Fury over rise in Eastbourne harbour charges

Sovereign Harbour
Sovereign Harbour

A Twitter group has been set up in protest at a 25 per cent hike in bills paid by Sovereign Harbour residents for maintenance work to sea defences.

More than 3,000 properties in the harbour pay an annual fee of £200 through Premier Marinas to Sovereign Harbour Trust for maintenance to the harbour, bridges, locks, cleaning the water ways and dredging the channel so boats can get in and out of the harbour.

But earlier this month residents opened their bills to find the charge had risen to £250 per household.

One resident said, “Since 2003 harbour residents have paid more than £8 million for maintenance. It hardly seems fair when it is for bridges used by the general public and visitors and as for sea defences, that should be shared among the rest of Eastbourne.”

Residents are meeting with Premier marinas today (Friday) over the rise. The Twitter account is @lotarot