Looking back – with 2020 vision

While many of you have been locked down and treading cautiously, Havant Borough Council has been flying, sometimes above but often below the radar, while we've been doing our best to keep you aware of the fun and games. If you've not visited this website for a while, there are a number of posts referenced … Continue reading Looking back – with 2020 vision

Latest update on the Colt site

As you may have seen in today's Portsmouth News, Southampton based Drew Smith Homes have been awarded funding by Homes England to construct 95 homes on the former Colt site in New Lane, half of which will be offered as 'affordable homes'. It's difficult to make much sense of the illustration included on the press … Continue reading Latest update on the Colt site

A subterranean surprise at the Wessex site

Demolition at the Wessex site had been proceeding at a steady rate until the machinery struck thin air, exposing a large chamber about three metres deep on the site of the large workshop building on the New Lane side. The surprise find has been tentatively identified as the site of a coke oven, a Victorian … Continue reading A subterranean surprise at the Wessex site

We’re backing Britain – again!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the sad loss of the 1960s Colt office building at the north end of New Lane.  The 'We're Backing Britain' campaign from 1968 which spread rapidly down the lane to Kenwood, has been immortalised in a BBC Radio 4 play, first broadcast on Sunday 23rd September.  … Continue reading We’re backing Britain – again!

Colt – ‘We’re backing Britain’, fifty years on

It's a sad day for those of us who remember New Lane in the heady days of the late sixties. In 1968, my first real 'summer holiday' employer, Kenwood Manufacturing, was supporting Colt in their famous staff initiative.  Boxes of Kenwood Chefs, Kenwood Mini foodmixers and the first ill-fated Kenwood Dishwashers left the plant with … Continue reading Colt – ‘We’re backing Britain’, fifty years on

Colt site, New Lane

This outline application is for the Colt site, which isn’t in St Faiths and is more of general interest, though it may well have some effect on the southern end of New Lane. To view the planning application, please take the following link: APP/18/00244