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A PUBLIC meeting has been arranged for people to voice their views on proposals to revamp Havant town centre.

The Green Party in Havant has organised the meeting at St Faith’s Church Hall, which is one of the buildings that could be redeveloped as part of the plans.

Tim Dawes, from Havant Green Party, said they would introduce the meeting, but the floor would then be open for a debate.

He said the meeting was an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to voice any concerns.

It comes as Havant Borough Council has carried out a consultation on proposals for the redevelopment of East Street and the area around St Faith’s Church.

Hundreds of people have been to look at the proposals at the Meridian Centre.

As reported, the plans include creating a new town square next to St Faith’s Church, with public gardens and lawns.

The town’s crossroads would become semi-pedestrianised.

Using land currently occupied by St Faith’s Church hall and the Bear Hotel car park, there would be a courtyard-style residential development.

One option would be to demolish the White Hart pub, while another option would keep the Victorian building.

Proposals were outlined to move the war memorial at the crossroads – which was unveiled in 1922 – to the new town square or in the new public gardens of St Faith’s Church.

Council leaders stressed no firm decisions have been made and there are a range of options.

The meeting starts at 7.15pm on Wednesday in the church hall in East Pallant.