HBC TO PROCEED WITH HOUSING REVISION

Neighbourhood Plan Ever More Urgent

Havant Borough Council have decided to proceed with their revisions to their Housing Statement despite strong local opposition. We have decided to work with them to exert as much local influence as possible.
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AND NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP….

FUNDS ARE LOW AND REQUIREMENTS ARE HIGH

The Forum team have been working hard for many months to consult local residents and businesses and community organisations about what policies we would like to see in the Emsworth Neighbourhood Plan. We now have a first draft but a lot more work is needed to get it ready for consultation and then to referendum.
Please find out more here. >>>>>>

HAVANT COUNCIL WANT RESIDENTS TO CONTRIBUTE

Contribute towards the Master Plan by signing up for Havant’s Design Workshops or completing this questionnaire >>>>>

Havant Borough Council are looking for residents to contribute their thoughts and ideas towards the master plan for development and infrastructure improvements in the area between Emsworth and Denvilles ….see more here >>>>

 

EMSWORTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

RENOVATION GETS THE VOTE

About 350 people attended ECA Annual General Meeting and voted overwhelmingly by a large show of hands to renovate and enhance the Emsworth Community Centre.

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HELP SHAPE OUR PLANS BY VOLUNTEERING

By becoming a member of the Emsworth Forum you have shown that you care about Emsworth and its future. The Forum is run by volunteers and we need help and expertise to do the work of developing the Emsworth Neighbourhood Plan which will help determine how Emsworth develops in the future. If you have the time to help us with this important task for the town your help will make a real difference.

Jobs that we need help with include:

  • Events – organizing and representing the Forum at local events
  • Leafleting – door to door
  • Posters – putting up and taking down of posters around Emsworth
  • IT – using software packages such as Survey Monkey & Mailchimp
  • Social media– posting messages on Twitter, Facebook. Training can be provided
  • Surveys – interviewing people at events and door to door
  • Data Entry – for inputting survey responses etc
  • Fundraising – organizing applying for grants, sponsorships, raffles, merchandising

 

In addition we would be very keen to hear if you have any specific skills such as:

  • Accountancy
  • Planning
  • Transport

 

If you can help with any of these tasks please get in touch with our Volunteer Co-ordinator Sue Fricker on 02392 430216 or email her on friskerspost@hotmail.com.

All offers of help no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

EMSWORTH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – WHAT’S NEXT?

OUR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING GAVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE PLANS

On Tuesday evening 21st July we held our annual general meeting and invited all to attend.We certainly touched on the issues we have raised in the past few weeks and held an exercise to develop a vision for the town based on the survey and public meeting findings. We will be making these public shortly.

 

A SIMPLE THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who has participated in these meetings. It has been really interesting to hear everyone’s views and inspiring to hear about all the creative ideas that people have for making the town an even better place to live, work and visit.

The Emsworth Forum management committee is now going through a process of consolidating all your views and ideas and determining, with expert advice, which ones could be part of the Neighbourhood Plan and which are projects that could be taken forward outside of the planning process.

We will be discussing the outputs of the survey and meetings with all the relevant local community and statutory organisations and stakeholders (such as the Emsworth Residents, Business and Community Associations and Havant Council and Hampshire County Council. ) A complete report of all these issues and ideas will be posted on this website.

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded another small central government grant for further funding of the work of the Forum. The Forum is run by volunteers but there are certain services that we have to pay for. These grants are mostly to cover the costs of publicity and administration. We have also applied for support to access an expert planning adviser who will be able to assist us in developing our plan and hope to hear about that soon.

WHAT OUR SURVEY TOLD US

In order to understand the desires and needs we have for Emsworth we recently conducted a simple 20-question survey. With over 220 completed replies finally analysed we can now report on the interesting diversity of the replies. Plenty of comments and opinions have been expressed so please read on…..

  • "Wouldn't extra free parking encourage more people to shop locally?"

  • "I love the independent feel of Emsworth's businesses but do we need any more estate agents?"

  • "We all have to live with development but can't we make sure it is appropriate and we have the infrastrucure to support it?"

  • "Losing the banks is a serious worry"

  • "I have two teenagers and there is very little for them to do"

  • "I know we are a coastal town but more must be done to alleviate the flooding issue!"

SUMMER 2015: THE PUBLIC MEETINGS

From our survey conducted last year we identified 5 major areas of concern that interest us all, namely Transport, Young People, Development, Business & Leisure and Health.Since then we held public meetings to discuss these topics in more detail. To find out more click on the FEEDBACK buttons below.

  • Wed 3rd June : Children and Young People, including education and facilities
    Invitees: Schools, Youth groups
  • Wed 10th June : Development, including environment and flooding issues
    Invitees: HBC, EA
  • Wed 17th June : Business, Economy and Leisure, to include Arts and Culture
    Invitees: HBC, EBA, Wemsfest
  • Wed 24th June :  Health and Social well-being
    Invitees: Emsworth practice, Southern Health
  • Wed 1st July : Transport, to include traffic, parking and safety issues
    Invitees: HBC, HCC, Police and Fire service

 

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE ARE DOING

The Emsworth Forum, working with the Emsworth Residents Association, the Emsworth Business Association and other local groups, has taken the first major step in developing an Emsworth Neighbourhood plan. The Plan will create a statutory framework that will guide development across the town: everything from parking to flooding, education to house building. This has to be ready by May 2016 so the countdown has started and there is a lot to do. The first phase was to gain initial feedback from people who shop, live and work in Emsworth – yes all of us. The aim is to understand what we all love about our town and how we would like to see this protected and improved.

Neighbourhood Plans are being developed by Parish Councils and Neighbourhood Forums up and down the country. Some readers will know that Southbourne and Westbourne are well ahead and have theirs drafted. There is a set process to follow to get the work done and we need to make sure the final plan has the authority it needs by making sure as many people as possible have had their say. The final document will detail exactly what we all want and will save residents, land owners, developers and the council time and money by making sure all new developments and improvements to the town are what we want for us, our children and residents in future.

The Forum is run by volunteers so all your help and feedback is welcomed.

If you would like to help please contact the Emsworth Forum Chair, Stephanie Elsy on 01243 379973 or by email on Stephanie@stephelsy.net

Find out about Neighbourhood Planning and take part in a open forum conversation.

http://www.havant.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning/emsworth-neighbourhood-planning

How to join Emsworth Forum does it include you…………please read more here…………>>>>>

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