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For additional news on Site 7a click here.. 

19 July - Site 1 New Images - The Design & Access Statement (DAS) addendum that explains the design approach and is mentioned in the covering letter is still not available on the EBC planning portal.  SHRA has informed EBC and suggested that therefore the period for comments should be amended to start only when the DAS is publicly available.  In the meantime, we have obtained some artist impressions of the revised development. Click here to view them...   

16 July- Site 1 Update - The plans mentioned below and referenced in the developer's covering letter are now available on the EBC portal (see this list..). However, the Design & Access Statement (DAS) addendum that explains the design approach and is mentioned and listed in the covering letter is not yet online. It is listed on the EBC planning portal, but the wrong document is attached to the link. SHRA has asked EBC for it to be corrected. As you can see in these images the height has been reduced and stair cases realigned, but the ground floor footprints are identical...   

15 July - Site 1 - Revised Plans Submitted. We have received notification from EBC that a revised plan has been put forward by Untold Living, the developers of the proposed retirement complex on Site 1.  The amended application can be viewed on-line at: where you can make comments.
However, at the time of writing there is very little detail on the planning portal relating to the new proposal, other than a covering letter from the developers agent indicating the number of apartments have been reduced from 137 to 128 and the building has been reduced in size by one storey. Covering Letter.... 
The SHRA are reviewing the documents available and will press for the release of the amended plans referenced in the covering letter.
We would like to hear the views of members and neighbours especially those living along Martinique Way and Anguila Close.  Please e mail us at . The council have given 21 days for observations to be made to them (before 5 August 2024). Update: 

7 July - Neighbourhood Walk  - SHRA are organising a neighbourhood walk around the North Harbour on Sunday 21 July at 4pm. Starting and finishing at the Urban Beach in front of 4 Seasons brasserie, this event is open to all residents and their friends/family.

The walk is step free and will take about an hour. An opportunity to meet new friends and neighbours, so come along and join us. Dogs are welcome and must be kept on a lead.

We are using this event in part as a practice run for the annual “Santa Stroll” we will be running in association with Defiant Sports in December and appreciate your participation and feedback afterwards. Event poster... 

7 July - Hand Over of Community Centre - It has been announced that the organisation and management of the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre will be handed over from EBC/Wave Leisure to a newly established community group, the Sovereign Harbour Community Association (SHCA).

SHRA have long been supporters of the community centre and its ambitions, and we will keep you posted as the project develops on our dedicated Communty Centre page... where you can find a bit more info about the handover.

7 July - Leaders Estate Agents Grand Opening -  Leaders Estate Agents are holding their "Grand Opening" event at their new office at Unit 1, The Waterfront on Friday 12th July from 3pm and would love harbour residents to join them. Canapes and fizz will be served, so pop in and say hello to the team. If you plan to attend, please RSVP at:  Poster... 

7 July - ASDA trolleys. Residents have reported increasing numbers of abandoned ASDA trolleys. ASDA are aware of the situation and have put additional staff on the trolley collection duties while the cause is investigated. ASDA have an abandoned trolley helpline on: 0800 093 3350.

Abandoned trolleys can also be reported to:

Collex Trolley - Freephone 0808 1680 600 or email with location and photo: or use their smartphone app available from the App Stores or
Trolleywise (not Asda trolleys) Website: Tel: 0800 316 1241 Email: A Trolleywise app is avaialable on the usual App stores.

07 July - Retail Park - SHRA have been in contact with M&G, owners of the retail park, about its general condition. They were helpful and shared information about planned improvements.
We asked about to possibility of CCTV in the car park. They advised that due to the large size of the site it was unlikely to warrant CCTV as it would be difficult to monitor and cover the whole area. They are however looking to implement Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) which may act as a deterrent.

They have received a quote for cleaning the cladding of the stores and this will commence shortly. They are also due to commence some large-scale car parking refurbishment works towards the end of this year.

M&G confirmed that from late August the leaseholders for the vacant Wilco unit are to be “Mountain Warehouse”. We understand that Smyth's Toys may be taking over the Bensons unit.

In August, construction will start on the new drive-thru area and its units, (we believe for Costa Coffee and Macdonald’s), with a completion time in the new year.

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

03 June - June Waterlines published - The June edition of SHRA's newsletter has been published. Find it on our "Waterlines" page....

01 June - SHRA AGM Report - SHRA's AGM was held on 16 May. The report/minutes have now been published. You can find them on our "About SHRA" page....

25 May - Leasehold Reforms Become Law. The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Act has become law.  The Act strengthens existing, and introduces new, consumer rights for homeowners including:
• Making it cheaper and easier for people to extend their lease or buy their freehold.
• Increasing the standard lease extension term to 990 years for houses and flats (up from 50 years in houses and 90 years in flats).
• Giving leaseholders greater transparency over their service charges by making freeholders or managing agents issue bills in a standardised format that can be more easily scrutinised and challenged.
• Making it easier and cheaper for leaseholders to take over management of their building, allowing them to appoint the managing agent of their choice.
Further details are on the UK Government website at:  and on the website of the HomeOwners Alliance here:

11 May - Smyths Toys Arriving? - It seems the rumour that Smyths Toys may be coming to the retail park could be true as there is a planning application to re-jig the exsisting mezzanine floor of unit 5 (Harveys/Bensons) that indicates it is made on Smyths behalf.

03 May - Beach Work Update - With the May Bank Holiday this weekend and signs that the beach is recovering from all the storms this season has put our way, we will finish working with the dumper trucks as of today. We will though over the next couple of weeks have the bull dozer and excavator present and working at localised areas along the frontage. The next high spring tide is at the end of next week so we will continue to monitor the frontage and attend where and when necessary. We wish you a good weekend.
Amber Carr
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

27 April - West Bridge Closures Postponed - With regards to the planned west bridge replacement works, we wish to advise all users of the Sovereign Harbour and The Waterfront that the bridge will no longer be closed on the dates previously provided.  The west bridge will remain open to all marine traffic until a new date for the closure is confirmed. We will be in touch as soon as a new date is confirmed. Premier Marinas

19 April - New SS Barnhill Info Board - SHRA is co-ordinating the replacement of the info boards dotted around the harbour.  Earlier this week, a new SS Barnhill board was installed on the north beach by Keith Collier, Peter Lawrence and Dave Rogers.  Last year, a seal info board was set in place near the locks.  The new, illustrated panels are designed by Raj Pisavadia and the sturdy new frames are being made by Peter Lawrence at the Eastbourne Shed.  PCDL and Premier Marinas donated £500 each to the project and SHRA members donated towards them at last year's SHRA AGM.  We’re doing the bird board by the locks next and then the flora and fauna board in front of Chatsworth.  SHRA is grateful to everyone who is helping with the project.

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...

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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