Waterlooville, the largest of the Havant boroughs, is arguably the housing capital of the area; good schools, access to bus links and accessibility to green spaces are all factors which make the town the ideal place for younger families to live. However, besides housing, Waterlooville is disputed to have an overall lack of anything else. Whilst the town itself is equipped with the essentials, residents feel as though there is "nothing to do". The closing of Waitrose in 2020 and the aftermath of the pandemic caused an ever-increasing closure of shops, which has resulted in Waterlooville residents having to leave the town in order to access required facilities.

"I only really come here for work" says Keeley Turner, a hairdresser at Review Salons, " It's not like I could bring some friends down here for a day out, it's more a place to pop to if I want a takeaway". 

"There's no clothes shops or anything. And now Wilko's gone, the town really doesn't offer me much, so why bother going." remarked an interviewed resident of the outskirts of Waterlooville. 

Havant borough council have recently activated a plan, in the hope of reigniting the buzz in the ghost town.In order to conquer the volume of shops lying vacant, underused spaces and empty shops are being sold for lower prices, with a funding of £140,000 reserved to help with opening costs, in order to attract consumer-based businesses. As a part of the application process, businesses were required to show that they were going to be sustainable for the upcoming 3 years following its opening - this then means that there is a  reduced chance of the town reverting back to its current state. These changes are all being driven by Alex Rennie, the local MP and Wayne Layton, the council's leader of regeneration, these two figures reinstalling hope in the lives of the people of  Waterlooville, for a new town to emerge.