Tag: Chris Thomas

Can carnival still be saved?

A meeting is taking place tonight in an attempt to stage an eleventh hour rescue of Eastleigh’s annual carnival. The popular crowd pulling procession– the highlight of a week fundraising events – has fallen victim to rising costs , shortage of funds and a lack of volunteers, the same cocktail of woes that has caused many…

Council buys police speed camera

Eastleigh Borough Council in partnership with Eastleigh Police has again responded to the wishes of local residents and acted to help tackle the issue of vehicles speeding in residential roads in Eastleigh town centre. A recent residents’ survey that took place in 2011 showed that speeding through the estates and main roads of Eastleigh is…

Ex Lib Dem Mayor in Road Tax censure

An Eastleigh councillor accused of being a road tax dodger by his former colleagues has been forbidden from driving an untaxed vehicle on council owned land. The bizarre punishment was handed out after a probe by Eastleigh council’s standards committee into allegations that Independent Councillor Glynn Davies-Dear had been driving his car without a valid…

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…

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…

Eastleigh welcomes Christmas shoppers

Eastleigh Councillors

Eastleigh Borough Council tore up their commitment on tackling Climate Change in spectacular fashion on Saturday night when Mayor Wayne Irish threw the switch on a dazzling firework display and thousands of Christmas lights which will continue to burn in the streets for the next six weeks. A large crowd of up to 10,000 converged…

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…

Councillor praises town centre cops

Heather and Rob

The work of Eastleigh Town Centre’s beat Bobbies has come in for praise by local councillors. On Tuesday Cllr Chris Thomas, Chair of Eastleigh Local Area Committee, updated fellow members on the progress the Safer Neighbourhoods Team had made in arresting and charging burglars in the area as part of ‘Operation Nemesis’, a county wide…

Underused Youth centre now being hired out

The spark seems to have fizzled out of Eastleigh flagship youth centre ‘Energy’. The Leigh Road venue which only opened nine months ago is currently advertising that it is available to hire, four nights a week. Although the former TA drill hall – which underwent a £700,000 refit earlier year – is open five days…

Feathers fly at Aviary meeting

“ We dont want any more Houses ” residents on the aviary estate told councillors last week after over 100 people crammed into  St Francis church hall to express frank views on proposals to build 1300 new houses nearby. Councillor Chris Thomas, the Lib Dem Chairman of Eastleigh Area Committee was given a torrid time…

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…

New Lib Dem defection theory

Bayeux Tapestry

Eastleigh was recently rocked by the defection of four of its longest standing Lib Dem councillors who claim the party no longer represents them. But is there more to it than that? Regular Eastleigh News contributor Peter Stewart thinks there is. He has noticed a startling common denominator – all four have facial hair! This…

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…

AFC Stoneham move to Pirelli ground

AFC Stoneham kicked off the new season in style after their future was safeguarded thanks to the efforts of Prysmian – formerly Pirelli Cables. AFC Stoneham from Eastleigh faced the real prospect of going out of existence when` they were served notice from their home at Stoneham Park, Eastleigh at the end of the 2009/10…