Tag: Keith House

Archive of posts from Eastleigh News which feature Keith House, Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council and Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition on Hampshire County Council.

Eastleigh Council Chief rebukes Sports MInister

Eastleigh’s chief executive has rebuked Sports Minister Mims Davies after the MP used a council meeting to ask questions regarding the recent conviction of the former Chair of Bursledon Parish Council on child sex and rape charges. Last month Mark McCormick was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court to a total of 17 years for historic…

Eastleigh approves Local Plan

Eastleigh’s councillors have agreed to submit the Local Plan for independent examination by the government inspector at last Thursday’s (18 October) council meeting at The Point.  The Local Plan determines the location and number of new homes to be built in the Borough up until 2036 and provides for over 5,000 new homes and a…

Councillors propose ‘modest’ 8% pay rise

Councillors in Eastleigh have voted to recommend an inflation busting 8% pay rise for themselves – that is twice the 4% proposed by an independent pay review panel – although the overall cost of members allowances will be reduced. In comparison, in the last pay round Eastleigh Borough Council- which boasts a rental income from…

Keith House sticks up for Green Belt

The Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, Keith House, has hit out at a planning consultant’s ‘lobbying’ against a South Hampshire Green Belt. Yesterday Eastleigh News reported remarks made by Robin Shepherd of Southampton-based planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore who said that proposals presented by the Hampshire Branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural…

Could butterflies stop the bulldozers?

Local campaigners opposed to the construction of thousands of new homes on countryside North of Bishopstoke say they are ‘delighted’ to have been given the support of a local butterfly conservation group. A spokesperson for Action Against Destructive Development told Eastleigh News that wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation was the latest group “to add to the…

Parish council to give cash to protest group

Parish Councillors in neighbouring Colden Common have agreed to donate £3,000 to campaigners who are trying to stop Eastleigh’s controversial Local Plan in a move that was described by Eastleigh Council Leader Keith House as of ‘dubious legality’ that would raise ‘unrealistic expectations’. The Parish Council at Colden Common – which lies within the Winchester…

New cabinet posts revealed

Following the recent local elections, new cabinet members for Eastleigh Borough Council have been announced. Councillor Paul Bicknell (Eastleigh South) has been promoted to Deputy Leader replacing the long-serving Anne Winstanley who lost her Bishopstoke ward seat to an Independent candidate. Ian Corben (Hedge End North) and Tina Campbell (Eastleigh Central) join the cabinet to…

Vince Cable: ‘I’m certain Bishopstoke will come back’

The Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has praised Eastleigh’s victorious Lib Dems for the ‘brave’ way they have stood up to ‘nimbys’ at a rally in Central Eastleigh. Despite an emphatic victory in Thursday local election, Independents in Bishopstoke unseated three sitting Lib Dems and the party has wasted no time in wheeling out a…

Council buy land to develop at Horton Heath

  Eastleigh Borough Council has formed an ‘innovative’ partnership with builders Galliford Try in order to develop land between West End and Horton Heath the trade magazine Inside Housing has revealed. The greenfield site, recently purchased by the council is bordered by Allington Lane, Burnetts Lane and Chalcroft Industrial Estate and Eastleigh Borough Council has…

‘Real-term cut in Council Tax’

Eastleigh Borough Council claim they have, for the 15th year in a row, delivered a ‘real-term cut’ in Council Tax for residents after a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday evening agreed the authority’s budget for the coming year; but Eastleigh Labour party say increases in council service charges will hit the poorest in…

Government warns council over Local Plan

The Government has warned Eastleigh Borough Council that it might step in and take over responsibility for its housing plans if it fails to make progress in producing a Local Plan. If this happened the council may have a Local Plan imposed on it. In a letter to the council Sajid Javid, the Secretary of…

Hedge End J7 to get £2.5m upgrade

News that the government has pledged to improve the motorway junction at Hedge End has drawn a mixed reaction from Eastleigh’s politicians. While Eastleigh’s MP took to Twitter to hail the news, the Council Leader described the £2.5 million earmarked for a traffic light upgrade as a “token sum.” In a statement Mims Davies, Conservative…

Council buy car boot site for housing

It’s been running for 32 years but in a few months time traders at Bursledon car boot sale will have to find a new venue after Eastleigh Borough Council purchased the site complete with planning permission for 182 new houses. Bursledon’s Local Area Committee granted permission for a new housing estate on the boot sale…

Council Tax frozen again

Eastleigh Borough Council has frozen its Council Tax for 2017-18 – delivering a record 14-year period of real-term cuts in council tax for residents. According to figures released by the council, the average Eastleigh Borough Council element for a Band D household this year remains at £130.07, or just over £2.50 per week. Despite this…

Eastleigh folk seek Trump ban

Donald Trump official portrait

Over 1,500 people in Eastleigh have signed a national petition calling on the government to withdraw Donald Trump’s invitation of a state visit to the UK. Executive orders signed by the new American President bans nationals from Muslim majority countries that are linked to Islamic terrorism from travelling to the USA. The move has unleashed…