Amazon roasted by UK Government Select Committee

For now, this is just a general interest post. Only time will tell whether or not the detail is relevant to Havant and more specifically to 32 New Lane. Back in August, the CEO of Kingsbridge Estates refused to deny that the 'intended occupant' at that site is Amazon, citing the Non-Disclosure Agreement he was … Continue reading Amazon roasted by UK Government Select Committee

HCS ‘Open Community Forum’, 3 November at St. Faith’s church

Introduction This was the first, post-Covid HCS public meeting and given the audience response, we're considering making this a regular twice-yearly event. The meeting was held in St Faith's church, depicted in the HCS logo and located at the heart of the historic town centre. This beautiful Havant landmark offers the perfect space for a … Continue reading HCS ‘Open Community Forum’, 3 November at St. Faith’s church

Hampshire Water Transfer and Water Recycling – Public Consultation

[Updated - July 17] Southern Water, with Portsmouth Water in tow, are currently engaged on a public consultation which will run until August 16th, putting their case for a vast new development programme which would make fundamental changes to the operation of the Havant Thicket Reservoir, construct an environmentally questionable industrial-scale Water Recyling plant at … Continue reading Hampshire Water Transfer and Water Recycling – Public Consultation

HBC spend £6,600 with Market Research agency to ‘explore Havant’s future’

Regular readers will be aware that Havant Civic Society, along with almost a dozen other local Havant Borough residents' groups, have been trying with limited success to engage with the HBC Regeneration Team for the past four years. We've put in a great deal of time and effort over that period, reviewing and critiquing the … Continue reading HBC spend £6,600 with Market Research agency to ‘explore Havant’s future’

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