03 June - Big "Thank You!" and respect - to residents, Jo, Keith, Warren and Sarah, and Andy and his brother, who have cleared up litter from the harbour spit and beaches. SHRA has contacted
Premier Marinas and the SHNP about recent gatherings on the spit asking them to take whatever steps they can to prevent it
becoming a regular occurrence. During past summers the area has been included in Sussex Police's ‘Operation Blitz’ patrols and there was a police presence on the spit last Saturday evening. Litter collection photos...
27 May - 29 May - Vacant cinema site When M&G, the retail park owners, applied to change the use of the cinema building to retail use, EBC approved the change but imposed conditions. The conditions included prohibiting the selling of fashion, footwear, sportswear, children’s wear, toys and food “in order to protect the vitality and viability of the town centre from significant harm”. More than a year later, the cinema unit remains vacant and has attracted vandalism. M&G tell us that the EBC conditions are making renting the units more difficult. SHRA, in cooperation with the Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel, has written to EBC planning department requesting a meeting with them to discuss the vacant site. Click here read our letter to EBC…
27 May - Adopted Roads Map - East Sussex County Council have an interactive map that shows which roads have been adopted. Click here to view map then zoom in...
24 May - SHRA Annual Report published - Although we are unable to hold a public AGM, we have published our usual Annual Report and set of accounts. Click here to read it...
22 May - Fisherman's Quayside additional funding - East Sussex County Council has approved additional funding towards the development of the Fisherman's Quayside behind The Harvester. The funding of £1.08m is subject to approval of the business case by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Accountability Board in July. More details on this ESCC webpage...
21 May - Marina vacancies - The positions of boatyard supervisor, boatyard operative and summer seasonal staff have become available at Premier Marinas’ Sovereign Harbour. This is a great opportunity for customer and team focused individuals with a flexible work ethic, to join a fast paced team on a busy marina. To find out more and to apply visit: Premier Marinas Careers...
21 May - Beach Life to return with drive-In movies - Eastbourne’s Beach Life festival will undergo a change in format this summer, returning as a new drive-in movie event at Princes Park. In response to social distancing measures, the two day festival from 11-12 July will be taking Eastbourne to the movies, featuring two films a day on a giant screen, all with perfect singalong soundtracks.
Film fans can choose from family favourites Frozen 2 and The Lion King (2019) in the afternoon, and for grown ups in the evening the PG-rated Grease and Mamma Mia will bring comedy, romance and a rousing rendition of hits. With viewers tuning into the film’s audio from their own parked vehicles, audience members will be asked to remain in their cars, unless using the food and drink or toilet facilities on site, which will be run with strict social distancing and additional cleaning measures. Tickets will be on sale from 8 June, priced at £20 per car, and will be available for purchase online only by visiting www.BeachLifeFestival.co.uk.
20 May - Council to take over running of Eastbourne Sovereign Centre - The management of Eastbourne's Sovereign Centre will be returned to Eastbourne Borough Council from 14 June. The decision was made by Eastbourne Leisure Trust and its managing agent Serco Leisure, following lengthy discussions with the Council, after reaching a break point within the current contract. Staff have been advised of the changes, which include all employees being transferred to Council employment contracts. EBC Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism & Enterprise, Councillor Margaret Bannister said "We are committed to ensuring the continuation of our leisure services, so it is essential that the Council steps in to maintain the running of the Centre, for the time being. We want to reassure staff, residents and visitors that we are doing everything we can to minimise disruption and ensure a smooth transition, so that we are in the best position possible when it is time to reopen.
04 May - Annual Rentcharge - SHRA writes another letter to the Sovereign Harbour Trust - following our earlier exchange of correspondance with the Sovereign Harbour Trust CIC (see below under 17 April), we have again written to them asking for more details of the charges and for greater engagement with the residents, including SHRA having regular meetings with the CIC board. Click here to read SHRA's letter...
04 May - Brown-tail moth caterpillar - From May through to early July, the brown-tail moth will be at caterpillar stage, feeding on plants and shrubbery in often large numbers and producing webbing. If the caterpillar, which is brown, has a dotted white line down each side and two distinctive red dots near the end of its back, comes into contact with people its barbed hairs can cause a painful skin rash. Infestations have been reported at several places around the Harbour including on the harbour spit. Last week, some areas were sprayed by Premier's pest controllers. Click links for further information and advice from: Butterfly Conservation... and from: The Royal Horticultural Society...
04 May - Waste sites to re-open - Household waste and recycling sites in East Sussex will begin to re-open to the public from 10am on Monday 18 May. We expect the sites to be extremely busy so be prepared to queue and we ask that you only come to them if you have waste that it's absolutely essential to dispose of at this time. If you're able to compost waste, or safely store it at home for the time being, please do. Note:
• A limited number of unloading bays will be in use
• Only one person at a time will be allowed to use the access ramps
• Staff will not be able to help you unload
• Trailers and over-sized vehicles will not be allowed on site
• Chargeable waste - plasterboard, asbestos, tyres, hardcore and soil - will not be accepted
• The re-use shops will remain closed.
Click for latest information on rubbish and recycling from ESCC...
04 May - The COVID Symptom Tracker app - has been developed by King’s College London and health science company ZOE, and is endorsed by the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland.
More than 2.5 million participants (2000 in Eastbourne - more needed) of all ages and backgrounds have downloaded the app and are using it to regularly report on their health in order to help stop COVID. The data is helping to show where and how the virus spreads. Please consider joining this important reasearch today. For more information visist: https://covid.joinzoe.com/
02 May - WI Newsletter - The Harbour WI have published the report of their meeting held in March. Further meetings are on hold for the time being for obvious reasons. www.shra.co.uk/wi/
23 April - Work on the shingle bank - we are aware of the digger and what appears to be drilling equipment on the shingle bank near to Pacific House and are making enquires to find out what they are up to. At a guess, they are sampling the mound to test the state of the rubbish buried beneath it. We'll report here when we have any further info. Update recieved from Cllr Paul Metcalfe MBE "Today, I have spoken to the deputy Harbour Operations Manager re above. He has informed me that Premier Marinas Head Office have requested soil
samples of the shingle bank. No specific reason was given for the
soil samples to be taken. The bulldozer working at the Pacific House
end of the bank is removing some shingle in order the equipment can be
more easily sited on top of the mound."
17 April - Eastbourne Local Lottery - a weekly lottery that directly supports local good causes and community initiatives. Although the Council oversees the lottery, it does not benefit financially as all benefits go to local good causes. Proceeds go to a general good cause fund or you can chose to support a specific local cause. At this critical time your support may be absolutely vital to making sure causes across our communities stay open. Tickets cost £1. Top price is £25,000. Click here for more details and to sign up...
17 April - Rentchage - SHRA continues to investigate the annual rentcharge paid by residents. In January we wrote to the Sovereign Harbour (Sea Defences) Community Interest Company about some aspects of the charge and received a reply. Click here to read the correspondence... Although the reply from the CIC addresses the points we raised, it also shows the complexity of the charge and the rather abstruse way in which the sums are calculated and shared out between the Environment Agency and Premier Marinas. We shall be asking the CIC for twice-yearly meetings with them and greater transparency in the bills so it is made clearer how much is going to sea defences, administration and Premier Marinas.
13 April - Mari-Anne Elder's keep fit classes - To adapt and support my clients and community I have created a programme of online classes as you can see from the newsletter below. I am also holding a free 20 minute session at 4pm Monday to Friday so that anyone can follow from their balconies. They are visible from Pacific Heights (I stand on the pontoon directly opposite) and the open end of North harbour. The more people that join in, the more people will be able to see others to copy - even if they can’t see me!! I am also happy to offer the Tuesday on-line self
massage session for free (see newsletter) Click here for newsletter...
08 April - East Sussex County Council Coronavirus Community Hubs - Community hubs are the contact point that residents of East Sussex can turn to if they:
● feel they need extra help in coping with the effects of coronavirus
● know someone else who needs help.
Many people will already have the support they need from family, friends, carers or neighbours and will not need their community hub. But it’s vital that no one is left on their own if they feel isolated, unwell or anxious. No one in East Sussex will be left on their own. This is the need community hubs will meet. Click for more info and contact telephone numbers from the ESCC website...
05 April - The Waterfront car park to be extended and used for boat storage - Premier Marinas have applied to extend The Waterfront car park. Full details of the application are on the EBC planning website (ref: 200138). The plan involves flatenning and replacing with tarmac the large brick planter opposite the Yacht Club and the ‘garden’ created by a resident (development Site 5), to provide 60 more car parking spaces that will benefit events at The Waterfront and the Community Centre. The plans also include a removable, galvanised 1m high fence that will be installed “when car park “C” [is] used for boat storage”. Car park “C” is the new area plus half the existing adjacent area up to the mound (see proposed plan and design statement ). SHRA will ask Premier for more details about the boat storage element; in the meantime, please let us have any comments on the plan. You can also leave comments on the EBC planning webpage shown above. email@example.com
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Sovereign Harbour Residents Association (SHRA)
The Sovereign Harbour Residents Association 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, 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 also a RNLI lifeboat station and a popular yacht club. At The Waterfront there are restaurants, cafes and bars with regular events and entertainments; all with ample, free parking. It is a great place to live, and a great place to visit!
The Harbour was dug out from an area of vegetated shingle known as The Crumbles begining in 1991. 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, was opened. In late 2017, work started on a long-awaited community centre that was in use by December 2019.
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.
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 Distribution List
Our on-line (PDF) newsletter, Waterlines... is published every second month. We occasionally email all members and subscribers about important harbour news or meetings using our confidential MailChimp distribution list to which you may subscribe to below (new members are automatically added). Our list is not used for any other purposes, nor will it be shared with any third party, and you may unsubscribe at any time.