Tag: Eastleigh Borough Council

Information Consternation!

Eastleigh Borough Council is failing to respond to Freedom of information requests within the legal timescale according to Matthew Myatt, Eastleigh Activist and Local Human Rights Campaigner. Under the Freedom of Information Act, Public Bodies are obliged to respond within 20 days to requests for information. Exasperated at the delay to his information request relating…

Town Centre Parking Charge Bombshell

Charges for long stay parking in the Town centre have just risen by up to 7%, well over the rate of inflation. Even before the latest rise, visitors to Eastleigh who may have wished to linger in order to enjoy the new restaurants, bowling alley and cinema would have had to pay considerably more for…

Council’s ‘Good News’ budget

Details of Eastleigh Borough Council’s budget for 2010 have been revealed by the leader of the Council , Keith House.  In a largely ‘good news’ pre-election budget speech the Lib Dem Leader revealed he planned to make 50% efficiency savings without any cuts to services or staff redundancies and that Council Tax increases would continue…

Eastleigh Jobless Total Hits 14 Year High

Figures issued by the Office for National Statistics show the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Eastleigh jumped 5.7% in the last quarter to reach it’s highest level since 1996. Meanwhile during the same period the number of  vacancies available at Eastleigh’s Jobcentre  fell 58%. In January there were a total of  just…

Torys gain extra seat

Eastleigh’s Conservatives have gained an extra seat as Joyce Sortwell, Independent Councillor for West End South has ‘walked the floor’ to join the minority four man group. Councillor Sortwell was orginally elected to West End South in 2006 as a Liberal Democrat and was also Chairwoman of the Borough Standards Committee but lost the support…

Council’s £30k paper bill

The cost of producing and distributing Eastleigh Borough Council’s ‘free’ newspaper “Borough News” has been revealed in response to a freedom of Information request. The 12 page newspaper is produced six times a year with 48,000 copies per edition, but only costs £30,000 to produce and distribute – much cheaper than the newspapers produced by…

Going…going….gone!

The former Comrades Club on Leigh Road comes ‘under the hammer’ today as a sealed bid auction closes with a guide price of £380,000. Many members have said this is  a cheap price for the Social Club which closed last October when the club went into administration. The site occupies a prime 0.25 location facing…