Category: Council

Eastleigh pays tribute to the fallen

Derek france

The centre of Eastleigh came to a standstill yesterday as the community gathered together at the town’s ‘Angel of Mons’ war memorial to remember the fallen. One of the largest crowds for years assembled on the recreation ground to watch the ceremony Led by His Worship, The Mayor of Eastleigh Wayne Irish and his chaplain…

Kyrle suggests Botley School will be unsustainable

Recent controversy about Cllr Rupert Kyrle’s suggestion that Botley School was under threat of closure [Reported here on Eastleigh News] came to a head at the Hedge End, West End and Botley (HEWEB) Local Area Committee this evening. Conservative campaigner, Paul Redding, referred to the recent controversy and asked Cllr Rupert Kyrle the direct question…

ConDems YES to Gravel and Housing plans

Draft plans which earmark Hamble airfield as the preferred site for gravel extraction and Boorley Green as the preferred site for 1300 homes were approved today (October 13)at at separate meeting of Conservative led  Hampshire County Council  and Lib Dem controlled Eastleigh Borough Council – despite the opposition  of local residents and pressure groups. Both…

Affordable homes blow

Doubt has been cast on the ability of  Eastleigh council’s ‘Draft Local Plan’ to deliver affordable housing following a report in The Guardian that the current rules which compel house builders to include affordable homes in new developments will be scrapped. While Eastleigh has 6100 people on the housing register – a statistic Councillors use…

Botley SDA back on

George Osborne has announced he will tackle the ‘forces of stagnation’ by ripping up planning laws to allow the development of housing on sites like the former Botley SDA. Speaking during the emergency economics debate in this week’s recalled parliament, the chancellor said housing development is needed to stimulate the nation’s economy, reinforcing a message…

Lib Dems increase hold on Eastleigh

Eastleigh Liberal Democrats have emerged victorious after local elections which saw their party hammered in almost every other part of the country. The Borough’s Lib Dems reclaimed both seats lost to defections by Keith Day and Andy Moore who had stood for re-election as independents. The Lib Dems also scooped up the Eastleigh South seat…

Home sweet home…

chalet room

The homeless family who had been living in the Council’s own car park after they being allegedly told to ‘get rid’ of their pet dogs have now been found suitable accommodation. Within hours of Eastleigh News publishing the details of their plight both the BBC and The Daily Echo descended on the civic offices car…

Eastleigh council boss pay jumps 6.7%

Eastleigh civic offices

The details of Eastleigh Chief Executive pay has appeared in a national list of council officers earning more than £100K as right wing libertarian pressure group the ‘Tax Payers Alliance’  publish their annual ‘Town Hall Rich List‘ of the highest paid local government officers in the UK. According to the TPA, last year Eastleigh’s CEO…

Family living rough in council car park

Amanda and her daughter are homeless

As darkness fell across the Civic Offices car park and councillors scuttled from their cars to another meeting Amanda Denton drew her duvet closer to her and vowed: “I’m going to be here as long as it takes.” Amanda, a 38 year old lorry driver and her 18 year-old-daughter – an Eastleigh college student –…

Labour’s Plan B

Brian Norgate

Eastleigh’s Labour councillor Brian Norgate has urged the council to make savings by cutting the subsidy to the Point and the annual Music festival and by reducing the bi-monthly Borough News to two editions a year. Speaking at last Thursday’s budget meeting the councillor presented a fully costed alternative budget – the only opposing party…

Olson warns on council borrowing

Councillor Godfrey Olson, leader of the Conservative group on Eastleigh Council has voiced doubts over council borrowing and local Liberal Democrats plans to fund a government grant shortfall through efficiencies and property rental. Responding to Council leader Keith House’s budget speech last Thursday, Eastleigh’s respected elder statesman, twice Mayor of Eastleigh and an OBE,  expressed…

Council to fork out £45k for roundabout sculpture

Eastleigh council are searching for an artist to provide artwork on a local roundabout. There is £45,000 available to provide a piece of public art for the mini roundabout on Marshall Drive, West End, which is the access road for the Rose Bowl Cricket ground. There is already an existing artwork at the junction of…

Recycle your Christmas tree

Now Twelfth Night is here Christmas decorations will be coming down in homes throughout the Borough. The council have issued a reminder to households that Christmas trees can be recycled rather than thrown away. There are twelve sites throughout the borough whereChristmas trees can be taken to be recycled up to the 16 January: •…

Pickles takes second swipe at council ‘Newspapers’

Community Secretary Eric Pickles has taken another swipe council produced newspapers. In an interview with local news blogger Rob Powell of Greenwich.co.uk, Pickles called the freebie paper ‘Greenwich Time’ published by the London borough of Greenwich as “one of the most blatant examples” of the kind of “town hall Pravdas” his proposals are aimed at…