The county’s Liberal Democrats have blasted local Conservatives for letting down Gloucestershire as figures unveiled in Parliament now show that cash to fix our roads has been slashed. Parliamentary analysis shows that in Gloucestershire pothole maintenance funding has been cut by £478,000. This cut comes after the Chancellor promised an extra ‘Pothole Fund’ recently. Even […]

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Call for action over road casualties

by Paul Hodgkinson on 4 April, 2016

  The Liberal Democrats on Gloucestershire County Council have called for urgent action over the increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured on Gloucestershire’s roads. A report providing a strategic overview of the Council’s performance for Quarter 3 2015/16 submitted to the recent Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee revealed ‘Road Safety’ figures […]

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New figures show pothole failure

by Paul Hodgkinson on 28 March, 2016

A new set of figures released by Gloucestershire County Council shows targets for pothole repairs being missed again.  In spite of a recent report highlighting successes that include the repair of 49,195 potholes, the Liberal Democrats have said the latest public figures show “something very different” in that still there is failure to achieve set performance […]

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To Coxit or not to Coxit, that is the question

by Paul Hodgkinson on 13 March, 2016

Something strange happened on 25 February. That was the day when I heard that the Leader of Cotswold District Council (CDC) announced to the world that he had an idea. The problem is that the idea is mad. I’m talking about ‘Coxit’ – the proposal that the Cotswolds exits Gloucestershire County Council. The suggestion is that it […]

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Securing investment in young people’s mental health support

by Paul Hodgkinson on 22 February, 2016

At the County Council’s budget setting meeting in Shire Hall last week the Liberal Democrats successfully secured an investment of £25K for 2016/2017 into mental health support for children and young people. This follows the £450K investment the Liberal Democrats secured two years ago to improve young people’s mental health services. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton […]

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Broken Promise, Broken Roads

by Paul Hodgkinson on 3 February, 2016

Today, Gloucestershire County Council’s Conservative bosses voted to slash money for road repairs. The Council’s Cabinet has put forward a budget which cuts money going to highways by over £2 million in the coming year. Challenging the decision, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton & Northleach) said: “In the last County Council elections in 2013 the Tories pledged […]

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Campaign makes some noise with MPs

by Paul Hodgkinson on 1 February, 2016

The campaign to cut noise from the A419/A417 has got new backing from the area’s two MPs. An action group, calling themselves A419NAG (Noise Action Group), has been lobbying on behalf of residents all along the infamous road for the last 3 years. Last Friday, the group met with parish and town council chairs from […]

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Call for Air Balloon solution to get some speed up

by Paul Hodgkinson on 12 January, 2016

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has been pressing for a solution to the notorious A417 Air Balloon for the last few years. The traffic blackspot sits within his county council division. Prior to the General Election, the outgoing Government confirmed that £250 million would be made available for a solution to the triple issues at the location – accidents, […]

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Cotswold school helps community get physical

by Paul Hodgkinson on 3 January, 2016

The Cotswold School, located in Bourton-on-the-Water, has unveiled new sports equipment which was part funded by Gloucestershire County Council’s ‘Active Together’ scheme. ‘Active Together’ is a grant scheme designed to increase sport and physical activity opportunities for people in the county. Each electoral division in the county has £40,000 available. County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton-on-the-Water […]

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Fracking came one step closer to the Cotswolds after MPs voted to enable it to happen in areas of outstanding natural beauty and national parks. The controversial method of extracting gas will be allowed under the most beautiful parts of the country after the measures were cleared by a vote in Parliament. From now on […]

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