Category: Local Politics

Eastleigh council set to declare climate emergency

Eastleigh Civic Offices

Eastleigh Borough Council look set to become the latest local authority declare a climate emergency in response to the report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has led the Government to pledge that the UK will cut Greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by 2050. Last week Hampshire County Council’s ruling cabinet declared…

Council challenged on residents parking charges

No concessions for elderly or less well-off. Free permits scrapped. Second car permits could cost £100 Eastleigh Borough Council have been challenged to make concessions for less well-off car owners as they negotiate a new residents parking scheme that will see free permits scrapped for established residents and charges for first and second cars rising.…

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…

Steve Brine urges new City Council to oppose Local Plan

Winchester and Chandler’s Ford MP writes letter to Winchester Lib Dem leader  Steve Brine, the MP for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford has written to the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Winchester City Council to seek assurances over the line her new incoming administration will take on Eastleigh’s draft local plan which proposes the…

‘The Green party can make a difference’

Jack Stapleton says local government can benefit from the fresh ideas and new thinking offered by the Green Party. Horton Heath resident Jack Stapleton – the Green party candidate for Fair Oak and Horton Heath in Thursday’s local election – says fresh thinking and new ideas could transform local government by involving everybody in the…

‘A vote for Ukip is a vote for Change’

 UKIP candidate Martin Lyon wants voters to vote for change. The former Hampshire County and Councillor is standing in the Eastleigh Borough Council elections for the Fair Oak and Horton Heath seat. He thinks the local Liberal Democrats are operating local housing policy based on national decisions. While these might be good decisions nationally,…

Lib Dem majority: ‘Not healthy for Democracy’

Labour candidate in Thursday’s local election highlights air quality and transport issues in Borough A Labour candidate in next weeks Local Election has described Liberal Democrat dominated Local Area Committee’s as “not healthy for democracy.” Joshua Constable is standing for Labour in Eastleigh Central Ward where currently all three councillors are Lib Dem. Central Ward’s…

‘The apathy party always wins’

Conservative candidate tells Eastleigh News that Lib Dem success is down to voter apathy residents could pay the price for council borrowing. A Conservative candidate in next weeks local elections says Lib Dem success in the Borough is down to a lack of interest on the part of voters. Councillor Steve Broomfield is defending the Fair…

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…

Friday deadline for voter registration

Councillors up for re-election after one yearOn Thursday 2 May Eastleigh Borough Council elections will take place in all areas, except Botley. This Friday is the last day for voters to register if they want vote in person. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5 pm Wednesday 24 April. Last year there was…

New ‘Spitfire Party’ flies to rescue of Brexit

Eastleigh’s own maverick politician, Ray Hall, is hoping to build on the success of his Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party which finished sixth out of the fourteen candidates in the 2013 Eastleigh by-election with the launch of a new political party. The Spitfire Party plans to contest seats locally and more widely across the UK.…

Vince Cable: ‘I’m certain Bishopstoke will come back’

The Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has praised Eastleigh’s victorious Lib Dems for the ‘brave’ way they have stood up to ‘nimbys’ at a rally in Central Eastleigh. Despite an emphatic victory in Thursday local election, Independents in Bishopstoke unseated three sitting Lib Dems and the party has wasted no time in wheeling out a…