Christmas wreath making workshop success!

The Christmas Wreath making workshop was organised by the Havant Civic Society and held on Friday 7th at St Faith’s Church, a beautiful  and welcoming venue.

All proceeds were donated to the fund for restoring the historic banner depicting St Faith which is currently at the London School of needlework for assessment.
Hilary Deadman gave an interesting presentation about the banner and the restoration work that is now needed. A presentation about this can be seen on the St Faith’s website.

A quick and easy litter questionnaire

Havant Civic Society have been invited to attend a meeting of the Business and Commercial Services Scrutiny Panel on Wednesday 5th December to discuss the subject of litter in the town.

Please take a couple of minutes to answer the two questions below, pressing the ‘Submit’ button when you’ve finished.  The responses we receive will help to inform our input to the Scrutiny Panel.

Please don’t forget to press the ‘Submit’ button
immediately above this line!!

East Street car parks under threat

We are concerned that both the East Pallant and the Bear Hotel car parks are included in the Draft Local Plan to 2036 as sites for residential development.  Objections from the Civic Society, The Spring and St Faith’s Church about the impact of this have not yet altered the Council’s thinking.

These car parks are heavily used by older and disabled people, as they are close to the historic town centre. Families also use the car parks, as they are near to Fairfield and Glenhurst schools and the Pallant Family Café. Other users include visitors to the Pallant Centre, the Gazebo Garden, The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, St Faiths and The United Reformed Churches. They also support the three dental practices in East Street and the one in Prince George Street, as well as the many small businesses in the nearby town centre streets, who rely on them for parking, both for staff and customers.

Havant Borough Council owns the East Pallant Car Park, which they compulsory purchased for use as a car park many years ago. The Council do not seem to appreciate how vital this car park is for the prosperity of the town centre. This proposal feels like planning at its worst.

What can you do?

Please email or write to the councillors for St Faith’s ward and also your own ward councillor, if you do not live in this ward and express your concerns. There is still time to get this site taken out of the Local Plan.

Write to your ward councillor at: The Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, P09 2AZ, or email them at:  jackie.branson@havant.gov.uk , tim.pike@havant.gov.uk , david.guest@havant.gov.uk

St Lucy’s Day Lantern Procession and Carols at the Gazebo

Havant Civic Society and St Faith’s Church

Lantern Procession and Carols

on St Lucy’s Day, Thursday 13th December at 6.00pm.

StLucy

Meet at the Pallant House, behind Waitrose, then walk by lantern light to the Gazebo Garden for carols followed by refreshments.

Everyone Welcome
Please bring a lantern

Download our St Lucy’s day poster to print and display in your window.

Langstone Coastal Defence Study – Public drop in events

Havant Civic Society are members of the Langstone Stakeholder Working Group of the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP).

ESCP have sent out an invitation to the upcoming public drop in events for the Langstone Coastal Defence Study in November. This will be an opportunity for them to share with the community the coastal defence options shortlisted for the Langstone frontage and a chance for the community to ask any questions that they might have on the study.

The drop in information events will be taking place on:

  • Tuesday 20th November from 4 – 8 pm at the Langstone Sailing Club.
  • Thursday 22nd November from 6 – 9 pm at The Ship Inn, Langstone.

If you’re interested, do go along!

 

‘Yarn bombing’ in Havant and Langstone

We are indebted to one of our members for these pictures.  The ‘guerilla knitters’ have been at work and we’re delighted to see such well cultured vandalism in the town centre and surrounding areas. With Havant Civic Society’s self driven regeneration programme including the restoration of town centre listed buildings, including the Gazebo Garden and, with a fair wind, the signal box, it’s lovely to see the Yarn Bombers doing their bit to brighten up the historic town centre for this significant centenary.

We do hope that Havant Borough Council will take a lead from this community and kick start their own Regeneration Programme from its current glacial pace with some urgent projects in the town centre.  They might also take note of our editor’s suspicion that one of the new town centre businesses may just have had some involvement here.

Expect more on the subject of regeneration later.

#rethinkhavant

Commercial Property Update – October 2018

From time to time, we like to keep our eye on the local commercial properties with invisible ‘For Sale’ signs outside. Here are three which might catch your eye.

Tesco Car Park, north western cornertescoThis one almost seems to have a Pizza Hut shape to it when we remember that their previous restaurant on the Solent Road site was prematurely demolished to provide the site for M&S and Next. Or perhaps a rather more viable Dominos drive-through delivery and collection location!

The current post office site is up for sale.  A snip at just short of £60,000, but how does this fit in with the regeneration strategy we might wonder?  Our post office has been somewhat nomadic for the last few years, let’s hope that it’s not going to move again before long. (At least one of our elderly blind residents took a long time to get used to its last change of location…)

Wyevale Garden Centre. Rather more pricey than the post office at a cool £7 million, but since it’s allocated in the Draft Local Plan 2036 for housing, a ‘change of use’ would be easy to come by. Let’s hope they get the bus service and school places sorted out first.

#rethinkhavant

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