Paul Hodgkinson

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County Council Elections – May 2nd

by Paul Hodgkinson on 5 April, 2013

On Thursday May 2 I’m putting myself forward to be the next county councillor for our area. I’m already an experienced Cotswold District Councillor for the last 6 years and am standing for the Northleach & Bourton area. This also includes the Churn Valley, Chedworth and Withington, Andoversford and Shipton areas. I have a record of […]

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County Council does U Turn at Air Balloon Roundabout

by Paul Hodgkinson on 19 February, 2013

News today that the Conservative administration at Gloucestershire County Council has been persuaded to abandon support for the controversial Highways Agency plans to stop vehicles turning right at the Air Balloon pub roundabout has been welcomed. The plans drafted by the Highways Agency were – until now – supported by the County Council, following a […]

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Call to reduce parking charges rejected

by Paul Hodgkinson on 23 November, 2012

This week, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson made a call to reduce car parking charges in the Cotswolds. He asked the following question to Conservative Council Leader Lynden Stowe at this week’s Cotswold District Council meeting: ‘Will the Cabinet commit to consider reducing car parking fees in Cotswold District Council-owned car parks at the earliest possible opportunity […]

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Councillors expenses should be cut ‘as quickly as possible’

by Paul Hodgkinson on 3 September, 2012

An article in the ‘Wilts and Glos Standard’ has led to a call for councillors’ expenses to be cut as quickly as possible. Last week, the paper revealed that mileage rates claimed by some councillors and officers at Cotswold District Council were higher than the amount recommended by the Inland Revenue. As a result, Cllr […]

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Plastics recycling starts in October

by Paul Hodgkinson on 16 August, 2012

Many people have been asking about when plastics kerbside recycling will happen in the Cotswolds. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has campaigned for the service for 5 years and is delighted with the news that the service is on its way, “I’m very pleased that I’ve now been given the following news for our area”: -All ‘rigid’ […]

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Allowances published to help transparency

by Paul Hodgkinson on 25 June, 2012

For the third year running, Liberal Democrat councillors on Cotswold District Council have volunteered to make their pay public as part of a movement to restore faith in politicians following outrage over the MPs expenses and phone hacking rows. Group leader Cllr Paul Hodgkinson ordered the initiative to display the Lib Dems’ commitment to open democracy […]

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Why is CDC spending £12,000 on magazines?

by Paul Hodgkinson on 26 April, 2012

At the Cotswold District Council meeting on Tuesday 1 May, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson will be asking the Leader of the Council the following question: “The Council’s detailed budget booklet 2012/13 (Coded Budget) lists all the items which the Council has allocated funds to in the current financial year. When the various budgeted items are calculated […]

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Future of Cotswold post offices secured

by Paul Hodgkinson on 2 February, 2012

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Churn Valley), opposition group leader at Cotswold District Council, has welcomed moves by the Liberal Democrat Postal Affairs Minister, Edward Davey, to secure the future of the Post Office under a 10-year deal which will give certainty to local postmasters. The Coalition Government has secured long-term arrangements between the Post Office and […]

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Youth funding kick starts Boot Camp

by Paul Hodgkinson on 24 January, 2012

A welcome funding initiative from Glos County Council has given a Churn Valley project an injection of cash. The funding for youth projects has allocated £1100 to each CDC councillor for use in their ward. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has already chosen projects which the funding will go to, “Ollie Wakefield is running a fitness class […]

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Christmas waste collections announced

by Paul Hodgkinson on 24 November, 2011

Cotswold District Council has announced its arrangements for waste collections over the Christmas and New Year period. NO AREAS OF THE CHURN VALLEY WILL SEE A CHANGE IN COLLECTION DAYS OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD. As in previous years the Council will be operating a side waste amnesty for all household’s first full collection after Christmas […]

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