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.

Eastleighs Solar Farm consultation ends soon

A brief consultation on a proposal to construct Eastleigh’s first solar farm concludes on Saturday. The proposed scheme, at Lower Russell’s Farm field alongside Allington Lane in West End, could consist of around 3800 solar panels. The proposed site is adjacent to the existing wind turbine. An exhibition is currently being held at Highwood Barn,…

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…

Local jobs fear as work on hotel stops

Rose Bowl Hotel

    Up to 126 local jobs could be threatened following the news that developers building a luxury hotel for Eastleigh Borough Council have gone into administration. The planned £32 million Hilton hotel at the council tax-payer owned Ageas Bowl sport stadium – home to Hampshire County Cricket club is currently 75% completed. In July,…

EBC website pre-empts Council Tax freeze

An item on the Eastleigh Borough Council website has been misleading visitors into thinking that next years Council Tax is frozen when it isn’t, yet… Nicely illustrating how things are decided behind the scenes at Eastleigh Borough Council, before they reach the Full Cabinet meeting where the decision is supposedly taken, is an announcement in…

Borough agrees to Living Wage

Approximately 20 employees of Eastleigh Borough Council are set to benefit from a decision to pay them the Living Wage. Currently set at £7.45 per hour outside of London, the Living Wage is an hourly rate that is updated on an annual basis, according to the basic cost of living in the UK.  It has…

Boorley Green gets Outline Planning Permission

In a special meeting of the Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee, the controversial development of 1400 new houses at Boorley Green was granted Outline Planning Permission, subject to a few conditions, this evening, 18th February. The meeting was held in the main hall of the Kings Community Church, a much larger facility…

Sad Keith defends Huhne record

Eastleigh’s Lib Dem leader Keith House has told Eastleigh News he is ‘very sad’ over Chris Huhne’s resignation and has paid tribute to  Huhne’s record as a constituency  MP saying he had a ‘terrific reputation as a really hard-working member of parliament” Cllr House had spent hours in the town centre today conducting back-to-back interviews…

Upset for Local Plan in Botley and Stoneham

  Doubts over Eastleigh Borough Council’s ability to deliver part of their Local Plan have emerged today after County Council Leader Ken Thornber confirmed that HCC would not be releasing land they own at Woodhouse Lane for a new 1,000 home development and that it would not support the construction of any more than 300…

Council challenged over ‘secret’ business meetings

The council’s use of ‘exempt business’ to  lock out the press and public from their meetings has been challenged by former Labour councillor Brian Norgate who claims the council are  ‘abusing’ their powers in order to keep the public in the dark over important business transactions. Council meetings run as ‘exempt businesses’ regularly take place…

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 –…

Local MP claims House inconsistent on green belt

John Denham has branded Eastleigh Borough Council Leader Keith House as inconsistent on green belt development and in a stinging attack has challenged him to explain his support for building at Stoneham Park. The Labour MP for Southampton Itchen was in Eastleigh over the weekend campaigning on behalf of PCC candidate Jacqui Rayment. While here…

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…

Rare Strategy Meeting in Hedge End

A rare meeting of Hedge End Town Council’s Strategy Committee looked to the future this evening. The Strategy Committee includes all of Hedge End’s Town Councillors, but is chaired by Cllr Keith House, leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, instead of by the leader of Hedge End Town Council, Cllr Louise Bloom.  Although this evenings meeting should have included all of the Town…

Construction commences at Ageas Bowl

Work has commenced on the new hotel, conference/hospitality and media facilities at the Ageas Bowl, in West End, Eastleigh. Performing the official “Ground-Breaking” ceremony today were the Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council Cllr Keith House and The Ageas Bowl Chairman Rod Bansgrove. Representing the Contractors, Denizen, were the SW Area Manager Howard Pearson and the Project Manager…

Mediation not Regulation…

Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, Cllr Keith House, was living up to his job title at the HEWEB Local Area Committee meeting yesterday evening, providing good counsel… Arriving a little late because of his other commitments, Cllr House [wearing his trademark white suit] had missed a lot of the main business of the meeting but was still in time to join a lively…