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19 Feb - Southern Water letter to residents - See item below (14 Feb) about the water treatment works. Click here to read the SW letter...

16 Feb - Come Aboard HMS Puncher This Weekend - Eastbourne’s affiliated naval vessel, HMS Puncher, will be visiting Sovereign Harbour this weekend. The boat will be open to visitors between 10am-4pm on Saturday (17 Feb) and again between 10am-2pm on Sunday (18 Feb). Wikipedia...

14 Feb - Foul Smells from Water Treatment Works - SHRA contacted Southern Water about this unpleasant, on-going problem. Southern Water said that the stoney underground water bed is what is causing the bad smell and that major works are taking place to improve the situation. We have had an invitation to attend a meeting to be held at the Works on 21st March to get more details and will report back. Southern Water have said that shortly they will write to local residents with further information.

13 Feb - Community Centre Build Update. Photos from the community centre building site taken at the beginning of February. Click here...

09 Feb - Sovereign Harbour self-storage - The Premier Self Store facility at Sovereign Harbour Marina, located in the boatyard area, received new doors recently that have greatly improved access to the 5200 sq. ft. facility which has 77 individual storage units. This service is proving increasingly popular with berth holders, commercial customers and the local community who are looking for storage for boat clutter and flexible rental terms in a secure and convenient location.

Premier Berth Holders can save 10% on rental as part of Premier Advantage. Additionally, for those looking at rental periods of 8 weeks or over, the first 4 week rentals come free! Rental periods are flexible and rents start from £10 per week; storage options range from 10 sq. ft. (large locker) to 150 sq. ft. that can hold the contents of a typical 4-bedroom house. Visit Sovereign Harbour Marina Reception or call on 01489 660022 to find out more.

09 Feb - Chemical Haze Report Published - a report into the August 2017 Birling Gap chemical haze incident has been published. MP Stephen Lloyd's team have put together an explanatory webpage that shows the main issues and findings. There is a link to the actual report at the end of the slide show (just scroll down). Click here...

08 Feb - ESCC Grants for activity projects. The AAfG Community Fund aims to help community groups, voluntary organisations and educational establishments to actively promote increasing the number of people travelling to employment, education and training by walking and cycling, along with actively promoting increased levels of physical activity. The total value of the fund is £50,000. Individual grants of up to £5,000 are available. Please note that this is revenue funding only. For details click here... and here...

03 Feb - Letter to SHRA - We publish a letter from a SHRA member about the connecting bus lane. Do we really need one? Letters page...

01 Feb - New Edition of Waterlines -The February edition of Waterlines, SHRA's digital newsletter, has been published. Click here...

Vote For Women badge image02 Feb - Worth remembering, celebrating and valuing - One hundred years ago, on 6 February 1918, women over the age of 30 were given the right to vote in British parliamentary elections for the first time. This initial, hard fought for success was achieved in the face of much opposition, and it took another ten years before all women over the age of 21 were granted the vote on the same terms as men. Read more on the Parliament web site...

31 Jan - Migrants Landed at Sovereign Harbour - The Eastbourne Herald reports that suspected illegal immigrants were rescued from The Channel and landed at Sovereign Harbour this afternoon.  Read more...

24 Jan - Community Centre Update - you wait for ages then two come along at once! This second update shows current progress with concrete ground beams in place, the steelwork on site ready for erection, and the road and its street lighting almost completed. After some delay from bad weather, they are now working towards a build completion date of mid-April. Click here...

23 Jan - Community Centre Update - Click here...

23 Jan - GP Services Survey - There is a NHS survey being hosted by East Sussex County Council's Better Together Alliance , that seeks your views about access to local GP services outside of current norms. Have your say by clicking here...   Closes 14 Feb.

Invoice graphic21 Jan - Rentcharge - Property owners should have received their annual invoice for the flood defence work and harbour maintenance charges. Unfair as these charges may be, until the issue is resolved, the consequences for not paying could be severe, so it is very important that you should pay the bill in a timely manner. We suggest you include a letter or note stating:

“Please note that my payment is made under protest and that my sending it is not to be interpreted as confirmation of my satisfaction with or acceptance of the validity of the current invoice or its level. My payment is made without prejudice to any action taken, or assertions made by me or by others on my behalf, at any time.”

For those who pay the rentcharge by BACS transfer, the disclaimer can be e-mailed to sovereignharbourtrust@cripps.co.uk   Residents should put their plot number (from the invoice) in the subject field.

We can assure members that SHRA continues to research the background to the rentcharge and continues to plough through the historical paperwork. There is a difficulty in getting more information to help move things forward more quickly due to the fact that each piece of correspondence to the Trust results in property owners being charged even more administration costs -something we wish to avoid. We hope to be able to make further announcements in due course.

16 Jan - Pacific Drive Telephone Mast -Telefonica UK have submitted a planning application to erect a telephone mast in Pacific Drive near to the bus stop opposite Eugene Way (click for image... ). The mast will replace the current lampost and will incorporate a lamp. The height will be 13m and a cabinet will be installed beside it at ground level. The details can be viewed on the EBC planning web site - the application number is 180018. The closing date for comments is 30th January. 

LusciousVIP logo18 Jan - New Discounter for SHRA Members - SHRA is pleased to announce that another local company has kindly agreed to offer a 10% discount to SHRA members on production of a SHRA life membership card. The new discounter is Luscious VIP, who have opened their new salon on The Waterfront (first floor). They offer the following services. Ladies Hair, Male Grooming, Nails, Russian Volume Lashes, Aesthetics (Botox/Fillers) and a Sun Bed.

20 The Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, BN23 5UZ. Tel: 01323 325557
www.lusciousvip.com www.facebook.com/Lusciousvip

16 Jan - Pacific Drive Telephone Mast -Telefonica UK have submitted a planning application to erect a telephone mast in Pacific Drive near to the bus stop opposite Eugene Way (click for image... ). The mast will replace the current lampost and will incorporate a lamp. The height will be 13m and a cabinet will be installed beside it at ground level. The details can be viewed on the EBC planning web site - the application number is 180018. The closing date for comments is 30th January.

Rosies Register logo17 Jan - Cat Deliberately Thrown into Harbour - This report and appeal comes from Rosie's Register,  the Eastbourne lost and found cat service. This is an appeal to anybody (in particular to two passing adults who tried to prevent the incident) who witnessed three very young children, on bikes, who deliberately threw an alive cat into the water at the Sovereign Marina on Sunday night, 14th January, at about 9 pm. This took place near the South Bridge, [near The Piazza], and it is thought likely that the children, one a girl, live in the west harbour area. The Police have been informed, and l have a police log number, and hope to find out more information. The children are too young to be prosecuted, but their parents need to be found, as this could happen again. As it is, a person will have to be informed that their much loved cat has been deliberately drowned by children who are all thought to be under the age of eight! If you have any information at all, please do make contact with Rosie's Register by phoning 01825 873067, or via Facebook. Thank you.

Update from Rosie's Register Facebook page. I have spoken to a witness at length tonight who has been able to tell me a great deal more about what happened on Sunday night. I will be passing that information to the police. It is true that the two younger children were aged 6 and 7, but the older boy is actually now thought to be 12 or 13. I would still like the two men who tried to help to get in touch with me. They will know who they are. Thank you to everybody who has responded to this appeal today, to the person who told me of the incident in the first place, and to Louisa and Dave for their help with collecting the body this morning. I'll leave the posting on here as it is for now.

digger image17 Jan - Beach Work Update - From Ian Thomas, Project Manager, Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

The weather this week has been sufficiently rough to prevent machines accessing Langney beach throughout the day this week, so it is no longer viable to continue at present. The bypassing team has therefore stopped tonight. In all likelihood at least one more week will be required before the winter season finishes at the end of March.The section of wavescreen seaward of the defences at Herbrand Walk level crossing that was damaged just over a week ago is also being repaired, and it is expected that this will take around 4 weeks   Recycling continues, with machines now having reached Cooden and working back to Normans Bay outfall. This is expected to continue through next week as well.

Although it is forecast to be very windy again tonight, the biggest waves are predicted for low water tomorrow morning before they start to die away before high water tomorrow. Hopefully things will quieten down soon

12 Jan - Foul smell from water treatment works - we understand that in mid-December Southern Water had a flood that knocked out purifying machines at their Langney Point works. This resulted in a bad smell in the area that was particularly strong over the xmas period. Southern Water said that the issue was fixed by the 27th December; yet in the New Year the smell had returned.

Local councillors and EBC council officials have again raised the issue with Southern Water and are now trying to arrange a meeting with them to discuss the matter further.

Over the past few years Southern Water have repeatedly claimed that they have fixed this problem. They have also told local councillors that they receive no, or very few, complaints.

SHRA is also writing to Southern Water about the recurring problem, but it is vital that Southern Water know that the strength of feeling about the foul smell is as strong as the smell itself. Please complain to Southern Water on: 0330 303 0223, or you can leave a comment on their web site here... https://www.southernwater.co.uk/feedback You can write to their postal address: Southern Water, PO Box 41, Worthing, BN13 3NZ.

Please also tell EBC that you have complained on 01323 410000, and also inform our local councillors, who can use residents' complaints as their ammunition. Contacts...

playing cards photo09 Jan - Bridge Lessons - Starting Tuesday 30th January 2018 the Sovereign Harbour Bridge Club will also be running lessons for beginners. These will be friendly, informal mini-bridge based lessons aiming to have you playing cards from the first lesson. Email: shbridge@aol.com The Bridge Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday at the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club at 1.10pm for 1:30pm start. New players welcomed.

07 Jan - Sovereign Retail Park Major Facelift - M&G Real Estate (the estate investment arm of Prudential plc), have submitted a planning application to make alterations to the front of units 1-8  of the retail park (from Next to the cinema). They propose to replace the current, separated canopy with one attached higher-up to the main buildings. New signage will be attached to the canopy (click for image... ). Each unit's frontage will be redesigned with more glazing (click for image... ). Planters, incorporating seating, are proposed for the walkway, and a new 18-space cycle parking area will be created at the cinema end. There is no change to the number of car parking spaces. The full plans can be viewed and commented on on the EBC planning web site. The Planning Application number is 171472. Closing date for comment is 27 January.

medical centre image06 Jan - New members needed for Patients’ Participation Group. The Harbour Medical Practice’s Patient Participation Group (PPG) is seeking members for its new ‘virtual’ forum as well as the regular group which meets every other month.

Chaired by harbour resident Steve Thornett, the PPG works with practice staff and the GPs to help meet patients’ needs and improve local services. The PPG is affiliated to the National Association for Patients Participation, and is represented at meetings of the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford PPG Forum.

“Membership of the Harbour Medical Practice’s PPG is open to any registered patient. We’re an active group and have good attendance at our meetings but appreciate many other patients may like to be involved but cannot attend day-time meetings because of work or other commitments,” says Steve. “That’s why we’re keen to set up a virtual group of people of all ages interested in our local health services,” he adds.

The PPG collates the results of the Friends and Family Test (one of the ways patients can feedback their views of the practice’s services) and raises any concerns reported to members with practice staff and the GPs.  Members sign a confidentiality agreement and any patient issues discussed are anonymous and confidential.

The PPG produces a quarterly newsletter which includes practice and PPG information, and useful local contacts. Copies are available in reception and on the practice’s website in the latest news section. Members also assist the practice with events, such as the recent Macmillan coffee morning and annual flu clinic.

If you would like more information about the PPG or becoming a member of the regular or virtual group, or have any queries, suggestions or concerns about local health services you’d like to raise with the PPG, email Steve at sthornett2@gmail.com or write to him care of The Harbour Medial Practice, 1 Pacific Drive, Eastbourne BN23 6DW.

lorry image05 Jan - More beach work info - From Ian Thomas, Project Manager Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd. Although tides are now falling from springs to neaps, there is plenty to do before the beach can be considered back to normal.

Recycling at Normans Bay East is complete for now, with work switching to Beachlands from Monday.  Thereafter machines will head for Cooden, before moving west. Since erosion west of 'The Sandcastle' is relatively minor, this may be completed by bulldozers alone in due course. In the meantime it has been decided to start bypassing shingle round Sovereign Harbour from Monday 8th, since this week’s storms have pushed more sediment towards the harbour, so it needs to be removed while it is still accessible.

A busy couple of weeks ahead, hopefully not to be undone by another set of gales on the next spring tides.

02 Jan - West Bridge to close for 5 days. Premier Marinas announce that the West Bridge by The Harvester will be closed to pedestrians for 5 days commencing Monday 8 January. Click here for details and alternative route map...

digger image02 Jan - Sea Defences Update - from Ian Thomas, Project Manager, Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd. After escaping from the 8 separate periods of gale that December delivered to the Sussex coast, it appears we will not be so lucky with Storm Eleanor.

Forecasts for when the biggest waves and storm surges appear are changing daily, but currently the worst periods look to be Wednesday at 11:40 and the following tide at 00:10 early on Thursday.

Bulldozers have been working at Normans Bay East since New Year’s Eve and will work at Beachlands today, with a third machine starting at 'White Horses' on Wednesday. A recycling team is also being assembled to start at 07:30 Wednesday.

Initially we had expected to start another week of bypassing shingle round the harbour from Langney on Monday 8th January. However, now machines are established to the east of the harbour I expect we will be delaying that work until beaches are repaired following tomorrow’s storms. Incidentally, the worst period of storms in the last 18 years started in exactly the same way over New Year 2014. Hopefully 2018 will not provide a repeat.

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