Government gives green light to 700 homes in Botley

A government minister has overruled Eastleigh Borough Council on the decision to build 680 new homes on Boorley Green. Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has given the go-ahead for the site near Botley. This includes a new primary school and a retail park. An appeal was lodged by Gleeson Developments, […]

Arcade Fire to front Isle of Wight Festival

Arcade Fire have been announced as the headline act for next summer’s Isle of Wight Festival. It will be the Grammy-winning band’s only UK festival appearance next year, and their first since Glastonbury in 2014. Previous years have seen The Who, Queen and Faithless lead the June festival’s proceedings, but it was David Bowie who […]

Fines for nuisance calls get government backing.

Elderly people receiving nuisance calls may be relieved to hear that company bosses could be personally fined for their businesses making the calls. Most householders receive nuisance calls, but it is generally the elderly that are the most affected by the pressure from the callers wanting to make a quick sale. Minister of State for […]

Basics Bank thriving with donations

Volunteers are busy after a surge of donations has left Winchester Basics Bank looking for a new location to store items. The charity, which provides emergency food and clothing, is hopeful of someone coming forward to help store the items. Vice Chairman Graham Topping said that a “particularly generous harvest this year has led to […]

Local Councillor Trumps over US supporters

Local councillor Satvir Kaur has swapped Southampton stomping ground for South Carolina as she heads to the US campaigning for clinton. With this years vote being one of the hottest topic in the news, and with America voting today, in what will go down as the most controversial election in history. With Donald Trump running on […]

MPs join forces to tackle A34    

Drivers will benefit from improved safety on the A34 following a debate in parliament. Steve Brine, MP for Winchester has joined a campaign with other MPs representing constituencies along the A34 to put an end to the ‘troublesome delays’. The debate said that major improvements were needed as the road was no longer ‘fit for […]

Cyclists to enjoy new café in Winchester beauty spot  

Cyclists will soon be able to enjoy a coffee at a Winchester nature reserve now that the council has given it the official go ahead. After weeks of hard work and planning, youth community group SPUD can start laying the foundations for their new café on a national cycle route near Snt Catherines hill. It […]

Lights, camera, action as Southampton film festival continues

Film fans can enjoy a variety of masterclasses and workshops from international experts as Southampton Film Week continues. Unusual venues across the city are host to film premieres and talks over the next few days. Many of the events are free. Susan Beckett, Director of Southampton Film Week said: “Southampton used to have a popular […]

Lock up your bike as thefts go up up a gear

Cyclists in Southampton are being urged to buy locks, after a surge of bike thefts. There were 54 bike thefts between September and October, according to police. Hampshire police will be selling locks at discounted prices later this week. Sgt Jeanette Maidment, said in a statement: “It can be incredibly upsetting, not to mention frustrating, when someone has their […]

First winter chill hampers Hampshire transport

Commuters have faced delays on the trains today as freezing temperatures hit the region- and they have been warned to expect even more problems over the coming days. Leaves on the line led to train delays of up to ten minutes on the South West Trains (SWT) network, after the country was plunged into sub-zero […]

New Tennis Courts for Winchester Village Residents

Residents and tennis fans in a Winchester village can now enjoy the luxury of three new tennis court. The new tennis courts are funded by different sources, including Colden Common Parish Council, the Lawn Tennis Association and Sports England. Rob Veck, Chairman of the Colden Common Tennis Club, said it took a year and a […]

State-of-the-art sports centre a step closer after £2m deal

The next generation of Olympic stars could be training in Winchester thanks to a £2m deal between the council and Tesco.   Plans for a new state-of-the-art sports centre could be unveiled soon as Winchester City Council has agreed to buy the Garrison Ground at Bar End, from Tesco.   Tesco was previously interested in developing […]

Retail giants swoop in on shopping hot spot

A number of retail giants are thought to be battling it out for one of Winchester’s hottest shopping locations. Following the closure of Beales department store at Brooks Shopping Centre earlier this year, several High Street names are believed to be scrapping it out for the empty lot. Brooks Shopping Centre official, Kevin Easton claimed: […]

Feeney brace gives City much-needed lift

Winchester City ended a run of three straight defeats with a morale-boosting FA Trophy win at Fleet Town. Two goals from Craig Feeney either side of half-time saw the Citizens continue their positive cup form this season. And there was extra motivation for manager Ian Saunders to get a result given his managerial and playing […]

Dame Judi Dench to speak for charity

Hollywood star Dame Judi Dench is coming to Winchester to participate in a talk for a charity that helps struggling parents. The 81-year-old actor won an Oscar for her role in Shakespeare in Love and has appeared in award winning films such as A Room With a View, Iris and Mrs Brown. She will be […]

Crunch time for city’s food waste

Residents have been told to cut down on their food waste by a Winchester environmental charity. Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) is hosting a talk to highlight the issue on Thursday. The meeting which is taking place at 6.30pm at Master’s Lodge on Romsey Road aims to encourage members of the public to avoid […]