HBC, planning applications and a little matter of trust

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 of 'trustworthiness'. The figure is all the more … Continue reading HBC, planning applications and a little matter of trust

Amazon? 32 New Lane? Really?! Hardly a wise location!

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 Amazon? 32 New Lane? Really?! Hardly a wise location!

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

32 New Lane, Vectos and Mr. Dix’s difficulty with numbers.

At yesterday's planning committee meeting, had anybody actually been listening, rather than just making up the numbers, they'd have picked up at first hand the difficulty we've had making sense of the Vectos transport documentation associated with the 32 New Lane planning application. Read on, then look at the table and listen to the clip … Continue reading 32 New Lane, Vectos and Mr. Dix’s difficulty with numbers.

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

RegenCo and the Part-time Borough Council

At the end of our previous post on the external consultancy which Havant Borough Council's Regeneration team have been paying for, we asked this question: "Which local consulting organisation boasted to its prospective clients in 2019 that it had produced a masterplan and investment approach aimed at revitalising and re-positioning the town centre of Havant?" The answer … Continue reading RegenCo and the Part-time Borough Council

Bargate making a grab for a quick buck again at Bedhampton

Regular readers will be aware of the struggle our friends in Bedhampton have had over Lower Road, well it's just taken the inevitable turn. There are those in our part-time Council who will doubtless be rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of another dent in the housing numbers! Another 43 houses squeezed in … Continue reading Bargate making a grab for a quick buck again at Bedhampton

Havant Regeneration – Accountability and Accounting

Regular readers will know that we've been following the progress of the Havant Borough Regeneration Programme since the early days of the 'Opportunity Havant Regeneration Strategy' back in 2018. Apart from a couple of false launches and a video, nothing much has been seen and since the first attempt at a Phase 1 Project - … Continue reading Havant Regeneration – Accountability and Accounting

Havant Borough Council – Under scrutiny

This time last week we'd been watching the Overview and Scrutiny Committee review three papers due to be presented to the HBC Cabinet on September 8th. Knowing how important these three papers are, we took a look at the HBC Constitution to remind ourselves of just how the Overview and Scrutiny process should work. The … Continue reading Havant Borough Council – Under scrutiny