The HBC Elections – Why your vote counts

If you're just here to find out how your choice of candidate could make a real difference, take this link to skip on down to our guide to 'Reading those leaflets'. Why your vote counts Local elections should be about local issues, with a wide variety of local candidates reflecting the views of the residents … Continue reading The HBC Elections – Why your vote counts

Havant’s heritage. Should we refurbish it, or just rip it up and start again?

That is the topical question posed by a BBC Radio documentary program last week. If you've half an hour to spare, take the link and listen, especially if you work for Havant Borough Council and your brief includes Planning, Economic Development or Regeneration. The subject is not only relevant to the Council's plans to 'demolish … Continue reading Havant’s heritage. Should we refurbish it, or just rip it up and start again?

Amazon’s* white vans, parking on a street near you next year

On 9 September last year, the Planning Committee approved the demolition of the Pfizer site at 32 New Lane and its replacement by an Amazon distribution centre.  HCS and the New Lane Residents had argued long and hard that the traffic numbers on which the application was based were completely unsound, a fact that any … Continue reading Amazon’s* white vans, parking on a street near you next year

The Portsmouth Water and Southern Water plans to tear up Havant, beginning in 2022

[Updated January 7, 2022: Minutes of PW/Bosmere Medical Centre meeting now available on Planning Portal] This post gives an update on three major water utility projects which will be digging up the streets and fields near you in the coming months and years. The Havant based water utility companies both have major new development programmes … Continue reading The Portsmouth Water and Southern Water plans to tear up Havant, beginning in 2022

Portsmouth Water – Yet another incoming planning application

Wearing one of my other hats, I recently attended a meeting of the Bosmere Medical Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG). These occasional meetings have been scheduled over lunchtimes throughout the current pandemic given that the practice doctors and staff have no other time to spare. To be honest, they even struggle to make that time … Continue reading Portsmouth Water – Yet another incoming planning application

Taking Responsibility for Traffic Management

Updated 18/4/2021 07:00 Background to this article A planning application is under review for an unnamed international warehousing and distribution company to set up a 'last mile delivery' operation at the former Pfizer site in New Lane. The 24/7, three shift operation will provide the base for more than 800 delivery vans servicing Hampshire, Sussex … Continue reading Taking Responsibility for Traffic Management

Solent Freeport – What’s in it for Havant?

A few weeks ago, the Leader of the Council addressed a Havant Borough Council Cabinet meeting and expressed enthusiasm for the opportunities that the Solent Freeport would bring to Havant. In the absence of anything published since, I thought I'd take a closer look at what this might mean. (Warning, this is a longish read, … Continue reading Solent Freeport – What’s in it for Havant?

Food Waste recycling

Since the start of the year, I've been taking part in the City of Portsmouth's Food Waste recycling trial. Perhaps not officially, you understand, but through the good offices of a close friend who lives in Portsmouth and has spare space in her own caddy. I was initially sceptical about the claim made by PCC … Continue reading Food Waste recycling

Is there a future for the original IBM Havant site buildings?

Back in January, we reported on a move to list the former IBM Havant Plant buildings at what is now the Langstone Technology Park. If such a move is to bear fruit, it can't come soon enough. Havant Borough Council's Development Consultation Forum #48 will consider the future of this site on Tuesday 21st May … Continue reading Is there a future for the original IBM Havant site buildings?

We’re backing Britain – again!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the sad loss of the 1960s Colt office building at the north end of New Lane.  The 'We're Backing Britain' campaign from 1968 which spread rapidly down the lane to Kenwood, has been immortalised in a BBC Radio 4 play, first broadcast on Sunday 23rd September.  … Continue reading We’re backing Britain – again!