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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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Unanimous council call to improve ambulance response times 

by Paul Hodgkinson on 13 December, 2015

Paul’s call for urgent improvements to ambulance response times was debated and supported unanimously at Gloucestershire County Council earlier this month. The issue was first brought by Cllr Hodgkinson to the Council in May 2014 where unanimous cross-party support was given for a motion calling for urgent improvements to ambulance response times in the Cotswolds, Stroud, Tewkesbury […]

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Call to end ambulance service crisis in Gloucestershire

by Paul Hodgkinson on 24 November, 2015

A Liberal Democrat motion submitted to the county council next week will look once again at worrying ambulance response times across many parts of Gloucestershire. This follows the latest figures showing the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust’s (SWASFT) continuing failure to meet their 75% target in responding to the most urgent calls within 8 […]

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Task group set up to save lives on A429

by Paul Hodgkinson on 9 November, 2015

At last week’s County Council Environment & Community Scrutiny Committee unanimous cross-party support was given to the setting up of a task group to investigate safety and congestion on the A429. Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson (LD: Bourton-on-the Water and Northleach) requested a ‘call for action’ back in the Summer and now the Council’s Environment Scrutiny Committee will […]

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3,000 could lose free school meals under Government plans

by Paul Hodgkinson on 20 October, 2015

Thousands of children in the Cotswolds could lose their right to a free school meal under the Conservative Government’s plans to review the scheme. Universal free school meals offer every infant child a healthy meal at lunchtime, which saves families more than £400 per child per year. Evidence shows where children have been given a […]

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In the bag

by Paul Hodgkinson on 1 October, 2015

From Monday 5 October plastic bags have to be paid for in larger shops throughout England. From that day, England falls into line with Wales and Scotland in charging 5p a bag. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton & Northleach) welcomes the move: “Wales has seen a 90% drop in plastic bag usage since the charge was introduced […]

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