Despite a recent Mori poll showing that 80% of the public support the monarchy while only 13% want to see the UK as a republic – Eastleigh Borough Council plan to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee –simply by wishing her all the best.
The council have not organised any celebrations
During February’s full council meeting Councillor John Caldwell asked the then Mayor Cllr Wayne Irish:
“What plans does the Council have to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?”
The Mayor that on behalf of the Council he had sent the Queen “every best wish on her tremendous achievement of reaching her Diamond Jubilee”
He went on to explain that what made the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee so special, was the strength of community feeling behind it.
Therefore, the Council would not be holding any events to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
He added that the council was ‘supporting’ parish councils and community organisations who wished to mark the Diamond Jubilee where they could.
In response to a supplementary question as to why the Council were not commemorating this event Leader Keith House replied that Hampshire County Council had budgeted £250,000 for the commemoration and there was plenty of opportunity for people to celebrate by way of street parties and local events.
Both Chandlers Ford Parish and Botley Parish Council have organised events to mark the once- in-a -lifetime event while residents in Newtown have taken matters into their own hands and will be closing three streets to traffic in order to hold a street party on June 3.
One of the residents 55, who did not wished to be named, reacted angrily to the news.
“The only ‘support’ we have had from the council is they have agreed to a road closure but they are not helping us with signage or organising the derisions. We are having to organise everything ourselves – plus there is absolutely no funding forthcoming.”
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