Category: Eastleigh Borough Council

News stories on Eastleigh Council, its services and councillors

Local Election 2019 Preview

What are local council elections? This week on May 2, the Borough goes to the polls to elect a councillor in thirteen of the borough’s wards. Eastleigh News explains the ins and outs of local elections and focuses on specific issues that face the borough. We spoke to ADD a campaign group that are opposed to…

Eastleigh approves Local Plan

Eastleigh Civic Offices

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…

Council approves development on old civic offices site

Eastleigh Local Area Committee (Tuesday 25 September) have approved an application for a major new office development on the old civic offices site in Leigh Road, Eastleigh. The new development will consist of a four-storey office block, with around 184 car parking spaces on the ground level, including 79 in an undercroft. This will include…

Vandals force paddling pool closure

The  paddling pool in Eastleigh’s Fleming Park, which has been hugely popular during the current heatwave, will be closed for repairs this Wednesday (11 July) following vandalism to a recently laid surface. Over the weekend vandals tore up the pool’s rubber crumb lining and, while the current condition of the facility doesn’t present a hazard…

Councillors propose ‘modest’ 8% pay rise

Councillors in Eastleigh have voted to recommend an inflation busting 8% pay rise for themselves – that is twice the 4% proposed by an independent pay review panel – although the overall cost of members allowances will be reduced. In comparison, in the last pay round Eastleigh Borough Council- which boasts a rental income from…

Keith House sticks up for Green Belt

The Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, Keith House, has hit out at a planning consultant’s ‘lobbying’ against a South Hampshire Green Belt. Yesterday Eastleigh News reported remarks made by Robin Shepherd of Southampton-based planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore who said that proposals presented by the Hampshire Branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural…

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…