Tag: Eastleigh Borough Council

Council issue tax scam warning

  Eastleigh Borough Council have issued a warning to householders to beware of a Council tax scam that is currently doing the rounds: “The Council have received an increasing number of enquiries from residents regarding agents that offer to appeal against the banding of your property in order to obtain a reduction in your Council…

Council acts to stop dog noise nuisance

Eastleigh Borough  Council has successfully prosecuted a couple in Old Netley for the persistent barking of their dogs that had blighted the lives of local residents over the last two years. The defendants, Mr and Mrs Sibley, were fined a total of £1250 and also ordered to pay full legal costs of £2,340. The couple…

Rose Bowl decision ‘too hasty’

Eastleigh Council have been accused of ‘steamrollering through’ their decision to purchase the Rose Bowl cricket stadium for £6.5 million. John Martin, a West End resident and Ukip activist challenged  a poorly attended meeting of the performance and policy panel last Wednesday over the haste the council had shown in pursuing the proposed deal. Mr Martin was…

When 12 become 4

Only 4 out of the 12 Councillors expected to attend  a meeting of the Policy and Performance Scrutiny Panel scheduled for Wednesday (January  11) actually turned up on the night. The Chair, Cllr Pamela Holden-Brown, was joined by Cllr’s Grejewski, Mignot and Sullivan while Vice Chair Tonia Craig, along with Cllr’s Cross, Noyce, M Sollitt,…

Former Councillor dies

Bill Luffman

Bill Luffman, one of Eastleigh’s longest serving Labour Party stalwarts and a former councillor has died. Eastleigh Labour party has released the following statement: Eastleigh Labour Party is sad to announce that former Eastleigh Borough Councillor, Bishopstoke Parish Councillor and active Trade Unionist Bill Luffman passed away this morning. Bill was a Labour Party member…

Gone in 60 seconds…

Eastleigh Council’s cabinet may have set a national record tonight for the fastest ever council meeting after the cabinet opened and closed its session within a minute with no debate. The meeting which opened at 6.30pm was declared closed at 6.31 after the cabinet voted to pass on the decision on a £36 million Rose Bowl land…

Council to decide Rose Bowl fate tonight

Eastleigh Councillors will decide tonight whether to use £6 million worth of taxpayers’ money to  buy the Rose Bowl cricket ground and fund the building of a £30 million Hotel . This follows Tuesdays special meeting of the Resources Scrutiny Committee who gave the scheme a ‘thumbs up’ despite warnings from Vice Chair John Caldwell…

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…

Subsidies to solar scam cut

The coalition government has slashed the amount of money people can earn by selling back the surplus power they generate from solar panels after the subsidies which fund the scheme proved to be over generous. Almost 90,000 solar installations took place between April 2010 and October this year as wealthier people able to afford  the…

Job concerns over local housing plan

Eastleigh’s Planning Policy officer has expressed doubts over the ability of the current Local Draft Plan to deliver jobs growth over the next 20 years. He has also cast doubts on the viability of the River side project and the choice of Boorley Green as a development site. The frank assessment was delivered at a…

Affordable homes blow

Doubt has been cast on the ability of  Eastleigh council’s ‘Draft Local Plan’ to deliver affordable housing following a report in The Guardian that the current rules which compel house builders to include affordable homes in new developments will be scrapped. While Eastleigh has 6100 people on the housing register – a statistic Councillors use…

Lib Dem was on council Blacklist

An Eastleigh Lib Dem party activist has spoken of his shock at discovering that he had been placed on the council’s secret list of potentially violent persons. Sam Snook, a former Lib Dem council candidate, says he had worked tirelessly for MP Chris Huhne during his election campaign and even appears on the MP’s candidate…

Eastleigh’s unsung heroes

While most of the residents are tucked up nice and snug in their beds, a small army of unseen, dedicated council workers are heading to the town for a daily routine of cleaning and scrubbing the streets to make sure that Eastleigh looks its best for visitors and residents. One such cheerful soul is Richard…

Working for you all year round??

As many of Eastleigh’s councillors face the polls tomorrow, Eastleigh News can reveal that our borough representatives collectively failed to show up for 20% of their expected attendances over the last electoral year. Information on the council website show the total number of meetings each councillor was expected to attend and how many they missed.…

Technophobia?

At a recent council meeting, Eastleigh Borough Councils new Head of Communications, announced that as part of a revamp of the way the council communicates its ‘good news’ to the borough it will introduce of the use of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to get enable Eastleigh residents to hear firsthand what…