Tag: Chris Thomas

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…

Mayor and Deputy quit Lib Dems over Local Plan

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Eastleigh’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor have both quit the council’s ruling Liberal Democrat Group over Local Plan concerns. The Mayor, Councillor Maureen Sollitt and her deputy Cllr Chris Thomas have joined three other rebel councillors who form the  Independent Liberal Democratic group led by Cllr Steve Sollitt – the Mayor’s son. The move means that…

Ukip surge in County elections UPDATED

In a sensational result Ukip have consolidated their surprise by-election performance and returned three county councillors in Eastleigh taking the seats from the Liberal Democrats while the Conservatives comfortably held their seat in Chandler’s Ford and overall control of the County Council with a reduced majority. Ukip won 10 seats in the county – their…

Polls close in County Election

Polling has closed in today’s county elections, held throughout England and Wales. Twenty-seven county councils and seven unitary authorities have gone to the polls and in Eastleigh district all seven divisions are being contested – the winners will represent Eastleigh on Hampshire County council until 2017. At the moment conservatives’ hold 51 of Hampshire County…

Rec motion wrecked

Eastleigh’s Conservative councillors have claimed that the Lib Dem ruling party do not want to protect the Leigh Road Recreation ground from development. The allegation followed a stormy meeting of Eastleigh Local Area Committee on Tuesday night after a Conservative motion to protect the Rec from any development was condemned as ‘politically motivated’  by the…

Bats won’t stop flats

Hopes that roosting bats might save Russell House from the bulldozer have dashed after a report recommended the 115 year-old building could be demolished if bat boxes were erected. Eastleigh Borough council now face the planning inspector at an appeal this Tuesday rejected a planning application from builders Churchill for 35 retirement flats on the site The Victorian…

Lib Dems extend gains on Parish Councils

With all results in from Parish and Town council elections Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats continued to buck the national trend and  are ‘moving forward’ towards their goal of holding every single seat on the Borough, Parish and Town council by assuming control of Bishopstoke Parish Council. In what was billed as the ‘Battle for Bishopstoke‘ the Lib Dems…