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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...

01 Dec - December edition Waterlines published - The December edition of SHRA's newletter has been published. Find it on our Waterlines page...

29 Nov - Site 7a - Reptile Translocation Report. SHRA wrote to EBC seeking reassurances about the clearance work taking place on Site 7a that has included the relocation of wildlife. We await a response from EBC, but a “Reptile Translocation Report” document has just appeared on the EBC planning portal that gives further details of the work carried out on Site 7a (it also mentions our letter to EBC). The document explains that the site has been subjected to a “destructive search” and that it is important that the site is now left in its ‘cleared’ state to avoid re-colonisation. We have placed a copy of the report on our website - click ye here to view it...  

21 Nov - New Discount for SHRA Members -  Marina Turkish Restaurant & Lounge - 10% discount on food for SHRA members. Get ready to indulge in the finest expression of Turkish dining and Anatolian flavours to be found this side of the Mediterranean. 12, The Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour, BN23 5UZ. Tel: 01323 470009

21 Nov - Phase 1 Short List Options - The scheme's virtual exhibition room is now live online. Find out more about the options for each frontage over the next ten years and add your own comments too. You can access the virtual exhibition room via the project's website at: (available 20 Nov - 15 Dec).
There will be a 'pop-in' public exhibition on the options at the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre on Friday 1st December from 9.30am to 12pm (see below for other dates and venues).
An online Q&A session with the project team is scheduled to take place on Monday 4 December 12:00pm - 2:00pm - further details to follow soon on our Facebook page and scheme website.

20 Nov - Sovereign Shines 2023 – Info from Premier Marinas - Join us in making Sovereign Harbour shine this Christmas. Help us light up the harbour with your boat or house for a spectacular Sovereign Shines in aid of three local charities. Little and pretty, home-crafted, festive scene or extravagant – the mission is to get as many Sovereign Harbour boats and houses involved. To enter complete your details on the application form and decorate your house or boat as festively as possible, remembering to send a photograph of your masterpiece to: along with your address details/pontoon berth number.Lights will need to be up and registered by Friday 8th December in line with our onshore Sovereign Shines festive entertainment. This will help us to ensure that your display is included in the judging which will take place from 8th to 10th December 2023. Boats registered and seen to be illuminated will have the chance to move onto a berth with free electricity to help us light up the harbour.  Full details and registration form at: 

20 Nov - Site 7a Clearance - With members raising concerns about the manner of the clearance work taking place on the proposed Aldi site, SHRA has written to the head of EBC planning asking for further information and assurances that the work is properly authorised and managed. You can read our letter here…  As you will see, it has also been copied to the County Ecologist and Caroline Ansell MP, and forwarded to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Natural England and our Sovereign Ward Councillors.

19 Nov - Site 1 Consultation Event and Feedback - The company Untold Living who are proposing a retirement community development on Site 1, held a public, drop-in consultation event at the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre last Thursday.
For those unable to attend we have put together images of some of the presentation banners from the event and a copy of the feedback form. You can view it by downloading the PDF file from the SHRA web site here:
 The feedback form asks:
● Are you in favour of the development?
● I am in favour of the development, with the following recommendations:
● I am against the development. (Please explain your reasons:
● What aspects of the development do you like?
●…and, what aspects do you think could be improved?
Responses can be emailed to:
The proposal is at an early stage and no formal planning application has yet been made.

15 Nov - Harbour WI Newsletter - The Harbour WI have published their latest newsletter giving details of their recent November meeting. Click here to find it on the WI webpages... 

15 Nov - Beach Work Update - This week we have seen that Storm Debi has coincided with the Spring tide (which will peak today (Wednesday) so the team have shifted to working during the afternoon falling tide to continue to repair the damaged caused by Storm Ciaran, and new effects seen from Debi throughout the frontage. There is another Storm on it way named Elin which may cause some erosion over the next few days. Therefore the crew will continue to work on the afternoon tides but will revert back to a.m. tides as soon as it is practicable.
Amber Carr
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

13 Nov - Retirement Community Proposed for Site 1Untold Living have announced plans for a retirement community on the vacant land that was going to contain the blocks of flats on Site 1, near to the Martello Tower at the harbour entrance. Their proposed scheme (click here to read the letter and leaflet sent to residents ) would provide 129 flats for residential accommodation in buildings ranging from 4 to 6 storeys with communal and community options on the ground floors. The proposal is at an early stage and no formal planning application has yet been made. A drop-in, public consultation event is being held at the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre (Room 2) on Thursday 16 November between 2pm-8pm.

10 Nov - Xmas Events Cancelled - the proposed Festive Afternoon Tea and Christmas Party Night advertised in October's Waterlines have been cancelled due to lack of interetst. For further info please call 07780 475200 or email

09 Nov - Coastal Management Public Exhibitions - The Pevensey Bay to Eastbourne Management Scheme team are sharing the shortlist of options for Phase 1 of the scheme covering the next ten years at the following 'pop-in' public exhibitions.
Saturday 25 November
9:30am - 12:00pm Langney Community Centre.
2:30pm - 5:00pm Hampden Park Community Centre.
Tuesday 28 November
9:30am - 12:00pm St. John's Parish Hall, Meads. 2:30pm - 5:00pm Leaf Hall Arts Centre, Seaside.
Friday 1 December
9:30am - 12:00pm Sovereign Harbour Community Centre

2:00pm - 4:30pm St. Wilfrid's Church Hall, Pevensey Bay
Monday 4 December 12:00pm - 2:00pm. An  online Q&A session with the project team - Further details to follow on social media/website 

07 Nov - Leasehold Reform - Major leasehold reform for house owners has been announced in the King’s Speech. An intersting and helpful article by the HomeOwners Alliance looks at the government plans, whether they go far enough, what may change and when - and what that all means for you. You can read it on their website here: Thanks to resident Keith Forbes for sending us the link.

03 Nov - Beach Work Update - Now that the Storm Ciaran is out of Pevensey’s weather system and with the neap tides returning, the team will be having a much needed break this weekend after working relentlessly for 12 days.  Beach works will resume on Monday and we plan to work throughout the frontage in order of priority dependant on weather conditions at that time.
Amber Carr
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

25 Oct - Bus Services During Pacific Drive Road Works - On their website (}, Stagecoach have posted the following notification about bus services during November’s road works. Note that the quoted disruption period is a few days longer than that originally notified by East Sussex Highways, who stated the work would end on the 24th November.
"Pacific Drive closed 06/11-28/11.
Due to highway works, Pacific Drive will be closed from the 06th of November until the 28th of November. Services 5 and 5A will be terminating at Tasmania Way [bus stops] for the duration of this closure. For further updates follow @StagecoachSE on Twitter."
Presumably, the buses will turn round using the Macauley Drive roundabout.

18 Oct - Pacific Drive Road Works Update - SHRA have received from East Sussex Highways (ESH) the following clarification about the resurfacing works on Pacific Drive between the Hamilton Quay junction and the junction with Samoa Way starting on Monday 6 November and continuing until Friday 24 November.
“Thank you for your enquiry and apologies regarding the delayed response. We have had a response from the project management. He has advised the below.
We will allow access to properties throughout the works here, the closure is just to restrict the volume of traffic using the road while we carry out the repairs to the carriageway here.
The letter that was sent to the residents was not clear on access for them, which we apologise for, it should have stated that access for residents would not be affected by the works, but some small delays might occur whist we are working across entrances and junctions and emergency access will be always permitted. We will ensure that this will be included in future works where this is the case.
Thank you,
East Sussex Highways Customer Services | Balfour Beatty”
You can call ESH on 0345 6080 193. Their contact centre is open between the hours of 08:30 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday and 08:30 to 16:30 on Friday.

05 Oct - Pacific Drive Road Works - East Sussex Highways (ESH) have advised that Balfour Beatty will be carrying out carriageway resurfacing works on Pacific Drive, between the Hamilton Quay junction and the junction with Samoa Way starting on Monday 6 November and continuing until Friday 24 November.  According to the notification from ESH, the road will be closed to through traffic between 7am and 7pm. SHRA is contacting ESH to ensure that residents will continue to have access throughtout the period. Probably (and hopefully) it is just a clumsily worded letter. 
Click here to read the "Notice to Residents" that contains further information and site map...  

20 Sept - B&M Illuminated Signs - B&M have made a retrospective planning application to EBC for the installation of the illuminated signs on the front, side and rear of their new store at The Crumbles Retail Park.  EBC's Planning Application ref. no. is 230607. To view full details and leave comments visit the following webpage: Comments need to be submitted by 19th October.

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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 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 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.  A long-awaited community centre 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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