Tag: Paul Bicknell

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…

Vandals force paddling pool closure

The  paddling pool in Eastleigh’s Fleming Park, which has been hugely popular during the current heatwave, will be closed for repairs this Wednesday (11 July) following vandalism to a recently laid surface. Over the weekend vandals tore up the pool’s rubber crumb lining and, while the current condition of the facility doesn’t present a hazard…

Bruce is new mayor for Eastleigh

  Councillor Bruce Tennent has been invested as Mayor of the Borough of Eastleigh at the annual Mayor-Making ceremony. It was an evening of ‘thank you’s’ and ‘goodbyes’ at the Kings Community Church, Hedge End as the outgoing Mayor Maureen ‘Mo’ Solllitt – who was leaving public life to retire overseas – thanked those who…

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…

Thirty trees to get chop for car showroom

  Eastleigh councillors have voted in favour of plans that will see over thirty trees bulldozed to make way for two drive-thru takeaways and a car dealership at the former civic offices site at Fleming Park. The decision was taken at Tuesday night’s meeting of Eastleigh Local Area Committee despite local residents presenting a petition…

Tories ‘on way up’ as Mims wins in Eastleigh

New MP Mims Davies and Newly elected Councillor Jerry Hall celebrate

Godfrey Olson, the Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council’s Conservative Group has declared that the party is ‘on the way up’ after Mims Davies became the constituency’s first female MP in the General Election and the Conservatives took two borough council seats. The result in the General Election was as follows: Eastleigh General Election 2015: Party…

New water sports centre planned for Lakeside

  Eastleigh Local Area Committee has approved funding of £371,000 towards the development of new buildings at Lakeside Country Park. The new scheme, that will cost around £2.5million, has also been allocated £1m has been allocated from the New Homes Bonus and is set to get final approval in April if Cabinet agree to fund…

Chandlers Ford Parish Council reject Local Plan

  Chandler’s Ford Parish Council has voted to reject Eastleigh Borough Council’s proposals to build 1,300 houses at Stoneham Park and to develop land next to ASDA for employment but has supported a proposal to develop land South of Allbrook Way. This followed a presentation to the Parish Council given by an Eastleigh Borough planning…

Ex Lib Dem Mayor in Road Tax censure

An Eastleigh councillor accused of being a road tax dodger by his former colleagues has been forbidden from driving an untaxed vehicle on council owned land. The bizarre punishment was handed out after a probe by Eastleigh council’s standards committee into allegations that Independent Councillor Glynn Davies-Dear had been driving his car without a valid…

How will the localism bill affect Eastleigh?

The government’s flagship policy  the Localism Bill has been given royal assent. The new act introduces many new measures which could have a profound effect on Eastleigh residents. The Act will enable councillors to openly discuss planning issues with residents; the council can revert to a democratic committee style of governance; taxpayers will able to…

UKIP query ‘Locals Only’ housing plan

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has challenged Eastleigh’s Lib Dems to explain how they intend to  limit new housing to just local people and prevent occupation by immigrants. Earlier this month Eastleigh News reported how Councillor Paul Bicknell had published and distributed a leaflet around the town’s Aviary estate that claimed  that new houses to be built on Chesnut…