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Hayling Island was an idyllic place until Havant Borough Council started using it as a dumping ground for their undesirables.
To add insult to injury Havant Borough Council compounded the Chav situation on Hayling Island by subsidising a rogue landlord.

David Willetts, MP for Havant has expressed grave concerns about the landlord yet the landlord still gets away with installing Chavs on the east side of the Island in Winsor Close and on the west side of the Island in Norfolk Crescent. The Chavs terrorise everyone in between.
Winsor Close, is just a small cul-de-sac on Hayling Island with 23 flats but has had no less than 120 police call-outs during the past twelve months. A very dark close that Havant Borough Council refuse to install street lighting in, or CCTV for that matter is the scene of untold vandalism, break-ins, tyre slashings, death threats and extortion. Last year two cars in a row of six were torched in Winsor Close, the cars were parked just a few feet away from the residents front doors and living rooms, there is no back way out of the flats in Winsor Close. Several cars were later blown up in adjoining car parks to Winsor Close and directly across the road on Southwood Road and other areas of Hayling Island.
Just recently the stairwell that leads to four flats in Winsor Close Hayling Island was firebombed and a pensioner, two mothers and six children nearly lost their lives. Hearsay suggests that upset Havant Chavs were seeking revenge on Hayling Island Chavs. Waterlooville CID has heard exactly the same “hearsay”.

It’s not unusual to see stolen burnt out cars along the “Blue Ribbon” beaches of Hayling Island particularly along the Seafront, which is used as a drag strip by the Chavs, as is Southwood Road.
Although the very rural northern part of Hayling Island still retains some of its Olde Worlde village charm the southern part of the Island is full of smashed shop windows. Millers Estate Agents, the newly refurbished Co-op, Home Sweet Home, Brilliant Bathrooms, Goldmans, Sandy Point News, Clapps newsagents, Tescos and Premier convenience store on Eastoke Corner, to name just a few. The Premier store window on Eastoke Corner has been boarded up with chipboard for almost two years now; the owner has simply no reason to replace the chipboard with expensive glass only for it to be smashed again by the Hayling Island Chavs.
Last year a Chav went on a two-day spree and slashed the tyres of nearly a hundred vehicles on the Island. Many of the vehicles belonged to visiting caravanners and tourists who have vowed never again to return to Hayling Island.
As for owning one of the famed but expensive beach huts on Hayling Island, please don’t. These are torched on a regular basis and the incidents are just too many to mention here.
If you do decide to venture onto Hayling Island make sure that you are not driving a Ford Fiesta. This particular make and model of car is a particular favourite of the Hayling Island Chavs. In one week alone they stole and destroyed five such vehicles. Two ended up burnt out on the Seafront.
For further reference Google “Hayling Island rogue landlord” or go to the Hayling forum where all these issues are discussed in as much detail as a public forum allows, or search the archives of The News (Portsmouth).
You may also care to Google District Judge Philip Gillibrand who thinks that 15-year-old Hayling Island Chavs have suffered enough and should not be named.
  • K

    I have lived on the north this island since 1996. The problem is that Hayling is another Tory lapdog, the useless waste of space known as the local council seem to do nothing but build things that benefit the elderly and treat the young generations like they don’t exist. That’s why you get youth crime on the area, because there is nothing to do, if they were to set up a leisure centre or a youth cafe (there used to be one a decade or so ago) then they will find the problem would decrease, (that is until they would knock it down and built another bloody retirement home on top of it)

  • Ian

    Your concerns…yes it gets congested in rush hour and when it’s hot (as the beach is popular) but nothing like you are used to in London. 20 mins is a bad delay, …as for schools the primary schools are fine. The secondary is above average, ok, not bad……but could be so much better. The problems are at the top and he can only be there so long ! The teaching staff are fine.

    Winsor road issues were solved years ago. The rogue landlord is gone (think he may have even died) although the cesspit he owned is still around…..Hayling is on the up…Sunday times 7th best to buy 2nd home

  • Rob

    My wife and I are looking into moving onto the Island from South London (mainly for convenience of my work in Portsmouth), but have 2 concerns which I’d welcome thoughts on. First of all the single road in and out – I’ve heard horror stories about it getting terribly conjested – is this as bad as some people say? Secondly, as a young couple (intending to start a family) are there many young families on the Island or does it tend to be populated by the older generation (no offend intended)? I’m thinking here about the quality of schools (specifically Primary Schools), availability of social life for both a young couple and children, etc.

    I’d welcome any thoughts residents of the Island might have on this.


    • Snowpaws

      I love Hayling, I actually live in Portsmouth, having grown up on Hayling. I would love to move back one day. The traffic going on and off the Island is absolutely fine most of the time. The only time it can be a problem is when there is an accident on the main road or roadworks. It generally gets busy coming off around 8am-9am and on at around 4-6pm but moving traffic, it might take 15 mins to get on when very busy
      I would love for my son to go to school on Hayling, it is where both my husband and I went. (Mill Rythe)
      They do a lot of lovely clubs, fetes, things like that.
      There are some lovely baby and toddler groups on the Island
      I think it is what you make it, if you want clubs, bars, swimming pools, gyms, shops, there is not a lot on Hayling but Portsmouth & Southampton are not far at all.
      If you like walks, the seaside, joining in with groups, being part of a community then I think Hayling is lovely for that.
      Hope this helps :)

  • Gem

    You don’t know what your talking about did you have a dream!you need to get a life I’ve lived here for 15 years lovely to live here anyone seen burnt out cars on beach I haven’t like I said stop eating cheese before you go to bed.

  • JT

    As old as the article may be, the chipboard is still in the window of the Premier.

  • Resident

    Thankfully Winsor Close is now a nice peaceful place to live. Children play outside safely all the neighbours get on and are actively involved in managing the Close with regular meetings. I like living here very much.

  • Leon

    Been on the island 2 years now and I love it. I have heard stories of how it used to be, but now it’s just a quiet rural island and I’m thinking of buying here.

  • AJB

    I am very pleased to say that the comments about Winsor Close are out of date and completely out of touch. The close is now managed by the owners and residents themselves and is a trouble free and friendly place to live and is slowly undergoing a program of regeneration.

  • Radders

    I was once listening to the local radio news, the dj referred to Hayling as Failing Island…dont think it was on purpose either lol :P made me giggle.

  • mush mush

    when i bought my house in westend, expensive for young family.old no kids etc, neighbours hated me.aloud biker,noisey kids.then came scooters the cars.boom boom bang bang.stop moaning about what you call are kids.hayling island is a superb place to live,ihave been coming down for years and i love the when i finally,sale up move to southwood rd,thats my dream.will all the oldies moan at me.big lo ud tattooed with a really noisey boys today,come on can still be noisey.yes it is 2011,hello.born and bred from a council estate,had a bit of luck through life.all estates areas,all have there problems not just to what you call r chavs.stay young.time moves on,everyone grows up in v end.was down the seafront cafe yesterday 42 bikes.grone up.what u call im really nice guy now.some people dont get choises,everyone has to live choice will be,southwood rd.i love v island .when i sale i come .

  • HISC

    Place is still full of chavs, spivs, d**ks and f**kwits unfortunately.

  • facty

    Hmmmmm….. the above post is 2 years old now, and certainly doesn’t describe the Hayling I see now. It would be nice to have an update from the writer!

    Facty xx