‘Car Park redevelopment’ may be something of a misnomer and it’s worth reading the document that was presented at the Havant Borough Council Cabinet meeting on March 20th.
In this document, you will find further explanation of the project proposal and the timescales. The timescales appear to be driven by conditions on the component of funding from Homes England. While that £3.5 million is being touted as ‘significant’, it is a drop in the ocean in the context of the full project costs. Take the link to this document and you will find an explanation of the ownership of the various sites shown in the chart below.
The fact that HBC own or can easily acquire these sites is the reason why they’re intent on this being Phase 1 of their Regeneration Programme.
We are concerned that both the East Pallant and the Bear Hotel car parks are included in the Draft Local Plan to 2036 as sites for residential development. Objections from the Civic Society, The Spring and St Faith’s Church about the impact of this have not yet altered the Council’s thinking.
These car parks are heavily used by older and disabled people, as they are close to the historic town centre. Families also use the car parks, as they are near to Fairfield and Glenhurst schools and the Pallant Family Café. Other users include visitors to the Pallant Centre, the Gazebo Garden, The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, St Faiths and The United Reformed Churches. They also support the three dental practices in East Street and the one in Prince George Street, as well as the many small businesses in the nearby town centre streets, who rely on them for parking, both for staff and customers.
Havant Borough Council owns the East Pallant Car Park, which they compulsory purchased for use as a car park many years ago. The Council do not seem to appreciate how vital this car park is for the prosperity of the town centre. This proposal feels like planning at its worst.
What can you do?
Please email or write to the councillors for St Faith’s ward and also your own ward councillor, if you do not live in this ward and express your concerns. There is still time to get this site taken out of the Local Plan.
Write to your ward councillor at: The Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, P09 2AZ, or email them at: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
While this is well outside our area, the problem of global sea level rise and the rapidly decaying state of sea defences along the British coastline is a significant issue. Our own coastline is potentially at risk from Bedhampton and Southmoor in the west to Langstone and Warblington in the east,
On behalf of Havant Borough Council, the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) will shortly be undertaking ground and structural investigation works around the Langstone seafront to determine the condition of existing defenses. These works will involve undertaking a series of boreholes, trial pits and concrete core samples to collect samples to determine the ground and existing defense structure conditions.
ESCP have invited Havant Civic Society to join their Langstone Stakeholder Working Group to provide input to the requirements and design phases of this important project.
Along with our partners at the Langstone Residents’ Association and other interested local stakeholder groups, we attended a workshop at the Langstone Hotel on September 5th, the first of a series of such meetings to be scheduled throughout the design and delivery projects. There will be a public event in November where ESCP will present their shortlisted design options, and a further public event in June 2019 for residents and businesses to comment on the Outline Design.
Two documents from Wednesday’s workshop may be of interest and can be viewed by taking the following links:
Saturday June 23rd was a day to remember in Havant, not just for us local residents, but also for two young residents of Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Tom (aged 5) and William (aged 3) landed at Heathrow at 7:00 am with their journalist mum ( a Fairfield School pupil from the era of Mrs. Lawrence) and dad (a journalist and author from New Jersey).
Granddad had made the early trip up to Heathrow to pick them up and by 11:00 am the entire family were down at ‘The Spring’ watching the Wickham Morris and joining in with the terrific celebrations laid on by the Friends of Havant Cemeteries. After a quick lunch these two young lads were introduced – ‘re-introduced’ as far as mum and granddad were concerned – to the Fairfield School Strawberry Fayre. A enjoyable afternoon was had by all.
It’s hard to think of a better introduction to England. A warm ‘thank you’ to both the FoHC and Fairfield School for laying on such great local entertainment for the townsfolk of Havant.
Since 2013 a group of volunteers has been looking after the cemeteries in New Lane, Eastern Road and Warblington. They are now the Friends of Havant Cemeteries (FoHC)and meet on the morning of the last Tuesday of each month to work on clearing and tidying the cemeteries, managing weeds, sowing wild flowers, and they also have an interest in researching some of the graves.
On 23 June 2018 from 10-4 FoHC will be holding an “Open Day” at the Springand at the cemeteries to celebrate our recent Heritage Lottery Grant award which is being used to install new gates, a bench and information boards.
At the public meeting on April 26th, Rev’d David Morgan, assistant curate from St Faith’s Church, gave an introduction to the intriguing proposal to redevelop the grounds of the church at the heart of the town. The intention, currently still at an early draft stage, is to open the use of the churchyard, not just for church events but potentially for the use of the wider community.
At the south east corner of the churchyard, to the bottom right of the concept drawing above, is a circular feature described as the ‘Wheel of the Year’. The illustration below gives an indication of how such a feature might look.
These illustrations are from an internal church prospectus – the ‘God’s Acre’ project – which was used to model the concept. HCS will watch this ‘work in progress’ with great interest and look forward to bringing you further detail as the idea progresses.