Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside…

Friday, 19 March, 2021

With temperatures starting to rise, the sun starting to shine and restrictions beginning to lift – a trip to the beach could be just what you are planning.

Havant Borough Council is already preparing to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for visitors and residents to Hayling Island's beaches for evenings, weekends and bank holidays. While also reminding residents that the ‘rule of six’ doesn’t come in until Monday 29 March.

Preparations include: 

  • Real-time travel information will be available via havant.gov.uk to help with traffic issues on and off the island.
  • Hayling Island should feature in a national beach App that will soon be available to show which beaches are crowded or not so busy – so visitors can make an informed choice of where to enjoy their time.
  • Signage showing areas for activities should be installed to ensure all beach users are in the correct area for their chosen enjoyment.

Councillor Gary Hughes, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Lead for Planning, Hayling Seafront Strategy, Commercial Services, said; “With miles of beautiful beaches there is enough space on Hayling Island for everyone to enjoy their pastimes. I would ask that everyone respects the island, the residents and each other. 

“We welcome dogs and their owners, horse riders, kite-surfers, windsurfers, stand-up paddle-boarders, bathers and walkers – but for everyone’s safety and enjoyment they should use the designated areas and comply with any time restrictions where applicable.

“Whether you come to Hayling Island to enjoy water sports, the beaches or the wildlife, we all have a stake in the quality of the area.”

The three top tips for visitors and residents are:  

  1. Stay safe while having fun. As government restrictions lift, we ask that you abide by the current rules to ensure the safety and enjoyment for all.
  2. Be kind.  Be respectful of all other beach users. Whether you are visiting for the beautiful views, peace and quiet or for the thrilling watersports and horse riding there is space for everyone. Please ride with care, sail with safety, respect the local community and oblige council operatives.
  3. Leave nothing behind.  Pick up after your dog or horse. Place litter and left overs in the bins provided. If the bins are full take your litter home. This includes fishing tackle, used barbecues and anything else you may have brought with you and no longer want.

For more information about visiting Hayling Island please visit www.havant.gov.uk/hayling-island-seafront