Tag: Keith House

Protest as Hamble Lane enquiry gets underway

Local residents and councillors made their views known very clearly on Tuesday morning at the Lowford Centre in Bursledon ahead of a planning inquiry. “No” to more building on Hamble Lane. Bursledon Parish Councillor Jane Rich (front, centre) led the demonstration opposing a plan from big builder Taylor Wimpey to bust the Council’s Local Plan…

Taxpayers to pay £34k to fix Comet roof

Eastleigh taxpayers will have to fork out £34,500 for repairs to the roof of the empty Comet  electrical superstore on Woodside Avenue. Comet entered administration on the 2 November 2012 and went into liquidation last month but they vacated the council owned premises without having done vital repair works that the council say they had…

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…

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…

Council complete Ageas Bowl purchase

Council leader Keith House has announced this evening that Eastleigh Borough Council has finally signed off the controversial Ageas (Rose) Bowl deal. “We are now the proud owners of a stadium” he told a depleted cabinet meeting – witnessed by just one member of the public. The £6 million pound purchase is part of a…

Eastleigh signs up to ‘Climate Local’

Eastleigh is one of only 18 councils nationally to sign up to ‘Climate Local’  a scheme launched today to cut emissions and better protect homes, schools, parks and roads from the effects of climate change. The Local Government Association (LGA) is launching a new drive which will see Councils committing to their own local actions…

A Wise and Justifiable Investment?

lt was July 2009 when it was first publicly announced that Eastleigh Borough Council was to borrow £30m and loan it on to The Rose Bowl Company to enable them to fund the building of their luxury Hotel. Its existence was said to be essential if Test Match Cricket was to be secured and the…

Council to spend £8k to avoid ‘political damage’

David Airey

Eastleigh’s Lib Dem cabinet has agreed to spend over £8,000 on  consultants to help fight plans to extract gravel at Hamble Airfield after cabinet member David Airey warned them it would be ‘Politically damaging’ not to do so. A Public Inquiry into the Hampshire Minerals and waste plan is to be held in June. Eastleigh’s…

Keith House backs Govt advice to combat climate change

The Government’s official climate adviser wants ministers to ensure all councils reduce their carbon emissions. In a new report, the Committee on Climate Change warns that we won’t meet our emissions targets unless every council does its bit. Councillor Keith House, Eastleigh Borough Council, states: I welcome the Committee on Climate Change recommendation that every…

Keith House advises islanders on Democracy

Keith House, Eastleigh’s Lib Dem Council Leader, has visited the Turks and Caicos Islands in order to advise its’ politicians and public servants on how to hold democratic elections. Cllr House – who is used to steamrollering policy through the council with the benefit of a 90% majority – was part of a four man…

Hedge End Independent calls it a day

Ray Turner. TGR Worzel

Another Independent candidate has announced that he will not be standing in the Borough elections. Following Sam Snook’s withdrawal last week, local blogger and Eastleigh News man Ray Turner has also decide not to contest the May 3 poll. Ray had stood as an independent last month in Shamblehurst for a seat on Hedge End…

Local plan puts up Council Tax

Botley residents are facing an increase in their council tax due to the cost of fighting Eastleigh Borough Council’s local housing plan. In a survey of residents sponsored by the parish council last October, 96% of respondents said they were opposed to an extra 1400 new homes being built on Boorley Green. The Parish council…

Rose Bowl decision ‘too hasty’

Eastleigh Council have been accused of ‘steamrollering through’ their decision to purchase the Rose Bowl cricket stadium for £6.5 million. John Martin, a West End resident and Ukip activist challenged  a poorly attended meeting of the performance and policy panel last Wednesday over the haste the council had shown in pursuing the proposed deal. Mr Martin was…

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…