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BUSINESSES have shown their determination to make their town an economic success.

The Waterlooville Community Forum events team, which is made up of residents, has had the first of what members hope will be regular meetings with town centre business owners in a bid to put Waterlooville on the map.

The team, which is supported by Havant Borough Council and other organisations, wants to encourage a sense of pride and community spirit and to make the town a shopping and tourist destination.

Recently, 20 local businesses and organisations attended a meeting at Cafe Moka, in Wellington Way, to discuss ways to invigorate the town centre.

Jackie Buckley, chairwoman of the community forum, said: ‘A very comprehensive list of ideas was generated.

‘Some would be challenging and others would be very possible. The next meeting is to see how we can take some of these ideas forward.

‘We need as many businesses as possible to come along so that everyone has a say.

‘The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19 at 6pm at Butlers Pantry in the town centre.’

The community forum has been responsible for putting on the Christmas festival, Santa’s grotto and the summer fete.

This year it hopes to encourage use of the new bandstand in the town centre.

If you are a local business or resident and want to get involved email Mrs Buckley on buckleypjn@btinternet.com.

Alternatively go to the Waterlooville Community Facebook page or follow WaterloovilleCD on Twitter.