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.

Marta Andreasen: One size doesn’t fit all

Whilst BBC Question Time were recording at the Berry Theatre in Hedge End this evening, Eastleigh News caught up with Marta Andreasen MEP as she joined local Conservatives on the campaign trail in Botley. Marta was formerly the Chief Accountant for the European Commission, but was suspended only a few months after starting that job…

UKIP: Cameron will not deliver a referendum

At a public meeting in Eastleigh, UKIP MEP candidate Diane James has said that the Liberal Democrats are “talking nonsense” and has explained why she thinks that the Conservatives will not deliver an in/out referendum in 2017. The meeting, which was organised by UKIP’s Eastleigh branch and was staged at The Pavillion on the Park,…

MEP candidate explains importance of EU elections

During his visit to the Lowford Centre on Monday,  the Conservative MEP candidate Richard Robinson spoke about the importance of the EU and the forthcoming EU elections. Richard opened by saying; “Its great to be back in Eastleigh. I was here in 2007/08 when we were doing the selection for Maria Hutchings.” “But today we’re…

Letwin: Lib Dems are blocking change on Europe

Following their visit to the Lowford Centre yesterday, The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP and Conservative MEP candidate Richard Robinson spoke exclusively to Eastleigh News. I started by asked about a campaign leaflet, currently dropping through local letterboxes, which outlines the Conservatives plans for Europe. The leaflet also states that we need a Conservative Prime…

UKIP formally launch S.E. Euro campaign

UKIP formally launched their EU campaign in the South East of England this evening, with a rally that filled the Portsmouth Guildhall. With Eastleigh currently one of the focal points of the UKIP campaign, following UKIPs breakthrough in the 2013 Eastleigh by-election, Eastleigh News travelled to Portsmouth  to see what was happening. On arrival at…

Letwin visits Lowford Centre

With campaigning for EU elections and local Council elections now well under way, Eastleigh’s Conservatives were pleased to welcome the Minister for Government Policy today, the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, to the new Lowford Centre in Bursledon. Also present at the reception, was one of the Conservative MEP candidates for the South East Region,…

Another Resignation in Hedge End

At the Full Council meeting of Hedge End Town Council on 16th April, the Resignation of Cllr Peter Hughes was announced by the Town Clerk. Following the resignation of Cllr Caitlin Bloom, announced on 3rd April, this means that there are now two vacancies on Hedge End Town Council. A by-election has now been called…

Full Council meets at the Lowford Centre

The first Council meeting since Eastleigh Borough Council moved to new Offices in the Town Centre took place yesterday, 10th April, at the new Lowford Centre in Bursledon. When Eastleigh Borough Council was based at the old Civic Offices, Council meetings were traditionally held in the Council Chamber.  Although it has meeting rooms, the new…

Holocaust Survivor visits Barton Peveril

Following their trip to  Auschwitz-Birkenau last Autumn, as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project, Barton Peveril Students Jess Asbury and Jade Bone invited Holocaust survivor Walter Kammerling to speak to fellow history students at the College. Eastleigh’s MP, Mike Thornton, who had accompanied the students on their trip to the former Nazi Death…

Council claim Garden Waste success

Eastleigh Borough Council have claimed that their revised Garden Waste service is proving a huge success, as collections of the new brown-lidded wheelie bins commences this week. Although the Garden Waste  service has been running for some years, the old-style bags were awkward to handle and easy to lose, particularly if they were emptied on…

Police appeal after workman struck by vehicle

Blue Police Lamp

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic incident involving a road worker on the B2177, near Eastleigh. On Tuesday April 1, just before 2pm, a road contractor’s worker was involved in a collision with a passing vehicle travelling through the temporary road works in Lower Upham, opposite the MACE convenience store on Winchester…

Town Councillor Resigns

Hedge End Town Council have recently announced the resignation of Cllr Caitlin Bloom and issued a co-option notice on their website. Caitlin Bloom, who is the daughter of the high-ranking Lib Dem Eastleigh Borough Councillor & Hedge End Town Councillor,  Cllr Louise Bloom, was elected to Hedge End Town Council as  a Liberal Democrat in…

New Lowford Centre Unveiled

Hundreds of Busledon residents turned out this afternoon, to see the  Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Malcolm Cross, formally open their brand new Community Centre. The £2.6m Lowford Centre is built on a site that was formerly owned by the Bursledon & District Community Association, land which was transferred to Eastleigh Borough Council to facilitate this development…

‘Beach Scene’ impresses Education Secretary

A stunning piece of artwork by an 18 year old  Barton Peveril student has caught the eye of The Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP. Emily Singleton’s first oil painting, entitled ‘Beach Scene’, was selected for an Association of Colleges Fine Art Exhibition at the House of Commons. The Association of Colleges received hundreds…

Police hunt Romsey Flasher

Police are investigating after reports of a man indecently exposing himself to a 16-year-old girl in Romsey this morning [Tuesday, March 18]. The indecent exposure is believed to have happened between 7.30am and 7.40am at a cut-through between Selsdon Avenue and Winchester Hill, Romsey. The girl was unharmed and officers are treating this as an…