Category: Councillors

Bishopstoke Parish Chair: ‘We are not impressed’

Cllr Toher says Eastleigh Borough Council has failed to notify Parish of planning applicationsBishopstoke Parish Council have complained that Eastleigh Borough Council have failed to send them notifications of planning applications in the Parish. At last night’s meeting of Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath local area committee the chair of Bishopstoke Parish Council –…

Eastleigh leader’s ‘strong and stable” 25 years

Council’s AGM marks 25 years of a Lib Dem council led by Keith HouseA Councillor has praised Council Leader Keith House describing his leadership of the council over the past 25 years as ‘strong and stable’ – a phrase normally associated with Theresa May. The Liberal Democrat Leader first took control of Eastleigh Borough Council…

Independents lose control of area committee

Despite winning in Bishopstoke during May election, control of Local Area Committee passes to Lib Dems Bishopstoke’s group of Independent councillors say they are unhappy that Eastleigh Borough Council have appointed a new Lib Dem Chair to Bishopstoke Fair Oak and Horton Heath Local Area Committee (BFOHH) over their heads. In last years (2018) ‘all…

Eastleigh backs people’s vote

Eastleigh is officially backing calls for a second referendum after Councillors overwhelmingly backed a motion calling on the government to hold a referendum to accept or reject whatever deal the government finally negotiates as a result of Brexit negotiations – with an option to withdraw Article 50 and remain in the European Union. In the…

Eastleigh approves Local Plan

Eastleigh’s councillors have agreed to submit the Local Plan for independent examination by the government inspector at last Thursday’s (18 October) council meeting at The Point.  The Local Plan determines the location and number of new homes to be built in the Borough up until 2036 and provides for over 5,000 new homes and a…

Local school dubbed ‘rat hotel’

Hiltingbury Junior School has been branded a “rat hotel” and birth control pills for rats were mooted as a possible solution for what councillors in Chandler’s Ford have described as a “rat invasion.” At Wednesday’ nights meeting of the Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury Local Area Comittiee Councillors heard how rats have been seen in ‘broad…

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…

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…

Ukip councillor: ‘NHS Trust put lives at risk’

  Today’s news that the Calmore-based Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust have been fined £2 million for failing two patients who died in its care has come as no surprise says former Ukip County Councillor Andy Moore. Last year Southern Health pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws due to a series of “systematic…

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…

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…

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…