Category: Council services

Borough encourages breastfeeding

Eastleigh Borough Council is encouraging mums who want to breastfeed to continue doing so for as long as they wish, as part of National Breastfeeding Week (24-30 June). The Council has already  teamed up with the NHS, Chamberlayne Children’s Centre and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) to provide a free drop-in group on Mondays at…

Mayor says “If you don’t wear it, recycle it”

‘If you cant wear it, recycle it’ is one of the key messages from Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Rupert Kyrle as residents are encouraged to recycle all their unwanted clothes and textiles as part of National Recycling Week from June 18-24. Eastleigh Borough Council in partnership with Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) are working…

Winners and losers in Hedge End’s fees review

Hedge Ends Recreation & Amenities Committee have approved some changes to their structure of fees for hall hire, which will have the effect of increasing the costs to one of the Mayors charities by 32%. A review of all fees is currently underway in Hedge End, with a small working group looking first at the fees charged for sports pitches,…

Is council value for money?

Information released by the Audit Commission suggests that Eastleigh Borough Council offers poor value for money for taxpayers when compared to other councils. Spending per head on many key services is at best average or below average. Total net spend per was £358 per head last year compared to an average £1,104 per head for…

Hedge End belatedly debate local plan

Hedge End Town Council finally overcame its inhibitions this evening and managed to hold a worthwhile debate on the Boroughs draft Local plan. Hedge End’s only independent Councillor, Cllr Keith Day, has previously tried to get the Town Council to discuss the local plan at a Full Council meeting, but as he is the sole opposition figure on the…

New budget hotel attracts bookings

A new budget hotel, in the heart of Eastleigh town centre has been officially opened by the outgoing Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Wayne Irish. The 60 room Travelodge which has created 15 new jobs, cost £3.4 million and is part of the Councils plan to redevelop the degenerating town centre into a popular shopping and…

Eastleigh makes a new Mayor…

Eastleigh Bourough Council has a new Mayor. At the annual Mayor-making ceremony this evening, 10th May 2012,  Cllr Rupert Kyrle was elected to the position of Mayor with Cllr Malcolm Cross elected as Deputy Mayor. The Mayor is the Borough of Eastleigh’s ‘First Citizen’ and is elected at the annual meeting of the Council in May. The Mayor chairs the…

Heroic rescuers of Titanic survivors remembered

The old burial ground in West End was on the world stage this morning, as West End Local History Society hosted a wreath laying ceremony on the grave of Sir Arthur Henry Rostron, KBE, RD, RNR, the Captain of the RMS Carpathia, on the centenary of his actions that rescued 706  survivors from the Titanic.…

Asda launches new community initiative

Asda at Chandler’s Ford has unveiled a new commitment to the local area called ‘Community Life’ as part of a nationwide campaign. As part of the initiative, a special community board is being launched and money will be raised for local worthwhile causes. Each store will have  a ‘Community Champion’ dedicated to supporting the local…

Council acts to stop dog noise nuisance

Eastleigh Borough  Council has successfully prosecuted a couple in Old Netley for the persistent barking of their dogs that had blighted the lives of local residents over the last two years. The defendants, Mr and Mrs Sibley, were fined a total of £1250 and also ordered to pay full legal costs of £2,340. The couple…

Mayor visits airport fire crew

Eastleigh’s Mayor  Councillor Wayne Irish, fuelled his passion for transport last week with a visit to Southampton Airport to see the airside fire station’s new state-of-the-art vehicles. Following a meet and greet with the station’s Green Watch, the Mayor was taken for a tour around the station’s facilities before being shown the two new Rosenbauer…

Eastleigh bags award for street cleansing

Staff from Eastleigh Borough Council’s Direct Services department have recently returned from a celebrity-hosted awards ceremony in Blackpool, proudly clutching an award for being “The best council in the country” for street cleansing. The Council scooped the award in the “Street Cleansing Best Performer” category on the basis of data that it submits annually to…

Chris Huhne opens New NHS dental practice

Chris Huhne MP has officially launched a new NHS dental practice on  Chamberlayne Road in Eastleigh.  Operated by Genix Healthcare, The new practice provides access to NHS dentistry for more than 5,500 local people. It will be staffed by four full time dentists, employing 11 staff in total, and offer routine NHS dental care for all…

Eastleigh eyes “prestigious” award for street cleaning.

Unswept gutter

Eastleigh Borough Council has been short-listed for an award for Street Cleansing. The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) have listed Eastleigh Borough Council as the best Council in the South of England for street cleansing and as one of the top-performing Councils nationally. APSE’s  Performance Networks Awards are an integral part of their Performance…

How will the localism bill affect Eastleigh?

The government’s flagship policy  the Localism Bill has been given royal assent. The new act introduces many new measures which could have a profound effect on Eastleigh residents. The Act will enable councillors to openly discuss planning issues with residents; the council can revert to a democratic committee style of governance; taxpayers will able to…