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3 December - Sea Defences Online Event - the slides used in the presentations given by Ian Thomas of PCDL and the EA's Andy Walker at SHRA's online event on Monday 29th November are now available as PDF files.  Ian's slides cover the history of the beach work that PCDL carries out and the reasons for it, and illustrates why groynes are being phased out.  Andy's slides contain his notes and questions posed by residents and are pretty much self-explanatory.  A recording of the event is being prepared and will be available soon which will add further explanation to Ian’s slides.
Slides from PCDL...   (large file)
Slides from EA... 

2 December - Waterlines Published - the December edition of Waterlines, our online, digital newsletter, is now aviable to download from the  Waterlines page... 

22 November - Beach Work Update - Despite the relatively calm weather, there is still a shortfall of shingle at Sovereign Harbour.  With north or northeast winds forecast all week, any dust generated by the dumpers should blow out to sea rather than inland, making it one of the better opportunities for the haul to the harbour.  So from later this morning we will start moving shingle from the area of Pevensey outfalls up to the harbour.  Initially there should be four dumpers travelling in convoy, with a fifth joining on Wednesday.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

18 November -  Improving Sovereign Harbour Sea Defences - Online Event - 29th November at 6pm.  Last chance for tickets. SHRA is hosting this on-line presentation by Pevensey Coastal Defence and the Environment Agency about how Sovereign Harbour’s sea defences are managed now, and how will they be managed in the future. 

Free tickets for the event are available now through Eventbrite – just click on the link below.
Registrations will be open until November 22nd. Ticket holders will have the log-on details emailed to them ahead of the event.
 The Environment Agency have a website dedicated to their Pevensey Bay to Eastbourne Coastal Management Scheme here:

18 November - Beach Work Update - Whilst hauling shingle from Cooden to Sovereign Harbour has stopped for now, it will need to resume at various times through the winter. Regardless of how determinedly we try to reduce the amount of shingle from reaching the eastern end of the frontage, it continues to build up at Cooden. As it is more sustainable to reuse sediment already on the beach than it is to keep dredging virgin areas of sea bed, then we will continue to try and make the best use of the shingle we already have.
This week machines are still at Cooden and reinstating areas of Herbrand Walk up to Normans Bay East, after which they will continue to move west to Beachlands. After that it is likely we will see shingle from The Kiosk and Pevensey outfalls moved to 'White Horses' and Sovereign Harbour.
Ian Thomas
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

13 November - Press relase from Premier Marinas about Sovereign Shines and Xmas Market.
Sovereign Shines 2021 - Lighting up the Harbour this Christmas for RNLI Eastbourne and Care for the Carers Now in its sixth year, Sovereign Shines is a collaboration between Premier Marinas, the Sovereign Harbour Berth Holders’ Association and The Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour. Together their aim is to raise community spirit and much needed funds for two amazing local organisations: RNLI Eastbourne and Care for the Carers, East Sussex by inviting the Sovereign Harbour community to light up their boats and houses in an annual festive lights competition.
With the illuminations taking centre stage, competition categories range from the best boat or house, best rainbow illuminations and even a ‘little and pretty’ display. Prizes for this year’s competition include luxurious Christmas hampers, dining out vouchers and even a boat lift, high pressure wash and launch. Participants can register for the competition now via The Waterfront website with light displays needing to be completed by Sunday 5th December for judging.
The Waterfront at Sovereign Harbour will then become the central hub for residents and visitors who want to enjoy the sparkle of Christmas lights and a meal at one of the wide range of restaurants. Also, this year’s Sovereign Shines will be marked with events at The Waterfront on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th December:
Friday 10th December 4pm – 8pm: An evening raising funds for both nominated charities with The Theatre Workshop and Eastbourne Rock Choir performing, together with a Christmas market selling a range of gifts from local businesses, Santa, real reindeer, face-painting and More Radio playing festive hits!
Saturday 11th December 9am - 2pm: The Christmas market continues in conjunction with the Rotary Club charity Santa Stroll around the harbour sponsored by Premier Marinas.
To take part in the Sovereign Shines festive lights competition visit:
To join the Rotary Club charity Santa Stroll visit: 
You can donate to the nominated charities: RNLI Eastbourne and Care for the Carers, East Sussex via the Sovereign Shines fundraising page at:

02 November -  Mr Chris Mepham - The SHRA is sad to learn of the death of Chris Mepham who was SHRA chairman from May 2017 until June 2019. Chris became a committee member in 2010 and served as deputy chair between 2011and 2016.  We thank Chris for his years of service to the Association.  Our thoughts are with his wife, Sue, and his family and friends, to whom we offer our sincere condolences.

05 October - Should leasehold property be banned? - The government has pledged to give leaseholders in England the right to extend their leases by 990 years and end their ground rent payments once and for all.  The leasehold scandal has seen millions of homeowners saddled with unsellable properties due to escalating ground rents, uncapped service charges and difficulties buying their freeholds.  This article from Which? explains the steps the government is taking to reform the leasehold system.  The reform timetable is described in this piece by the House of Commons library.  Meanwhile, the ongoing Competition and Markets Authority investigation into the leasehold market has resulted in reforming commitments from large developers, including Persimmon.

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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 a one-off, life-membership subscription.

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.  In late 2017, work started on a long-awaited community centre that was in use by December 2019.

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