Warwick District Liberal Democrats are very sad to hear of the death of John Whitehouse.
John had been at the heart of local Liberal Democrat activity in Warwickshire for more than 20 years and had served as County Councillor in the old Kenilworth Abbey area from 2005 until 2017 when the division ceased to exist. He was also Chair of Warwick District LibDems from 2019 until 2021 and a regular participant at regional and federal conferences.
As a County Councillor John is remembered for his many remarkable achievements. Residents of Burton Green will remember his collaborative work with them and other councillors standing up locally, regionally and nationally for their concerns about the impact of HS2 on their community and also on The Greenway.
It was thanks to John's work with Sustrans that a new foot and cycle bridge was installed over the Coventry Road to connect The Greenway and Kenilworth Common in 2011, which at the time was described as 'history in the making'.
Also as a County Councillor John campaigned over many years for the K2L cycle route and he led the work to help make it safer for children to get to school through the 'Safer Routes to School' programme. As Chair of governors at St John's Primary School, he stood up against the closures of Kenilworth's Children's Centres. He was also instrumental in the introduction of the early warning system introduced for road users for when the Kenilworth ford floods and was a founder member of Kenilworth's Community Speedwatch.
'John was a Liberal Democrat in the best tradition of collaborative LibDem community campaigners' said John Kelly acting Chair of Warwick District Liberal Democrats. 'He knew how to work with people in his local community, irrespective of their political background, and he was also very effective in getting things done behind the scenes. We shall miss his wisdom hugely and our thoughts and prayers are with Ann and his family.'