Tag: Keith House

Lib Dems quit over housing plan ‘soundeness’

Two members of Eastleigh’s ruling Liberal Democrat group have resigned from the party citing concerns over the ‘soundness’ of Eastleigh’s emerging local plan. But Cllr Sarah Bain and Cllr Steve Sollitt say they will continue to represent their wards as ‘Independent Liberal Democrats’. Both councillors had joined fellow Lib Dem Cllr Mark Balaam and Conservative…

Local jobs set to grow..

  Eastleigh’s Council Leader Keith House says the council is “working hard to create jobs” after today’s unemployment figures showed a small rise in the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in the borough. While the UK is experiencing record low levels of joblessness this downward trend contrasts with Eastleigh where although the JSA claimant…

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…

Eastleigh’s local plan moves a step closer

  Eastleigh’s much delayed  local plan has moved a step closer to reality last night after Liberal Democrat councillors voted to focus on plans for more housing  in Bishopstoke and Fair Oak with a new by-pass  from Fair Oak to all Allbrook to link to the M3 at junction 12. Councillors heard that with there…

Eastleigh votes to leave EU

  The UK has voted to leave the EU and Like the majority of districts in Hampshire Eastleigh voted to leave on Thursday night. The final result was 39,902 to leave versus 36,172 to remain. In percentage terms Eastleigh’s result of 52.4% to leave and 47.5% to remain was quite close to the overall national…

Ageas Bowl Hilton opens for business

The new Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl has finally been opened after a long and troubled genesis which included companies going bust and a council bailout during the construction phase, but it promises to be unique and unrivalled lesisure facility. Hampshire County Cricket chairman Rod Bransgrove and Council Leader Keith had taken part in…

Hedge End Councillor resigns from Cabinet

Louise Bloom the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Hedge End Grange Park has resigned her Cabinet seat today. Bloom who held the portfolio for environment and sustainability has been absent from cabinet meetings since June following a highly publicised split from long term partner Eastleigh Liberal Democrat and Council Leader Keith House. But in a statement…

Further Lib Dem resignation at Hedge End Town Council

There are now two vacant seats on Hedge End Town Council after Councillor Louise Bloom, the former partner of Council Leader Keith House, resigned her Grange Park West seat last night citing personal reasons. Although the Eastleigh Borough Council Cabinet member for the environment has surrendered her place on the town council , she will…

Ex Mayor: ‘Leader thinks he is God Almighty’

A former mayor of Eastleigh has compared the Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council to “God Almighty’ saying “power has gone to head” after a small but determined group of Ukip activists staged a protest demo outside the civic offices yesterday (Tuesday 9 Dec). The protestors called on EBC Leader Cllr Keith House to break his…

Under fire councillor hits back at critics

A friend of an under fire Lib Dem Cabinet member at the heart of a ‘love triangle’ newspaper story has hit back at critics who have suggested she is not doing her job properly telling Eastleigh News she is suffering from poor health and is awaiting an operation. It was reported in the Daily Mail…

It’s House vs House

The Lib Dem leader of Eastleigh Council is facing an electoral challenge from a Ukip candidate with the same surname it has emerged with the declaration of candidates for the local borough and parish elections.

Ukip V Lib Dems in war of words

  Eastleigh’s rival Liberal Democrat and Ukip parties have clashed over housing as campaigning for the local elections on 22 May gets underway. The Lib Dems have seized on a Ukip leaflet distributed in Hedge End which stated that Allington Lane would be a ‘Perfect Solution’ for the location of future housing and  launched an online…