Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Lib Dems put up the cost of Christmas

Hedge End Lib Dems want a massive 50% hike in the Christmas lights budget. Browsing the minutes of this month's Town Council committee meetings, I discovered a recommendation to increase the annual budget for the lights themselves and the entertainment at the "turn on" event from £10,000 to £15,000.

The increase follows a £300 bill to replace defective lights. The Community and Culture Committee were told "there was very little left in the budget to be able to replace these items at present." However the Lib Dem members, including Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House, "felt that the above should be replaced and that extra monies should be found if need be."

It is nice that at a time of national austerity the Lib Dems can conjure up £5,000 when they feel they need it, but where is the money going to come from?

Other items agreed by the Town Council this month include:

Plans to have a plaque to commemorate Mohammed Ali's visit to the village in 1971
Support for a local school's gardening club
To count the number of people using the public toilets on Mondays and Thursdays
To pilot a maximum two hour stay in Council car parks
To object to changed plans for housing on the derelict dairy site in Hobb Lane.

The minutes of all meetings are published on the Council's web site:


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Day 28 of 30 days wild in Hedge End

It looks like our local magpies have turned our garden bug hotel into a bird breakfast buffet. Here's what it looked like on 13 June:

Monday, 27 June 2016

Day 27 of 30 days wild in Hedge End

I seem to have missed quite a few days of blogging about 30 days wild in Hedge End and now find myself almost at the end of the month. I have tried to keep up with a random act of wildness each day but somehow have not found the time to write about them.

We have had a lot of bees and hoverflies, and a few damselflies in the garden. I have been a lot more aware of the wild flowers growing in Hedge End's verges. There were rabbits and mute swans on the new golf course at the cricket ground. Yesterday we had a sparrow hawk fly through the garden and a neighbour reported seeing a red kite above our houses. The sparrow hawk is not unusual, but the red kite is a bit more exciting.

Today we went a bit further afield and drove to Hengistbury Head in Dorset. We walked round the nature reserve and along Mudeford spit. Jack had a swim, we felt refreshed and we saw this lovely cinnabar moth on ragwort.
Beach huts at Mudeford Spit
Jack going for his swim

Friday, 17 June 2016

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Monday, 13 June 2016

Day 13 of 30 days wild in Hedge End

After much looking in books, we have decided that the bees nesting in our bug hotel are red mason bees.

Planning inspector approves new takeaway for Hedge End

Despite objections from Hedge End Town Council and one of the neighbouring shops, a planning inspector has overturned Eastleigh Borough Council's decision to refuse planning consent for a new hot food takeaway in the centre of Hedge End.

The unit at 5a Lower Northam Road has been empty since Hedge End Butchers closed. EBC had refused consent for a change of use from retail to hot food takeaway because there are already too many non-retail businesses in the centre of Hedge End. The inspector's logic is that as there are already too many non-retail businesses in the centre of Hedge End, one more won't make any difference. They also made the point that an empty unit is not good for the vitality of Hedge End.