Latest News & Updates

18 Mar - Harbour WI - Monthly report for March 2019 published. Click here... External link logo

17 Mar - New photo added to the Gallery. Click here...

16 Mar - Fisherman's Area - Announcement from company Gradient Consultants. "Gradient Consultants External link logo are excited to announce that we’ve been appointed as Project Manager and CDM Principal Designer for the construction of a new fishing quay at Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne. Phase 1 of this project is the construction of a new two-storey building to fillet, store and sell fish, with further storage and offices on the upper floor. The works will begin on site in May 2019."
15 Mar - East Sussex Registration Service - Town Hall Open Day.
East Sussex Registration Service invite you, your partner and friends to an open day at Eastbourne Town Hall on Saturday March 23rd from 10:00am until 2:00pm.  It's a wonderful opportunity to look around this historic building and learn about the wide range of ceremonies and services on offer; to learn about civil marriages and registration, and learn about the history of the building. Also meet local ceremony suppliers. See flyer...
15 Mar - Enlarged Entertainment Area application REJECTED.
EBC tell us that a decision has been made by EBC licensing to reject the application for a minor variation by Premier Marinas. Premier have been informed of this decision; they are within their rights to now submit a full variation to the licence if they so wish.
15 Mar - SHRA's comments to EBC on Proposed Enlarged Entertainment Area
- we have submitted to EBC our initial comments about the proposal to extend the open-air entertainment area outside The Waterfront (see below). Click here to read SHRA's comments...
Roger Green14 Mar - Mr Roger Green
- we were very sorry to learn of the death of Roger Green, our vice-chairman, shortly after his admittance to St Wilfrid's Hospice. Roger joined the SHRA committee in May 2017 and we are very grateful for his help, support and contributions. The SHRA committee send their sincere condolences to Roger's family and friends.
12 Mar - Urgent - Comments to EBC on Proposed Enlarged Entertainment Area
  - Premier Marinas have submitted ”A Minor Licence Variation" application to EBC to increase the area permitted for outdoor entertainment at the entrance to The Waterfront. The new area will include the roadway (Harbour Quay) between the North Bridge and the pedestrian path, and part of the boat display area (Click here for an outline of the area based on the application).

Premier have stated they propose to hold live music events in the area and also an occasional pop-up cinema. Premier also plan to create an urban beach, a climbing wall and a children's play area.

This Thursday 14 March is the closing date for representations on the application. With apologies for the tight deadline, anyone wishing to comment should quickly email: stating "Minor Licence Variation Application Number 052054" and give the reasons for objection or support.
08 Mar - Seasons Expansion Plans
. The Herald reports that the owners of the 4 Seasons Brasserie want to extend it to a unit next door. The unit, formerly Magenta and currently empty, will become part of 4 Seasons and be open from 9am-9pm. The application will be considered by EBC planners.
08 Mar - Sunday concert date for diary - The local ladies choir, recently renamed as Polyphony Vocal Ensemble, will perform a miscellany of "Music in May" on Sunday May 19 at 7.45pm in the gothic splendor of All Saints Chapel (doors open 7.15). Click for poster and ticket details...
08 Mar - Beach Work Update
- From Ian Thomas, Project Manager Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd External link logoThere has been enough wind in the last week or so to push surplus shingle right up against Sovereign Harbour’s southern breakwater. In order to reduce the risk of this sediment getting into the outer harbour we will be undertaking a final week of bypassing for this winter starting on Monday 11 March and finishing on Friday 15 March. Working hours will be 07:30 to 17:30 each day.

With more gales to come this weekend and into the early part of next week, it is inevitable that a further round of recycling between Cooden and Sovereign Harbour will also be necessary, but this is unlikely to start before Monday 25 March.
Friday 08 Mar - Today is International Women's Day
, when the achievements and struggles of women everywhere are acknowledged. Website... External link logo
05 Mar - Pedestrian lock access is closed today
. Scheduled for Monday it was postponed until today (Tuesday).
03 Mar - Community Centre.
If you look at the letter we sent to EBC (below), you will see we asked for a firm opening date. Their reply is..

"Dear John, Thank you for your letter dated 27th February.  I can confirm that we're currently taking bookings from local community groups who wish to make regular bookings. If you are aware of any local group that wants to make a regular booking, then please advise them to email Jim Chater ( Jim is the Councils Sports  Manager. Regards etc."

The reply is quite unsatisfactory and we have gone back to EBC to ask them to actually answer the points raised in our letter.
28 Feb - Community Centre - SHRA has written to EBC about the delay in finishing the community centre building and opening it for use. Response awaited. Click to read our letter...

Previous and on-going items migrate from here to the News page or the Events page.


Welcome to the SHRA website

Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, East Sussex, is a large, prestigious, marina-side development of houses and apartments arranged around an outer tidal harbour, four inner habours and alongside waterways and the shingle beach.

Sovereign Harbour is also a busy, commercial marina  and a working port for the Eastbourne Fishermen There is an RNLI lifeboat station, a yacht club and many restaurants, cafes and bars   It is a great place to live, and a great place to visit!

Digging out the harbour from a huge area of vegetated shingle known as The Crumbles began in 1991. House building commenced in 1997 and continued for ten years. More recently, a new medical centre External link logo has been built and the local junior school External link logo enlarged. More housing is under construction External link logo, and Pacific House, the first building of the Innovation Park External link logo, has opened. In late 2017, work started on a long-awaited community centre.

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. Read more about SHRA here... The work of the Association is funded by a one-off, life membership subscription.

SHRA 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 Newsletter and e-mail Distribution List. Our on-line (PDF) newsletter, Waterlines... is published every second month. We occasionally email all members about important harbour news or meetings. Click here to subscribe to our MailChimp distribution list (new members are automatically added). You may unsubscribe at any time.

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.

Please note that dogs must be kept on leads at all times in certain areas of the harbour - click here for notice & maps...

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Our Sponsors for 2019

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Annual sponsorship by these local companies of the SHRA web site and our on-line newsletter "Waterlines"  supplements the Association's income and we are grateful for their support. We limit the number of annual sponsors to six and at the moment there are no vacancies.
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