Paul Hodgkinson

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

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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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To Coxit or not to Coxit, that is the question

by Paul Hodgkinson on 13 March, 2016

Something strange happened on 25 February. That was the day when I heard that the Leader of Cotswold District Council (CDC) announced to the world that he had an idea. The problem is that the idea is mad. I’m talking about ‘Coxit’ – the proposal that the Cotswolds exits Gloucestershire County Council. The suggestion is that it […]

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Securing investment in young people’s mental health support

by Paul Hodgkinson on 22 February, 2016

At the County Council’s budget setting meeting in Shire Hall last week the Liberal Democrats successfully secured an investment of £25K for 2016/2017 into mental health support for children and young people. This follows the £450K investment the Liberal Democrats secured two years ago to improve young people’s mental health services. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton […]

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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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Cotswold school helps community get physical

by Paul Hodgkinson on 3 January, 2016

The Cotswold School, located in Bourton-on-the-Water, has unveiled new sports equipment which was part funded by Gloucestershire County Council’s ‘Active Together’ scheme. ‘Active Together’ is a grant scheme designed to increase sport and physical activity opportunities for people in the county. Each electoral division in the county has £40,000 available. County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton-on-the-Water […]

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Unanimous council call to improve ambulance response times 

by Paul Hodgkinson on 13 December, 2015

Paul’s call for urgent improvements to ambulance response times was debated and supported unanimously at Gloucestershire County Council earlier this month. The issue was first brought by Cllr Hodgkinson to the Council in May 2014 where unanimous cross-party support was given for a motion calling for urgent improvements to ambulance response times in the Cotswolds, Stroud, Tewkesbury […]

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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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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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