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Updated: 09 April 2018   

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9th April


Local MP, Alan Mak Leads Support the Emsworth Surgery Campaign


Local MP Alan Mak has launched a campaign calling on the Emsworth Surgery’s doctors to keep an ongoing presence in the town centre following a potential move of their main surgery to a new building at Redlands Grange.

Talks between the doctors and NHS England to build a modern health centre for Emsworth at Redlands Grange are at an advanced stage, with an announcement expected in the coming months.

In anticipation of the planned Redlands Grange move, Alan has brought together other community representatives in calling for a community presence to be maintained in the town centre – with a satellite surgery the preferred option. The doctors currently operate a satellite surgery in Westbourne, close to the location of the new clinic.

Speaking after the launch, Alan encouraged all residents to back his campaign by signing-up as supporters on his website to demonstrate the community’s support for a surgery presence in the town centre.

Alan said: "Over the last three years I’ve chaired a number of meetings between the doctors, the NHS and other stakeholders to turn our vision of a modern health centre for Emsworth into a reality and to identify the best possible option that meets the long-term needs of the community.

“Some people hoped that the old Victoria Cottage Hospital site could be used. However, the doctors have the final say, and their view is that a new, modern purpose-built facility at Redlands Grange secures the long term clinical needs of local residents.

“Nevertheless, I believe it’s important that some presence is maintained in the town centre, especially for those residents who would find it harder to access the new facilities at Redlands Grange. That’s why I have launched my campaign to persuade the doctors that Emsworth Surgery needs to keep a presence in the town centre.”

The campaign has been backed by the business community, with Sue Treagust from the Emsworth Business Association saying that it was important for the town that the doctors have a retained presence.

She said: “Although I am disappointed by the decision to move to Redlands Grange, I believe now that it’s vital the community comes together to ensure that some health provision remains in the town centre. I’m support the aims of Alan’s campaign and I encourage all residents to get behind it.”


The campaign is also supported by all three of the Emsworth councillors, who backed the push to retain services in the town centre.


Cllr Richard Kennett said: “From speaking with residents I believe most people wish to finally see a modern health centre for Emsworth even if that means moving to Redlands Grange. However, I fully back Alan’s idea of a satellite surgery which is a sensible compromise and hopefully something that everyone can get behind.”


If you wish to sign-up to the campaign please visit here

If you wish to leave a comment, visit alanmak.org.uk/contact









2nd April


 Christians in Westbourne, near Emsworth mark Good Friday

Christians in Westbourne, near Emsworth, marked Good Friday with their traditional walk through the village with a large cross, recalling the death of Jesus. Celebrations of the resurrection included a sunrise service on Easter Sunday, followed by breakfast.

Rev Andrew Doye, rector at St John's parish church, said: "Easter is the great celebration in the church, taking us from the solemn sadness of Jesus' cross to the joy and brightness of his rising from the dead. God brought new life, then; and does so through his love and mercy to us, today."






26th March


Emsworth Museum Re-opens for the 2018 season on March 31st

Following last year’s successful temporary exhibition of the CDAS finds from the Warblington Roman Estate, Emsworth Museum is pleased to provide a permanent home for the unique Warblington Cist and other finds from the excavation.


The new CDAS display cabinet will be formally opened by David Hopkins, the Hampshire County Archaeologist at 10.30 on March 31st


The picture shows Trevor Davies and Jane Weeks of Chichester and District Archaeology Society (CDAS)  preparing the new display cabinet.


The Museum is pen om Saturdays and Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4.30pm Sundays 2.30pm - 4.30pm and St \St George’s Day (23rd April)  10.00am - 2.00pm Admission is freewww.emsworthmuseum.org.uk.




26th March


Emsworth Business Association raises £6,500 for local primary schools


Each year the Emsworth Business Association supports a local good cause which has included over the last few years the Rosemary Foundation, The Rowans Hospice and Stonepillow. The EBA chose as its local good cause for 2017 the two Emsworth Primary Schools – St James’ Primary School and Emsworth Primary School with the aim of supporting the future generations of the community. Giles Babb, Chair of the EBA was delighted this week to hand over a cheque to Headteachers Kate Fripp and Erika Biddlecombe for £6,500 which will be shared by the two primary schools. Fund raising events over the year included –

·        Emsworth Apple Pressing Day

·        The Community Seafood Lunch held during Emsworth British Food Fortnight

·        Father Christmas’s Grotto at the Emsworth Christmas Lights Turn on

·        Christmas Tree re-cycling

The series of fund raising events culminated with the annual Emsworth Charity Black and White Ball, held at the Brookfield Hotel and attended by almost 100 people which raised through an auction and raffle in excess of £4,000.

The Emsworth Business Association would like to thank all the local business and residents who contributed and supported these events last year and are delighted that the amount raised will make a significant difference to these two primary schools.

“On behalf of St James' Primary School thank you for the money raised for our school and our children.  It is superb to see our local community through the EBA supporting the education of the future generation of Emsworth.  One of the joys of Emsworth is the team spirit shown by residents and businesses which is demonstrated with this fund raising.  Thank you.”  Erika Biddlecombe, Headteacher, St James' Primary School, Emsworth'  


“Emsworth Primary School are incredibly grateful for the fund raising by the community which will benefit the children in so many ways. It shows our pupils the power of collaborative work and the importance of being part of a wider community with local interests. We are looking forward to sharing with you how the funds will be spent and the benefits to our learning and environment! Thank you from all of us.” Kate Fripp, Headteacher Emsworth Primary School.


 “This the largest total the EBA has ever raised for its annual support of local good causes and we have been amazed by the continued generosity and support of businesses. These are tough times for many businesses and the fact that many still supported this initiative shows just how strong and determined this community is.” Giles Babb, Chair EBA

For more information - www.emsworth.org.uk & www.stonepillow.org.uk







19th March


Residents fear the ‘destruction’ of Emsworth as proposals for 260 new homes

PROPOSALS for 260 homes on a greenfield site have sparked an outcry from residents who have said: ‘don’t clog up our town’.

Land and Partners has revealed plans to build on a field north of Long Copse Lane, Emsworth, and will hold a public exhibition at the town’s community centre. The field opposite Long Copse Lane, Emsworth where developers want to build 260 homes  But many fear the plan, part of Havant Borough Council’s plan to see 1,700 homes built in Emsworth by 2036, will add to the ‘destruction’ of the town.

Dr Alistair Thomas, 74, has lived opposite the field for 33 years.

He said: ‘Traffic and a growing population is swamping Emsworth such that everybody’s quality of life, including any new people, is and will continue to suffer.

‘There’s going to be too many people in an area with not enough infrastructure.

‘Our road is very narrow, it can’t fit two cars down it and there’s no pavement.

‘The town itself is getting busier and is being destroyed. This new development will only make things worse.’

In 2014 Bellway Homes finished building 280 houses to the south of Long Copse Lane, as part of its Redlands Grange development.

The field to the north of it has an area of 15.8ha and is used as grazing land and horse paddocks.

Jonathan Harbottle, director of Land and Partners, said: ‘We understand the positive benefits of respecting the environment, engaging with the community and insisting on high-quality design, tailored to the local context.

‘Our proposals north of Long Copse Lane are very-well contained by existing development and natural boundary features.

‘We propose to keep open the frontage of the land facing the lane with a green corridor which acts as a visual buffer, a biodiversity corridor and sustainable water feature.’

Mr Harbottle said there would be no more than ‘about two additional vehicle movements every minute’ on the road network as a result.  Havant Borough Council has proposed the build of 9,549 homes by the year 2036, in its Draft Local Plan.  A total of 125 homes are being built on land west of Horndean Road in Emsworth.  And 1,100 homes have been earmarked for Southleigh, the strategic gap between the town and Denvilles.

Paul Brown, 52, lives on Long Copse Lane with his family. He said: ‘We’re resolved that if the development does go ahead we’ll probably just move.

‘I can’t believe 260 homes can be put on that field without some major changes to the road infrastructure around here, it would just clog this lane up.’

The exhibition will take place at Emsworth Community Centre tomorrow, from 5.30pm-8.30pm.


The News 20th March 2018








12th March


The Future of the Old Hospital Garden

The Friends of Emsworth Community Health (FECH) hold the Old Hospital garden in trust for the community and a few of us have been trying for more that 12 months to get improvements to the garden so that our residents can enjoy it. 

Restoration plans and ideas for opening the garden to the public have been presented, but were rejected by the trustees. They seem determined to keep it under lock and key, and open it only for occasional use.
With more and more homes being built in the area, and with no public space south of the A27, the garden is a valuable but under-used community asset. 
FECH is a small and little known local charity, but has assets of more that 600k and apparently distributes interest on capital to local good causes without breaking into its enormous capital. The garden (if restored) would become a huge asset locally and be a place of peace and relaxation, helping the health and well being of our residents - young and old.
Please consider attending the FECH AGM that takes place on Thursday 22nd March at 4.30pm in the Community Centre. Perhaps the Trustees can be persuaded the public should have a voice about the garden’s future?
If you would like to become a member of the friends the subscription is £2 which can be paid via BACS [ FECH-account 00013227- sort code 40-52-40]

Malinda Griffin  12th March 2018



1st March


Footpath loss angers locals at Emsworth homes plan exhibition


A PUBLIC exhibition to showcase plans for a new development and gain feedback from residents was held at a community centre.

Curious members of the public visited Emsworth Community Centre to learn more about Hampshire Homes’ plans to build 49 homes off Westwood Close, in Emsworth.

The move follows the Development Consultation Forum held at Havant Borough Council’s Public Service Plaza in January.

But some of those who attended said the boards of information, which were on display yesterday, told them ‘nothing new’.

Ray Cobbett, chair of the Havant branch of Friends of the Earth and who opposes the development, said: ‘Most of what I’ve seen today I’ve seen before, except for the very basic designs.

‘This is over-development on a valued piece of land – a green space with Emsworth on one side and Westbourne on the other.

‘The development isn’t even needed to meet the council’s housing targets.

‘It should have been designated as a green space by the council because it includes a much-loved historical footpath, which will now be diverted into a flood zone.’

The 1.48-hectare site is neighboured by the River Ems and the West Sussex village of Westbourne.

The developer plans to build four one-bedroom flats, 22 two-bedroom homes, 19 three-bedroom homes and four four-bedroom homes, with a total of 121 car parking spaces.

Tony Dove, 73, lives in Westwood Close and attended the exhibition. He said: ‘People won’t be able to use the path when it’s wet. I don’t think the developer is listening to residents – today is a sham, we’ve seen it all before.

‘The only thing I haven’t seen is the picture of the houses, which isn’t detailed at all.’

Residents questioned why the homes couldn’t be added to the some 2,100 due to be built at the Southleigh site, between Emsworth and Denvilles, identified in the council’s Local Plan 2036.

Phil Shephard, 65, lives in Westwood Close. He said: ‘There’s 2,000-odd homes being built elsewhere in Emsworth, but here we’ve got 49 houses encroaching on to the last greenfield site between Westbourne and Emsworth.

‘It’s messing with a famous footpath and water voles – which I saw at the Westbourne end of the river last year.

‘They’re endangered.’

Hampshire Homes said it will listen to the community and incorporate feedback given into its planning application, which will be submitted to the council ‘in the coming weeks’.

Director of Hampshire Homes, Ian Wallace, said: ‘Residents were keen to engage with our team and turned out in numbers.

‘Of particular concern was the footpath, and we’ve been happy to take peoples’ thoughts on board.

‘We’re proposing the path is diverted slightly to ensure it’s kept within the green space. A portion of it is being moved out of the developable area to a small section of flood zone 2.

‘A large section of the remainder of the path sits within flood zones 2 and 3.

‘Discussions with Hampshire County Council’s Rights of Way team are continuing about the diversion, and correct measures will be taken in selecting the finished surfacing and maintenance of the footway.’

The News 28th February 2018





28th Februay


Havant Council Tax Rise for 2018-19

Havant Borough Council has ‘with great reluctance’ decided to increase its council tax for the first time in nine years – with an increase of 2.99% which is £5.76 per year – less than a month’s membership of Netflix at £5.99.

Councillor Michael Cheshire, Leader of Havant Borough Council, outlined how the council planned  to maintain its financial sustainability while continuing to boost the local economy and make the area as prosperous as possible.

The 2.99% increase will result in a Band D rate of £198.54 which equates to a £5.76 increase per year. He said that the budget will be under constant review.

He told the Full Council meeting on Wednesday night (21 Feb): “We have delivered and will continue to deliver affordable high-quality services of our customers and residents for less cost and yet we have done this without lowering our standards.

“We have achieved this while facing a significant reduction in central Government funding (the Revenue Support Grant) which in 2016/17 was £1.4m, is now £290,000 and from 2019/20 will be zero.

“However, despite this reduction in central funding, we continue to provide a full range of public services for people and businesses in our borough, furthermore we continue to explore every option to deliver value for money for our residents.”

He told the meeting how the council was achieving its key priorities.

He said: “We will seek to enhance our economic growth by transforming our town centres in order to attract inward investment and work to finalise our local plan.

“We will look at our major development opportunities such as Havant and Waterlooville town centres, Hayling Island, Brockhampton West and Dunsbury Business Park to focus on regeneration opportunities.

“We will continue to maintain our financial sustainability. This will be achieved by our continued support in growing our joint venture Norse South East and building on our strong relationship with other councils, in particular our shared management with East Hampshire.

“We will maintain our environmental sustainability programme and this will be achieved by continuing to develop our excellent coastal partnership, offering a high quality level of service across the breadth of the partnership coast, this includes seeking investment of improvements to Langstone and Hayling Island.

“We will continue to strive for public service excellence as an organisation at the centre of democratic and civic leadership here in Havant. This will be achieved by investing in our staff, councillors and our business community.

“Using customer insight, we shall determine our service priorities and redesign our processes such that our customer’s most important services are delivered at the right price at the right time and to the required quality.”

To read the full speech please click on this link: http://havant.moderngov.co.uk/documents/b32775/Leaders%20Budget%20Speech%2021st-Feb-2018%2017.00%20Council.pdf?T=9






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12th February


An explosion of colour awaits visitors to Emsworth this spring.

On 28th, 29th April and 5th, 6th, 7th May 2018, Emsworth Arts Trail will showcase the exciting and varied work of over 100 talented local artists within the town.


From home studios to community halls, businesses, sailing clubs and churches, artists will open their doors to art lovers on its popular annual arts trail.


Nearly all venues are located within a mile of Emsworth’s town centre.  By walking or cycling, visitors can look forward to meeting artists and have a chance to purchase their work.


“A full spectrum of mediums and styles including painting, printmaking, photography, furniture making, weaving, woodturning, ceramics, jewellery and textile art will be on display,” explains Carol Price, chairman of The Emsworth Arts Trail.


“We have lots of exciting new artists and makers this year, offering something new to visitors, alongside many established names that have been part of the trail since its launch in 2001,”


Emsworth Arts Trail works alongside local business to help stimulate economic activity in the town. Nearly 50 companies have paired up with one or more artists to exhibit their work for its ‘Adopt an Artist’ scheme.


"We are delighted that so many shops, restaurants, churches, pubs and cafes across the town have offered their premises as temporary galleries so that visitors will be able to take advantage of all that Emsworth has to offer whilst enjoying the art on display.  Nearly all of the venues are based near the centre of Emsworth so visitors will be able to follow the Art Trail map on foot or by bike to take in as many as they like,” explains Carol.


Organisers recommend parking outside the village or on the outskirts of the Trail and walking in, as parking in the town is often very busy over the two weekends.  All public transport information can be found on the web and in the Trail Guide.


Look Out For:


The Boat Project, the Arts Council England initiative that formed part of the London 2012 Olympic Festival will be on display at Hollybank House during the first weekend of the trail. ‘Collective Spirit’ is made of thousands of donated wooden items and was built in Emsworth during 2011-12. It documents the lives of people within the South East of England, with many items coming from local residents. http://theboatproject.com


Hollybank House will also host a collection of artists on the 28th – 29th April, and promises to offer visitors a special experience this year.


And, of course don’t miss all the local artists who open up their studios and gardens to welcome visitors to their homes, definitely worth a visit for a chance to see their work and spend some time in their company.


The event runs over two weekends on 28th – 29th April and 5th, 6th, 7th May 2018.


Visit the Emsworth Arts Trail’s website for more information on each artist, opening times, access and trail map www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk




23rd January


Customers express their shock at sudden closure of restaurant

THE OWNER of a restaurant has stressed that the venue will reopen, despite it’s abrupt closure.

The temporary closure of Woosters, the fine dining restaurant in Emsworth, has led residents to take to social media and express their shock but the owner of the restaurant, based on South Street, has quashed rumours that the restaurant is closed for good.

Nicholas Ralls stated that the reason behind the closure is so that he can focus on enhancing the site’s customer service.  He said: ‘Woosters is only closing for a short period of time, to allow systems to be implemented that will enhance our customers’ experience.  Once they are in place, my vision for a top restaurant supported by high class musical entertainment, will reopen with customer service fully at the forefront.

‘Woosters will, I hope, be enjoyed for many a year by the people of Emsworth and beyond.’  Users on Facebook expressed their dismay upon learning that the site had closed.

When trying to book a reservation, customers are told that the team regret to inform that the site is closed and to email in any reservation enquiries.

There is no information online to state when the restaurant will reopen, but Nicholas advised that it should be in ‘just over a month’s time.’  The business owner is also focusing on another project that has been in the pipeline since 2014, a boutique hotel.

Nicholas said: ‘We have been granted planning permission for a seven-bedroom hotel which we will call Jeeves Boutique Hotel.  It will run alongside the restaurant.  It is going to be beautiful and we’re hoping to include a deluxe penthouse but we need to get that agreed next, added Mr Ralls.

‘In regards to Woosters, we have a loyal fan base and we do already provide our customers with a high quality service. My team work very hard.  But I believe that there is always room for improvement so we want to implement a few updates for our customers.
Our online and offline following will see us reopen within the blink of an eye,’ he added.

The News 23rd January




17th January


Developers and locals clash over proposed Emsworth homes

FRUSTRATIONS have been aired by members of the public over a proposed development of 49 new homes.

Councillors, residents and planners from Hampshire Homes packed into Havant Borough Council’s Public Service Plaza for a development consultation forum, to discuss the potential development of homes in the land off of Westwood Close, Emsworth.

The proposed site for the homes, which was earmarked in the council’s draft local plan, contains a public footpath and sits next to the River Ems.  Between 30 and 40 per cent of these homes will also be affordable housing.  Havant Borough Council is required by the government to provide a total of 9,260 new homes by 2036.  Resident fears lay with flood risk from the River Ems, as well as the future of the environment in the area.

Charles Ashe from the Emsworth Residents Association is one of those who opposes the plans.

He said: ‘The main reason we are opposing this proposal is that the council’s local plan has more than enough sites to fulfil their housing obligations, so this isn’t needed  ‘There is also the green issue of the corridor between Emsworth and Westborne, because there won’t be any greenery left if this goes through.’

John Harvey, 76, lives in Westwood Close. He said: ‘My partner and I have lived here for 33 years.  We are against the application because we are concerned about the traffic that will be caused once people have moved in, as well as the traffic that will be coming in as the work is being done. I can’t really comment on the flooding issue, so we have to assume that the proposed developers know what they are talking about.  The initial plan was going to be right next door to us but has now been moved, so that is an improvement at least.’

Director at Hampshire Homes Ian Wallace said: ‘We are here not only to show our plans but to listen to the residents – that is the key for us.  Because we’re a local housebuilder I think we understand the needs of the area very well.  Getting feedback from residents in an area is such an important part of the development process, so having meetings such as this mean an awful lot to us.  Following today we will be holding a public exhibition in February, with a formal application after that.  We are excited to see what the future of this project holds.’

An exact date for the exhibition has not yet been set.

The News 17th Janary 2017







29th December 2017


Have your say on Havant Borough Council’s draft local plan for 2036

THE public will have its say on Havant Borough Council’s draft local plan after it was passed for consultation.

The document details the authority’s proposals to build more than 9,000 homes by 2036 and was passed through a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Monday night.

Between January 8 and February 16, 2018, residents can comment on the plans via a web survey, to shape their final outcome.

They will also have the chance to read webpages responding to FAQs and discuss proposals at local plan exhibitions across the borough, which will be advertised online and via posters in town centres.

Councillor David Guest, HBC cabinet Lead for planning, said: ‘It is important residents of Havant have the opportunity to understand what the draft local plan means for their area. Consultation will be comprehensive and we are aiming to reach as many residents as possible and invite their feedback.’

To take the survey next year or learn more, visit havant.gov.uk/localplan.

Download the Draft Plan HERE

The News 20th December2017








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