Paul Hodgkinson

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

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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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End of ‘Coxit’ welcomed

by Paul Hodgkinson on 20 May, 2016

Today it was announced that the so-called ‘COXIT’ has been abandoned due to a lack of public support and difficulties in merging two councils from different counties. Back in February the Leader of Cotswold District Council announced his intention to create a new ‘unitary’ council comprising the Cotswolds and West Oxfordshire. This would have meant the […]

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Active Together comes to Northleach

by Paul Hodgkinson on 12 May, 2016

A new fitness class has been launched in Northleach. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, County Councillor for Bourton and Northleach, provided cash for the ‘Fit for Life’ fitness class at the Westwood Centre through the Council’s Active Together fund to help set up the class in partnership with Northleach Town Council. Cllr Hodgkinson said: “I have a pot of […]

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Timetable bid for Air Balloon solution

by Paul Hodgkinson on 2 May, 2016

We’re all painfully aware of the still-present gridlock and accidents at the Air Balloon A417 and many people were pleased when the last Government announced money for a solution at last. Now, 19 months after that announcement and nothing further has happened. So, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has been pressing for a definitive timetable for work to […]

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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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