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19 January - Beach Work Update - Whilst the weather has been favourable to the sea defences for the last few weeks, there is still a deficit of sediment in the west and a surplus in the east. Consequently dumpers have this week started moving shingle from Cooden to East Stream and to “Deloram”, just west of Normans Bay outfall.
By the middle of next week we expect to have 7 dumpers running from Herbrand Walk to Sovereign Harbour. Assuming the weather remains in our favour, we expect to do 5 days of this long distance recycle, before returning to shorter hauls once again.
After that the intention is to remove sediment from the Langney beach immediately south of the marina for 5 days and bypass it to the north side of the marina.
In the unlikely event that the weather remains calm, these operations will follow one after the other. In the last 22 years, February has been the worst month for storm waves, so there is every likelihood that these plans will change at some point. I will endeavour to provide updates as things develop over the coming days.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd 

05 January - B&M store for cinema site - plans have been submitted to EBC for a B&M store ( ) on the cinema site with a garden centre enclosed by a perimeter fence at the rear. The application can be viewed on the EBC planning website at:  Comments need to be submitted by Friday, January 21st.
EBC Application Number: 211058.
Location: Unit 7, The Crumbles, Eastbourne. Proposal: Change of use of former cinema (sui generis) to Class E(a) and erection of external garden centre.  (Sui generis is a Latin expression that translates to “of its own kind.” It refers to anything that is peculiar to itself; of its own kind or class). 

17 December - Recording of Sea Defences Online Event - In late November 2021 SHRA arranged an online meeting with representatives of PCDL and the Environment Agency to discuss future plans for sea defence work and to learn about the EA's Pevensey Bay to Eastbourne Coastal Management Scheme.  A video recording of the event can be found on this dedicated webpage....

16 December -  Message from  Premier Marinas - SOVEREIGN SHINES RAISES FUNDS FOR THE RNLI & CARE FOR THE CARERS.  On Friday 10th December berth holders and the local community braved the cold weather to enjoy Sovereign Shines which raised £1057.59 for Eastbourne RNLI lifeboat and Care for the Carers, East Sussex. The free family event, organised by Premier Marinas, The Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour Berth Holders’ Association and the Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour was to celebrate the illuminations created by light displays on boats and houses in the harbour.

Alongside the light spectacle, the evening event hosted at The Waterfront included a heart-warming performance from local youth choir, The Theatre Workshop and an upbeat performance from Eastbourne Rock Choir, with its 40 members. An array of Christmas market stalls enticed customers with exquisite local quality produce and gifts and a real reindeer family added to the festive ambiance. More Radio were also there playing the very best Christmas hits and entertaining the public with commentary.

Daniel Heckford, Marina Manager said: “This year’s Sovereign Shines event was really well attended and feedback was incredibly positive from both the local businesses and people who enjoyed the entertainment. Our berth holders and the wider harbour community all got involved in the Christmas light spectacle bringing some festive cheer to The Waterfront and raising much needed funds for the Eastbourne RNLI lifeboat and Care for the Carers, East Sussex”. 

2 December - Waterlines Published - the December edition of Waterlines, our online, digital newsletter, is now aviable to download from the  Waterlines page... 

02 November -  Mr Chris Mepham - The SHRA is sad to learn of the death of Chris Mepham who was SHRA chairman from May 2017 until June 2019. Chris became a committee member in 2010 and served as deputy chair between 2011 and 2016.  We thank Chris for his years of service to the Association.  Our thoughts are with his wife, Sue, and his family and friends, to whom we offer our sincere condolences.

05 October - Should leasehold property be banned? - The government has pledged to give leaseholders in England the right to extend their leases by 990 years and end their ground rent payments once and for all.  The leasehold scandal has seen millions of homeowners saddled with unsellable properties due to escalating ground rents, uncapped service charges and difficulties buying their freeholds.  This article from Which? explains the steps the government is taking to reform the leasehold system.  The reform timetable is described in this piece by the House of Commons library.  Meanwhile, the ongoing Competition and Markets Authority investigation into the leasehold market has resulted in reforming commitments from large developers, including Persimmon.

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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.

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