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03 June - June Waterlines published - The June edition of SHRA's newsletter has been published. Find it on our "Waterlines" page....

01 June - SHRA AGM Report - SHRA's AGM was held on 16 May. The report/minutes have now been published. You can find them on our "About SHRA" page....

25 May - Leasehold Reforms Become Law. The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Act has become law.  The Act strengthens existing, and introduces new, consumer rights for homeowners including:
• Making it cheaper and easier for people to extend their lease or buy their freehold.
• Increasing the standard lease extension term to 990 years for houses and flats (up from 50 years in houses and 90 years in flats).
• Giving leaseholders greater transparency over their service charges by making freeholders or managing agents issue bills in a standardised format that can be more easily scrutinised and challenged.
• Making it easier and cheaper for leaseholders to take over management of their building, allowing them to appoint the managing agent of their choice.
Further details are on the UK Government website at:  and on the website of the HomeOwners Alliance here:

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

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 exsisting mezzanine floor of unit 5 (Harveys/Bensons) that indicates it is made on Smyths behalf.

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

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.

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...

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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