Tag: Eastleigh Borough Council

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…

Eastleigh council boss pay jumps 6.7%

Eastleigh civic offices

The details of Eastleigh Chief Executive pay has appeared in a national list of council officers earning more than £100K as right wing libertarian pressure group the ‘Tax Payers Alliance’  publish their annual ‘Town Hall Rich List‘ of the highest paid local government officers in the UK. According to the TPA, last year Eastleigh’s CEO…

Family living rough in council car park

Amanda and her daughter are homeless

As darkness fell across the Civic Offices car park and councillors scuttled from their cars to another meeting Amanda Denton drew her duvet closer to her and vowed: “I’m going to be here as long as it takes.” Amanda, a 38 year old lorry driver and her 18 year-old-daughter – an Eastleigh college student –…

Chris Huhne warns on glacier melt

Chris Huhne addresses Climate Chage short story writers at th point Eastleigh

Chris Huhne has spoken of the dangers of glacier melt while attending the Point to launch a short story writing competition on the theme of climate change. The Secretary for Energy and Climate Change told an audience of budding writers: “There is a very serious risk already of glacier melt in the Arctic area which…

‘Save Station Cafe’ 800 local voters plead

Campaigners fighting to the win the popular bus station cafe an 11th hour reprieve arrived in style last night to present an 800 signature petition to a full meeting of Eastleigh Council. A Velvet double decker bus transported around twenty protestors to the civic offices led by cafe manageress Lynsey Chant. Velvet Bus driver Geoff…

Council restrictions on local news reporting to be lifted

Councils should open up their public meetings to local news ‘bloggers’ and routinely allow online filming of public discussions as part of increasing their transparency, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said yesterday. To ensure all parts of the modern-day media are able to scrutinise Local Government, Mr Pickles believes councils should also open up public…

Keith House in ‘Open revolt’

Keith House has signed a letter to The Times newspaper attacking the speed and scale of spending cuts and criticising Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. The leader of Eastleigh council joined 17 fellow Lib Dem leaders and 71 local party heads to pen what The Times has described as an ‘open revolt’ and a ‘serious blow…

Phone Scam Warning

The council have issued a warning that con artists are trying to scam people into revealing their bank details over the phone with the promise of a council tax rebate: “A resident of the borough was recently contacted by someone claiming to be from the Council Tax Department of Eastleigh Borough Council. The resident was…

Bin Collections Resume

The council have resumed resumed bin collections today and are hoping to catch up wiht missed collection over the course of the week. They have published the following advice on their website: “The advice to residents is to put their wheeled bins glass boxes and kitchen waste bins out as normal from Monday 6 December.…

Workers shocked by council move

Workers at Eastleigh House in Upper Market have reacted in shock to the news that the building has been bought by Eastleigh Borough Council who intend to move the civic offices there from the current purpose built building on Leigh Road. Staff on a smoke break outside the building yesterday, were surprised by the news…

Barbara’s Dreaming of a Crime Free Xmas

Police officers in Eastleigh have been busy giving out crime prevention tips and advice to shoppers this week in a bid to help local residents enjoy a crime free Christmas. Officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods team joined Eastleigh’s crime prevention officer, Barbara Clayton and Annette Macnamara from Eastleigh Borough Council’s Community Safety Partnership to host…

Councillor Jostled While in Litten Tree Shock

The manager of a popular Eastleigh Pub has alleged that a local councillor threatened to revoke his licence after he was jostled while being served. As a result of the incident Mr Simon Bancroft of the Litten Tree in the High Street complained to the council regarding the alleged behaviour of Dave Broughton the Liberal…

Local Councils Waste £370k a Year on ‘Non Jobs’

Up to £166,555 a year of Eastleigh Council Tax payer’s money could be saved by axing council ‘non jobs’ it has been claimed. The Tax Payers Alliance (TPA) have scrutinised four different common council posts, the proliferation of which they say has seen the average council tax bill double in the last decade and which…

Eastleigh residents denied local referendum

Eastleigh civic offices

Eastleigh residents are being asked if they want to directly elect their own Mayor, although they are being denied the chance to hold a referendum in order to decide. Recent legislation requires all councils to make changes to the way they choose their leader. They have to adopt one of two options – the first…

Council launch waste collection survey

Eastleigh Council has launched an online survey to determine residents level of staisfaction with waste collection and recycling services in the borough. This follows a recent edict from the communities minister Eric Pickles that councils need not limit black bin collections to once a fortnight, which prompted Councillor Louise Bloom to say that fortnightly bin…