When a ‘last mile delivery centre’ was first proposed for Pfizer’s former site in New Lane in January 2021, the marketing flyer from the developer gave few hints of the extent to which that description was being stretched. The location’s constrained access to the UK strategic road network, via the town centre and nearby residential … Continue reading Amazon – The unanswered questions
The HCS ‘HBC Regeneration Programme’ archive
Levelling-up funding – Disappointment for Havant
Southampton and Farnborough win £20 Million each, but once again, there's nothing for Havant. Despite our rather tongue in cheek 'new year' post, we did hold out a slim hope that HBC would be more successful second time around. Click to view - Levelling Up fund bid results - January 18 2023 Sadly, the result … Continue reading Levelling-up funding – Disappointment for Havant
Happy New Year! Havant’s going back to the future in 2023
If you were keeping an eye on the News over the festive period, you might have spotted this photograph of Havant from October 1989. With a freshly demolished area where the Meridian Centre currently sits and a surface car park on the Bulbeck Road site, it presents a useful vision of how the town might … Continue reading Happy New Year! Havant’s going back to the future in 2023
Regeneration ‘Take 3’ – Where’s the plan?
It's good to see the cranes over Havant Town Centre. However, these are not signs of HBC's long-awaited Regeneration programme firing up, but the results of hard graft and funding by private developers following lengthy process delays in planning. The bigger crane to the left rises above the Prince George Street development site while the … Continue reading Regeneration ‘Take 3’ – Where’s the plan?
HCS ‘Open Community Forum’, 3 November at St. Faith’s church
Introduction This was the first, post-Covid HCS public meeting and given the audience response, we're considering making this a regular twice-yearly event. The meeting was held in St Faith's church, depicted in the HCS logo and located at the heart of the historic town centre. This beautiful Havant landmark offers the perfect space for a … Continue reading HCS ‘Open Community Forum’, 3 November at St. Faith’s church
HBC spend £6,600 with Market Research agency to ‘explore Havant’s future’
Regular readers will be aware that Havant Civic Society, along with almost a dozen other local Havant Borough residents' groups, have been trying with limited success to engage with the HBC Regeneration Team for the past four years. We've put in a great deal of time and effort over that period, reviewing and critiquing the … Continue reading HBC spend £6,600 with Market Research agency to ‘explore Havant’s future’
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
HBC’s bold new strategy kicks the Regeneration can down the road again
The latest series of Regeneration Papers were considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Havant Borough Council on Tuesday, 1st March, passing 'scrutiny' with flying colours and no issues flagged. The papers passed through the Cabinet meeting on Monday 7th March with only a minor amendment and their passage through the next full Council … Continue reading HBC’s bold new strategy kicks the Regeneration can down the road again
Havant Regeneration, another year goes by
In the last twelve months, HCS has had little or no productive engagement with the HBC Regeneration Team and general frustration with the programme is starting to turn to disillusionment. It seems barely a year since we posted this account of the Regeneration Update from November 2020. Listening again to the recordings in that post … Continue reading Havant Regeneration, another year goes by
HBC, planning applications and a little matter of trust
Updated - 22 October Updated - 20 December 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 … Continue reading HBC, planning applications and a little matter of trust
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