Paul Hodgkinson

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

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Bin the litter!

by Paul Hodgkinson on 15 February, 2015

A call is being made to keep the Cotswolds cleaner. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for the Cotswolds) is calling for Cotswold District Council to be more proactive in clearing the area of unsightly rubbish. At present, the Council picks up litter in some areas regularly but many rural roads face long waits […]

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All ears for better phone coverage

by Paul Hodgkinson on 16 December, 2014

Mobile phone operators in the Cotswolds are being urged to provide a better service. Liberal Democrat Councillors were backed unanimously today in applying pressure to get a fairer deal when it comes to a decent phone signal. Parliamentary Candidate, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Churn Valley), who proposed a motion to the Council Meeting, said: “This is part of […]

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Air Balloon – cash at last!

by Paul Hodgkinson on 1 December, 2014

  Today it’s been announced that £250 million funding has been given by the Coalition Government to solve the issues at the Air Balloon A417. In a raft of funding for major road projects across the UK, money has been allocated to develop a solution to the notorious traffic blackspot which has seen six people lose their […]

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Schools serve up a success at lunchtime

by Paul Hodgkinson on 16 November, 2014

Schools in the Cotswolds have been praised for dishing up a new initiative to the area’s infants. Since September all 5-7 year olds have been eligible for a free meal at lunchtime for the first time. Now, as part of National School Meals Week, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for the Cotswolds) has […]

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Call for boost to recycling in the Cotswolds

by Paul Hodgkinson on 28 September, 2014

Cotswold District Council is being urged to up its game on recycling. Liberal Democrat Councillors are applying pressure to the administration at CDC to fall in line with many other councils across the country by introducing doorstep collections of Tetrapaks. Parliamentary Candidate, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Churn Valley), who proposed a motion to the Council Meeting on […]

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Council makes £10 million profit from parking charges

by Paul Hodgkinson on 18 May, 2014

The campaign against Cotswold District Council’s high parking charges gained fresh impetus this week from new figures showing that the Council has made millions from motorists in the last few years. In answer to a question to Cabinet Member Barry Gibbs about parking income and expenditure, shocked opposition councillors heard that the authority had made […]

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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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‘Bin the school waste charges’ campaign kicks off

by Paul Hodgkinson on 9 February, 2014

A campaign kicked off this week to throw Cotswolds primary schools a cash lifeline. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for the Cotswolds) is calling for primary schools to be included in Cotswold District Council’s waste collection service. At present, all primary schools are classed as ‘businesses’ and have to pay for their waste […]

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Cash helps village halls

by Paul Hodgkinson on 18 January, 2014

Three Cotswolds groups have been given County Council cash to kick-start community improvements by sprucing up their buildings. The council set aside £600,000 in its Community Building Improvement Grants scheme to help organisations develop their properties and equipment and so provide better services to support the local community. Known as ComBI Grants, the money has […]

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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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