Tag: Brian Norgate

Archive of posts which feature Brian Norgate, Labour Party Councillor for Eastleigh South.

Council challenged over ‘secret’ business meetings

The council’s use of ‘exempt business’ to  lock out the press and public from their meetings has been challenged by former Labour councillor Brian Norgate who claims the council are  ‘abusing’ their powers in order to keep the public in the dark over important business transactions. Council meetings run as ‘exempt businesses’ regularly take place…

Local residents in countryside protest march

Objectors to Eastleigh Council’s local housing plan joined forces with the Aviary Residents Association to walk around the countryside of Stoneham Park  on Saturday afternoon – land the Council have deemed suitable for the construction of 1300 new houses. The walk, on what was a pleasantly sunny afternoon took the protestors over fields threatened by the bulldozers…

Lib Dem support slips in Eastleigh

The latest local election results show support for the Liberal Democrats in Eastleigh is slipping. Although Eastleigh Lib Dems scored a notable result last week gaining seats in both Borough and Parish council elections despite the parties fortunes elsewhere in the country, overall their support has dipped from 51% of the vote in 2010 to…

Lib Dems increase hold on Eastleigh

Eastleigh Liberal Democrats have emerged victorious after local elections which saw their party hammered in almost every other part of the country. The Borough’s Lib Dems reclaimed both seats lost to defections by Keith Day and Andy Moore who had stood for re-election as independents. The Lib Dems also scooped up the Eastleigh South seat…

ELAC splash the cash

Councillor Chris Thomas

The impact of cuts in funding from County Council made itself felt on Monday night’s short, though slightly confused, meeting of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee, as the allocation of developer contributions came under the spotlight. Developer contributions are a local tariff charged by councils on new building developments to offset the increased spending on…

Labour’s Plan B

Brian Norgate

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…

Parking permit vote close

A Controversial council plan to levy a charge for first resident parking permits (currently free) was narrowly endorsed by Eastleigh Local Area Committee (ELAC) this week by a margin of just one vote. The newly formed independent group of councillors ‘The gang of three’ who defected from the Liberal Democrats in a blaze of publicity…

Ex Mayor hits out at Huhne

A former mayor of Eastleigh, Glynn Davies-Dear, has told BBC Political Correspondent Peter Henley that Chris Huhne’s adultery with a campaign worker has made him ‘feel dirty’. Councillor Davis Dear was explaining his decision to quit the Lib Dems yesterday on the same day it was announced that Mr Huhne had divorced from wife Vicky…

Workers shocked by council move

Workers at Eastleigh House in Upper Market have reacted in shock to the news that the building has been bought by Eastleigh Borough Council who intend to move the civic offices there from the current purpose built building on Leigh Road. Staff on a smoke break outside the building yesterday, were surprised by the news…

Labour leader hopefuls unite to condem VAT rise

Labour party big hitters were out and about in Eastleigh last weekend as four of the five rivals for the party leadership visited the town accompanied by Southampton Labour MP’s John Denham and Alan Whitehead Ed Balls, Andy Burnham and both the Miliband brothers Ed and Dave put aside their rivalries to spread the message…

Bus Pass Balls Up

The Local Government Ombudsman has slammed Eastleigh Borough Council for the unfair way they scrapped bus tokens and may have discriminated against the elderly and disabled. Under the old bus token scheme, elderly people in the borough could use the tokens either for bus travel or in taxis – a popular choice for people who…

Con Dem Nation

‘Judas’. That was the verdict delivered by a Labour voter on the community website ‘Hedgeendpeople’ on the news that Eastleigh’s re-elected MP Chris Huhne had negotiated himself a position in the Conservative cabinet as Energy Secretary. Faced with defending a majority of only 568, Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats had campaigned hard to encourage tactical voting among…