Category: Councillors

Bishopstoke Bridge re-opened to Traffic

  The town’s busy Bishopstoke road bridge has re-opened to traffic following a 90 minute closure this afternoon (Sunday 19 May) on safety grounds. Train services to London on the mainline were also disrupted. The recently elected County Councillor for Eastleigh East – former Lib Dem now Ukip Cllr Andy Moore – alerted Police and…

Sad Keith defends Huhne record

Eastleigh’s Lib Dem leader Keith House has told Eastleigh News he is ‘very sad’ over Chris Huhne’s resignation and has paid tribute to  Huhne’s record as a constituency  MP saying he had a ‘terrific reputation as a really hard-working member of parliament” Cllr House had spent hours in the town centre today conducting back-to-back interviews…

Fleming Park could be rebuilt in £22 million revamp

Eastleigh Borough Council have agreed to spend £45,000 to investigate the feasibility of replacing Fleming Park Leisure Centre with a new facility to be built on the site of the current Civic Offices at a cost of up to £22 million. The council say they want to celebrate the 2016 Rio Olympics in 2016 with…

Chandlers Ford Parish Council reject Local Plan

  Chandler’s Ford Parish Council has voted to reject Eastleigh Borough Council’s proposals to build 1,300 houses at Stoneham Park and to develop land next to ASDA for employment but has supported a proposal to develop land South of Allbrook Way. This followed a presentation to the Parish Council given by an Eastleigh Borough planning…

Local party leader’s nomination papers lost

The leader of Eastleigh Independent Group of Eastleigh Councillors will not be contesting his Eastleigh Central seat in the local elections – much to his own surprise. Veteran councillor and former Mayor Glynn Davies-Dear has told Eastleigh News that although he had posted his nomination papers three weeks before the closing date, when he  checked…

Fryern pupils start celebrations with a song

Chandler’s Ford has made a tuneful start to their Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations today as pupils from Fryern Hill infant and junior schools welcomed the Queens representative Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP with a specially written song to celebrate the Queen’s long reign. Dame Mary, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and Britain’s most senior Lord Lieutenant…

Cycle path to be completed this week

The shared use cycleway on Chesnut Avenue is finally due to be completed this week – months after contractors abandoned work on it. Eastleigh Local Area Committee had approved the £190k – with the majority of the funding to come from Hampshire County Council early last year but local resident Tiny Frith told Eastleigh News…

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…

When 12 become 4

Only 4 out of the 12 Councillors expected to attend  a meeting of the Policy and Performance Scrutiny Panel scheduled for Wednesday (January  11) actually turned up on the night. The Chair, Cllr Pamela Holden-Brown, was joined by Cllr’s Grejewski, Mignot and Sullivan while Vice Chair Tonia Craig, along with Cllr’s Cross, Noyce, M Sollitt,…

Former Councillor dies

Bill Luffman

Bill Luffman, one of Eastleigh’s longest serving Labour Party stalwarts and a former councillor has died. Eastleigh Labour party has released the following statement: Eastleigh Labour Party is sad to announce that former Eastleigh Borough Councillor, Bishopstoke Parish Councillor and active Trade Unionist Bill Luffman passed away this morning. Bill was a Labour Party member…

Eastleigh sets 10 year Council Tax record

Eastleigh Borough Council has confirmed that it will be freezing its Council Tax for 2012 and setting a council tax of 1% below inflation for 2013 providing borough residents with a ten year period of below inflation council tax. Following the Government’s Autumn Statement the council has had confirmation of its financial settlement for next…

Shocking rise in Parking Charges

The council has announced it will be introducing inflation busting rises to parking charges in Eastleigh of up to 20% from January 2012. Street parking charges will go up from 50p for 30 minutes to 60p (20%) and the hourly charge goes up by 9% to £1.20 from £1.10 while car park charges for the…

Underused Youth centre now being hired out

The spark seems to have fizzled out of Eastleigh flagship youth centre ‘Energy’. The Leigh Road venue which only opened nine months ago is currently advertising that it is available to hire, four nights a week. Although the former TA drill hall – which underwent a £700,000 refit earlier year – is open five days…

Councillor tip-off leads to arrest

Prompt action by an Eastleigh councillor has resulted in the arrest of a man wanted for burglary. Keith Trenchard, the recently elected Lib Dem councillor for Eastleigh Central ward (a result which is itself has been the subject of a police investigation), lived up to his election promise to ‘tackle crime and anti social behaviour’…

Lib Dems in new probe

Local Lib Dems were showing signs of strain last night as it emerged that further complaints regarding the party election expenses have been made to the electoral commission. Pressure group the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics have written to the Commission claiming they have discovered irregularities in MP Chris Huhne’s expense returns in the form…