Tag: Chris Thomas

Places…..What Places?

Eastleigh’s Town Councillors were shocked to learn that the Conservative led County Council have discovered a shortfall in places for Year R this coming September – an anticipated shortfall of 50 places. The expectation is that the shortfall will increase in coming years. The county are blaming this on parent choice and a rising birthrate which is…

Maria Hutchings is “delighted” with Nick Clegg…

Hutchings Maria

Some of Eastleigh’s Lib Dem Councillors and Maria Hutchings, the Conservative Parliamentary Spokesperson for Eastleigh, were busy shoring up the coalition government today, following the Prime Ministers veto of an EU treaty on closer fiscal integration in the Eurozone, earlier in the week. Since the news of that veto, TV news channels have been busy…

How will the localism bill affect Eastleigh?

The government’s flagship policy  the Localism Bill has been given royal assent. The new act introduces many new measures which could have a profound effect on Eastleigh residents. The Act will enable councillors to openly discuss planning issues with residents; the council can revert to a democratic committee style of governance; taxpayers will able to…

Ex Lib Dem savages ‘undemocratic’ Eastleigh Councillors

Sam Snook

An ex Lib Dem activist has accused his former councillor colleagues of being undemocratic and failing to carry out their duties. Veteran local campaigner Sam Snook, who stood as a Lib Dem candidate in last May’s local elections, addressed Tuesday night’s meeting of Eastleigh Local Area Committee because he said he was concerned that land…

Lib Dems in new probe

Local Lib Dems were showing signs of strain last night as it emerged that further complaints regarding the party election expenses have been made to the electoral commission. Pressure group the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics have written to the Commission claiming they have discovered irregularities in MP Chris Huhne’s expense returns in the form…

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…