Parking in Bellair and surrounding roads.

Post Office vans.Residents living in Bellair, Connaught, Montgomery and Oaklands Roads as well as Pine Grove have approached the Council regarding concerns about the volume of parked cars, vans and motor homes in these roads. Some vehicles are left for weeks on end taking up space where residents and visitors could park.

The problem has worsened in recent weeks since the Emsworth Postal Sorting Office closed and relocated to  East Street in Havant. Seven Royal Mail vans now have parking permits for the Borough Council’s car park alongside The Spring in East Street. This has resulted in, not only the relocated  postal staff but also those who can no longer find space by The Spring looking to park in the roads mentioned above.

This, together with inconsiderate driving, is making parking much more difficult for residents and visitors in these roads. In addition the greater density of  parking has made road cleaning almost impossible, as well as producing more litter than normal.


Our comments on the proposed change of use for 40 North Street.

“I am writing on behalf of Havant Civic Society, to register our reservations about this application.

Our main concern is the loss of the existing flat, at a time when Havant Borough Council are having to provide sites for over 9,000 homes for the period up to 2036. Whilst it may not be an ideal family home, it might work for those on a low income, who are dependent on public transport. It is close to local schools and doctor’s surgeries, whilst Havant Park could provide recreational space. Alternatively, it may also work for a group of 3 to 4 sharers. Another option might be to convert the narrower, rear half of the building into a 2 bedroom house.
On the conservation front, we feel that it would be a retrograde step to remove the two chimneys. They may no longer serve any purpose but they are a distinctive, contemporary feature of the building, which enhance, not only the building itself but also the streetscape. Taking them away would detract from the building, which is, after all, in the St Faith’s Conservation area.
A final observation, is to query the need and/or logic in replacing the two large windows on the south elevation with ordinary domestic windows. Retail outlets surely need potential customers to be able to see what they have on offer. That will be particularly difficult in the case of the proposed rear unit, which will have just a single domestic sized window.
Overall, we feel that this application needs to be rethought, so that the building continues to provide an element of accommodation, as well as sensible retail space and without any further alteration of its existing period appearance.
Christopher Evans, Committee member – planning.”
pp Havant Civic Society.
To look at the application in detail, use this link:

Development Consultation forum – Land west of the crematorium, Bartons Road.

Forum 45 – Land West of the Crematorium, Bartons Road, Havant

Proposal – 81 new homes plus ancillary open space, including community orchard. The community orchard, open space and drainage details include land within East Hampshire District Council.

Tuesday 14 August 2018, Council Chamber, Public Service Plaza, Display from 5.30pm, Meeting 6.00-8.00pm

Case Officer: David Eaves

Whilst this is outside our specific area of interest, it’s another instance of proposed greenfield development and would impinge on the present peaceful setting of The Oaks crematorium.

Location plan

Briefing notes

Havant Flower Festival – July 19th to July 22nd

St Faith’s Church is playing host the Flower Festival this weekend, showcasing the talents of many of our local gardeners and flower arrangers, including the dedicated bunch of ladies who work so hard to keep the Gazebo Garden looking so lovely.

Improvements to ‘Local Transport’ information

A minor change to the website this morning results in one less click being required to access live travel information from your device.  The options to find real-time updates from the local stations, bus stops and roads, are available directly from the menu under ‘News’.

  • Selecting any of the three local station options will display the arrival and departure times for platforms at that station.
  • Selecting ‘Bus info’ will display a list and a map of all local bus stops. Click a link for further detail including live expected arrival times.
  • GoogleTrafficSelecting ‘Live Google traffic’ will display a map of the local area which you can zoom into and scroll around. Where traffic is flowing smoothly, routes are marked as green. Slower traffic is marked by progressively darker orange and red sections, as shown in this example.

WDRA ‘The big lunch’ event

A very big ‘thank you’ to Jan Jenkins and the rest of the team at the Warblington and Denvilles Residents’ Association for the invitation to a terrific community event today at the Stride Centre in Denvilles.  The HCS stand attracted a lot of attention from a lot of friends, old and new.  We never cease to be amazed at how many people still don’t know about our lovely secret garden – the Gazebo Garden – in the Pallant.

Good to see the many local groups working together for the community.  An example to us all!