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19 November - SHRA Newsletter published - with many of the clubs, groups and social activities which we usually promote in Waterlines on hold due to the lockdown we have published this short newsletter to keep members up to date with the SHRA committee’s activities.  Click here to read it... 

13 November - Beach Work Update & Alert - After a calm two weeks, everything changes at the weekend, especially Sunday night. It is highly likely that the Environment Agency will issue a Flood Alert for both tides on Sunday, and we expect the beach crest to be significantly eroded late on Sunday

We have already had an excavator and dump trucks delivered to the Agency depot, and they will start repairs at 06:00 on Monday morning. Unfortunately we can’t work everywhere at once, and indeed if the beach crest is narrowed, there may not be free movement for machines along the frontage in any case. On the positive side, conditions start to improve immediately, and with astronomical tides falling from Monday, there should be nothing worse to come. Certainly dumpers will be moving shingle around all next week, but may well carry on longer.

Recent southwesterly conditions have meant that shingle is now closer to Sovereign Harbour’s southern breakwater, so that bypassing round the marina is likely in the near future. However, until we see how much repair work is required after Sunday we can’t plan exactly when machines will move from Pevensey to Langney.

Finally, a radar column installed in the Agency depot during September is now operating and collecting sea surface conditions in all weathers, day and night. It tracks the tidal waterline as it moves back and forth across the beach, slowly building up a high detail map of the beach. It can also analyse wave patterns as they approach the beach. When a wave is affected by a sea surface current, it changes it’s spectral behaviour and these changes can be used to estimate the speed and direction of a current. Waves also change their behaviour based on the depth of water, so water depths in deeper areas offshore can be estimated and the data used to build a picture of the seabed and hence identify changes over time. This data will be used by Southampton University as part of their study to understand coastal processes within Pevensey Bay and hence what future strategy may be required to maintain the current levels of defence.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

13 November - Virtual Art Exhibition - sales and auction - The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital is the charity that raises money to support the Eastbourne DGH and the wonderful NHS staff that work there. This year their popular Art Exhibition has gone virtual and they would like to invite you to have a look at the 196 original paintings by 42 artists on display and for sale at: 20% of the sale price of all pictures sold will be donated to the charity and will go towards supporting the Eastbourne DGH and to the Friends 2020-21 special project which is to raise £430,000 to Make Radiology Digital at the hospital.  The exhibition is online until Sunday 22 November.
In addition, local professional artist, Christopher Osborne, has donated a gorgeous oil painting entitled Low Tide Walk Eastbourne for a silent auction. View this stunning picture at:

02 November - Sovereign Shines (see below) - Please note: Premier Marinas continue to follow all guidelines provided by the Government with regards to COVID-19 and in the event of the lockdown (scheduled to end on Wednesday 2nd December 2020) being further extended, Sovereign Shines will not go ahead on the current dates promoted or at all if deemed unsafe for participants.

30 October - Photo: Lee Floyd 2019Join The Sovereign Shines Light Spectacle This December - Premier Marinas Eastbourne is inviting berth holders and the Sovereign Harbour community to light up their boats and houses for Sovereign Shines.  Now in its fifth year, Sovereign Shines is a collaboration between Premier, the Sovereign Harbour Berth Holders’ Association and The Rotary Club.  Their aim is to encourage boat owners and local residents to get involved in the light festivities at Christmas to boost community spirit and raise much needed funds for two amazing local organisations: the RNLI Eastbourne and Defiant Sports.

With the on-water illuminations taking centre stage, new categories have been added to this year’s competition, opening up new creative opportunities for berth holders and residents to get involved - categories ranging from the best boat/house, best rainbow illuminations and even a ‘little and pretty’ display.  The new categories also bring bigger and better prizes to this year’s competition, including a boat lift, high pressure wash and launch, luxurious Christmas hampers and dining out vouchers.

With lights up by Friday 11th December, The Waterfront at Sovereign Harbour will become the central hub for residents and visitors who wish to stroll around the harbour to take in the sparkle of Christmas lights and finish the evening with a meal at one of the ten eating establishments.  Also new for this year, a bespoke fundraising page has been created for voluntary donations to be made as part of the entry into the 2020 light display.  All donations will be divided equally between RNLI Eastbourne and Defiant Sports. Press Release... 

Registration to join in with the light display is now open.  Sovereign Harbour residents and boat owners can apply by visiting The Waterfront website or click here for an application form... 

30 October - Sovereign Harbour’s Self Store Expands - Premier Marinas’ Sovereign Harbour Self Store has just completed a major expansion.  Following a rise in demand for household and business storage space, a third floor has been installed creating an additional 45 new rental units.  The storage facility, Premier Self Store, is located adjacent at North Lockside, Sovereign Harbour, just off the A259 and two miles from Eastbourne's town centre.  The facility provides a perfect value for money storage solution – now with 121 individual storage units to choose from and rents starting at just £10 a week.  Press release with more info ...

15 October -  Covid Testing - A message from Darrell Gale. Director of Public Health for East Sussex.  "I'm very pleased that a new walk-through testing centre will open tomorrow (Friday) in Hastings.  The site is at the car park of the former Helenswood Academy upper school site in The Ridge.  "This will increase the options for people with symptoms of the virus to get a test, particularly anyone without access to a private vehicle."  It adds to the other sites in East Sussex where you can book a test:  Devonshire Park car park in Eastbourne, Plumpton Racecourse and Wainwright Road in Bexhill.  In addition, a mobile testing unit will be at County Hall in St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes from tomorrow to Sunday (Oct 16-18) offering walk-through and drive-through tests." Book a test if you have symptoms at: or by phoning 119.

11 October - Consultation on proposed fortnightly refuse collections - Eastbourne Borough Council is proposing to make changes to the waste and recycling service, moving from weekly to alternate weekly collections.  Under the new arrangements your collections would still happen on the same day of the week, but would alternate between waste one week and recycling the next.  The council would like to know how this would affect you.  The aim of the change is to increase the amount of waste recycled in Eastbourne where the recycle rate currently stands at around 35% against a national target of 50%.   There is clear evidence from other local authorities that moving to alternate weekly collections increases recycling.  Eastbourne is one of the few remaining local authorities in the UK which still collects non-recyclable refuse weekly.  Click here to complete the survey...  The closing date is Monday 21st December 2020 at 5pmClick here for a FAQ about the proposals...  

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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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