HBC Scrutiny – A fresh start for 2022/23

The first outing for the new Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday 24th August was encouraging and we're looking forward to continuing coverage of these important meetings as the new chair, Cllr. David Keast, takes the workplan forward over the coming year. It's well worth listening to the whole of this short meeting as it … Continue reading HBC Scrutiny – A fresh start for 2022/23

‘Land at Palk Road’ Development Consultation Forum

The Development Consultation Forum is a platform for a developer to share their proposal with the council and interested community groups along with the public before moving onto the planning application stage. For further details of the objective of the Development Consultation Forum, look at the Havant Borough Council DCF page here. The good news … Continue reading ‘Land at Palk Road’ Development Consultation Forum

HBC’s response to the Southern Water consultation

We were pleased to see that HBC's belated* response to the recently closed consultation followed the public mood fairly closely and didn't pull many punches, missing just one of the significant objections made by many others. 'Site 72', or Brockhampton West as it's more commonly known, is a former council landfill located close to the … Continue reading HBC’s response to the Southern Water consultation

Amazon Havant – Breaking the silence

It's been a long time since we've posted an update on the 32 New Lane site but following the first, long-overdue face-to-face meeting between the site owner, the developer and the residents, facilitated - or not, as it happened - by Havant Borough Council (HBC) representatives, this update is also long overdue. The public meeting … Continue reading Amazon Havant – Breaking the silence

Lidl – Another ‘final straw’ for the Asda roundabout?

At the meeting of the Planning Committee on 30th June, approval was given to the planning application for the new Lidl store beside the B&Q site in northern Bedhampton. While this hardly came as a surprise to those who regularly watch the activities of the Planning Committee, it seems that the Committee and its chairman, … Continue reading Lidl – Another ‘final straw’ for the Asda roundabout?

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 HBC Elections – Why your vote counts

If you're just here to find out how your choice of candidate could make a real difference, take this link to skip on down to our guide to 'Reading those leaflets'. Why your vote counts Local elections should be about local issues, with a wide variety of local candidates reflecting the views of the residents … Continue reading The HBC Elections – Why your vote counts

Havant’s heritage. Should we refurbish it, or just rip it up and start again?

That is the topical question posed by a BBC Radio documentary program last week. If you've half an hour to spare, take the link and listen, especially if you work for Havant Borough Council and your brief includes Planning, Economic Development or Regeneration. The subject is not only relevant to the Council's plans to 'demolish … Continue reading Havant’s heritage. Should we refurbish it, or just rip it up and start again?

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