Category: Council services

We Will Remember Them…

The centre of Eastleigh came to a stop today (Sunday 14th November) as the community gathered together at the town’s ‘Angel of Mons’ war memorial to remember the fallen of two world wars. Led by his worship, The Mayor of Eastleigh John Caldwell and his chaplain the Reverend Ian Bird, representatives from all political parties,…

Local Councils Waste £370k a Year on ‘Non Jobs’

Up to £166,555 a year of Eastleigh Council Tax payer’s money could be saved by axing council ‘non jobs’ it has been claimed. The Tax Payers Alliance (TPA) have scrutinised four different common council posts, the proliferation of which they say has seen the average council tax bill double in the last decade and which…

New Hotel for Town Centre

Eastleigh is to get a new Hotel on the site of an older one. The site of the former Crown Inn on Station Hill which last traded as the Earth Bar before being demolished two years ago will be redeveloped with a frontage on Upper Market Street . Developers Cordwell Property Group were previously chosen…

County drive to keep oldies on the road

With UK Older People’s Day being celebrated today, 1 October, Hampshire County Council is keen to encourage mature, more experienced drivers to enrol for a scheme which aims to keep people driving safely for longer A Hampshire County Council online poll asked people if they knew anyone over the age of 55 who would benefit…

Eastleigh residents denied local referendum

Eastleigh civic offices

Eastleigh residents are being asked if they want to directly elect their own Mayor, although they are being denied the chance to hold a referendum in order to decide. Recent legislation requires all councils to make changes to the way they choose their leader. They have to adopt one of two options – the first…

Mayors Appeal totals £29k

Local charities have benefitted from donations totalling over £29,000 as a result of the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Charity Appeal for 2009/10. The former Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Pamela Holden-Brown chose three charities that would benefit from the considerable efforts of the Appeal Committee who staged dozens of fund raising events. The three charities were HomeStart,…

County prepares to axe jobs

County Council Chiefs are preparing to swing the axe in anticipation of government public sector spending cuts to be announced in October and are already planning which services are going to get the chop. This year Hampshire has already seen in year funding cuts of £8.4million revenue and £9.6million capital, mainly effecting Children Services and…

Hooray! Stinky Bins are Here to Stay!

Louise Bloom, Eastleigh Council’s recycling Tsar, has rubbished an edict from Tory minster Eric Pickles which recommends that councils should revert to weekly bin collections. The roly-poly minster for communities has reversed the previous government’s advice to the audit commission that councils should be pressured into only emptying bins twice a month in order to…

Bus Pass Balls Up

The Local Government Ombudsman has slammed Eastleigh Borough Council for the unfair way they scrapped bus tokens and may have discriminated against the elderly and disabled. Under the old bus token scheme, elderly people in the borough could use the tokens either for bus travel or in taxis – a popular choice for people who…

Parish Council Election Round Up

In the elections on the 27th May for the new parish councils of Chandlers Ford and Allbrook – and for the Hiltingbury wards – both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats took 11 seats each leaving the Conservatives with overall control of both Hiltingbury wards. Peter Luffman, the former Labour leader in the Borough council…

Keith is still our Leader!

The leader of Eastleigh Liberal Democrats Keith House has been re-elected in his absence -as leader of the Eastleigh Borough Council – in a unanimous and unopposed vote. The annual general meeting of Eastleigh Borough Council, the first full council meeting to be presided over by new Mayor John Caldwell, was held at the Civic…

Roundabout repairs put locals in a Spin

Repairs to potholes on a Hedge End roundabout has driven residents round the bend when work was abandoned leaving the road surface in a worse state. The roundabout, at the intersection of Salwey Road and Duke Road with Kings Copse Avenue had the tarmac surface removed on the May 5 in preparation for resurfacing, however…

Eastleigh’s new Mayor Installed

Thursday night saw the annual Mayor making ceremony take place at the Towns Civic Offices as the outgoing Mayoress Pamela Holden- Brown made way for new Mayor John Caldwell – the Conservative councillor for Hiltingbury East. Mrs Holden-Brown had a vote of thanks proposed and seconded by councillors Haulwen Broadhurst and Graham Smith while John…

Swan Centre Library reopens

Eastleigh Public Library in the Swan Centre reopened today following its four month long refit. The interior space and layout has been redesigned and there is new shelving and equipment on display. However, the most radical change is that the issue and return of books are no longer handled by librarians wielding date stamps. Instead…