Trader calls for rethink on Havant town centre plan

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A LONG-standing shopkeeper has spoken out against proposals to redevelop part of Havant town centre.

Lesley Petrie, whose family have been trading in Havant for 130 years, opposes many of the proposals made by Havant Borough Council for the East Street area.

As reported, the proposals that went out for consultation included options to demolish the White Hart pub and redevelop with housing.

Mrs Petrie, who runs Lesley Petrie Furnishings, said: ‘This is a pretty part of Havant.

‘I am the first to agree that it should be tarted up and made to look better.

‘But don’t rip it down and put flats up when they can’t even fill the flats down the road. The people of Havant do not want this.’

But council leaders say the proposals are merely ideas at this stage.

Julia Potter, executive head of planning, said: ‘We are still looking at all the consultation responses to the proposals. The council will then consider how it take matters forward. Further consultations with the public will take place.’