Paul Hodgkinson

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

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Bring on Le Tour Cotswolds!

by Paul Hodgkinson on 8 July, 2014

Two leading county figures are calling for a Cotswolds stage in a future Tour De France. With the country gripped by cycling fever as the famous race winds its way around Yorkshire, a bold bid could mean we see the same scenes in Gloucestershire soon. Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood has joined forces with Lib Dem […]

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A Liberal Democrat motion calling for urgent improvements to ambulance response times was debated and supported unanimously at Gloucestershire County Council yesterday. The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust’s (SWASFT) continual failure to meet their 75% target in responding to ‘Red’ calls within 8 minutes in four out of six districts in Gloucestershire prompted […]

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Call for volume to be turned down after road cash revealed

by Paul Hodgkinson on 21 April, 2014

A lobby group is calling for noise from a busy road to be lowered after figures show large amounts of income going to the company maintaining it. The issue of excessive noise from the A419/417 dual carriageway between Gloucester and Swindon has been a running sore for residents since it was first built in 1998. […]

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Call for roads to be fixed to boost cycling

by Paul Hodgkinson on 12 April, 2014

Data supplied by the National Office of Statistics shows that cycling to work has dropped by a massive 26% in the last ten years in the Cotswolds compared to a rise of 14% across the country. Whilst the rest of the UK has had a bout of cycling fever on the back of Tour de […]

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Council backs call for 999 service to be improved

by Paul Hodgkinson on 27 February, 2014

A call was unanimously backed today for the 999 service in the Cotswolds to be improved. Latest figures for ambulance response times in the Cotswolds show targets being missed by very wide margins once again. Data presented to Gloucestershire’s latest Health Scrutiny committee shows that ambulances have missed targets for responding to patients in every […]

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A document has been made public which casts serious doubt on the local NHS hospitals trust’s reassuring words about the future of Cheltenham Hospital A&E. The document – drawn up by surgeons within Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals – was aimed at developing a long-term plan for all the different surgical specialties.  It contains […]

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Dire figures show ambulances missing 999 targets

by Paul Hodgkinson on 13 December, 2013

Latest figures for ambulance response times in the Cotswolds show targets being missed ‘spectacularly’ according to Paul Hodgkinson. Data presented to a recent Health Scrutiny committee shows that ambulances have missed targets for responding to patients in every category. For life threatening calls, the national target is for 75% of patients to be responded to […]

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Call for action over gridlocked road

by Paul Hodgkinson on 25 October, 2013

Lib Dem MEP for Gloucestershire Sir Graham Watson has visited the notorious Air Balloon roundabout. He was invited by Cotswolds Parliamentary Candidate Cllr Paul Hodgkinson who is leading the call for an urgent solution to the congestion and pollution blackspot south of Gloucester. Councillor Hodgkinson (GCC, Bourton and Northleach) first approached Sir Graham last year […]

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Call for urgent action on notorious traffic blackspot

by Paul Hodgkinson on 11 August, 2013

The saga of traffic gridlock at the notorious Air Balloon roundabout in the Cotswolds took another turn this week. Gloucestershire County Council’s Environment Scrutiny Committee has written to the Highways Agency asking for progress to be made on the A417 ‘Missing Link’ and finding a solution to the traffic and pollution problems. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson […]

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Dismay at A&E closure

by Paul Hodgkinson on 29 July, 2013

A decision to close Cheltenham’s A&E unit to emergency cases overnight has led to dismay in the Cotswolds. At a meeting held last week at the NHS Foundation Trust in Brockworth, the clinical commissioning group governing body voted to restrict the hospital’s A&E admissions between the hours of 8pm and 8am. From August, patients with a […]

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