Hedge End Town Council have commented in public on the resignation of Chris Huhne.
Much of the media attention has, to date, been focused on the railway town of Eastleigh, but the Parliamentary constituency is a lot more diverse than that, extending to include the nautical communities on the west bank of the River Hamble and the edge of Southampton Water.
Originally a strawberry-producing village, Hedge End has expanded rapidly and somewhat painfully over the last few decades, around its good transport links, to become a commuter town. The Borough Councils new local plan means that Hedge End currently faces the prospect of further development and additional congestion.
In a brief comment at the start of the Finance and Administration Committee meeting, Cllr Sheila Baynes who was chairing this evenings meeting said;
“It is a sad week for the Eastleigh constituency. Chris Huhne was a good constituency MP who has always done well by us”
Notably absent from this evenings meeting were the dual-hatting Borough Councillors, said to be busy with a budget meeting at the Civic Offices in Eastleigh.
Apart from the comment on Chris Huhnes resignation, the Finance & Administration meeting in Hedge End was largely routine and uneventful.
A decision over the Councils requirements for provision of disabled access at a new entrance to the site of the Wickes DIY store was deferred, to give the Councillors an opportunity to visit the site again.
Also discussed were some ongoing contractual problems with the car-park at the new Groundsmans store in Hedge End, which has not been draining correctly. The Town Council successfully agreed on a course of action, which will be communicated to the contractor in due course…