Down Your Way (June 27th): Sovereign Harbour

THE public consultation event on the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the Sovereign Harbour neighbourhood will take place with an exhibition at the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club on Saturday, June 30, 10am-3pm.

Visitors will have the chance to discuss the proposals with Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) members and officers, consultants working for Carillion and members of the Sovereign Harbour Residents Association (SHRA) committee.

SHRA chairman, Jan Weeks, said, “This really is the final chance for harbour residents to give their views on the way harbour development should be completed; it’s essential many as possible visit the exhibition and express their views.”

Comments can also be made on the form enclosed with the leaflet delivered to all harbour homes, or by following the link from the home page of the EBC website: Consultation closes on July 24.

THURSDAY, July 5, is a special day for Sovereign Harbour. The Earl and Countess of Wessex (Prince Edward and Sophie) will visiting the harbour, as the guests of the RNLI, to officially name Eastbourne’s new Tamar class lifeboat Diamond Jubilee.

On the same day, the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront hosts the visit of Collective Spirit, which has been described as a state-of-the art piece of waterborne artwork.

The 30ft boat, designed by artists Lone Twin, and created from 1,200 wooden artefacts donated by people across the South East, is expected at the harbour on the evening of Tuesday, July 3. Wednesday will be spent on repairs and maintenance and, on Thursday, harbour-side celebrations include opportunities to visit the boat and crew, with tours bookable on the day. More details at

THE “BEST of British” summer fair is at the Haven School in Atlantic Drive on Saturday, July 7, 11am-2pm. It is hoped there will be several displays in the arena - among them the Eastbourne Scout band. There will the usual stalls, and organisers hope to have a few more “have-a-go” games. Some help will be needed so if you would be willing to spare some time, please email

THE SOVEREIGN Harbour “veterans” (40 plus) football team has been running for almost six years, and is now fully subscribed, with a full “waiting list”. The group meets every Sunday for a kickabout and five-a-side matches, either on the Astro-turf facilities at Sussex Downs College during the summer, and indoors at Moira House Sports Hall, Meads, during the winter. Visit

THE Sovereign Harbour Community Market will be launched on Thursday, July 5, 10am to midday, in the Simply Italian annex on the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront, and every Thursday thereafter. The market, a non-profit cooperative, will sell homemade products and crafts, and small collectables, will be limited to 30 tables. Anyone interested in helping to set-up and manage the market or selling their goods or produce, should contact Sam Sweiry on 479111.

THE Harbour Community Association carpet bowls group meets on Thursdays (in term time) 6.45pm-9.15pm, at the Haven School in Atlantic Drive; full schedule on the SHRA website events calendar.