Down Your Way: Sovereign Harbour

FOLLOWING the outrageous decision of Sussex NHS to “single site” some core services at either the DGH or the Hastings Conquest, the “Save the DGH” campaign, which opposes the changes, has launched a petition to be presented to the East Sussex Health Overview Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on December 13.

For this petition to have the greatest impact, it will need thousands of signatures; so your help is crucial. You can sign the petition at Bright Ideas at the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront, or at the “Save the DGH” shop at the Bankers Corner entrance to the Arndale Centre.

However, for the greatest impact, download forms from or, and get as many of your friends and family to sign them. Forms MUST be returned to the address on the form, or one of the venues above, no later than end of business on December 12.

A SURVEY of the Columbus Point (South Harbour) water feature, commissioned by Eastbourne Borough Council has now been completed; residents are hoping to see the results this week. The problems associated with the feature were the subject of an item in the BBC’s “Watchdog Daily” programme on November 21; the programme can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer. For more information, visit

BT has completed the upgrade to the Eastbourne Pevensey Marina telephone exchange and the system should, by now, have settled down. A survey of broadband line speeds across the harbour has shown an increase in speed of about 25% following the upgrade but, as this is from a very low base, speeds are still woefully below what is needed to support on-demand services, such a HDTV.

However, line speeds on the South Harbour are significantly higher than on the North Harbour by a factor of over 3:1. Unfortunately, there is no promise that the superfast Infinity service will be provided in the immediate future. East Sussex County Council has initiated a campaign to bring the service to East Sussex and has launched a website, on which residents are encouraged to register an interest. This site also has an easy to use line speed checker and a guide to the line speeds required to support common services. Registering an interest implies no obligation to take up the service if it is offered.

THERE is just one more chance this year to sample Short Mat Bowls before the Haven School closes for Christmas. It’s on Thursday November 29 at 6.45pm, where you will receive a warm welcome. For more information, or to register, visit: or email

ANNUAL lock maintenance should be completed by the end of the first week of December. Until then, access across the locks will be restricted.

DISTRIBUTION of the December issue of Waterlines will begin next weekend. The first issue in 2013 will be published in February.

The Haven Beacons PTFA’s annual Christmas cake sale is on Friday December 7, 3pm. In addition to a wide variety of fantastic home-made cakes for sale, there will be tombola and a grand Christmas raffle. Refreshments, including tasty cakes, will be available.