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.

New look for Hedge End Town Council

There was a fresh new look at Hedge End Town Council this evening, as Councillors old & new met for the first time in public, at the AGM and first Full Council meeting since the recent local elections. Unusually, the AGM was opened by the Town Clerk, as the Town Council did not have an…

Hedge End sets 2015-16 budget

Hedge End Town Council approved it’s  budget for 2015-16 this evening, with the good news that Council Taxpayers will see another 0% increase on the Parish component of their Council Tax bill. However the Finance & Admin meeting was far from uneventful, with some rare dissent within the ranks of the Lib Dems… Cllr Nathan…

Borough to re-start Local Plan process

It was business as usual at Eastleigh Borough Council this evening, the first Full Council meeting following the recent revelations in the national media. Now touring different venues around the Borough as there is no Council Chamber in the new offices at Eastleigh House, the December Full Council meeting was held in the Kings Community Church in…

Christmas arrives in Hedge End…

A large crowd gathered in Hedge End this evening, to see The Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Tony Noyce, and Hedge End’s Carnival Queen, Harri Killen, switch on Hedge End’s Christmas lights. The switch on ceremony itself was rather brief, with the crowd enjoying the traditional countdown before the ceremonial plunger was depressed, but was preceded…

Hedge End’s Fireworks Cancelled

Hedge End Carnival Committee have announced that the annual fireworks display and fun fair, which was scheduled to take place this weekend, Saturday 15th November, has been cancelled. The unfortunate news has also been announced on the Hedge End Town Council website. Although it was not on the agenda, there was a brief discussion prior…

Replacement Trees for Dowds Farm Park

Hedge End Town Council have agreed to replace 14 dead and dying trees at Dowds Farm Park, at a cost of just under £3000 to the taxpayer. The subject had been raised by Cllr Pretty at the September meeting of the Recreation & Amenities Committee. That discussion revealed that trees and other shrubbery around the…

Council ask Residents to Recycle Carefully

Eastleigh  residents are being reminded to put the right item in the right bin as Eastleigh Borough Council  aims to improve its recycling rate. To help guide residents on what can be recycled in their green recycling bins, a new yellow and red bin hanger information scheme is being introduced. The council’s collection crews will leave…

Andrew tackles Next about staff parking

A Labour party campaigner in Hedge End has tackled Next about instructions that were given to staff about parking at the new Next store in Hedge End. Andrew Helps, who lives near the new Next store, learned that staff were being instructed to park on the residential roads, rather than in the car park at the…

MP wins promise of M3 resurfacing

The Conservative MP for Winchester and Chandlers Ford, Steve Brine MP, has announced that he has secured a commitment to bring forward the major resurfacing work on the M3 motorway. The Minister of State for Transport wrote to Steve Brine MP in August to confirm that the Highways Agency will bring forward plans to resurface the M3. …

Book Fun with Jeremy

The fun side of education was on show in Eastleigh and Hedge End today, as renowned children’s author Jeremy Strong visited two schools in the Borough, presenting his Laugh your Socks off  show to some very excited children, their teachers and an Eastleigh News Reporter…. Following a successful morning at Crescent Primary School in Eastleigh, Jeremy Strong…

Blue Bird runs again…

Seen running around the grounds of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu this evening, under its own power, was this 350HP Sunbeam, ‘Blue Bird’, former holder of the world land speed record and the first car to officially exceed 150mph. One of several cars that Sir Malcolm Campbell named ‘Blue Bird’, the 350HP Sunbeam took the land speed record in…

Community Day at Eastleigh College

As part of the Festival of Learning organised by The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), Eastleigh College opened up its campus to hundreds of local residents for its first ever Community Day. The community sampled a great range of fun, hands-on activities located throughout the College’s campus, which included a flight simulator, craft…

2014 Parish Council Election Results

Eastleigh Borough Council have just released the results of the Parish/Town Council elections that took place in some parts of the Borough earlier this week. Two of these were routine elections, where all the seats on the Parish Council were contested. The results for Allbrook & North Boyatt Parish Council are;   Allbrook and North…

EU Election Results 2014

Counting of votes in the EU elections took place in the UK this evening, including at Eastleigh’s Fleming Park Leisure Centre and at Southampton Guildhall, as the nation eagerly awaited news of the results. Of particular interest in the UK and locally, was whether UKIP had managed to translate their success in the opinion polls…

Students win prizes for furniture designs

Three A-level product design students from Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh, have had their prize-winning furniture displayed in-store at Ikea in Southampton. With support and technical instruction from the Product Design 3D Workshop at Southampton Solent University, Hazel Crosland, Emily Braybrook and Emma Chiddle combined existing Ikea products to create some unique new furniture for…