Paul Hodgkinson

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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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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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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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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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“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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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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