The meeting was held on Monday the 29th January. After the opening formalities and approval of the accounts, the main business of the meeting was an update from the Chairman.
The resignation of Mark Staplehurst as a councillor and the decision by Dave Bell to sit as an independent mean that UKIP currently has no councillors in Rushmoor.
At the Council elections due to be held on the 3rd of May, Chris Harding will be standing in the West Heath ward with the intention of taking the seat which was held by Mark Staplehurst. Jenny Parsons intends to stand in Cove and Southwood and candidates for other seats are still being chosen. Issues which are likely to figure in the upcoming elections are the loss of the Southwood Golf Course and the lack of progress with Farnborough Town Centre redevelopment.
The topic of whether Henry Bolton should continue as leader was discussed and opinion was split on the issue. The EGM will be held on the 17th of February and some members will attend. If Henry Bolton has to stand down following the EGM then Gerard Batten has volunteered to stand in as Interim Leader.
There was a general discussion about national politics.
Gill had held a meeting with David Clifford at which he reported progress on housing rough sleepers and co-operation with other councils. He had proposed that he would like to meet with a larger group from UKIP. Gill will arrange a meeting to be held in April.
As ever there was a cup of tea before we went home.
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Mark Staplehurst has resigned as a Councillor for personal reasons although he remains a member of UKIP. Also Councillor Dave Bell has decided to sit as an independent candidate. In a statement released today Gill Bailey, Chair of UKIP's Aldershot branch said "I am, needless to say, very sorry to lose two such dedicated councillors from UKIP. I would like to thank them for all the hard work they have done." Gill Bailey also stated that UKIP will stand a candidate in West Heath in the May Council elections.
Monday, 18 December 2017
Rushmoor Council have decided to shut Southwood Golf Course and turn the land into Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG). From reading the statement, it seems that this has less to do with saving money and is more about building additional houses. The 'SANG' area is needed to compensate for additional building in the Borough. You can read more here.
Saturday, 9 December 2017
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Hampshire County Council and Rushmoor Borough Council are running a consultation on plans for improving traffic flow on the A3011 Lynchford Road, the A325 Farnborough Road and in Farnborough town centre. The consultation period will run until the 12th January. There are drop in events planned for this Friday (8th) and Monday (11th). If you can't make the two events, you can also view and comment on the web. See this link.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
The Annual General Meeting for the UKIP Aldershot branch was held on Monday the 27th of November. After the opening formalities, the Chairmans report was presented. It had been a mixed year for UKIP both locally and nationally, in particular, the timing of the elections had not worked in our favour. However following the election of Henry Bolton, an internal re-organisation is starting to have an effect and will get the party ready for the future. Dave Bell tried to set a record for the shortest ever Treasurer's report. Basically the branch spent a lot of money due to the local elections and the General Election. However the fund has recovered significantly during the past six months. The next item was the election of office holders. It was proposed from the floor that all four office holders be re-elected and this was put to a vote and agreed unanimously. Councillor Mark Staplehurst updated us on Rushmoor Council. The move to find more savings is having an effect on services and this is only likely to get worse. There are now proposals to close the HWRC (tip) in Aldershot. Since the centre in Farnborough is already overloaded this would have a very bad effect. As there was less than a month to go till Christmas, we ended the evening with mince pies. Ken McNair