HCS AGM and Public Meeting – September 26th 2018

We would like to thank all those who attended last night’s meeting at St Faith’s Church, with particular thanks to our guest speaker Tracey Viney from Portsmouth Water Company.

ReservoirTracey’s presentation on the Havant Thicket Winter Storage Reservoir project was of great interest. It’s a project which has been long in the planning and approvals stage but which is now gathering momentum.

For further details, click on the image and the project website will open in a new browser tab.

The full set of slides from the HCS part of the meeting can be viewed by taking this link.

Following the re-election of the Committee, our new roles for 2018-19, correctly aligned to our recently restored constitution, can be seen by taking the links under ‘About us’ in the main menu of the website.

The online survey issued before the meeting proved to be useful, with 35 respondents to date. Rather than immediately deleting the records, we will leave the survey open for a further week so if you’ve not taken the opportunity to have your say, the survey will be active at this link until the Wednesday, October 3rd.

If you don’t want to page through the full slide set, those relating to the first part of the survey can be viewed here.  Summaries of the free text entries under the “Which aspects of Havant have annoyed you most?” and “Which aspects of Havant have pleased you most?” questions, duly anonymised, can be viewed by taking those links.  There’s something for everyone in there, though sadly few surprises.

We draw your particular attention the section of the presentation, slides 20 to 24, which covers Ann Buckley’s update on the Havant Borough Local Plan to 2036.  Please read these carefully and take note of the meeting dates in your diaries.  We will be adding the dates to our What’s On calendar in due course.

In our summing up, we stressed the opportunity that Havant now has to be the town centre destination of choice for our rapidly expanding residential population. It’s now critical that Havant Borough Council grasp that opportunity.  The regeneration of the town centre ‘brown field’ sites, with the quality of development that Havant deserves, is long overdue.

We ran out of time last night before I could pass the following comment.

“I was born in Southsea, brought up in Portsmouth and moved to Havant in 1975.  In my childhood, there were always two depressing, dirty railway towns ‘up the line’, one being Havant, the other Petersfield.

Petersfield got its act together long ago and it’s high time that Havant did the same. Of those two railway towns, Havant’s potential is so much the greater.”

As we said last night, please take the time to contact your councillors and make your views known. If you don’t know who they are, you can find them here. Their postal and email addresses are clearly stated.

If you’re unhappy with the response, please let us know.

Thank you for your support.

Bob Comlay







Minutes of Committee Meeting 23rd January 2013

Minutes of Committee Meeting 23rd January 2013

Present: Tim Dawes, Carole Nash, Bill Woods, Ina Allum, Beryl Francis, Michael Blanch, David Smith

Apologies were received from Annette Harley, Ray Cantwell, Jim Davis

1 Planning Applications BF had noted the rejection by Hampshire County Council of funding for replacement of the railway footbridge. CN was keen to write to HCC expressing our concerns and dissatisfaction (agreed). Application has been made for development in South Street behind Price’s garage – this is reasonable. Havant Fruit & Flowers has relocated inside the Meridian Centre, but proceedings at Davies’ Chemist need careful monitoring.

2 Report on Meeting with HBC planners and others at The Plaza 24th January 2013


Funding & viability
Progress with allocations plan
Any other business

Attendees:Bill Woods, Jeff Crate, Sally Brook, Jaime Bridges, Lucy Howard., Tim Dawes, Ina Allum, David T. Smith

1) Introduction to Civic Society (Bill)
– Ref to draft plans and limitation of the “conceptual consultation” etc.
– Realised need for forum
– Read aims

2) Question to Lucy re: consult on planning application
Nominated individual emailed a weekly list of new planning applications.
ACTION: Find individual.

3) Havant & Bedhampton Network (Jaime)
Split in two: Havant, Bedhampton.

4) Tim – invite to DCF and relevant planning forums; Email a link.
– looking to inspire confidence and to create a more direct relationship between Havant Borough Council and Havant Civic Society.
– Like early discussions with stakeholders offer opportunity to be involved in that.
– Already DRP Havant Housing Association re: Homewell.

5) Lucy “When relevant matters arise; as per Emsworth Housing or Hayling” AGREED.
Jaime – Some overlap of Havant Network and Havant Civic Society. Potential.
Lucy – 2 ways to participate: i) Registered Liaison; ii) Communication Network.
20th March – Chairs of Residents Association, Havant Network.

6) Response: (Lucy)
– War Memorial (not covered by allocation plan)
– Shared surface very controversial
– Loss of community facility. Set up steering group to look at community uses, look at all community groups.
Tim – Preservation of hall and large space. Who will manage them? Transfer assets to community basis.
Jeff – Older community aging = increased demand for community facilities.
Tim (cont.) – If transferred to community trust, reasonable chance of attracting money.

Lucy – Many problems (financial) for church and hall. Was unaware that hall had been funded by public subscription.

7) Response to Creative Quarter plans, etc.: (Lucy)
i) Market Square ii) Live/Work Unit

TIM INVITED TO TALK – Discussion over live/work units.
Lucy – demand is for high-speed internet and a spare room rather than bespoke unit.

8) Housing (Bill)
Gave examples of good and positive developments. Spoke on the number of Housing Association. Increasing in Wessex, decreasing in East Street allocation.

9) Next Steps for Allocation Plan (Lucy)
– Publish draft allocation plan, comments, log, send response, pre-submission (late spring), what we will submit for future independent verification, check whether it is “sound” first (6 weeks).
– Comments not analysed, but submitted with plans to independent inspector. PINS (BRISTOL).
– Public examination (September 2013)
– Inspector Report sound/not sound, plus recommendations
– Adopt final plan end 2013/early 2014.

10) Water Museum – Bill spoke at Lucy’s request.
Positive comments. Suggestion that Portsmouth and Southern Water would be good partners

11) Heritage Lottery Fund (Lucy)  – Suggestion to apply
– Share heritage. £3,000-£10,000 then secondary funds.
– Apply for 2013 (February).

12) Update on Retail Vacancy figures
Havant = 8.95% National average = 14.70%

3 Newsletter
CN wanted to consider the costs (human and financial) versus benefits of another newsletter only 6 weeks after the last one. TD said the financial cost is small. It was agreed that design and layout under urgent time pressure put a heavy burden on AH. Bi-monthly issues are frequent enough and should be timed to advertise our next public meeting. The public meeting intended for February would be best deferred until 18th March, 7pm in St Faith’s church hall. PA equipment will be needed. Material for the newsletter will include details of this meeting (TD to arrange a speaker) a contribution from John Pile (TD will approach him) and an update on the listed telephone box (CN will contact John Townsend) and photograph of Homewell House (IA will provide one).

4 Further ways of publicising our society
Publications considered were PO9 free newspaper – IA believes there is an office in East Street, the Diary section of Portsmouth News – only a few days notice needed and Serving You HBC magazine.

5 Theme for Heritage lottery fund grant
This had appeared promising, but analysis revealed that the multiple constraints made it difficult to identify a project without considerably more thought; this would be best deferred.

6 Fixed day and time for committee meetings
The combined commitments of those present were noted – CN will contact others.