Bank holiday beach busters

Thursday, 3 June, 2021

With Hayling Island being a popular destination to visit, Havant Borough Council together with partner agencies have been busy during the bank holiday weekend to ensure an enjoyable time for everyone.

Starting from 7am every day during the recent three-day weekend, teams from Norse South East were out and about ensuring the beach had been litter picked and was clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.

Regular beach patrols took place throughout each day, to check toilets were clean, bins were emptied, and to ensure dog owners, jet skiers and keen water sport enthusiast were in correct beach areas set aside for their use.

The influx of beach users on the hottest weekend of the year so far, saw 20 tonnes of waste collected from bins and litter picking along Hayling’s seafront.

Tide times meant that horses could be exercised within the allowed times on the beautiful sandbanks at low tide, with responsible owners cleaning up after their animals.

Parking was at premium, which is often the case, but officers from HBC ensured that motorist parked in the correct areas to ensure the free flow of movement of vehicles, making it safe and welcoming for everyone.  The team also worked the night-shift to enforce any breaches of overnight parking laws. 

Councillor Clare Satchwell, Cabinet Lead for Planning, Hayling Seafront Strategy and Coastal Management, at Havant Borough Council, said: “It’s great that we are now able to enjoy the outdoors safely again.  It is nice to see horse riders, dog walkers, swimmers, paddle boarders all loving the clear blue skies and warm breezes as Season21 finally arrived on Hayling Island beaches.

“There was a real buzz of excitement along the seafront as local businesses also welcomed the much-needed influx of visitors and customers.

“Many thousands of people from all walks of life have had a brilliant time at the seaside this weekend and this is down to the tremendous planning and preparation by council officers, Norse South East and other partnering organisations who also played a key role in ensuring a safe weekend at the beach. I’d particularly like to thank the Coastguard, Police and RNLI who were all primed and ready to respond, should they have needed to.

“As the lovely weather continues throughout May half term I would urge visitors to check our website for traffic updates before setting off, to avoid sitting in traffic.”

As the sunny weather continues, our teams will continue to work in partnership to ensure everyone has a pleasant time on Hayling Island.

If you do have any concerns, or would like to report something - either good or not so good you can do so via our website at www.havant.gov.uk/contact-us.