Latest News & Updates

21 Mar - Breitling Jets to Make Eastbourne Debut - News release. The world’s largest civilian jet display team, the 7-strong Breitling Jets External link logo will be streaming across Eastbourne’s skies this August, thanks to new airshow sponsor Ginsters External link logo. The world renowned French team will be bringing their magnifique headline act to Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow External link logo for the very first time, performing every day from 15 – 18 August.   The team of L-39 Albatross jets, led by one of the world’s most experienced pilots, Jacques Bothelin, are known for their close formation precision flying, often at just 3 metres apart, all while flying at speeds of over 700km per hour [and enjoying a Cornish pasty - fantastique!]. Photo...
21 Mar - Local elections in May
- Eastbourne Borough Council remind residents that there will be local elections on Thursday 2 May 2019. If you are currently registered to vote by post. Postal ballot papers are due to be despatched on Thursday, 18th April 2019. However, due to the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, some postal ballot papers may not be delivered until Tuesday, 23rd April. If you wish to cancel your postal vote or change your voting arrangements, please call 01323 410000 or email External link logo for more information. If you have registered to vote you will receive an official poll card in the post in approximately two weeks. If you have any queries please contact the Elections Office at
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20 Mar - House of Commons report critical of current leasehold system
- The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee of the House of Commons has called for wide ranging reforms to the leasehold system in a new report. The Committee finds that the balance of power in existing leases, legislation and public policy is too heavily weighted against leaseholders. The Committee concludes that:

• It would be legally possible for the Government to introduce legislation to remove onerous ground rents in existing leases. Existing ground rents should be limited to 0.1% of the present value of a property, up to a maximum of £250 per year.
• The Government should revert to its original plan and require ground rents on newly-established leases to be set at a peppercorn (i.e. zero financial value).
• The Competition and Markets Authority should investigate mis-selling in the leasehold sector and make recommendations for appropriate compensation.
• The Government needs to ensure that commonhold becomes the primary model of ownership of flats in England and Wales.
• The Government should require the use of a standardised key features document, to be provided at the start of the sales process by a developer or estate agent.

If these proposed changes were fully implemented, it would be good news for all leaseholders. Unfortunately, the full changes are unlikely to be palatable to the present government, and for Sovereign Harbour leaseholders, much would depend anyway on how retrospective any new legislation is.

Click here to visit the Committee's web page with links to the summary and full report... External link logo  Or click here for a local copy of the full report...
18 Mar - Harbour WI
- Monthly report for March 2019 published. Click here... External link logo
17 Mar - New photo added to the Gallery.
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16 Mar - Fisherman's Area - Announcement from company Gradient Consultants.
"Gradient Consultants External link logo are excited to announce that we’ve been appointed as Project Manager and CDM Principal Designer for the construction of a new fishing quay at Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne. Phase 1 of this project is the construction of a new two-storey building to fillet, store and sell fish, with further storage and offices on the upper floor. The works will begin on site in May 2019."
15 Mar - East Sussex Registration Service - Town Hall Open Day.
East Sussex Registration Service invite you, your partner and friends to an open day at Eastbourne Town Hall on Saturday March 23rd from 10:00am until 2:00pm.  It's a wonderful opportunity to look around this historic building and learn about the wide range of ceremonies and services on offer; to learn about civil marriages and registration, and learn about the history of the building. Also meet local ceremony suppliers. See flyer...
15 Mar - Enlarged Entertainment Area application REJECTED.
EBC tell us that a decision has been made by EBC licensing to reject the application for a minor variation by Premier Marinas. Premier have been informed of this decision; they are within their rights to now submit a full variation to the licence if they so wish.
15 Mar - SHRA's comments to EBC on Proposed Enlarged Entertainment Area
- we have submitted to EBC our initial comments about the proposal to extend the open-air entertainment area outside The Waterfront (see below). Click here to read SHRA's comments...
Roger Green14 Mar - Mr Roger Green
- we were very sorry to learn of the death of Roger Green, our vice-chairman, shortly after his admittance to St Wilfrid's Hospice. Roger joined the SHRA committee in May 2017 and we are very grateful for his help, support and contributions. The SHRA committee send their sincere condolences to Roger's family and friends.

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Welcome to the SHRA website

Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, East Sussex, is a large, prestigious, marina-side development of houses and apartments arranged around an outer tidal harbour, four inner habours and alongside waterways and the shingle beach.

Sovereign Harbour is also a busy, commercial marina  and a working port for the Eastbourne Fishermen There is an RNLI lifeboat station, a yacht club and many restaurants, cafes and bars   It is a great place to live, and a great place to visit!

Digging out the harbour from a huge area of vegetated shingle known as The Crumbles began in 1991. House building commenced in 1997 and continued for ten years. More recently, a new medical centre External link logo has been built and the local junior school External link logo enlarged. More housing is under construction External link logo, and Pacific House, the first building of the Innovation Park External link logo, has opened. In late 2017, work started on a long-awaited community centre.

Sovereign Harbour Residents Association (SHRA) gives Sovereign Harbour residents a strengthened and co-ordinated voice in discussions on the management and development of the Harbour. Read more about SHRA here... The work of the Association is funded by a one-off, life membership subscription.

SHRA Membership is open to all households in owned or rented residential property located within the Sovereign Harbour estate, and owners of such residential property. Click here to join SHRA... Membership brings discounts from local businesses.

SHRA Newsletter and e-mail Distribution List. Our on-line (PDF) newsletter, Waterlines... is published every second month. We occasionally email all members about important harbour news or meetings. Click here to subscribe to our MailChimp distribution list (new members are automatically added). You may unsubscribe at any time.

SHRA Website. Our website is frequently updated with reports on the work of the Association and local news and issues. We also publish information on harbour clubs and activities, future development, local transport, local trades, and offer a page of useful links. We welcome your letters, event announcements and photos.

Please note that dogs must be kept on leads at all times in certain areas of the harbour - click here for notice & maps...

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Our Sponsors for 2019

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Annual sponsorship by these local companies of the SHRA web site and our on-line newsletter "Waterlines"  supplements the Association's income and we are grateful for their support. We limit the number of annual sponsors to six and at the moment there are no vacancies. Our previous sponsors.....  

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