Category: Council

‘Real-term cut in Council Tax’

Eastleigh Borough Council claim they have, for the 15th year in a row, delivered a ‘real-term cut’ in Council Tax for residents after a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday evening agreed the authority’s budget for the coming year; but Eastleigh Labour party say increases in council service charges will hit the poorest in…

Former Councillor faces child sex charges

The former Chair of Bursledon Parish Council has appeared at Southampton Magistrates Court today charged with child sex offences. Mark McCormick (48) is alleged to have carried a number of indecent assaults against children under the age 16 between 1997 and 2014. McCormick, of no fixed abode, did not enter a plea and was bailed…

Lib Dems continue to split over Local Plan

Another councillor has resigned from Eastleigh’s ruling Liberal Democrat group over the direction of the Local Plan and has joined rebel councillors Steve Sollitt and Sarah Bain who who have been sitting as the Independent Liberal Democratic Group since resigning themselves in August. Cllr Mark Balaam who was elected in 2015 for Eastleigh Central said…

A chance to ‘shape your community’

  Eastleigh council has launched a “shaping your community” survey to give local people a chance to feedback on what their planning priorities are for the Borough. While the council continues to work on collecting evidence for the emerging local plan they say the survey will help them gain a better understanding of what local…

Hamble yacht harbour seeks local views on regeneration

MDL Marinas, the owners of Mercury Yacht Harbour, are to consult the Hamble community on their draft plans for a “mixed-use regeneration” of the site. In a press release MDL describe the harbour as an “under-used brownfield” which they say they will improve and enhance “for the benefit of all”. The site owners plan to…

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…

General Election scuppers MP’s Bill

A Bill, successfully proposed by Eastleigh MP Mims Davies to introduce background checks on parish council candidates and end horizontal multi-hatting in local government has been effectively scuppered by the forthcoming General Election. Mrs. Davies delivered her Ten Minute Rule Bill on Parish Council Governance (Principles of Public Life) yesterday, hours after the Prime Minister…

‘Please help us before someone is killed’

A Chandler’s Ford mum who says she fears for the safety of her visually impaired children is calling on Hampshire County Council to introduce traffic calming measures outside Toynbee School saying “please help us before someone is killed.” The dramatic plea came as friends and neighbours of Suzy Woolford, who lives on the Oakmount Park…

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…

HCC hosts conference with The National Infrastructure Commission

Hampshire County Council welcomed the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to Winchester today (Friday 20 January) as host of a major regional South East stakeholder conference to help the Commission fully understand the growing pressures on the region’s infrastructure and its future needs. Tasked by Government to assess the UK’s future economic infrastructure needs over the…

Eastleigh’s local plan moves a step closer

  Eastleigh’s much delayed  local plan has moved a step closer to reality last night after Liberal Democrat councillors voted to focus on plans for more housing  in Bishopstoke and Fair Oak with a new by-pass  from Fair Oak to all Allbrook to link to the M3 at junction 12. Councillors heard that with there…

Veteran Conservative Councillor to stand down in May

Eastleigh’s longest serving councillor, Godfrey Olson OBE will not be seeking re-election to Eastleigh Borough Council when his present term as a councillor for Hiltingbury East ends in May. Cllr Olson was installed three times as the borough’s Mayor and also served twice as Leader of the Council He is the leader of the Conservative…

‘We want houses’ say park protestors

Residents and a cross party group of activists chanting “we want houses” marched across Fleming Park on Saturday to demand that affordable homes should be built on the recently demolished council office site. The locals have reacted angrily to a planning application by the council to allow a fast food dive thru – possibly a…

Long serving councillor becomes Alderman

A former Chairman of Hampshire County Council and County Councillor for the Chandler’s Ford division, has been awarded the title of Honorary Alderman, in recognition of his service to the people of Hampshire. At a special meeting on 7 January 2016, the County Council approved the appointment of former County Councillor Colin Davidovitz BEM who…

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…