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06 August - Police warn of Amazon scam in Sussex. Sussex Police is issuing a warning about scam callers purporting to be from Amazon Prime, after a recent, sudden spike in reports.

Since 1 July, the force has received 68 reports of this type of fraud resulting in losses of over £64,000. This crime typically involves a phone call from someone claiming to from Amazon and stating that an amount will be taken from their account to renew an Amazon Prime subscription or that the account has been compromised.

Many victims are advised to press a number on their phone as an option to not pay for the subscription. The scammer will then talk them through installing an app on their phone or tablet, and confirming their personal and banking details in order to stop the payment.  Of course this is all an attempt to get the victim to transfer money to the caller’s bank account.

PC Bernadette Lawrie BEM, the Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Surrey Police said:  “The evil perpetrators of this type of crime prey on the most vulnerable in our communities and often target a generation who aren’t as familiar with technology.

“People have lost devastating sums of money to calls like these so urge residents to be wary of any calls about subscription payments.  Remember – don’t give or confirm your personal or banking details with an unexpected caller. If you’re unsure if the call is legitimate, hang up and verify the number with a trusted source, such as the company’s official website, or call a good friend or family member for advice.”

Sussex Police’s top tips to help stop this type of fraud are:  Always act with care if you get an unsolicited phone call.  Never transfer funds into another account on the instruction of an unexpected caller – even if they tell you the account is in your name.  Always check your phone line has properly disconnected before making another call – try calling a good friend first, wait five minutes or use a different landline or mobile.  Never, ever share your PIN number or enter your PIN into a telephone.

06 August - August Edition of Waterlines. We have published the August edition of Waterlines SHRA's on-line newsletter.  Please click here to find it on the Waterlines webpage.... 

28 July - Extension of The Waterfront Car Park Approved.  Premier Marinas' application to extend The Waterfront car park has been approved by EBC (see Decision Document...  ).  The plan involves replacing with tarmac the large brick planter and ‘garden’ opposite the Yacht Club to provide 60 more car parking spaces that will benefit events at The Waterfront and the Community Centre.  The plans also include a removable, galvanised fence that will be installed “when car park “C” [is] used for boat storage”.  Car park “C” is the new area plus half the existing adjacent area up to the mound (see site plan and design statement ).

26 July - Harbour WI July Newsletter Published. Find it on the Harbour WI webpage by clicking here...

17 July - Bay View Holiday Park Comments.  As SHRA stated below (6th July), comments on the proposed redevelopment of Bay View Holiday Park should have been made to Wealden Council. Wealden Council have advised a member that "letters of representation must be sent to Wealden District Council as we are the determining Authority for this planning application whilst Eastbourne BC are only a consultee.  If people have sent their comments to Eastbourne, please advise them to send these to otherwise we will be unaware of them."  The application's reference number is WD/2020/0494/MAJ. The closing date appears to have been extended until Tuesday 4 August, so comments may still be made on the Wealden Council Planning website at: 

13 July - Public Toilet to Remain Closed.  Following an enquiry from a SHRA member we emailed Premier Marinas for an update on The Waterfront's public toilet located near the entrance to the boat yard behind the bridal shop. Premier replied saying.  "At this stage, we have taken the decision not to re-open the public toilets.  The covid related controls would be excessive for such a small toilet block - the controls would render the block pretty much useless, to the point of 'one in one out'.  The restaurants on site are now open for customers to use their toilets, whereas previously they were closed during take away service only.  We are keeping this under review however."

06 July - Retail Park Vacant Cinema Site - Letter to M&G Estates.  SHRA recently had a telephone conference about the vacant cinema site with EBC’s Director of Planning in which we discussed plannining permision and the planning restrictions imposed by EBC (see 29 May item below).  EBC argued that these were not blanket restrictions but that the Council simply wanted a named tenant with a business plan so they would be able to assess its impact on Eastbourne Town Centre; they would accept any reasonable tenant.  We have written again to M&G Estates to raise further points and to suggest a stakeholders meeting.  Click here to read our email to M&G.  

01 July - Planning Application for Major Redevelopment of Bay View Holiday Park. Wealden Council have published a planning application relating to the Bay View Holiday Park.  The plan involves the replacement of the current caravan site and adjacent camping field that backs on to Sovereign Harbour properties, with 91 static caravans.  Click here for a plan of the proposal...  Click here for the Design and Access Statement... Any comments should be made on the Wealden Council web site (click here).  Closing date is 17 July.

06 June - Fisherman's Quay Construction Traffic - The Eastbourne Fisherman's Community Interest Company have submitted plans to EBC for dealing with construction traffic during the building of the first phase of the Fisherman's Quay on site 3 behind The Harvester.  Presumably, this traffic will include plant, deliveries and workers' transport.  All the parking proposed is within the Fisherman's Quay site.  The construction work is bound to have some impact on a small number of local properties, but the application sets out limits to working hours and states that they will be writing to affected properties.  The closing date for comments which should be made on the EBC planning site (ref no. 200331) is 12 June.  Application details and plan... 

03 June - Big "Thank You!" and respect - to residents, Jo, Keith, Warren and Sarah, and Andy and his brother, who have cleared up litter from the harbour spit and beaches.  SHRA has contacted Premier Marinas and the SHNP about recent gatherings on the spit asking them to take whatever steps they can to prevent it becoming a regular occurrence.  During past summers the area has been included in Sussex Police's ‘Operation Blitz’ patrols and there was a police presence on the spit last Saturday evening.  Litter collection photos... 

29 May - Vacant cinema site When M&G, the retail park owners, applied to change the use of the cinema building to retail use, EBC approved the change but imposed conditions. The conditions included prohibiting the selling of fashion, footwear, sportswear, children’s wear, toys and food “in order to protect the vitality and viability of the town centre from significant harm”. More than a year later, the cinema unit remains vacant and has attracted vandalism. M&G tell us that the EBC conditions are making renting the units more difficult. SHRA, in cooperation with the Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel, has written to EBC planning department requesting a meeting with them to discuss the vacant site. Click here read our letter to EBC…   

27 May - Adopted Roads Map - East Sussex County Council have an interactive map that shows which roads have been adopted. Click here to view map then zoom in... 

24 May - SHRA Annual Report published - Although we are unable to hold a public AGM, we have published our usual Annual Report and set of accounts. Click here to read it... 

22 May - Fisherman's Quayside additional funding  - East Sussex County Council has approved additional funding towards the development of the Fisherman's Quayside behind The Harvester.  The funding of £1.08m is subject to approval of the business case by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Accountability Board in July. More details on this ESCC webpage...

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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.

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.

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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 list is not used for any other purposes, nor will it be shared with any third party, and you may unsubscribe at any time.

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