THE brainstorming is over and now it’s up to the people to decide.
Havant Borough Council, in partnership with The News, is throwing open the polls to decide on a new iconic name for its revamped civic offices.
More than £13m is being spent on bringing the civic centre into the 21st century with a new-look atrium and state-of-the-art offices.
Until now, the project has simply been called the Public Service Village.
But in March the council asked people to submit possible names for the new civic centre.
A total of 150 names were put forward, but they have now been whittled down to just four – detailed in the panel above.
Residents can cast their votes from today until May 27.
Councillor Tony Briggs, leader of Havant Borough Council, said: ‘I’m delighted that so many people have suggested names for the newly refurbished building, it’s only right then that residents will now get to make the final decision from the short list.
‘Both Havant Borough and Hampshire County Councils are excited about this first phase of a Public Service Village and I think all of the short-listed names reflect the importance of the project to the local community.’
The new office will be home to both Havant and Hampshire council staff as well as a host of other organisations, including Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Connexions, Havant and East Hants Learning Disability Service and Havant Council of Community Service.
THE SHORT LIST
· (The) Agora – originating from the Greek word for ‘market place’, the new building will be a gathering place for people and a central hub for the community, where you can access effective and efficient services.
· (The) Beehive – the building will be a busy place where you can come and find both the support to, and the structure of, the local community. It will be a place that benefits everyone.
· Public Service Plaza - refers to the idea of a town square and combines this with the original working title for the project (Public Service Village), which reinforces the aspiration for integrated working across local government and the voluntary sector.
· Waterhaven – originates from a suggestion of ‘Waterhavan Park’ and brings with it references to different districts within the borough – Waterlooville and Havant. It also brings to mind the streams and wells that provided water to Havant’s historic parchment making industry. The inclusion of haven suggests safety and security, which the new building will provide for the community.
· You can cast your votes online at havant.gov.uk, email to email@example.com or post your choice to Name The Building, Civic Offices, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX.
You can also vote by text. Please use the code A to vote for Agora, B to vote for Beehive, C to vote for Public Services Plaza or D to vote for Waterhaven.
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