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21 Sep - Water Treatment Stink. It is important to let Southern Water know that the strength of feeling about the foul smell is as strong as the smell itself. Complain to Southern Water's Technical Issues number:  0330 303 0368, or you can leave a comment on their web site here... 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. There is more information about the work being carried out here...  www.southernwater.co.uk/eastbourne


16 Sep - Letter from SHRA member Keith Forbes about the rentcharge. Letters page...


13 Sep - Wot? No Eastbourne? During June's Seafarers Awareness Week, the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society charity challenged the nation's photographers to illustrate Britain's relationship with the sea. A selection of the photographs has been published by the BBC click here... The SMS have some great Christmas cards for sale - click here...


07 Sep - North Harbour Beach - Open letter from Harbour Resident Ray Blakebrough.

Dear Residents,
Are you aware of the special status enjoyed by the North Harbour Beach? I have been amazed in recent months hearing about this particular area and finding myself now at a point where I need to write this to discover who would like to find out more.

This zone is a natural beach shingle habitat, an area of Scientific Interest and a Natural Wildlife Habitat.

I have recently communicated with Miriam Parish MA (Hons), MSc Senior Environmental Consultant (Coastal and Marine) who along with two colleagues would like to come to the Harbour and discuss the regeneration and future protection of this beach. Her team currently has funding to help with this so it’s a very opportune time to meet these experts.

Miriam recently confirmed the following; “I am also in conversation with Kate Cole at East Sussex County Council, and Daniel Watkins at Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre. As the area falls within the bounds of a Local Wildlife Site they are also keen for us to come and talk to you about the potential to restore the vegetated shingle along the beach. I understand that Kate has visited the area recently and carried out some vegetation management with local residents”.

I have penciled in October 24th at 4.00pm for such a meeting and would like to invite all interested residents. We would especially like residents and managing agents from properties that overlook this area to attend. If you can attend please advise by contacting me at: rblakebr2008@gmail.com


08 August - Smell from Water Works Apology - Southern Water have emailed an apology about the pong. Click here to read it...


30 July -Road works on Pacific Drive UPDATE from SHNP - Further to the information issued on Friday 27th July (see below), this morning we received the following.

Dear Jan, following our conversation on Friday I just wanted to confirm that the design solution of removing the block paving and resurfacing with an imprint, for Pacific Drive will be in keeping with the rest of the road and the works are due to start on 6 August. If you have any queries about this please do not hesitate to contact me.

Shortly after receiving the above email we received a telephone call from East Sussex Highways to confirm that after consultation with our County councillor David Elkin there has been a change to the planned design solution. The paved area will now be ripped up and the whole crossing area will be replaced with black or maybe coloured tarmacadam.

The reason given is that with the amount of through traffic it was felt that the ‘imprint’ would not be durable enough for the volume of vehicles. The SHNP apologise for the earlier miss-information which was passed on in all good faith.


27 July - Road work delays on Pacific Drive. Beginning on 6th August 2018 the paved table top at the pinch point on Pacific Drive between Barrier Reef Way and Tasmania Way is being replaced. The work should last five days. Expect delays in both directions as temporary traffic lights will be in use. We have been assured by East Sussex Highways that the paving blocks are being replaced with a more durable surface of concrete imprint. This will be visually in keeping with existing paved areas on Pacific Drive. To put residents minds at rest, the area is not going to be tarmacadam. Announcement from Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel (SHNP) www.shnp.org and www.eastbournenp.org Mobile 07770 224800


23 July - Beach Work -Shingle Deliveries. Dredger Sospan Dau is due in Newhaven this week for minor maintenance before starting annual beach replenishment works. Shingle deliveries to the east side of Sovereign Harbour are expected to start on either Friday 27th or Saturday 28th July and last 7 or 8 days.  Unsurprisingly, weather delays are not expected. From: Ian Thomas, Project Manager, Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd


23 July - Harbour WI July 2018 Newsletter published - available on the WI web site. Click here...


12 July - Premier Marinas Response to Residents'  Complaint - Premier have asked us to publish this response.

Reply to anonymous concerns raised by residents at SHYC Apartments, Heritage Quay and Hamilton Quay.

 Premier Marinas received an anonymous letter in April from a number of North harbour residents.

Concerns included speeding tenders and fumes from outboard engines, noise associated with dogs, berth holders using tenders to access the North harbour facilities and noise from berth holders and their guests.

Premier are committed to the shared harbour environment, and meet frequently with the Residents Association, the Berth Holders Association and  the Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel (SHNP).

These concerns have been investigated in detail, with measures taken where appropriate. Further information is available in person via the Marina Manager, who is contactable on 01323 470099 or by email to:


11 July - Responsible Dog Ownership. Lewes and Eastbourne Councils have published guidance and information on dog ownership.  Click here...


09 July - Cars vandalised in Barrier Reef Way - According to a post on Facebook, two cars parked in Barrier Reef Way recently had a tar-like substance poured on them while the owners (NHS workers) attended the Harbour Medical Centre. The report was posted on the Eastbournians group on Facebook...   Click here for a screenshot...  If anyone has any information about this incident please contact Colin Deacon:


03 July - Man arrested at Sovereign Harbour denies ‘covertly’ bringing illegal immigrants into the UK. Click here to read report in the Eastbourne Herald...


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