Eastleigh Council’s cabinet may have set a national record tonight for the fastest ever council meeting after the cabinet opened and closed its session within a minute with no debate.
The meeting which opened at 6.30pm was declared closed at 6.31 after the cabinet voted to pass on the decision on a £36 million Rose Bowl land and hotel deal to the meeting of the full council scheduled for 7pm.
One member of the public who had wanted to address the cabinet on the plans for the cricket ground was considerably upset to discover the meeting had already finished by the time he arrived at 6.32 and consequently used part of his allotted five minutes addressing the full council meeting to remonstrate with it over the lack of time set aside for public participation.
Leader of the Conservative group Godfrey Olson started his own speech to full council by saying:
“It took one minute for cabinet to resolve that they should purchase the Rose Bowl.”
This immediately brought chair of the cabinet Keith House to his feet:
“No, the cabinet did not do that. The cabinet passed the entire matter for the council to debate.”
Suitably chastened the veteran Tory Councillor paused then continued:
“The cabinet resolved to recommend in one minute, that we should purchase the rose bowl”.
Councillors voted in favour of purchasing the Rose Bowl cricket ground and financing the construction of a Hotel on the site by 30 votes to 5.
Report to follow.