Tag: Eastleigh Borough Council

Boorley campaigners take fight to appeal

Campaigners in Botley will appeal against a High Court decision not to allow a judicial review of council plans for 1,400 new houses at Boorley Green – a decision the campaigners describe as a ‘travesty of justice’ Last month a  Judge sided with the council saying their reasons for granting planning permission were adequate.  But…

Eastleigh gets new Chief Exec

Nick Tustian has been announced as the new Chief Executive of  Eastleigh Borough Council. Nick Tustian is currently the Council’s Corporate Director, a role he has had since 2004 after joining the Council in 2000 as Head of Finance and will be replacing Bernie Topham who is leaving for a new role at Portsmouth University.…

Wraps come off new civic offices

The wraps have come off Eastleigh’s new £12 million civc offices at Eastleigh House on Upper Market Street. The Council is on course to move to its new offices on Upper Market Street in Spring 2014. The new offices are being built to BREEAM ‘Excellence’ industry standards for sustainability. To help achieve the ‘excellence standard,’…

Badgers move goalposts yet again…

  Eastleigh’s badgers – or at least those who live on council owned land – will be protected from any future culling it has been decided. Councillor Rupert Kyrle (Botley) successfully introduced a motion banning the practice on council land during Thursday night’s Council meeting. Cllr Kyrle delivered a passionate and well researched address in…

Council team scoop award

] The Council’s Economic Development Unit comprising Anne Dawson, Barbara Corcoran, Theresa Ball, Teresa Smith, Sandra Giles, Kathryn Rankin and Paul De-La-More won the Federation of Small Business (FSB) award for the Best Small Business Friendly Engagement. The event staged at the Botleigh Grange Hotel in Hedge End was the fifth annual Local Authority Small…

Eastleigh’s Chief Executive to leave

  Eastleigh Borough Council has announced that Chief  Bernie Topham is to leave the £110k a year post at the end of year. In a press release EBC said they have been advised by Ms Topham that she intends to take on a new role at the University of Portsmouth. In a statement the Leader of…

Parksport a summer hit with local youngsters

Hundreds of local youngsters enjoyed this year’s ‘Park Sport’ summer holiday programme with over 360 different sport and activity sessions held throughout the borough. This year Park Sport also provided five Skate Jams throughout the borough which saw over 500 young people attend and there were 7500 free swimming sessions . There were also new…

Eastleigh honours our Armed Forces

Today is Armed Forces Day ( Saturday June 29) and communities across the UK will be coming together to celebrate and  honour the veterans who have served their country – and those who are currently serving – by holding themed events. Although once again there are no events planned in Eastleigh, the council are flying…

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…

Highway ‘concerns’ stall Local Plan

Progress on Eastleigh’s controversial Local Plan – which was due to be submitted to the planning inspector in January – has been delayed due to unresolved ‘substantial matters’ and ‘concerns’ from the Highways Agency the council has revealed on its website. A recent update on the council’s local plan web page reveals the public examination…

Council complete Ageas Bowl purchase

Council leader Keith House has announced this evening that Eastleigh Borough Council has finally signed off the controversial Ageas (Rose) Bowl deal. “We are now the proud owners of a stadium” he told a depleted cabinet meeting – witnessed by just one member of the public. The £6 million pound purchase is part of a…

Eastleigh signs up to ‘Climate Local’

Eastleigh is one of only 18 councils nationally to sign up to ‘Climate Local’  a scheme launched today to cut emissions and better protect homes, schools, parks and roads from the effects of climate change. The Local Government Association (LGA) is launching a new drive which will see Councils committing to their own local actions…

Don’t destroy our golf course!

Eastleigh’s former Chief Executive Chris Tapp addressed the Council Cabinet last month as it met to consider revisions to the local plan. The Botley Park golfer spoke up for the club threatened with redevelopment as a housing estate. “One of the things in which l had real pride, during my 14 years as Eastleigh’s Chief…

A Wise and Justifiable Investment?

lt was July 2009 when it was first publicly announced that Eastleigh Borough Council was to borrow £30m and loan it on to The Rose Bowl Company to enable them to fund the building of their luxury Hotel. Its existence was said to be essential if Test Match Cricket was to be secured and the…

Is council value for money?

Information released by the Audit Commission suggests that Eastleigh Borough Council offers poor value for money for taxpayers when compared to other councils. Spending per head on many key services is at best average or below average. Total net spend per was £358 per head last year compared to an average £1,104 per head for…