It was business as usual at the Recreation & Amenities Committee of Hedge End Town Council this evening.
This evenings meeting was the first to take place in Hedge End following last weeks Borough Council elections, which saw the committee chairman, Cllr Jane Welsh, safely returned to the Hedge End St Johns seat on the Borough Council with a comfortable majority.
There was no mention of the Borough election results or the campaign this evening. Cllr Welsh just got on with the job of conducting the meeting. Everybody present seemed pleased that the Borough election was now out of the way and that things could get back to normal. The meeting was noticeably more relaxed. The campaigning was over & done with, a necessary evil, and now it was back to business…
There were a couple of absentees this evening, with Cllrs Hughes, Hughes [n.b. there’s no Cllr Barney McGrew, unfortunately!] and Baynes unable to attend.
And as often happens at these committee meetings there was no sign of the local Conservatives, Labour or UKIP in the public gallery, but former Parish/Town Councillor Norman Dewey (independent) was in attendance and raised a couple of issues.
As Eastleigh News reported on Sunday, one of the matters on the agenda was to decide the colour of the Poppies for the new War Memorial gates.
None of the Town Councillors appeared to consider the colour white, certainly not in public this evening, and they carefully confined themselves to a debate about which shade of red should the poppies in the new wrought-iron gates be painted.
Cllrs Houghton and Allingham thought that the proposed shade of scarlet was a bit too “loud” and were worried about the visual impact that the neighbouring residents would have to live with.
Perhaps slightly irritated that the question had even been put on the Agenda, Cllr Welsh was heard to say, of the Blacksmith, “He knows what colour a Poppy is…!”, before summing up the meetings conclusion, that Red [Ral3020] was the committee’s preferred shade…