Paul Hodgkinson

Leader of the Lib Dems on Gloucestershire County Council, representing Bourton on the Water & Northleach Learn more

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Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Council pays out thousands of pounds for pothole damage

by Paul Hodgkinson on 10 January, 2017

Nearly £18,000 of taxpayers’ money has been paid out to drivers for pothole damage in Gloucestershire. The figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request to Gloucestershire County Council show that £17,774 has been paid in compensation to motorists for pothole-related damage over the last three years. Now, the county’s Liberal Democrats have expressed bitter disappointment with […]

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Call for lower speed limit

by Paul Hodgkinson on 18 November, 2016

Residents have called for greater road safety in the village of Perrotts Brook near Cirencester. A petition of 70 names, gathered by local businessman Theo Hare, lobbies Gloucestershire Highways to cut the speed limit amidst concerns over the ways vehicles drive through the village. Now, County Councillors Paul Hodgkinson and Nigel Robbins have backed residents […]

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Council misses recycling targets for last 4 years

by Paul Hodgkinson on 5 October, 2016

Latest figures show that Gloucestershire is binning more waste than ever but too much is going to landfill. Now, the Liberal Democrats are calling for the County Council to get its recycling shoes on and start hitting waste targets. At a recent Council meeting they called on Shire Hall bosses to find ways to boost the amount […]

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Call for action over shocking levels of deprivation

by Paul Hodgkinson on 17 August, 2016

New figures show big differences across Gloucestershire when it comes to hardship and access to services.  At the latest County Council Overview and Scrutiny Committee, councillors were presented with alarming figures showing how the county fares compared to other parts of England. And it made for uncomfortable reading as council bosses prepare their budgets for […]

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Leader of the Liberal Democrat County Council Group, Paul Hodgkinson, has today sent an open letter to the newly appointed Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP. The letter requests the new Transport Secretary and the newly formed post-Referendum Government continue with the commitment shown by the previous Secretary of State for […]

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Timetable bid for Air Balloon solution

by Paul Hodgkinson on 2 May, 2016

We’re all painfully aware of the still-present gridlock and accidents at the Air Balloon A417 and many people were pleased when the last Government announced money for a solution at last. Now, 19 months after that announcement and nothing further has happened. So, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has been pressing for a definitive timetable for work to […]

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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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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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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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