Officer training at Hayling Island

Friday, 25 June, 2021

Two areas of Hayling Island will be closed to the public next week to allow military students to carry out an educational exercise. 

Officers in training from the Royal Military Academy (RMA) in Sandhurst will be visiting the area as part of their studies into the Allied landings on D-Day. 

As landowner, Havant Borough Council has discussed the plans and is satisfied the visit can go ahead under the current coronavirus laws which allow educational establishments to organise trips which further learning. 

The trip will be held over three days – Tuesday 29 June to Thursday 1 July – and see part of Sinah Common and Eastoke Beach cordoned off during this time to keep the public and students safe. 

Cllr Narinder Bains, Havant Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Lead for Community Safety, said: “We have discussed the plans with the RMA and, like any school or college, they are permitted to hold educational visits like this by the current coronavirus regulations. 

“As their party may include officers in uniform and military vehicles it is important residents are aware of what’s happening on the beach and are confident all safety considerations have been taken care of. 

“It is also important to stress that the visit is purely for the education of the students and there will be no displays or demonstrations for the public.”