits […]

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Road noise levels double – shock findings

by Paul Hodgkinson on 1 February, 2015

An action group from along the A419/A417 have published startling new figures which show a dramatic increase in noise levels. The issue of noise from the dual carriageway has been rumbling on for residents since it was first built in 1998. Various attempts to reduce the sound have been made over the years without success […]

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2,200 people in the Cotswolds help hit apprenticeship goal

by Paul Hodgkinson on 7 January, 2015

Two million apprenticeships have been created in the UK since 2010 with 2,200 people in the Cotswolds getting a vital start in life. Prospective MP Paul Hodgkinson said apprenticeships offered by companies such as Renishaw in Wotton under Edge and St James’s Place in Cirencester have performed a crucial role in the local economy. Cllr Hodgkinson is heading up a task group at the […]

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All ears for better phone coverage

by Paul Hodgkinson on 16 December, 2014

Mobile phone operators in the Cotswolds are being urged to provide a better service. Liberal Democrat Councillors were backed unanimously today in applying pressure to get a fairer deal when it comes to a decent phone signal. Parliamentary Candidate, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Churn Valley), who proposed a motion to the Council Meeting, said: “This is part of […]

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Air Balloon – cash at last!

by Paul Hodgkinson on 1 December, 2014

  Today it’s been announced that £250 million funding has been given by the Coalition Government to solve the issues at the Air Balloon A417. In a raft of funding for major road projects across the UK, money has been allocated to develop a solution to the notorious traffic blackspot which has seen six people lose their […]

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Schools serve up a success at lunchtime

by Paul Hodgkinson on 16 November, 2014

Schools in the Cotswolds have been praised for dishing up a new initiative to the area’s infants. Since September all 5-7 year olds have been eligible for a free meal at lunchtime for the first time. Now, as part of National School Meals Week, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for the Cotswolds) has […]

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