Down Your Way: Sovereign Harbour - April 25

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AFTER a long debate at the meeting of the EBC Planning Committee on April 18, the application for the regeneration of the Sovereign Harbour Retail Park was approved.

Planning officers had proposed acceptance of the application, but with severe trading restrictions. The applicant’s agent indicated these would make the application unviable and failure to remove them would result in the abandonment of the project.

SHRA Deputy Chairman, Jan Weeks, and Cllrs David Elkin and Patrick Warner spoke in support of the application and, in the ensuing debate, Planning Committee member, Cllr Gordon Jenkins, persuaded his committee colleagues to remove the majority of the conditions and the application was finally approved. We must wait to see if Prudential is willing to proceed with the remaining conditions in place, and consent must still be ratified by the Secretary of State.

THE West Harbour Bridge (next to the Harvester) closed for two weeks from April16 for essential maintenance; there will be no pedestrian access during this period.

ORGANISERS of the ‘Night to Remember’ midnight walk need volunteers, male or female, to help on May 19/20. It is in aid of Chestnut Tree House and St. Barnabas, and starts at midnight. There are various roles from 8pm-5am, including marshalling route, keeping the ladies safe, serving medals and a breakfast at the end of the 10-mile course. Details at

CHESTNUT Tree House invites you to gather your girlfriends and let your star shine for a ‘Night to Remember’ - a 10-mile walk along Eastbourne’s seafront, including the marina promenades, to raise money for Chestnut Tree House, the only children’s hospice in Sussex. The walk starts at midnight on Saturday May 19 at the Sovereign Centre.

STROLLERS and Toners is an exercise programme for adults with babies or young children in buggies or on bikes, taught by fully qualified ante/post natal instructors, and suitable for all fitness levels. For mums who want to get fit, tone, chat and feel better Meeting outside Bright Ideas, Thursday mornings at 9.30am, cost £2.50. Call or text Mari-Anne on 07748-678030 or visit


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