Plans to set up civic society for Havant

The White Hart public house on the corner of North Street and East Street in Havant
The White Hart public house on the corner of North Street and East Street in Havant

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PEOPLE passionate about Havant’s heritage want to preserve its history by forming a civic society.

Tim Dawes, a South Hampshire Green Party member, is spearheading the move and hopes the group can make a difference when it comes to redevelopment plans.

It comes as Havant Borough Council issued proposals to the public detailing the redevelopment of East Street and the St Faith’s Church area – as reported in The News.

The plans include creating a new town square next to St Faith’s Church.

But many people are opposed to demolishing the 123-year-old White Hart pub and moving the war memorial.

Now a group of people dedicated to preserving heritage have moved to set up the town’s first civic society.

They have already drawn up a constitution of aims and are set to formalise the group on Wednesday.

The society, which is set to be named Friends of Havant, has a list of objectives, including generating more public awareness of factors influencing the general environment, and preserving and protecting the features of public interest.

Mr Dawes told The News: ‘Lots of people were at the public meeting about three weeks ago and one of the things suggested was to have an organisation that looks at the built environment in Havant, or at least represents the architectural interests in the town.

‘We are talking to built environment professionals, as well as campaigners with interests in heritage.’

He added he hopes the society will form a partnership with the borough council.

The society meets at the United Reformed Church Hall in Elm Lane on Wednesday from 7.15pm.