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08 April - Beach Work Update - With a very high spring tide this week and windy conditions over the next couple of days, we are continuing to run the bull dozers and dump trucks.

The machines are likely to be working until the end of the month.  We are expecting crest erosion tonight and cliffing over the next couple of days.  We will continue to monitor the frontage and undertake works as necessary.
Amber Carr
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

02 April - April edition of Waterlines published - The April edition of SHRA's newletter has been published.  Find it on our Waterlines page...

28 March - Easter Egg Hunt around the Harbour, Good Friday to Easter Monday – 10am to 6pm. Find 11 colourful eggs on the lamp posts around the Harbour. Don’t forget to look out for the hidden letters written by the Easter Bunny that make up a secret three-word themed password! Tell the team at Planet Golf the password and get a FREE chocolate egg. Egg Hunt suitable for ages 3 to 11 years old. For more details and map click here...

23 March - West Bridge Closures for Pedestrians - As part of its replacement project, Premier Marinas have annouced that the West Bridge will be closed to pedestrians on the following dates, subject to weather conditions.
25th to 28th March - bridge will be closed.
15th to 18th April - bridge will be closed.
23rd April to 8th May - bridge will be closed.
One alternative walking route is using the little passageway (named Tadpole Lane on Google Maps) by the South bridge which, via Madeira Way, gives access to and from Atlantic Drive and thereby access to and from the rear of The Waterfront.

18 March - Site 1 Planning Application Deferred - the planning application for a retirement community on Site 1 has been deferred by the EBC Planning Committee.  In essence, the application has been refused in its current form and will now be subject to negotiations to seek amendments on its size, height and design.  Should the negotiations fail, EBC planners are able to refuse the planning application. Further details...

18 March - Retail Park Drive-thrus Approved (Application no. 220877- EBC have approved the demolition of existing buildings in the centre of the retail park car park and the erection of two takeaway buildings with drive-thru facilities, together with landscaping, car parking and associated works.  It is understood that these will be a McDonald's and a Costa Coffee. The approval is subject to certain conditions about car and cycle parking, tree protection, surface water drainage and litter management, etc. Approval document...

16 March - The Crumbles Murder Talk - On the 100th anniversary of one of these notorious murders, SHRA is presenting an illustrated talk by local historian Kevin Gordon.  The talk will be held on Monday 15th April in the Royal Sovereign Suite at The Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club. Doors open at 2pm and drinks can be purchased at the bar before Kevin commences the talk at 3pm.  We will wind up the afternoon around 4.30pm.  Tickets are £5 each, available from Eventbrite via the following link: Or on the door subject to capacity restrictions.  This event is open to non-members so bring some friends along. 

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

10 March -  Letter Published - Letter from North Harbour member Keith Forbes about the Site 1 planning application and the beach work charges. See letters page...

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 -]

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 18.00

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 Emails

Our on-line (PDF) newsletter, Waterlines... is published every second month.  We occasionally email all SHRA members on our membership database via MemberMojo to update them on SHRA news or harbour issues.  We also occasionally use our MailChimp distribution list (open to SHRA members and non-members) to which you may subscribe to below (new members are automatically added).  Our MemberMojo and MailChimp distribution lists are not used for any other purposes nor shared with any third party.  You may unsubscribe at any time. Subscribing to the MailChimp email list does NOT make you a SHRA member. Join SHRA here... 

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