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.

Civic Offices Could Go

Eastleigh council boss Keith House has outlined his plans for implementing the cuts announced in the comprehensive spending review – plans which could include selling the current civic offices as part of an austerity drive. In a statement delivered to council on Thursday, Mr House sought to assure members and residents that the council could…

New Hotel for Town Centre

Eastleigh is to get a new Hotel on the site of an older one. The site of the former Crown Inn on Station Hill which last traded as the Earth Bar before being demolished two years ago will be redeveloped with a frontage on Upper Market Street . Developers Cordwell Property Group were previously chosen…

Tactical voting so negative says Huhne

Chris Huhne has denied that he owes his election victory in Eastleigh to tactical voting by Labour supporters and has said he does not fear a backlash from them in the next election. The Eastleigh MP who is due to speak at the Liberal Democrat party conference today, was debating in a fringe meeting was…

Parking Permit Bombshell

Eastleigh Borough Council have announced they propose to charge £ 30 for residents parking permits in future. Currently the first vehicle is free of charge with a second permit costing £50 and a third £100 (plus a £25 inspection fee) however all new applications for a first permit will cost £30 in future. There are…

Eastleigh Music Fest in ticket sales flop

Although the council had promised crowds of up to 15,000 people visiting July’s Eastleigh Music Festival – it has just been revealed that only 683 tickets were sold. A freedom of information request submitted by local campaigner Matthew Myatt shows even fewer tickets were sold than last years disappointing 730 and that for the second…

Botley SDA scrapped

Eastleigh Borough Council has decided not to go ahead with plans from the last government for a 6000 home strategic development area to the north of Hedge End at a recent Council meeting. The abolition of the South East Plan by the new coalition government means that the Council does not have to take forward a…

Lib Dems reENERGISE Eastleigh

“ENERGY that’s the new name of the exciting new scheme to transform a town centre location into a youth facility.” So trills the latest council handout on the former Leigh Ballroom – currently still looking exactly as it did 7 months ago when the Council evicted the Ballroom Dancers and padlocked the doors…this is probably…

Dozens flock to Music Festival

Eastleigh council are predicting bumper crowds of up to 15,000 people will have descended on it’s controversial annual Folk Festival, Mela and open air drinkathon which is being held on Eastleigh’s recreation ground this weekend. This is despite clashing with Romsey’s annual Beggars Fair and total tickets sales of only 730 last year. Headlining this…

500 Jobs in the Balance at New Police HQ

The creation of 500 jobs at the proposed new Police Headquarters in Eastleigh looks under threat as Hampshire Police Authority announce they will review the plans for the Chandlers Ford site in the light forthcoming cuts in the Police budget. The plans will up for discussion at the Police authority meeting on July 20th. At…

Keith House Calls for Transparency Over Council Pay

The Leader of Eastleigh council Keith House, has called for an inquiry into the payment of almost £80,000 worth of bonuses to Hampshire county council staff. The payments had been authorised by the Conservative leader of Hampshire County council without, it was alleged, the knowledge of other councillors at a time when cuts were being…

Botley Home plans in a Pickle

Campaigners in Botley opposed to the building of 6000 new homes may soon have cause to celebrate . The new communities secretary, Eric Pickles, has written to all local authorities telling them the coalition government will be abolishing regional house building targets. “The previous government gave a green light for the destruction of the Green…

Keith is still our Leader!

The leader of Eastleigh Liberal Democrats Keith House has been re-elected in his absence -as leader of the Eastleigh Borough Council – in a unanimous and unopposed vote. The annual general meeting of Eastleigh Borough Council, the first full council meeting to be presided over by new Mayor John Caldwell, was held at the Civic…

Eastleigh’s new Mayor Installed

Thursday night saw the annual Mayor making ceremony take place at the Towns Civic Offices as the outgoing Mayoress Pamela Holden- Brown made way for new Mayor John Caldwell – the Conservative councillor for Hiltingbury East. Mrs Holden-Brown had a vote of thanks proposed and seconded by councillors Haulwen Broadhurst and Graham Smith while John…