Bid to give a voice to the people

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, from the Liberal Democrats.

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A NEW scheme has been launched to give the people of Havant and Bedhampton a bigger say on how the area develops in future.

Residents are rallying round to form a Community Plan for the town.

Inspired by the localism movement, it will be an action plan for the future which is drawn up from residents’ suggestions.

A workshop takes place next Wednesday at Bedhampton Social Hall.

All the local residents’ associations will be there and other interested groups and individuals are invited to attend the meeting from 2.30pm.

The scheme is led by the Havant and Bedhampton Community Network.

Chairwoman Kate Turner said residents wanted a bigger say on where developers’ contributions are targeted.

She said: ‘For instance when there are planning applications going in, we can say whether it fits into our vision of Havant.

‘It might be that because an area has a Victorian look, buildings in the development need to be in that style.

‘Or if they are going to develop a particular area, we have identified the need for a recreational area.’

Mrs Turner added: ‘This is the people’s voice in a non-political way.

‘We are not bound by any party’s political strategies.

‘This is a more structured way of finding out what the people of Havant and Bedhampton want.’

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