Eastleigh Borough Council - Borough News 22/01/2020


Talk to us about reopening high streets safely

A new scheme has been launched to revive retail centres around Eastleigh Borough. It is appealing for businesses to get in touch as part of the effort to resume trading when the local economy emerges from the latest COVID restrictions.

The Council’s Reopening High Streets Safely (RHSS) team would like to hear from anyone who lives, shops, visits or works in a high street within the Borough as part of the new project.

Shoppers, residents and business-operators from Hedge End, West End, Chandler’s Ford, Botley and Hamble, in addition to the town centre, are welcome to get in touch about their experiences, including operating safely during lockdown, future innovation and local community regeneration. Find out more

New bin collection dates coming in March

Plus fortnightly glass and battery collections

From 1 March, the regular bin days of most of Eastleigh Borough residents will be changing to allow for fortnightly glass and battery recycling collections and more efficient collection routes.


We’re writing to every household affected with their new collection dates. The new calendars will also be available from our website from 3 February. Read more

One Horton Heath

Would you like to learn more about the One Horton Heath Development? The team are creating a series of videos so you can learn more about plans for the site. The latest one focuses on the open space to the north of the development where there will be large open space and enhancements to the watercourse. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/WJLl5QxQM1g

Are you an Eastleigh Undefeatable?

Rosie found doing Pilates a huge benefit during the pandemic, as well as continuing to 'catch ‘em all’ using Pokemon Go to make walks fun

She has been living with the chronic fatigue syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), since the age of nine and also lives with depression. Read Rosie’s story

If you have a long-term condition, take a look at We Are Undefeatable Eastleigh to find ways to be active that work with each person’s conditions, not against them.

Looking to shed up to ten pounds in ten weeks?

Book onto our new lifestyle and habits Weight Loss Programme, run by local small business, HELM. Boost your health for 2021 and choose to take control. The programme is online and unaffected by lockdown restrictions.

Nutrition and fitness professionals will guide and support you through one-to-one and group sessions using sustainable tools to help you:

  • Eat well
  • Move more
  • Lose weight
  • Keep it off

Take advantage of the 50% exclusive offer for Borough residents for this ten-week programme. Book now

Town centre decision-making. Complete the survey by Monday!

If you live in Eastleigh Town Centre, or surrounding neighbourhoods, it’s your last chance to give us your views on a proposal that could bring more locally-focused decision making to the area.

The Community Governance Review survey deadline is Monday (25 January). Read more

Post Office plan approved

Plans for the former Post Office site on the High Street, Eastleigh, that will create commercial space and flats within two buildings – as well as public open space between them – have been approved by the Eastleigh Local Area Committee.

It aims to boost the town centre economy and will enhance links between High Street and Market Street. Read more

Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice Community Grants

There is still grant money allocated to the Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound area that local community groups can apply for by Monday 1 March.

The BHH Local Area Committee can receive applications for community grants throughout the year, but right now there is still funding to apply for by the end of 2020-21 financial year.

Please share to local groups in this area so they don’t miss out on vital support during this challenging time.

Find out more

Borough-wide community grants - deadline Friday

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to non-profit making community groups and voluntary organisations.

For 2021, funding for projects that help the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic are being prioritised, particularly those that support digital access and address digital exclusion.

Applications close Friday 29 January. Find out more and apply

Applications for Hedge End, West End & Botley Local Area Committee grants close on Monday 25 January. Find out more and apply

New webpage: the vaccine roll-out, Hampshire

The NHS locally has developed a dedicated part of their website so you can find out more about the vaccination programme across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It has information about vaccination sites and answers to some frequently asked questions too.

Medical bus

Worried about how to get to your vaccination or to a medical appointment in the Eastleigh area?

One Community are running their accessible, friendly and COVID-safe buses for older and/or vulnerable people.

Call 023 8090 2450 to book.

Buss pass restrictions lifted

From Monday (25 January) the County Council is lifting start-time restrictions so that passengers can use their bus pass at any time.

This temporary change to the scheme is intended to continue until schools reopen to all students.

More information

Transport to Vaccine Hubs

Local bus operator Xelabus is offering transport to coronavirus vaccine hubs for housing associations, sheltered housing schemes and high risk vulnerable citizens who will struggle to get to their doctor’s surgery or other vaccination venue.

The bus company is urging organisations to get in touch to find out more.

Apply for a postal vote now!

Borough residents are being encouraged to vote by post in this year’s elections, scheduled for Thursday 6 May.
Read more

COVID grants for Borough businesses

There is further financial support for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, as well as a discretionary funds for other business owners. This is in addition to the current grant schemes that are still available. Businesses can find out which grants they might qualify for here.

Community Pantry

The Pantry initiative is designed to support people who are short of food. It is a helping hand that helps them to move on from their current emergency.

Each member can do a weekly shop at a small recommended donation charge of £5 per visit and receive a minimum of £15 worth of food. The Pantry provides fresh, frozen and general foods.

Email or call the Pantry team on



New Nims record

Borough-based mountaineer, Nims Purja MBE, racked up another amazing climbing record last Saturday.

He was part of a team that became the first to reach the summit of K2, the world’s second highest mountain, in winter.

Nims recently conquered all 14 of the world’s 8,000-metre-plus peaks in a record time of six months and six days.

Be part of Census 2021

Census Officers are currently being recruited in our area. The main purpose of your role will be to encourage people to complete their Census 2021 online questionnaire. Closing date for applications is 8 February. Find out more and apply


25 January, 7pm
Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee

27 January, 7pm
CANCELLED - Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath Local Area Committee

28 January, 6.45 pm
Policy & Performance Scrutiny Panel