Category: Council services

Mayor and Deputy quit Lib Dems over Local Plan

Eastleigh’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor have both quit the council’s ruling Liberal Democrat Group over Local Plan concerns. The Mayor, Councillor Maureen Sollitt and her deputy Cllr Chris Thomas have joined three other rebel councillors who form the  Independent Liberal Democratic group led by Cllr Steve Sollitt – the Mayor’s son. The move means that…

New Vets4Pets opens in Hedge End

Eastleigh pet owners now have a new veterinary surgery to take their furry friends to after vets Przemyslaw Jelonek and Andrew Thornton opened the doors to their brand new Vets4Pets practice located inside the new Pets at Home store at Hedge End Retail Park. Eastleigh Mayor Councillor Mo Sollitt, accompanied by Eastleigh MP Mims Davies…

Lib Dems quit over housing plan ‘soundeness’

Two members of Eastleigh’s ruling Liberal Democrat group have resigned from the party citing concerns over the ‘soundness’ of Eastleigh’s emerging local plan. But Cllr Sarah Bain and Cllr Steve Sollitt say they will continue to represent their wards as ‘Independent Liberal Democrats’. Both councillors had joined fellow Lib Dem Cllr Mark Balaam and Conservative…

Council Tax frozen again

Eastleigh Borough Council has frozen its Council Tax for 2017-18 – delivering a record 14-year period of real-term cuts in council tax for residents. According to figures released by the council, the average Eastleigh Borough Council element for a Band D household this year remains at £130.07, or just over £2.50 per week. Despite this…

Eastleigh commemorates Battle of Somme

Eastleigh marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland with a short but moving ceremony at the town’s War Memorial today. The Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Des Scott first attended a service led by the Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford and District Branch of the Royal British Legion at Holy Cross…

Save our Sure Start protest comes to Eastleigh

A peaceful protest turned noisy in Eastleigh as activists took to the streets chanting “Save our sure start.’ The protestors are worried that many sure start childrens centres across Hampshire, including one at Eastleigh will face closure if proposals to streamline family services go through. The current network of 54 local centres offering support and…

Muslim community helps keep Hamble Lifeboat afloat

  Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) have donated £500 to Hamble Lifeboat Station one of  Mayor Jane Welsh’s chosen charities. The AMC who say their motto is “love for all, hatred for none” raised the money during one of  three ‘Charity Walks for Peace’ they held last year, which raised over £300,000 for…

Former Mayor Tony Noyce dies

A former Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Tony Noyce has passed away after a short illness He was the sitting Liberal Democrat Councillor for West End North, which he had represented for eight years, and had been a West End parish Councillor since 2003. Cllr Noyce had held the office of Mayor last year. The Leader of…

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…

Fireworks herald Christmas in Eastleigh

Around 10,000 people attended the popular annual Christmas Light Switch On event in Eastleigh town centre following a day of festive celebrations and family fun day to launch this years festive season. The Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Tony Noyce, assisted by Santa Claus and MP Mike Thornton, switched on the town’s 2014 Christmas lights display…

Bursledon pupils cook and eat

Twenty pupils and their parents at Bursledon Infant School have completed their first Cook and Eat course. The Cook and Eat initiative has been organised by Eastleigh Borough Council in partnership with Hampshire County Council’s catering service (HC3S) and support from Hampshire County Council. Every Wednesday after school for six weeks parents and pupils learn…

Eastleigh remembers the fallen

Remembrance Sunday 2104 A record crowd assembled on Eastleigh recreation ground on Remembrance Sunday to honour the memory of the town’s fallen. The exceptionalyl mild weather and the World War One centenary boosted numbers at the service which was led by Salvation Army Envoy Margaret Moore and organised by the Eastleigh and District Royal British…

Britain’s Best Pharmacist is in Bishopstoke

The small village of Bishopstoke might seem an unlikely setting to find Britain’s best pharmacist but Sultan Dajani , who runs Wainwrights chemist at Riverside, has just won the title in a competition organised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in conjunction with Woman’s Weekly magazine. Sultan, also known as Sid to his customers, is just…

Wellstead Primary School set to ‘Park and Stride’

The Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Tony Noyce joined pupils of Wellstead Primary School in Hedge End to celebrate the launch of a new “Park and Stride” route to school from the newly constructed Dowd’s Farm community car park. Park and Stride is an Eastleigh Borough Council initiative that aims to encourage parents and children who…