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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  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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Thank you!

by Paul Hodgkinson on 18 May, 2017

In the early hours of Friday May 5, Paul Hodgkinson was re-elected to Gloucestershire County Council. First elected to the Council in 2013 for the Bourton on the Water and Northleach division with a majority of 59 votes, Cllr Hodgkinson thanked everyone for their support after his re-election: “I’d like to say a big thank […]

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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 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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500 back call to re-open road

by Paul Hodgkinson on 10 December, 2016

Recently Cllr Paul Hodgkinson launched a petition to re-open a road connecting Northleach and Compton Abdale. The road is referred to as ‘the Old A40’ locally as it was the original main road linking Cheltenham to Northleach before the Northleach by pass (A40) was built. This Wednesday 7 December Paul formally presented the petition at the County Council […]

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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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Missing Link work won’t start before 2021

by Paul Hodgkinson on 4 September, 2016

Construction of the notorious ‘Missing Link’ at the Air Balloon roundabout is unlikely to start for another 5 years. That’s the latest word from roads bosses who are managing the project. In a letter to the Leader of Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Highways England have confirmed that the project is still ongoing despite […]

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Are you listening, O2?

by Paul Hodgkinson on 30 May, 2016

A Cotswold village has today made a bank holiday protest after weeks of non existent phone coverage. Led by County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (LD, Bourton & Northleach) residents and businesses today made their voices heard in Bourton on the Water. With throngs of tourists looking on, Cllr Hodgkinson joined villagers in the iconic Cotswold location when […]

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