HBC, planning applications and a little matter of trust

Updated - 22 October Updated - 20 December It might surprise you to know that 81% of the residents of Havant trust their council. With the national average score being just 64%, which in itself would seem a commendable result, that must put Havant Borough Council right up near the top of the league table … Continue reading HBC, planning applications and a little matter of trust

The strange case of the disappearing Cabinet Meeting

Several people have been in touch today to say that they couldn't find the papers from last week's Cabinet Meeting. In fact, the Cabinet meeting of Wednesday 8 September had completely disappeared from the HBC Meetings Calendar. We took a look and couldn't find it either. It appears that the entry disappeared from the Council … Continue reading The strange case of the disappearing Cabinet Meeting

Havant Borough Council’s new ‘Stakeholder Engagement Framework’

On September 8 2021, the HBC Cabinet approved draft Stakeholder Engagement Framework documents with the Hayling Island Seafront Regeneration Update and the Havant Regeneration Programme update. You can open both of these two page documents by clicking the links. While they differ slightly at a detail level, they share the same key attributes, quoted below: … Continue reading Havant Borough Council’s new ‘Stakeholder Engagement Framework’

RegenCo and the Part-time Borough Council

At the end of our previous post on the external consultancy which Havant Borough Council's Regeneration team have been paying for, we asked this question: "Which local consulting organisation boasted to its prospective clients in 2019 that it had produced a masterplan and investment approach aimed at revitalising and re-positioning the town centre of Havant?" The answer … Continue reading RegenCo and the Part-time Borough Council

Havant Borough Council – Under scrutiny

This time last week we'd been watching the Overview and Scrutiny Committee review three papers due to be presented to the HBC Cabinet on September 8th. Knowing how important these three papers are, we took a look at the HBC Constitution to remind ourselves of just how the Overview and Scrutiny process should work. The … Continue reading Havant Borough Council – Under scrutiny

Ultrafast Broadband for Havant – An Opportunity

Havant Civic Society keeps a watchful, and we hope constructive, eye on Havant Borough Council’s Regeneration Strategy. We note that the strategy is framed almost entirely in terms of building projects, both commercial and residential, with little mention of the necessary underpinning infrastructure. In our modern, digital world, fast and reliable broadband is an essential … Continue reading Ultrafast Broadband for Havant – An Opportunity

September Digest – A ‘perfect storm’ warning?

[Originally written as an email update to members] If you've been keeping an eye on the website, you'll be aware of the staggering amount of change happening around us.  If you haven't, then please take the time to follow the links in this email to read more detail.  While the primary focus of the Civic … Continue reading September Digest – A ‘perfect storm’ warning?

HBC handling of public comments on Planning Applications

Back in December when we were still celebrating the Development Management Committee (DMC)'s decision on the original Domino's application for 39 West Street, we reported that the developer had re-submitted the application. The cynical timing of this over the Christmas and New Year holiday period highlighted a typical developer's approach to sliding an application through … Continue reading HBC handling of public comments on Planning Applications