Christmas Shopping in Havant

(Contributed by a non-driving Portsmouth resident who now regularly shops in Havant by choice, thanks to the excellent rail and bus links.) What makes Havant different?  Well, Havant never had any large department stores – those once-glittering shopping palaces (especially at Christmas time) are now standing sad and empty in larger nearby shopping areas such … Continue reading Christmas Shopping in Havant

Regeneration ‘Take 3’ – Where’s the plan?

It's good to see the cranes over Havant Town Centre. However, these are not signs of HBC's long-awaited Regeneration programme firing up, but the results of hard graft and funding by private developers following lengthy process delays in planning. The bigger crane to the left rises above the Prince George Street development site while the … Continue reading Regeneration ‘Take 3’ – Where’s the plan?

Amazon – WYSIWYG – What you see is what you get

As predicted in our report from 9 August. Jo Kent, BBC South Today, Friday 18 November You might share Jo Kent's alarmed expression from BBC South Today (Friday 18 November 2022) when you watch the three-minute clip below and remember that the Havant distribution hub is almost 40% bigger than this one just opened at … Continue reading Amazon – WYSIWYG – What you see is what you get

Havant Borough Council vs Southern Water?

As Havant Borough Council takes the gloves off, Solent Protection Society has been looking at what really should be done by the many regulatory bodies overseeing Southern Water, in order to demonstrate and monitor in real-time the scale of unauthorised effluent discharges from the 300+ CSOs across the wider Solent region. Please take a few … Continue reading Havant Borough Council vs Southern Water?

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

HBC Planning Committee makes another flawed decision

(Given pressing personal distractions, this article is rather 'late to the press'. However, last week's HCS 'Open Community Forum' highlighted once again the need for a freshly educated Planning Committee under a new chair.) On September 29, the HBC Planning Committee once again delivered the wrong verdict on a significant local planning application by following … Continue reading HBC Planning Committee makes another flawed decision

HCC’s response to Havant’s traffic issues leaves HCS members’ questions unanswered

There have been a number of recently approved planning applications where residents have had serious concerns over the impact on traffic through the town. We therefore thought it would be helpful to residents if a representative of the Hampshire County Council (HCC) Highways Team attended our public meeting on 3 November to explain their processes … Continue reading HCC’s response to Havant’s traffic issues leaves HCS members’ questions unanswered

Havant Local Plan – ‘Building a Better Future’?

The project to develop Havant Borough Council's new 'Local Plan' began in July and as a member of Havant Borough Residents' Alliance (HBRA), HCS were invited to put questions to David Hayward, Planning Policy Manager, at a meeting chaired by Councillor Elizabeth Lloyd on July 28th. Questions from the twelve member groups of the HBRA … Continue reading Havant Local Plan – ‘Building a Better Future’?