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A SCHEME to give people a real say over what happens in their communities is set to move a step closer.

Neighbourhood forums have been created from the Localism Act and give residents a big say in how their town develops and where cash is spent.

Emsworth could be one of the first communities to benefit.

Leaders at Havant Borough Council are set to give their backing to creating the Emsworth Forum at a meeting next Wednesday.

It could eventually lead to other communities within Havant and beyond setting up their own forum, if there is enough support.

Around 270 people have signed up to the forum in Emsworth.

Stephanie Elsy, forum chairwoman, said the signals from leading politicians had been good so far.

She said: ‘This is obviously very positive and, once approved, the Emsworth Forum will be tasked to start developing our plan as an approved neighbourhood forum.’

A council report states: ‘Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work.’