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11 May - Smyths Toys Arriving? - It seems the rumour that Smyths Toys may be coming to the retail park could be true as there is a planning application to re-jig the mezzanine floor of units 5 & 6 (Harveys/Bensons) that indicates it is from them.

03 May - AGM Papers Available - SHRA's 2024 AGM will be held on Thursday 16 May at The Haven School commencing at 6pm (door open 5.30pm). SHRA's Annual Report & Accounts and AGM agenda can be found on the following webpage...   

03 May - Beach Work Update - With the May Bank Holiday this weekend and signs that the beach is recovering from all the storms this season has put our way, we will finish working with the dumper trucks as of today. We will though over the next couple of weeks have the bull dozer and excavator present and working at localised areas along the frontage. The next high spring tide is at the end of next week so we will continue to monitor the frontage and attend where and when necessary. We wish you a good weekend.
Amber Carr
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd

27 April - West Bridge Closures Postponed - With regards to the planned west bridge replacement works, we wish to advise all users of the Sovereign Harbour and The Waterfront that the bridge will no longer be closed on the dates previously provided.  The west bridge will remain open to all marine traffic until a new date for the closure is confirmed. We will be in touch as soon as a new date is confirmed. Premier Marinas

20 April - Harbour WI Newsletter - The Harbour WI have published their latest newsletter giving details of their April meeting. Click here to find it on the WI webpages... 

19 April - New SS Barnhill Info Board - SHRA is co-ordinating the replacement of the info boards dotted around the harbour.  Earlier this week, a new SS Barnhill board was installed on the north beach by Keith Collier, Peter Lawrence and Dave Rogers.  Last year, a seal info board was set in place near the locks.  The new, illustrated panels are designed by Raj Pisavadia and the sturdy new frames are being made by Peter Lawrence at the Eastbourne Shed.  PCDL and Premier Marinas donated £500 each to the project and SHRA members donated towards them at last year's SHRA AGM.  We’re doing the bird board by the locks next and then the flora and fauna board in front of Chatsworth.  SHRA is grateful to everyone who is helping with the project.

19 April - Beachwork Update - We continue to work repairing the frontage after Storm Perrick’s visit last week.  Looking ahead to next week’s activity we will be working at Cooden through to Normans Bay with the trucks and excavator.  We have a spring tide in the middle of next week so the bull dozers will also be working at various locations across the frontage.

As the weather is likely to become more settled and less rainy, dust can form very quickly with the moving vehicles. The trucks do have speed limiters but it is very difficult to prevent the dust kicking up from the wheels and more noticeable if the wind is blowing on-shore.  We are anticipating a couple more weeks of activity before the trucks will finish at the end of the month (weather dependant). The dozers will continue to work into early May.

We are also at present carrying out groyne safety works following on from the many months of stormy weather this season.  As always, please be mindful when walking on the beach and be aware of the moving plant and the works that are currently being undertaken.  We are all hoping for the return of sunny days again soon.
Amber Carr
Project Manager
Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd 

23 March - West Bridge Closures for Pedestrians - As part of its replacement project, Premier Marinas have annouced that the West Bridge will be closed to pedestrians on the following dates, subject to weather conditions.
25th to 28th March - bridge will be closed.
15th to 18th April - bridge will be closed.
23rd April to 8th May - bridge will be closed.
One alternative walking route is using the little passageway (named Tadpole Lane on Google Maps) by the South bridge which, via Madeira Way, gives access to and from Atlantic Drive and thereby access to and from the rear of The Waterfront.

18 March - Retail Park Drive-thrus Approved (Application no. 220877- EBC have approved the demolition of existing buildings in the centre of the retail park car park and the erection of two takeaway buildings with drive-thru facilities, together with landscaping, car parking and associated works.  It is understood that these will be a McDonald's and a Costa Coffee. The approval is subject to certain conditions about car and cycle parking, tree protection, surface water drainage and litter management, etc. Approval document...

26 Feb - Leasehold Reform Bill - This week, the Leasehold and Freehold (Reform) Bill is being debated in Parliament. The government says it will give leaseholders an easier and less costly route to getting legal redress. It will call for greater transparency to justify the service charges levied - but not to cap them - and will make new leases a standard 990 years, rather than the current 99 or 125 years.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove rejects the calls for complete abolition of the leasehold system, saying legally it is "knottingly complex". He also resists suggestions the government has given in to lobbying from those with vested interests who profit from the current set-up. "Making sure the room for exploitation is squeezed is critical," says Mr Gove. "The real challenge with abolishing leasehold with the stroke of a pen is the complexity of the English legal system." But Scotland managed to do so 20 years ago, which means aside from a handful of properties in Northern Ireland, England and Wales are now the only countries in the world where leasehold is still widely used. [Source: BBC News -]

Over time, some news items migrate from here to the News Archive page or another relevant page of the SHRA website.


The Sovereign Harbour Residents Association (SHRA) aims to give 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 annual membership subscriptions and by annual donations from our sponsors.

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 more recent years a new medical centre has been built and the local junior school was enlarged.  Further housing is under construction and Pacific House, the first building of an Innovation Park, has opened.  A long-awaited community centre was in use by December 2019.

SHRA Membership

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 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.

SHRA Newsletter and Emails

Our on-line (PDF) newsletter, Waterlines... is published every second month.  We occasionally email all SHRA members on our membership database via MemberMojo to update them on SHRA news or harbour issues.  We also occasionally use our MailChimp distribution list (open to SHRA members and non-members) to which you may subscribe to below (new members are automatically added).  Our MemberMojo and MailChimp distribution lists are not used for any other purposes nor shared with any third party.  You may unsubscribe at any time. Subscribing to the MailChimp email list does NOT make you a SHRA member. Join SHRA here... 

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