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National Watersports Festival underway

One of the largest watersport festivals in the UK is underway in Hampshire today.

The National Watersports Festival held on Hayling Island attracts thousands of people every year.

The festival returns to Hayling Island for the weekend of watersports Credit: @execbeachbum

The festival will see hundreds of watersport enthusiasts compete in windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding and kayaking events.

The competitions are open to both professional and amateurs over the festival which takes over Hayling's seafront.

The festival has been running for eight years and is a boost for the local area Credit: @execbeachbum

Havant borough council flood update

A high tide and storm conditions have led to limited flooding in Emsworth, Langstone and Hayling Island.

The flooding caused some damage to the slipway at Langstone, which will be assessed, along with the rest of the foreshore, once the weather allows.

There is more bad weather expected this weekend and Havant Borough Council will have staff on stand-by to assist if required.

Residents are asked to stay safe during this time and not visit areas where flooding is expected. There is a risk of being swept away by rough seas or flood water.

If anyone sees flooding near electricity substations in residential areas they are asked to report it to Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) on 0800 072 72 82.


Hayling railway revamp given go ahead

Local volunteers have secured a grant of nearly £89,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the Hayling Billy heritage project.

The project will explore the history of Hayling Billy line on the island and enable conservation to take place.

It will also provide volunteering opportunities for local people to develop skills and work on the historic site.

To help guide people around the site there will also be leaflets, digital material and a new website to engage visitors.

The benefits for the local community will be a heritage project for generations to come, a focus for community volunteers to work on together to create a lasting legacy for local people and visitors. The Partnership have worked really hard with the council officers on securing the funding however, this is just the start."

– Councillor Yvonne Weeks, responsible for Economy and Communities at Havant Borough Council

Shaw picks up sailor of the year

Olympic windsurfing star Bryony Shaw has capped off her impressive 2013 season by claiming the British Sailing Team’s Athlete of the Year prize.

Bryony Shaw wins Sailor of the year prize Credit: British Sailing Team

The 30-year-old was handed the BOA Athlete of the Year trophy for Sailing at a team presentation at Hayling Island Sailing Club on Friday, having claimed an impressive seven podium finishes from the nine events she’s contested this year.

After a tough 2012 season, with illness having hampered her Olympic hopes, Shaw was overjoyed with her consistency and success in 2013, and on receiving her award from RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park, she paid tribute to the team around her who have helped her get back on track this season.

CCTV released in connection with theft

Police have issued CCTV images of a young woman they would like to speak to following the theft of some items from a Co-op store in Hayling Island. The woman entered the store in Elm Grove at about 6pm on Monday, October 21 and took several packets of fresh meat and detergents.

She left without paying for them. Anyone who recognises the person in the CCTV images, or has any information is asked to contact the crime desk at Fratton police station on 101.

CCTV image released in connection with Co-op theft Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

£5 million Flood work will protect 1700 Island homes

As with all large construction projects there have been many challenges along the way, but the finished scheme is one the local community can be proud of. We have been able to reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion while improving access and the amenity value of this important coastal area.

– Marc Bryan, Project Manager
  • 70,000 tonnes of rock imported from Norway
  • 25,000 tonnes of shingle were dumped onto Eastoke beach to raise it up
  • Building work began in January 2013
  • Beaches now re-opened with better access
  • Part of larger scheme to protect 40,000 homes and coastline in Eastern Hampshire


Rocks protect thousands of Islanders from major floods

70,000 tonnes of rock were imported to protect Hayling Island Credit: Havant Borough Council

£5 Million pound sea defences at Hayling Island in Hampshire have been completed. Thousands of tonnes rock has been imported from Norway. The new scheme is designed to reduce flood risk against a 1 in 200 year flood event and was tested during the October storms.

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