Currently, SHRA has no involvement in the running of the Community Centre. All enquiries should be made to Wave Leisure Trust. Regular events are taking place and bookings can be discussed on 01323 509859 or 07936 364015.
We are happy to promote your community centre events on the SHRA website and in Waterlines if you let us know about them. email@example.com
Ever since its establishment in 2000, SHRA campaigned for a purpose-built community centre as envisaged by the developers in the original plans. Despite promises and commitments by the developers and local Councils over the ensuing years, it was not until 2015 that a plan was submitted for the construction of a community centre on Site 5 opposite the Yacht Club.
Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) appointed Sea Change Sussex, a not-for-profit economic development company, to oversee delivery of the project. Wave Leisure Trust, a charitable not-for-profit trust, was commissioned by the Council to assist the Sovereign Harbour Community Association (SHCA - see panel on right), on all aspects of managing the community centre.
In 2016, the Site 5 land was found to be contaminated and was withdrawn. An alternative area was offered on Site 7 for a reduced-size centre. SHRA and SHCA thought that the offered location was unsuitable, and believed that the reduced size made their commercial plans unviable. They decided to sever their involvement in the project.
In early 2017, EBC and East Sussex County Council (ESCC) announced that they had acquired a plot of land for the community centre on Site 6, adjacent to the road leading into the Retail Park. A pathway would connect it to The Waterfront car parks, and a service road would be built across the Innovation Park from Pacific Drive for disabled access, deliveries and refuse collection. The service road would also give access to future commercial development on Site 6.
With Sea Change Sussex overseeing the project, construction begun in mid 2017 and the service road was quickly completed. Although the main construction work was completed within a year, the fitting out of the building and the connection of the utilities was delayed many times. Somewhat premature, drop-in launch events were arranged by EBC in March 2018 at Pacific House. These gave information about the centre and sought residents views on uses for the centre. Click here for event's flyer... It was not until December 2019 that events were able to take place in the centre.
As noted above, EBC appointed Wave Leisure Trust to assist the SHCA on all aspects of managing the community centre. Following the SHCA's withdrawal from the project, Wave Leisure Trust will oversee the management of the Centre until other arrangements can be made. The SHRA committee is concerned that currently there is no direct local involvement in the running of the community centre.
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