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

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

That New Lane planning application – In the News today

There's a double bill of content in today's print edition of the News. Firstly Toby Paine's article, which has unfortunately been edited for the print edition and in the process, has lost a significant sentence from the original online edition published on 27-1-2022. (See HCS post from the same day) To read the full text, … Continue reading That New Lane planning application – In the News today

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

The 32 New Lane ‘intended occupier’? The News believes it to be Amazon

A typically tabloid headline which, if true, will be pounced on by Havant Borough Council for their next press release. The real number appears towards the end of the article. If we are to believe the content of the planning application, there will be just over 70 permanent jobs, at least some of which we … Continue reading The 32 New Lane ‘intended occupier’? The News believes it to be Amazon

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

The 32 New Lane planning decision – as it happened

Preface There are four video clips covering the entire agenda item of the meeting in this post. If you want to understand how planning decisions are taken at HBC, then this is as good a place as any to start. We've left off the boring piece at the beginning, though it does contain some interesting … Continue reading The 32 New Lane planning decision – as it happened