Down Your Way: Sovereign Harbour - March 30

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FOLLOWING detailed discussions with officers at Eastbourne Borough Council, The Prudential has agreed to modify its application by simplifying proposals for Sovereign Harbour Retail Park. The focus of the application remains on the provision of the new cinema and related commercial uses, the conversion of the existing cinema building into retail use, and the provision of enhanced connections, including new bus link.

The application as originally submitted also included the sub-division of other existing retail units. The application will not now be heard at the March meeting of the EBC Planning Committee. The recently submitted changes retain the Brantano and Harveys units as existing, except for the enhancement of the frontages. The reports, plans and drawings submitted in support of the modified application can be downloaded from www.sovereignharbourretailpark.co.uk/planning_application.

ON THE afternoon of March 14, while on foot patrol in Harbour Quay, Sovereign Harbour, PCSO Martin Hylands was stopped by a passing motorist, who reported smoke coming from the waste land between the temporary boat storage area and Pevensey Bay Road, opposite Tanbridge Road. Martin found some of the dry tree needles and ground cover had caught fire, directly beneath one of the large trees. Martin called the fire service and, while waiting, beat out the flames with a stick and his feet, assisted by a member of the public who had observed what was happening. The Fire and Rescue Service attended and damped down the area. It is thought two disposable BBQ’s found nearby could have been the cause. In these dry times, Police are asking the public to take extra care with fire, and to report any possibly dangerous incidents.

THE Sovereign Harbour Eastbourne Carnival Action Team (SHECAT) met to finalise the plans for its Sunshine Carnival float. The float, modular in design, will be constructed in the Hamilton Quay berth holders’ car park and assembled, on a truck, on the day of the carnival. If you have skills that could be useful, and would like to become involved, contact Alison Attwood on 479429 or e-mail alison.attwood@shecat.info. For more information, visit www.shecat.info

THE speaker at the April 2 meeting of the Harbour WI will be Dudley Charlton on the subject, “Grandparents, what they used, and we threw away”. The Harbour WI meets on the second Monday of the month at the Harbour Yacht Club.

PROSPECTIVE participants in the Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour’s second annual sponsored Harbour Walk, in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind, have a chance to register in person, from 2pm to 5pm, on April 7 at Eastbourne Borough FC’s home fixture against Welling Utd, and on Wednesday, April 11, 2pm to 6pm at the Pevensey Coastal Defenced annual public forum at the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club. Walkers will be accompanied by a number of guide dogs and their owners so, this year, registration will also be open to dogs. Walkers, and their dogs, can also register online by visiting www.harbourwalk.info, or by post, by downloading a registration form from the website.

IAN WEEKS

Tel: 07857 634993

downyourway@ianweeks.co.uk