Fresh council, new voices and familiar arguments

The Full Council meeting on June 22nd presented the first opportunity for the new Council members to set out their stalls in the Council chamber. You can hear what they had to say, listening to the recording by selecting the links in this post. It's good to see a set of fresh faces across the … Continue reading Fresh council, new voices and familiar arguments

The March 2022 ‘Half-Full Council’ – the HBC leader’s ship sinks lower

The 16th March meeting of the 'full' council was particularly poorly attended considering the nature of the business on the agenda and the Cabinet's need to demonstrate progress before the May elections. With productivity inevitably waning when the Council breaks for 'the pre-election period' on 28th March, there's not much time left. If you don’t … Continue reading The March 2022 ‘Half-Full Council’ – the HBC leader’s ship sinks lower

The Cabinet celebrates its achievements on Independence, Freeport, Regeneration and more

The HBC Cabinet Meeting of March 7th was a rather smug, self-congratulatory affair, looking to start lining up the press releases that could be issued as soon as the March Council meeting rubber stamped its achievements. With a number of significant items on the agenda, it's worth listening to the meeting, or at least dipping … Continue reading The Cabinet celebrates its achievements on Independence, Freeport, Regeneration and more

HBC’s bold new strategy kicks the Regeneration can down the road again

The latest series of Regeneration Papers were considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Havant Borough Council on Tuesday, 1st March, passing 'scrutiny' with flying colours and no issues flagged. The papers passed through the Cabinet meeting on Monday 7th March with only a minor amendment and their passage through the next full Council … Continue reading HBC’s bold new strategy kicks the Regeneration can down the road again

HBC admits defeat over the Local Plan and declares open season for builders

Given the two important items on the agenda of the Planning Policy Committee on February 22, those of us in the virtual public gallery had settled in for the long haul. We needn't have bothered, the meeting closed barely an hour later. Why is this important to everybody?   If you’re new to this, take … Continue reading HBC admits defeat over the Local Plan and declares open season for builders

Amazon Havant – HCS brings you the facts that HBC considered irrelevant

Updated - 11 February 2021Updated - 17 February 2021 - Added link to Planning Committee decision analysisUpdated - 18 February 2021 - Added discussion of 'new' Amazon delivery model By the time you've finished reading this, you should be much better placed to judge whether or not the Officers and elected representatives of both Havant … Continue reading Amazon Havant – HCS brings you the facts that HBC considered irrelevant

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

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

HBC votes for increased traffic while RegenCo gets the green light to spend more on consultants

This will be a brief update, our regular webmaster having taken a well-deserved break. There will be a couple of detailed posts coming in a few days as we outline below, but for now, if you've been away, just take the links in the text below to catch up. Over the past two evenings, the … Continue reading HBC votes for increased traffic while RegenCo gets the green light to spend more on consultants

We ‘seem to have misunderstood the Freeport Opportunity’

Updated - August 31 21:35 - 'Official' Solent Freeport map added at bottom of post. This will be our last word on the 'opportunity' given that it appears to have mostly 'gone west'. (Be warned, this post also strays to the west so if your attention span doesn't include 'Southampton', look away now.) Earlier this … Continue reading We ‘seem to have misunderstood the Freeport Opportunity’