Paul Hodgkinson

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

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The Conservatives at Shire Hall yesterday voted to stop people asking questions on the day of council meetings.  The decision to change the current set up for ‘oral questions’ was made at the County Council’s Constitution Committee. That’s the body which recommends how the Council operates. Up until now, members of the public have been able […]

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Call for ‘people’s challenge’ to road closure

by Paul Hodgkinson on 10 September, 2017

A councillor has asked residents to contact Gloucestershire County Council en masse in a bid to re-open a well used Cotswolds road. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (LD, Bourton & Northleach) is calling for the ‘old A40’ near Northleach to be brought back into use after being closed by the Council in 2015. He has tabled a question […]

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Cricket club on front foot with new pavilion

by Paul Hodgkinson on 21 August, 2017

Bourton Vale Cricket Club will benefit from a £1,000 investment in facilities after it received funding from the County Council’s children’s activity fund. The cricket club has received support from the English Cricket Board (ECB) to build a new pavilion on the site of the existing building which has been there for 90 years. The […]

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LIBERAL DEMOCRATS have secured an extraordinary meeting of the County Council after a damning Ofsted report was published rating the county’s children’s services as ‘inadequate’.   The forty-one page report conducted between 27 February and 23 March 2017 found “serious and widespread failures for children in need of help and protection” and “serious concerns about the […]

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  Over the last 6 months Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has been approached by a lot of residents about the problem of anti-social behaviour in Bourton on the Water. These issues range from a group of children and young adults threatening other people, swearing, drinking and taking drugs as well as littering around the village. As a […]

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Call for Road Safety Champion

by Paul Hodgkinson on 30 March, 2017

This week at Shire Hall a proposal had been made for the creation of a Road Safety Champion for Gloucestershire. Latest figures reveal that the number of killed and seriously injured people in the county last year was 207. But, the County Council has set itself a ‘target’ of 141. The number of killed and seriously […]

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Take control back of our roads

by Paul Hodgkinson on 12 March, 2017

Liberal Democrats have announced bold plans to bring the county’s roads and footways back under the control of the County Council. The Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton and Northleach) has pledged to look at how the county’s highway services can be taken back in-house rather than extend the existing contract with […]

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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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