Jo and I moved from Byfleet, Surrey, to the South Coast in 1983.
We have found it a very pleasant area in which to live, in most
respects, though it has become busier over the years. Even so, it
is not as crowded as the Weybridge, Addlestone, Byfleet area, in
Surrey, where we had lived for several years.
The South of England has a large Tourism Industry, which is justified
as the area has much to commend it; everything from historical attractions,
to beaches, significant to major theatres, country parks, the South
Downs, the New Forest and so on.
Havant is an odd place, attractive in many ways but a badly run
Borough; good for visits but atrocious for setting up business,
though that goes beyond just Havant; Sussex, Surrey, Devon, etc.,
would be better bets.
Havant has a long history, going back before Roman times. There
is a small Museum, though that is under threat due to cuts in Council
At the centre of the Town is St Faith Church, which featured
prominently in the latter part of the story of Lorelei and I.
There is also the perennial problem of transport. The roads are
quite congested, though that, of course, varies with the time of
day. Rail travel from London and along the coast is easy and all
trains stop at Havant.
Parking in Havant is limited or difficult due to poor planning.
A large part of Havant was more like a building site, from the summer 2006, thanks
to a large retail development, which went ahead despite Residents'
wishes. As of spring 2007, that situation is improving, though
here is a long way to go.
Parts of the centre of Havant have been brightened up to some
extent, thanks to a grant from the "livability Fund".
Overall, Havant is quite a good place to live and to visit. it is a
pity that it is so badly run. The residents deserve rather better
than the current crop of people in charge, though that has been
little different for the last decade or more.