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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Air Balloon solution stalling

by Paul Hodgkinson on 13 September, 2015

Last year the Department of Transport approved funding to Highways England for fixing the A417 ‘Missing Link’, as part of a £15 billion countrywide road improvement scheme, but it has now been confirmed that a solution will not be delivered before 2021. Liberal Democrat Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bouton-On-the-Water and Northleach) raised the issue this week […]

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Seven Springs to be first for ultrafast internet

by Paul Hodgkinson on 3 September, 2015

Fed up with slow internet speeds and constant buffering? Following on from the first rollout of faster broadband to some Cotswold towns and villages including Andoversford, the County Council has now announced a second phase. Just over six and a half thousand properties in the rural Cotswolds will be hooked up to the faster service […]

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“Get the road signs cleared!”

by Paul Hodgkinson on 13 August, 2015

A call has been made to sort out our area’s road signs. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has asked why road signs are unreadable and overgrown and has called for them to be cleared across the Cotswolds. He met with Gloucestershire Highways and the Amey road contractors this week: “We drove up and down one of the […]

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Review of A429 called for

by Paul Hodgkinson on 29 July, 2015

Following last week’s two deaths along the A429 in the Cotswolds, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton and Northleach) is calling for the County Council to urgently set up a task group to get to grips with issues along the road. He has called today for the Council’s Environment Scrutiny Committee to look at the issue at […]

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Council approves new ways to grow local apprenticeships

by Paul Hodgkinson on 13 July, 2015

County Councillors have approved a report that proposes how best to promote and grow apprenticeships across Gloucestershire. At a full council meeting council members unanimously agreed recommendations put forward by the Cllr Pau Hodgkinson and the ‘ Apprenticeship task group’. The proposals include doing more to put apprenticeships at the forefront of people’s minds earlier in […]

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Businesses asked for views on noisy road

by Paul Hodgkinson on 26 June, 2015

An action group from along the A419/A417 is asking local businesses for their views on the noisy road. The issue of noise from the dual carriageway has been a running sore for residents since it was first built in 1998. Various attempts to reduce the sound have been made over the years without success so […]

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