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01 March - Harbour WI Newsletter - The Harbour WI have published their latest newsletter giving details of their February meeting. Click here to find it on the WI webpages... 

26 Feb - Leasehold Reform Bill - This week, the Leasehold and Freehold (Reform) Bill is being debated in Parliament. The government says it will give leaseholders an easier and less costly route to getting legal redress. It will call for greater transparency to justify the service charges levied - but not to cap them - and will make new leases a standard 990 years, rather than the current 99 or 125 years.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove rejects the calls for complete abolition of the leasehold system, saying legally it is "knottingly complex". He also resists suggestions the government has given in to lobbying from those with vested interests who profit from the current set-up. "Making sure the room for exploitation is squeezed is critical," says Mr Gove. "The real challenge with abolishing leasehold with the stroke of a pen is the complexity of the English legal system." But Scotland managed to do so 20 years ago, which means aside from a handful of properties in Northern Ireland, England and Wales are now the only countries in the world where leasehold is still widely used. [Source: BBC News -]

23 Feb - Beach Work Update - We have completed the Shingle Bypass works from Eastbourne to the North Beach. Owing to limited access at North Beach we have a shingle bank near to the Martello Tower. This will be moved over the next couple of weeks to the revetment so we will continue to have machinery working in this area.

Likewise we have machinery working at Beachlands moving material towards the Harbour. These dumpers will travel in convoy up towards to harbour to minimise noise and dust.

With three more months of high spring tides and potential bad weather still to consider, we have bull dozers also working in various areas along the beach. We continue to monitor the weather. So far so good, no named storms this month.
Amber Carr
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

16 Feb - WayfinderWoman’s Annual Work and Wellbeing Day - Fancy doing something different on Friday 26 April? Then come along to WayfinderWoman’s Annual Work and Wellbeing Day at the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre between 10:00 and 4:00pm. This woman’s run charity helps build women’s confidence and skills so they can stand tall and transform their lives. True to their mission they’ve gathered a range of entrepreneurs displaying wellbeing goods and services in the main hall ranging from candles and crystals to fitness and hands on reiki or massage.

Want to meet prospective employers or get job advice? That’s in the Centre too. Interested, or maybe concerned about how AI and tech will impact on our lives or jobs in the future? Then come and listen to eminent speakers talking about the pros and cons of technology.

Entry is free and there’ll be light refreshments available in the cafĂ© as well as a grand draw with wonderful prizes. Make sure you bring plenty of cash, cash is king for our entrepreneurs, as there’ll be lots of goodies you’ll want to buy to treat yourself, or a friend. For any queries email or phone 01323 886171. Click for more detail on the WayfinderWoman’s website...

08 Feb - Date for Diary - SHRA's 2024 AGM will be held on Thursday 16 May at The Haven School commencing at 18.30

03 Feb - New Contact Info for Sovereign Harbour (Sea Defences) CIC. The CIC collect the annual rentchage on behalf of the Sovereign Harbour Trust.

Sovereign Harbour (Sea Defences) CIC
18 Hyde Gardens
East Sussex
BN21 4PT
[These are the offices of accountants, Plummer Parsons]
Tel: 01323 408047

01 Feb - February edition of Waterlines published - The February edition of SHRA's newletter has been published. Find it on our Waterlines page...

02 Dec - The Session - Harbour Guitar Social Group - Harbour resident and SHRA member, Phil Kearney, is keen to set up a guitar players social group based at the community center. Click here for a flyer with further info and contact details   Facebook Group...

Over time, some news items migrate from here to the News Archive page or another relevant page of the SHRA website.


The Sovereign Harbour Residents Association (SHRA) aims to give 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 annual membership subscriptions and by annual donations from our sponsors.

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 a RNLI lifeboat station and a popular yacht club.  At The Waterfront there are restaurants, cafes and bars with regular events and entertainments with ample, free parking.  It is a great place to live, and a great place to visit!

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

SHRA Membership

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 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.

SHRA Newsletter and Distribution List

Our on-line (PDF) newsletter, Waterlines... is published every second month.  We occasionally email all members and subscribers about important harbour news or meetings using our confidential MailChimp distribution list to which you may subscribe to below (new members are automatically added).  Our MailChimp list is not used for any other purposes (and it is seperate and different to our membership database), nor will it be shared with any third party. You may unsubscribe at any time. Subscribing to the email list does NOT make you a SHRA member. Join SHRA here...

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