Paul Hodgkinson

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

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Speed gates come to the Churn Valley

by Paul Hodgkinson on 12 February, 2017

Road safety has been an ongoing concern for residents who live along the A435 in the Churn Valley. In particular the speed of traffic going through North Cerney. There have been regular speed checks by the police and community which show a small but persistent number of drivers exceeding the 40mph limit. The centre of the […]

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Council rakes in millions from parking

by Paul Hodgkinson on 27 January, 2017

Nearly £10 million profit has been produced from council parking operations over the last five years in Gloucestershire.   The figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats also show just under £2.5million was made both in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Reference will be made to this huge sum of money by the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, […]

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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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Fight to keep popular newsagent

by Paul Hodgkinson on 21 October, 2016

Residents in Bourton on the Water have expressed anger at moves to oust the village’s remaining newsagent shop. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson is campaigning to save the ‘community hub’ in the iconic tourist centre, encouraging residents to file objections to an application by the shop’s landlord. The Cotswold District Council planning website has received 100 responses from local people who […]

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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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Missing Link work won’t start before 2021

by Paul Hodgkinson on 4 September, 2016

Construction of the notorious ‘Missing Link’ at the Air Balloon roundabout is unlikely to start for another 5 years. That’s the latest word from roads bosses who are managing the project. In a letter to the Leader of Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Highways England have confirmed that the project is still ongoing despite […]

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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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Traffic warden contract should be parked!

by Paul Hodgkinson on 12 June, 2016

  Liberal Democrats have criticised the decision to extend Gloucestershire County Council’s parking enforcement contract with APCOA. The decision was taken last week by the County Council’s Conservative Cabinet. The contract to enforce on-street parking was due to end in 2018. Today’s decision means that APCOA will now be policing Gloucestershire’s streets for an extra two […]

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