Hedge Enders pay twice…

jugglers

Jugglers at the 2010 Music Festival & Mela

Hedge End residents are contributing twice towards the Eastleigh Festival of Music & Mela, an annual event that draws large crowds into the Town Centre.

At the Community & Culture committee meeting of 14th February, Hedge End Town Council was asked to contribute £500 to the Asian Welfare & Cultural Association, which would be put towards the cost of staging the Eastleigh Music Festival and Mela.

The grant was requested under section 137 of  the Local Government & Housing Act, 1972 which allows local authorities to spend a limited amount on activities they were not otherwise empowered to do, but which they considered to be in the interests of their area or its inhabitants, and which would produce a benefit commensurate with the expenditure involved.

During the discussion, Cllr Dan Clarke commented;

Hedge End residents have already contributed via the Borough’s contribution to this event. It is unfair on Hedge End to have to double-up.

Cllr Garton was supportive of the idea, saying;

Its a great event and the food is wonderful.

The chair of the meeting Cllr Louise Bloom summed-up by saying;

I’m not keen on double taxation, but there are exceptions.

Despite the Councillors reservations, the grant was approved on the condition that other Parish Councils should be approached for a similar contribution in future, so that it is not just Hedge End that has to pay twice.

Cllr Stan Sthankiya was not present during the discussion of this item due to his connections with the Asian Welfare & Cultural Association.

Other grants that were awarded were;

  1. £187.20 to St Johns Ambulance in Hedge End, to fund some new signs for the front of their building.
  2. £300 to Hedge End New Music Makers, for hire of a Hall and a professional Pianist.

One idea that was put forward during the discussion, that the Twinning Association could apply for a section 137 grant, was quickly dismissed by Cllr Bloom on the grounds that the Section 137 funds are to be allocated to the wider community of Hedge End, not something that its Councillors are connected with…

The author of this article, Ray Turner, will be standing as an Independent candidate in the Hedge End, Shamblehurst, by election.

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Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

  7 comments for “Hedge Enders pay twice…

  1. Stephen Slominski
    February 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Well the food maybe wonderful but it ain’t flipping free..unless you’re a Councillor of course…

    Baffled as to what the attraction of the Mela is as it seems to consist largely of commercial hot food stands — surely they pay for the pitchs? We are not paying them to trade are we? This aspect of the festival should pay for itself.

    Still not everyone shares my views on the Mela as it is indeed well attended — but the same cannot be said of the appalling Folk festival which runs at a loss.

    It’s really not fair to expect taxpayers to keep on bailing out this annual farce.

    Of course if any Hedge Enders actually buy a ticket then they will be paying three times…

    • N Parker
      February 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      I shan’t be supporting this event – as a Hedge Ender I object to the Lib Dems making us pay twice – it hasn’t gone unnoticed.

      • February 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        I’d have been happier if the grant was conditional on some of the festival events being held in Hedge End.

        If its the Eastleigh Festival of music, why can’t the event be spread wider around the Borough…?

  2. Stephen Slominski
    February 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Yes I’ve thought that too Ray.
    Gigs could be held at the Point, The Berry and Thornden Hall – perhpas more genre’s than contemporary folk – how about some Jazz and Blues?
    Also there is still a lot of support for Country & Western in the Borough.
    I remember when ‘Wildwood South’ was based at the Crown Hotel.
    “Sing yer tits off Tex” we would yell at Roberg.

  3. Peter Stewart
    February 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Yes I’ve thought that too Ray.
    Gigs could be held at the Point, The Berry and Thornden Hall — perhpas more genre’s than contemporary folk — how about some Jazz and Blues?
    Also there is still a lot of support for Country & Western in the Borough.
    I remember when ‘Wildwood South’ was based at the Crown Hotel.
    “Sing yer tits off Tex” we would yell at Roberg.

    Yeah, and I remember some hot trio called the Dave Stewart Trio. I wonder what became of them?

    • Peter Stewart
      February 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Chuckle! Did someone mention “double taxation”. Hah! That’s what we’ve been living under for nearly 40 years, ever since we were conned into being annexed by the EU. Now we are taxed firstly to pay for the extravagances of our EU competitors (sorry I mean “partners”) and secondly we are taxed AGAIN to pay for our infrastructure by way of council taxes which have to rise accordingly. While it is true that Eastleigh has frozen its Council Tax for goodness knows how many years, this is down to prudent planning for the lean times by charging more in the times of plenty, an admirable leaf out of the Old Testament! But it still does not mask the fact that every British taxpayer is paying twice, to pay for Britain and the profligate EU states.

      • February 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

        Don’t mention fuel – whoops…!

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