Welcome to Havant borough! Whether you’ve crossed a borough border or a national one, this page has the basics of what the borough is, what the council does and links to where you can find out more. You can translate this page into another language by clicking the orange ‘speak’ symbol at the top-right of the page. About Havant borough Connected. Coastal. Capable. The borough of Havant offers great connectivity and capability, providing high tech expertise at one end of the spectrum and a world-class coastline on the other. The borough has a rich and varied history. With Havant famed for its parchment making in the past (and ably provided with crystal-clear water from local springs to produce it), the borough over time has changed and adapted to meet societal need. Hayling Island and its world-class coastline led to the invention of windsurfing, and its beaches were used to prepare for D-Day. Waterlooville was named after victorious soldiers from the Battle of Waterloo who settled there upon their return to home soil. To the east lies Emsworth – a proud coastal town once famed for its oysters and steeped in its own history. With the Solent coastline on the doorstep, and the South Downs to the north of the town, Havant offers a unique quality-of-life experience. The borough’s coastline provides a rich and diverse resource for people to enjoy, savour and benefit from. To the north, the South Downs National Park offers rolling chalk hills and established woodland. The borough of Havant is more than the sum of its parts. With genuine character, it offers considerable opportunity and quality of life in equal measure. Ever changing, ever relevant, the borough has an exciting future as well as an established history. You can find a lot of useful local information on local NHS services, libraries, bin collections, planning applications and more on our ‘where I live’ area. About Havant Borough Council (HBC) In Havant borough, there are two tiers of local government. The borough council – HBC · Hampshire County Council (HCC) We have 38 councillors who represent the interests of the residents of their ward. You’ll need to register to vote if you want to vote in an election. What we do Services HBC is responsible for include: Collecting your bins from the roadside Our recycling bins have green lids and our rubbish bins have black ones. Processing planning applications Collecting council tax on behalf of the public services that are funded by it Providing council tax support and housing benefit. Universal credit is managed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Enforcing health and safety and food standards as well as providing pest control services and dealing with nuisance complaints (for things like noise, smoke, odour or light) Dealing with matters relating to housing options and homelessness in the district Licensing of a wide range of activities and premises Managing council-owned car parks in the district and off-street parking Stay up to date In order to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the district – news, bin collection and business updates and more – you can sign up to email bulletins. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Find other ways to contact us.