20 Jan - Sovereign Harbour Trust and Sovereign Harbour (Sea Defences) CIC Board Vacancy - The following notice has been posted on the SHT web site...  The vacancy follows the resignation of Harbour resident Rick Runalls. Ideally, another suitably qualified Harbour resident would take his place.

Sovereign Harbour Trust and
Sovereign Harbour (Sea Defences) CIC

A vacancy has arisen on the board of the Trust and its wholly owned subsidiary Sovereign Harbour (Sea Defences) CIC.

Applications are invited from any person who has an interest in the flood defences and general management of the beach front in the Sovereign Harbour area.

The ideal candidate would have a strong business background with good financial or legal knowledge. An added advantage would be experience of collecting fees and the recovery of bad debts.

The successful candidate would be expected to help in making the operation of the Trust/CIC as open and transparent as possible and to suggest ways in which operating processes can be improved and operating costs reduced.

The role will require attendance at quarterly meetings and availability from time to time by email between meetings.

Applicants should be aware that board members are volunteers and receive no remuneration, although actual expenses can be recovered, subject to proof of expenditure.  Enquiries should be sent to the Secretary by email at:

20 Jan - Note of Sovereign Harbour Trust CIC December Board Meeting - the CIC have published this brief summary on their web site... Note that Mr Collins is Finance Director of Premier Marinas.

 ON 9 December 2019

Mr Cervenka and Mr Pursglove were unable to attend the meeting. Mr Collins took the chair.

In addition to routine matters of report, the following business was dealt with:

Accounts for the y/e 30 September 2019 were presented by Mr Beckhurst of Plummer Parsons, the company’s auditors, and approved by the board. 

Mr Collins is arranging to provide a more detailed breakdown of Premier Marina’s charges recoverable via the Rent Charge, for publication on the CIC’s website. 

A draft advertisement for a new board member was presented by Mrs Weeks, with a view to its publication on the CIC’s website. 

2020 meeting dates were agreed as follows: 6 April, 15 June, 21 September, 7 December. 

It was noted that the beach appears to be in good condition at present.

Next meeting will be on 6 April 2020.

16 Jan - Beach Work Update - Storm Brendan and the subsequent storm have eroded the beach crest, so we need to restart bypassing works on Monday.   At present the crest is too narrow in places to allow dump trucks full access, so for the remainder of this week bulldozers will be pushing up to help re-establish a safe haul road.
Machines will head towards Cooden on Monday, and start the process of moving shingle west. Initially there will just be two trucks, although as the haul road becomes fully repaired this is likely to increase to four.  It is expected that this phase of works will take 2-3 weeks to complete.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

11 Jan - Ward Councillors Surgery - Sovereign Ward Councillors will be holding their first monthly Surgery of 2020 in the ‘Kantina’ coffee shop next to Simply Italian at Sovereign Harbour Waterfront on Saturday 18th January from 10.30am until 12.30pm. Residents of Sovereign Ward are most welcome to come along and discuss their concerns, issues and ideas with the Member of Parliament and Ward Councillors Caroline, Penny, Paul and County Councillor David.

10 Jan - Wave Leisure introductory meetings at the Community Centre

Coffee Mornings - 15, 22, & 29 January at the Community Centre from 10am – 11.30am. £1 a person. Time to pop in and have a look at the centre, meet Beckie and have a social with friends.

Meet the Manager - Thursday 23 January 11am-12pm at the Community Centre.

Further detals from:
James Chater
Area Manager
Sport Eastbourne
Wave Leisure Trust Ltd
Tel: 01323 509859

08 Jan - The Eastbourne Plan Consultation - If you feel strongly about the Plan's proposal to change land use on Sites 6 and 7a alongside Pevensey Bay Road please visit our web page on The Eastbourne Plan where you will find SHRA’s views on the matter, background material and information about how to respond. This is your one chance to let EBC have your views. The closing date is 24 January.

08 Jan - Sovereign Harbour Book and Writing Club - Come along and join book lovers and writers for a monthly get together to read, share, write or sit and listen to words in a friendly meeting place. Next meeting: Tuesday 4th February (and every first Tuesday of each month) 10am-12 noon in the Meeting Room, Sovereign Harbour Community Centre, Eastbourne Marina, BN23 5QG. There is a free car park, disabled access and refreshments. Cost: £4 per session. For more information contact Philipa Coughlan tel: 07519 143770 or email:

05 Jan - Harbour WI newsletter - The WI's December newsletter has been published. Find it here...

04 Jan - Sunday Boot Fayre at the Community Centre - Winter Boot Fayres start again this Sunday, January 5th 9am - 12 midday and every Sunday up until April, at Sovereign Harbour Community Centre. Come and have a look round and see what goodies we have. Amazing bargains to be had, great value gifts and cut price goods. As well as Nicki's amazing burgers, bacon rolls and hot and cold drinks, Keith's bargain bonanza shop and a variety of stalls selling everything you never knew you needed. Stalls still available to hire - all profits go to Honeycat Rescue. For further details contact Lucy on 07891207303

19 Dec - Community Centre Charges - Changes have been made to the rate for hiring the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre.  The daytime (9am-4pm) hourly rates remain the same, but the previously separate and different afternoon and evening hourly rates are merged into one new hourly charge covering 4pm-10pm and this has slightly increased some charges.  See the list on our Community Centre page...

04 Dec - Defiant Sports move into Sovereign Harbour Premises Defiant Sports are delighted to announce that they have recently moved into the old Blockbuster Video building in the Sovereign Harbour retail park.  The venue is aptly being called the ‘Inclusion Hub’, with their main goal being to provide fully inclusive sport in the community, regardless of ability or disability.

However, due to their Community Interest Company (not-for-profit) status, they are in need of as much help as possible in providing materials, plumbers, electricians, etc.  If you know anyone who may be able to help, please drop them an email on

Alternatively, they have an Aviva Community Crowdfunder page that will be running until 20th December 2019, and any donations would be greatly appreciated.  Donations will all go towards refurbishing the Inclusion Hub to give their inclusive sport a home.

For more information about this project, and to make donations, please head to

30 Nov - The Eastbourne Plan. EBC are consulting on a new plan for the town that will cover development up to 2038.  Click here to read the consultative report – Eastbourne’s Direction of Travel: Issues& Options for the Eastbourne Local Plan – which identifies the key issues and opportunities that the Local Plan should address.  Residents, are invited to respond to all or any of the 42 questions and 30 options identified from the above  ‘Issues & Options’ document.  The responses to this consultation will inform the production of the Local Plan.  The closing date is now Friday 24 January 2020 (extended from 10th Jan). 
There are more details from SHRA on the plan in the December issue of Waterlines.

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Sovereign Harbour Residents Association (SHRA)

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

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

It is also a busy, commercial marina and a working port for the Eastbourne Fishermen.  There is also a RNLI lifeboat station and a popular yacht club.  At The Waterfront there are restaurants, cafes and bars with regular events and entertainments; all with ample, free parking.  It is a great place to live, and a great place to visit!

The Harbour was dug out from an area of vegetated shingle known as The Crumbles begining in 1991. House building commenced in 1997 and continued for ten years.  In recent years a new medical centre has been built and the local junior school was enlarged. More housing is under construction, and Pacific House, the first building of an Innovation Park, was opened.  In late 2017, work started on a long-awaited community centre that was in use by December 2019.

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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.

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