Category: Council services

Mayor and Deputy quit Lib Dems over Local Plan

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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…

Lib Dems quit over housing plan ‘soundeness’

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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…

Save our Sure Start protest comes to Eastleigh

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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…

Christmas arrives in Hedge End…

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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…

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

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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…