Tag: Godfrey Olson

Veteran Conservative Councillor to stand down in May

Eastleigh’s longest serving councillor, Godfrey Olson OBE will not be seeking re-election to Eastleigh Borough Council when his present term as a councillor for Hiltingbury East ends in May. Cllr Olson was installed three times as the borough’s Mayor and also served twice as Leader of the Council He is the leader of the Conservative…

Tories ‘on way up’ as Mims wins in Eastleigh

New MP Mims Davies and Newly elected Councillor Jerry Hall celebrate

Godfrey Olson, the Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council’s Conservative Group has declared that the party is ‘on the way up’ after Mims Davies became the constituency’s first female MP in the General Election and the Conservatives took two borough council seats. The result in the General Election was as follows: Eastleigh General Election 2015: Party…

Eastleigh remembers the fallen

Remembrance Sunday 2104 A record crowd assembled on Eastleigh recreation ground on Remembrance Sunday to honour the memory of the town’s fallen. The exceptionalyl mild weather and the World War One centenary boosted numbers at the service which was led by Salvation Army Envoy Margaret Moore and organised by the Eastleigh and District Royal British…

Velmore: From Huts to Homes

A year-long local history project was successfully  completed this evening, as a brand new book describing the history of the Velmore estate was launched at the Velmore Centre. Entitled Velmore: From Huts to Homes (1950s – 2014), the new book is the result of a community project funded by First Wessex, picking up on a…

Final Curtain in the Council Chamber

The Council Chamber at the Civic Offices in Eastleigh hosted its final theatrical performances this evening, in front of an empty public gallery, as the Full Council met for the last time prior to the move to its new offices at Eastleigh House, in the Town Centre. The main purpose of this meeting was to…

House explains situation with Ageas Bowl Hotel…

Eastleigh’s Conservative Councillors drew an interesting statement from the Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, Cllr Keith House this evening [31st October],  on the ongoing difficulties with the development of a new hotel at the Ageas Bowl. Taking advantage of the ‘Members Questions’ item on the agenda at this evenings  Special Meeting of the Borough Council, Cllr…

Council send local plan out to public consultation

Eastleigh Borough councillors have voted to send the latest draft version of the Local Plan out to public consultation at last Thursday night’s meeting of the full council. The new plan is essentially identical to its previous incarnation. The major developments that were earmarked for Boorley Green, Woodhouse Lane and Chestnut Avenue remain but there…

Rec motion wrecked

Eastleigh’s Conservative councillors have claimed that the Lib Dem ruling party do not want to protect the Leigh Road Recreation ground from development. The allegation followed a stormy meeting of Eastleigh Local Area Committee on Tuesday night after a Conservative motion to protect the Rec from any development was condemned as ‘politically motivated’  by the…

Olson “disappointed” on Rec debate move

Councillors arriving for last nights Full Council meeting were being tight lipped when asked for their thoughts on a Conservative motion to protect the Town’s Leigh Road Recreation from any future development. Local residents had concerns after Area Committee members had indicated support for a  plan from Sainsbury’s to build on the rec and the Borough planning department  had recommended  it should be…

Council delegates ‘political’ Rec motion

Local residents fighting to save Eastleigh’s Leigh road recreation ground from developers have had their hopes dashed  after Council Leader Keith House dismissed a motion opposed to further encroachment as “Political Posturing” and Mayor Rupert Kyrle used standing orders to devolve a debate down to the Local Area Committee. Councillor Judith Grajewski – of  Eastleigh’s  four member Conservative opposition group –…

Garden waste bags to cost £30 from April

Eastleigh’s householders will have to fork out almost 8% more to have their garden waste bags collected from April next year it was revealed at a meeting of the council’s cabinet last Thursday. The cost for a garden waste bag will cost £30 a year – one of a raft of inflation busting rises planned…

Chandlers Ford Parish Council reject Local Plan

  Chandler’s Ford Parish Council has voted to reject Eastleigh Borough Council’s proposals to build 1,300 houses at Stoneham Park and to develop land next to ASDA for employment but has supported a proposal to develop land South of Allbrook Way. This followed a presentation to the Parish Council given by an Eastleigh Borough planning…

Local residents in countryside protest march

Objectors to Eastleigh Council’s local housing plan joined forces with the Aviary Residents Association to walk around the countryside of Stoneham Park  on Saturday afternoon – land the Council have deemed suitable for the construction of 1300 new houses. The walk, on what was a pleasantly sunny afternoon took the protestors over fields threatened by the bulldozers…

Airport increases public transport usage

Last week marked the end of a successful five year plan that has seen Southampton Airport increase the number of passengers travelling to and from the airport by public transport.  The next phase will look to build on this success and further improve the figures over the next five years. The results were shared last…

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…