Paul Hodgkinson

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

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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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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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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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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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