Category: Eastleigh Borough Council

News stories on Eastleigh Council, its services and councillors

Parish council to give cash to protest group

Parish Councillors in neighbouring Colden Common have agreed to donate £3,000 to campaigners who are trying to stop Eastleigh’s controversial Local Plan in a move that was described by Eastleigh Council Leader Keith House as of ‘dubious legality’ that would raise ‘unrealistic expectations’. The Parish Council at Colden Common – which lies within the Winchester…

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…

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…

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…

Long wait almost over for new Fleming Park

  “The wait is almost over!” declared Eastleigh Borough Council as they announced a date for the “soft opening” of Fleming Park’s replacement leisure centre which has been named “Places Leisure Eastleigh”. The council had originally intended to open the new state-of-the-art centre in time to celebrate the 2016 Rio Olympics –  but it will…

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…

Local housing on council meeting agenda

Eastleigh Council is set to consider its Emerging Local Plan – which will determine the location of future housing development in the borough  – at a meeting to be held at King’s Community Church, Hedge End at 7pm on 20 July 2017. The report outlines the emerging approach for the Eastleigh Local Plan including proposals…

‘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…

Buskers wanted for bandstand gigs

Buskers and bands are being invited to take part in this summer’s season of gigs at the Leigh Rd bandstand. The Southampton Co-Operative (SoCo) music project is once again organising the popular weekend public concerts for Eastleigh Borough Council. SoCo are looking for bands, solo performers and ensembles to ‘fill the town with music’ for…

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…

Council gets grant for low-emission taxis

Eastleigh Civic Offices

A partnership between Eastleigh Borough and Southampton City Councils has been awarded £254,000 to support the introduction of ultra-low emission taxis into the fleets of taxi and private hire operators across the two authorities. The funding has been awarded by the Government Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) following a successful joint bid…

Local artist will design underpass

Eastleigh Borough Council has commissioned local artist Denise Hughes to design a tiled mural for the underpass – a busy pedestrian and cycle route which runs under the M3 and links Velmore to the Nightingale School, Aviary Estate and Fleming Park, including the Leisure Centre and the Pavilion on the Park. The makeover project is…

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…