Category: Council

Keith House re-elected as Council Leader unopposed

  Councillor Keith House has been re-elected as the Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council during the Council’s Annual General Meeting which was chaired by the newly elected Mayor, Cllr Bruce Tennent. The Liberal Democrat takes the top job for the twenty-fifth consecutive year after leading his party to an emphatic win in the recent Local…

Bruce is new mayor for Eastleigh

  Councillor Bruce Tennent has been invested as Mayor of the Borough of Eastleigh at the annual Mayor-Making ceremony. It was an evening of ‘thank you’s’ and ‘goodbyes’ at the Kings Community Church, Hedge End as the outgoing Mayor Maureen ‘Mo’ Solllitt – who was leaving public life to retire overseas – thanked those who…

New cabinet posts revealed

Following the recent local elections, new cabinet members for Eastleigh Borough Council have been announced. Councillor Paul Bicknell (Eastleigh South) has been promoted to Deputy Leader replacing the long-serving Anne Winstanley who lost her Bishopstoke ward seat to an Independent candidate. Ian Corben (Hedge End North) and Tina Campbell (Eastleigh Central) join the cabinet to…

Independents ‘disappointed’ by Lib Dem ‘name calling’

The newly-elected Leader of Eastleigh’s Independent Group, Councillor Louise Parker-Jones, has said she is ‘disappointed’ by the Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable who branded her supporters as ‘nimbys’. Dr Cable made the comments following last week’s local elections when Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats were returned to power with an increased majority but lost all three seats…

Vince Cable: ‘I’m certain Bishopstoke will come back’

The Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has praised Eastleigh’s victorious Lib Dems for the ‘brave’ way they have stood up to ‘nimbys’ at a rally in Central Eastleigh. Despite an emphatic victory in Thursday local election, Independents in Bishopstoke unseated three sitting Lib Dems and the party has wasted no time in wheeling out a…

All seats up for grabs in Eastleigh Election

Voters in every ward in Eastleigh Borough are headed to polls today to choose a new council in a rare ‘all out’ vote that could see a fundamental change in the balance of power in a town that has been Liberal Democrat since 1994. Boundary changes, an active anti-development lobby and recent defections have combined…

Council buy land to develop at Horton Heath

  Eastleigh Borough Council has formed an ‘innovative’ partnership with builders Galliford Try in order to develop land between West End and Horton Heath the trade magazine Inside Housing has revealed. The greenfield site, recently purchased by the council is bordered by Allington Lane, Burnetts Lane and Chalcroft Industrial Estate and Eastleigh Borough Council has…

Lib Dem councillor resigns

One of the Liberal Democrat councillors representing Netley Abbey has resigned with immediate effect little more than a month before the local elections. Lizette Van Nieker – who was also Vice-Chair of the Eastleigh Borough Council’s Audit and Resources Committee – was first elected as a Councillor for Netley Abbey in May 2015. Her decision…

‘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

Mims Davies Pic:Eastleigh News

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…