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Still fighting for Titchfield Haven Community Hub!

We thought a quick update might be helpful on where things are with our fight to save the Haven Centre and re-open as Titchfield Haven Community Hub (THCH).

First of all, if you need any information about the report going to the Hampshire County Council (HCC) meetings on Monday and our rebuttal of what they say about THCH, please look on www.thcommunityhub.org.uk Latest News.

You will see from those papers that one suggestion from HCC is that THCH will not be able to raise the £189,000 needed to fund the capital work on Haven House. We have the very welcome grant of £155,549 capital and £30,428 revenue from central government’s Community Ownership Fund but that only provides half the capital needed, so we need to raise the remainder, £189,000.

We wish to prove HCC wrong and yesterday we sent an email to all those who had told us they would wish to receive a prospectus for the community shares. We can only issue a formal prospectus once we have agreed terms with HCC and so we had held off following up those expressions of interest, but in the face of HCC’s scepticism, we decided we would ask people if they were able to specify what sum they might have in mind. We have been overwhelmed by the response we have received – thank you so much to all those who have replied. If you did not receive that email from us yesterday but you have a potential interest in community shares in THCH, please let us know, in confidence by Friday 28 July how much you might consider putting towards the purchase of any community shares. Your reply will be treated in complete confidence and will not be binding. We do wish to demonstrate to HCC on 31 July just how important Titchfield Haven Community Hub is to so many people.

So, turning to the HCC meetings on Monday 31 July: they are the Universal Services Select Committee at 10.00 in the Ashburton Hall at The Castle in Winchester and then the Executive Member’s Decision Day which will be by video at 3pm. We have arranged to make deputations at both meetings, as has Cllr Pal Hayre and, we believe, Dame Caroline Dinenage MP. We understand others of you may also be planning to do so – do let us know if that is now confirmed. The morning meeting will be open to the public so if you wish to show your support for THCH in person and fancy a day trip to Winchester, do attend (but leave plenty of time for parking if you are travelling by car).

Meanwhile you may wish to send your views to Cllr Russell Oppenheimer, the Executive Member who will make the decision (and ignore the Out of Office message): russell.oppenheimer@hants.gov.uk .

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