Category: Council

Youth Conference at Civic Offices

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Sixty pupils representing Eastleigh’s secondary schools and colleges recently attended a conference at Eastleigh’s Civic Offices. The conference was organised by Eastleigh Borough Council in co-operation with Eastleigh Safety Partnership and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, and it covered topics such as such as cyber bullying,  sexting and grooming. Speakers at the conference included…

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…

Kyrle suggests Botley School will be unsustainable

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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…

Home sweet home…

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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…

Labour’s Plan B

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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

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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…

Recycle your Christmas tree

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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: •…