Paul Hodgkinson

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

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The county’s Liberal Democrats have blasted local Conservatives for letting down Gloucestershire as figures unveiled in Parliament now show that cash to fix our roads has been slashed. Parliamentary analysis shows that in Gloucestershire pothole maintenance funding has been cut by £478,000. This cut comes after the Chancellor promised an extra ‘Pothole Fund’ recently. Even […]

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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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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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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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Seven Springs to be first for ultrafast internet

by Paul Hodgkinson on 3 September, 2015

Fed up with slow internet speeds and constant buffering? Following on from the first rollout of faster broadband to some Cotswold towns and villages including Andoversford, the County Council has now announced a second phase. Just over six and a half thousand properties in the rural Cotswolds will be hooked up to the faster service […]

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Faster broadband for the Cotswolds

by Paul Hodgkinson on 18 June, 2015

Following on from the first rollout of faster broadband to some Cotswold towns and villages, the County Council has now announced a second phase. Just over six thousand properties in the rural Cotswolds will be hooked up to the faster service by 2017. The new supplier, Gigaclear, has a record of connecting rural homes. Villages […]

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Call to speed up broadband roll out

by Paul Hodgkinson on 19 May, 2015

Having problems downloading and buffering? At the recent County Council Environment Scrutiny Committee Cllr Paul Hodgkinson raised the subject of faster broadband again. This was on the back of an update at the meeting from Shire Hall bosses about the faster broadband roll out in the Cotswolds. Paul said: “The situation is that there is a current […]

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Pull your socks up, roads contractor told

by Paul Hodgkinson on 26 March, 2015

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson received cross-party support yesterday for a call to monitor more closely Gloucestershire’s highways contract with Amey. He also received backing to continue imposing financial penalties if performance targets are not consistently achieved in the upcoming 2015/2016 financial year. The long awaited debate coinciding with World Pothole Day regarding the condition of Gloucestershire roads was finally […]

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