Category: West End

Titanic centenary gets underway…

As the centenary of the the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage approaches, Eastleigh is busy exploring its connections with the ship. A season of events centred on the Berry Theatre in Hedge End, but getting out & about across the Borough, is looking at some of the stories behind the story of the Titanic. Already revealed…

Places available on disabled gardening project

A community allotment project is hoping to help more disabled people benefit from growing their own fruit and vegetables. Thrive is a small national charity which offers training and practical solutions,  so that anyone with a disability can take part in, benefit from and enjoy gardening. Their Growing 4 Life project aims to cater for people…

Rose Bowl decision ‘too hasty’

Eastleigh Council have been accused of ‘steamrollering through’ their decision to purchase the Rose Bowl cricket stadium for £6.5 million. John Martin, a West End resident and Ukip activist challenged  a poorly attended meeting of the performance and policy panel last Wednesday over the haste the council had shown in pursuing the proposed deal. Mr Martin was…

Gone in 60 seconds…

Eastleigh Council’s cabinet may have set a national record tonight for the fastest ever council meeting after the cabinet opened and closed its session within a minute with no debate. The meeting which opened at 6.30pm was declared closed at 6.31 after the cabinet voted to pass on the decision on a £36 million Rose Bowl land…

Council to decide Rose Bowl fate tonight

Eastleigh Councillors will decide tonight whether to use £6 million worth of taxpayers’ money to  buy the Rose Bowl cricket ground and fund the building of a £30 million Hotel . This follows Tuesdays special meeting of the Resources Scrutiny Committee who gave the scheme a ‘thumbs up’ despite warnings from Vice Chair John Caldwell…

Rose Bowl could go bust say Echo

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West End’s Rose Bowl cricket ground has been on the verge of going bust says The Daily Echo. Echo Chief Reporter Julian Robinson claims to have had sight of a top secret report from Eastleigh council finance boss Nick Tustian which states that the cricket ground was in danger of going into administration earlier this…

Test Cricket comes to Rose Bowl

The Borough of Eastleigh is set to stage an historic ‘first ever’ south coast Test Match when England entertains Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl starting today. The Rose Bowl, which is situated at West End in the heart of the borough, is set to welcome tens of thousands of cricket fans over five days…

Car window smashed for Ipod

Hedge End police have released an e-fit image of a youth they would like to speak to in connection with a theft from a motor vehicle in West End. The incident occurred at around 12.15pm on Tuesday, February 1 in Ingersley Rise, West End. A front window of a Vauxhall Corsa was smashed and an…

Council to fork out £45k for roundabout sculpture

Eastleigh council are searching for an artist to provide artwork on a local roundabout. There is £45,000 available to provide a piece of public art for the mini roundabout on Marshall Drive, West End, which is the access road for the Rose Bowl Cricket ground. There is already an existing artwork at the junction of…

Police Hunt Racist Yob

Hedge End police are hunting a yob who racially abused staff at the ‘Hong Kong Chef’ in Townhill Way, West End. The incident occurred between 10.10pm and 10.20 pm on Saturday, December 11. The youth entered the takeaway and was abusive towards staff and was asked to leave. While being ejected he assaulted one member…

Borough Burglary Roundup

Despite the police’s  recent success in securing burglary convictions light fingered housebreakers continue to inflict misery on Eastleigh residents. A large LCD television and a laptop were among items stolen recently in burglaries across the Borough.  A house in Lakewood road Chandlers Ford was broken into between 11am and 3pm.Thursday November 4th.  Around £10,000 worth of value items…

Fag sellers get underage warning

Officers from Hampshire County Council Trading Standards  say they are disappointed that an operation to clamp down on underage sales from cigarette vending machines has revealed a 75% failure rate. In a sting operation last week  a 15 year old volunteer visited four premises in Eastleigh, West End and Fair Oak, which resulted in three out of…

Hotel failures jump 61%

The number of hotel firms going bust jumped last year by 61%, accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy has said as the benefits of the weak pound and the ‘staycation’ summer were offset by the slump in business travel. Hotel chains to go under last year included McKever Hotels, Folio, the Real Hotel Group, Comfort Inn, Quality…

Council win ‘Monopoly’ Challenge

A High Court Judge has dismissed a call for a judicial review into Eastleigh Borough Council’s decision to fund the building of a 175 bedroom 5 star hotel saying it had “no realistic chance of success”. Local hoteliers including the Holiday Inn, had challenged the council’s decision to waste £32m of public money on the…

Conservatives welcome former Lib Dems

Hampshire North West and Conservative frontbench MP Sir George Young has officially welcomed the Councillor for West End South Joyce Sortwell and her husband, West End Parish Councillor Graham Sortwell,both former Liberal Democrats, to the Conservative Group on Eastleigh Borough Council. Also with Sir George was Councillor Godfrey Olson (Conservative Group Leader) and Conservative PPC for Eastleigh Maria Hutchings…