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07 May - Harbour Dredging - The annual dredging at Sovereign Harbour has begun.  Dredger ‘Sospan Dau’ is due to work for approximately 10 days, subject to weather conditions.
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30 April -   Beach Work Update -The final machine has now left the beach, and hopefully none will be needed until late September or early October. I am sure we are all looking forward to a peaceful and warm summer.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

27 April - New discounter Waste-Hub -  Waste-Hub provide a hassle-free solution for the collection of your loose domestic or commercial waste.  We can also collect your ad-hoc bagged waste. With one-off or regular collections available these are ideal services if you do not have access or space for a skip. Plus all the loading is done for you! £10 off a waste collection for SHRA members (single item collections not included). Contact us on 01323 654 655 or 07470 868 101

22 April - Brown tail moth caterpillars -  The brown tail moth is an insect native to Britain that has hairy black caterpillars with red and white markings that group in webs on trees and shrubs. The hairs of the caterpillar have an irritant effect and can cause breathing difficulties and rashes in contact with skin.

We have recieved reports that the caterpillers have been seen in some Harbour areas. If you spot them you should seek further advice and take necessary precautions.  A Bing or Google search will help you find knowledge resouces such as these provided by: Butterfly Conservation... and Tendring District Council... 

21 April - Beachwork Update - I am sure you will be pleased to learn that beach works – barring any storms still to come – are almost finished for summer.  Dumpers will continue between Cooden and Normans Bay East until Thursday afternoon, when all but one will finish.  Small amounts of shingle still required will be provided by the one remaining truck on Friday.  Next week, the two bulldozers will do any final pushing up and complete a final levelling of the beach.

Under normal conditions we would continue working for a further week or so, but the outstanding work entails moving shingle from Cooden and Beachlands East to the harbour.  As this would mean convoys of dumpers passing to and fro through the centre of the village we have agreed with the Agency to leave this until autumn.  There are several reasons for this;
• Now out of lockdown, there are a lot more people using the beach than in a “normal” spring.
• Good weather seems set fair for at least another week, which will only add to those numbers.
• We have gone several weeks without any meaningful rain, so dust is become an increasing issue.

So running dumpers for up to 9km along the beach is even less attractive than normal.  However, if it is not done now, it will have to be done in autumn. In the nicest possible way I hope we get some wet miserable days in October, when it will be less intrusive that it would be doing it now.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd.

15 April - Harbour WI newsletter -The Harbour WI have published their April newsletter. Find it on the WI website by clicking here... 

31 March - The Waterfront Public Toilets -Premier Marinas have announced that the public toilets at The Waterfront will open on Monday 12th April. Going forward they will be cleaned twice a day in the week and three times a day on weekends. 

31 March - April edition of Waterlines published - We have published a new edition of our newsletter.  Find it on the Waterlines page...

31 March - Beachwork Update - As nice as this warm spell of weather may be, it is not helping us move shingle to where it is required. A sudden influx of people to the beach means there is little room for both beach-goers and dumpers, particularly at high water. Consequently our plans are changing more or less on a daily basis at the moment.
The good news is that the 8.0m tide seems to be passing without incident, so no additional work should be created. The Sovereign Harbour and 'White Horses' areas are still short of beach, so it is hoped to reinforce these areas after Easter, with 5 dumpers running in convoy from the centre of the bay. Hopefully we will get some more typical April weather, so that the beach will return to a more normal level of use for the time of year.
After finishing at Sovereign Harbour, machines will work back to Cooden to finish off any areas that have been missed. With luck and a fair wind, machines will be able to leave the beach for the summer sometime in mid to late April.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

22 March - Eastbourne Trials New Scheme to Support Business Reopening - A brand new scheme is being piloted in Eastbourne from this week, helping tourism businesses to reopen safely and adapt to industry changes.

The scheme, which is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, brings regulatory bodies together into one place to help support businesses with essential advice from dealing with fire safety and signposting allergens to hosting outdoor events. Providing pre-recorded webinars featuring step by step advice from experts, the scheme aims to support reopening businesses and those looking to diversify their offering, while new business owners opening for the first time will also benefit from the advice in the future.

Eastbourne businesses can access pre-recorded webinars and sign up to Q&A sessions for free at this Visit Eastbourne website... 

22 March - 2021 Census can still be completed - Although the official census day was Sunday 21st March you may still complet the census online at:  You must complete the census and provide accurate information by law or you could be fined up to £1,000 (some questions are labelled as voluntary and it is not an offence if you do not answer these). The census helps decide how services are funded in our area. To start your census online, you will need your 16‑character access code. If you don't have a code visist the above website.

13 March - Learn to sail at Pevensey Bay Sailing Club - Situated just east of Sovereign Harbour within the protected waters of Pevensey Bay, our club is renowned for it’s superb sailing facilities whatever your sailing ability.
Open to anyone aged 18 or over, the course fees include:
• RYA approved training by our qualified instructors.
• RYA logbook and certificate upon course completion.
• One years club membership to enjoy our facilities throughout the year. And more...
LEVEL 1 - Tuesday eve 4th May > 1st June.
LEVEL 1 - Saturdays 22nd May > 5th June.
LEVEL 2 - Tuesday eve 15th June > 13th July.
For further information please contact sailing club principal Click here for poster... 
We have an Open Day planned for Saturday 1st May, but do come and have a look round the club at any time or contact the membership secretary, Duncan Tanner, at

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The 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.  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 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 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, has 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.

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 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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