Not mentioned on
any council or public authority or community websites, only this one, is that
potential purchasers of residential Sovereign Harbour property need to know in
advance that the annual flood defence and harbour charge payable by them is not
levied anywhere else in Britain or Europe or the world. A much wider
geographical flood zone area than just Sovereign Harbour is involved, affecting
more than 17,000 homes as far as Bexhill, yet only 3,700 Sovereign Harbour
residents (and subsequent owners) must pay the annual cost, nearly £260 in
2018. A recent Member of Parliament has stated publicly this is unfair and
unjust. All business services including management companies and property
developers are exempted. An additional covenant applies to owners of some South
Harbour properties in the water feature precinct. In both cases, they are in
addition to local council taxes, insurance, management fees and ground rents.
Harbour guide for potential newcomers about living in this
revealing information about this part of Eastbourne that prospective homeowners
need to know beforehand
By Keith A. Forbes
and his wife Lois Ann Forbes at email@example.com
Both disabled, they live in Eastbourne and write, administer and webmaster
this website. Keith is a member of the UK's The
Society of Authors and an activist for the elderly and disabled.
Part of Sovereign
Presently, due to the following,
in terms of real value for money in overall expenditure for management fees,
council taxes, Estate Rent charge, beaches concerns and more, it offers limited
investment value and 4/10 in value for money. All who live here as owners or
long-leaseholders incur the following. Some are distinctly unusual and
likely to some unpalatable. Overall, they mean presently that
Sovereign Harbour advantages are outweighed by its
This will be a better place once the following wrongs
below are righted by The Wellcome Trust and others
and others. It is Imposed on
residents of Sovereign Harbour alone, no other of its UK harbours, by
Premier Marinas, owned by The Wellcome Trust.
See Estate Rent Charge.
Often referred to as harbour
charge). Payable only by residents who own or lease their flats or terraced
or other homes in the Sovereign Harbour area. The annual estate rental charge -
over £256 per household in 2018 - is in addition to management fees, council
taxes, ground rents, insurances and more.
mandate authorizing the charge is the "Sovereign Harbour Beaches (Sea
Defences) Deed 2001."
Even even when residents are disabled, do not themselves use the harbour, do not own or
operate a boat, but merely look at the harbour; and even when they cannot
see the harbour at all but live on the other (beach) side of it, they still
have to pay the charge. Yet visitors pay
nothing to use Sovereign Harbour's promenades and beaches that cannot be classed
as private because they offer many leisure opportunities to the general public.
Even the beach frontages owned not by any local residents but solely by the
area's property developers up to the high water mark are open to the public and
are very popular with dog walkers. They include the majority who are not
Sovereign Harbour residents but live either elsewhere in the Eastbourne town
area or further and bring their dogs here deliberately because they know the
beaches here, although within the Eastbourne Sovereign Ward town area, have none
of the same restrictions or responsibilities or accountabilities to dog owners
that occur on Eastbourne town beaches. Sovereign Harbour residents with
properties overlooking the beaches are furious about this, especially when they
see dogs fouling the beach area with no owner wanting to pick up the mess, or
letting their dogs off their leashes. Some dog walkers have up to six dogs.
There ought to be a legal way to either totally exclude non-resident members of
the public from using these developer-owned beachfront areas for any purpose
including walking, dog walking and cycling, or making all non-resident visitors
to Sovereign Harbour who walk, dog walk and cycle pay a portion of the Estate
Rent charge, instead of residents alone having to pay it but getting nothing
back for it.
The Estate Rent Charge is a wrong
that needs to be righted. The Environment Agency helped cause and is the
principal beneficiary of the charge. The Environment Agency, local councils and their
councillors, local community groups and current Member of Parliament Mr Stephen
Lloyd have not acted to right the wrong. For over
17 years of the Estate Rent Charge, only the 3,700 or so Sovereign Harbour
residents, not any businesses, have been legally required to pay it, not any of the 17,000 or so
other property owners and businesses beyond Sovereign Harbour whose
homes are also in the same flood zone area but have never been asked and are not
legally required to pay it at all.
In Sovereign Harbour there are
currently many more properties now on sale than there are buyers. Some may
not have increased in value or by much since first built. Some asking
prices are higher than when first built or last sold, but others are presently
being offered for less than paid when first built or bought. Not generally known
by newcomers or passed on to new buyers or renters is that many properties
stipulate in the fine pint of their lease or purchase documents that apartments
or flats cannot be sublet or rented out. Yet many are, putting their lessees or
owners at risk. Frequently, when properties bought the cost of their annual
council taxes are not mentioned, there is no mention that annual harbour charges
(the biggest single controversial culprit) are passed on from buyer to successor
buyer, annual management fees and ground rents if also applicable are not
specified. Some ground rents may rise appreciably. The law of declining returns
has now begun to bite and only when harbour charges - unique in all the world,
nowhere else has them - are removed, lease lengths are automatically extended
for appropriate properties, with some that are leasehold - such as those for 999
years - made freehold. When these and other changes described above and below
are made, more properties stand a better chance of increasing in prices and
becoming better investments.
To comply wholly with the
Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs) and the Business
Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 (BPRs), for each property
being advertised for sale or rent estate agents must show:
- If Freehold not Leasehold,
what type of freehold? It must be shown upfront if the property is being
sold freehold in fee absolute with possession or freehold but with Sovereign
Harbour estate rental charge/harbour charge and any other covenants
- If leasehold or not being
sold freehold in fee absolute with possession and not exempted from the
following, the property will be subject to Sovereign Harbour's annual Estate
Rent Charge, otherwise known as the annual "harbour charge.".
It is not just a harbour charge but so much more, a sea defence charge.
There are 3,700+ homes in Sovereign Harbour. Those who buy or lease or
rent them - and their successors - no one else in Eastbourne, are required
to pay annually, not just once, for this Estate Rental Charge, in
reality both a flood defence scheme and harbour charge rolled into one. This
particular sea flood defence scheme extends from Sovereign Harbour
eastwards, and goes beyond it all the way to Cooden Beach, Bexhill about 7
miles away by sea. It must be noted by all present residents and
potential newcomers that this charge is unique to residents in this
Sovereign Harbour area, occurs nowhere else in the UK or Europe or world; is
nevertheless approved by the East Sussex County Council and Eastbourne
Borough Council; applies in 2018 at a cost cost of nearly £260 per
residential household irrespective of whether some properties are worth only
£180,000 or so and others as much as £850,000 or so. This covenanted
charge also applies to any future buyer of that property, but all businesses
in the same flood zone area in and beyond Sovereign Harbour are exempted.
It is also the only place in the entire UK where, with the full approval
of The Wellcome Trust that owns Premier Marinas, its Sovereign Harbour Trust
collects the 2018 annual charge via a subsidiary and has a 25 year contract
via a Pevensey company to undertake this work for the Environment Agency.
Nowhere else in the UK does the Environment Agency make such a charge to
taxpayers, only in the case of Sovereign Harbour residents. Thus Sovereign
Harbour residents alone pay the Environment Agency twice, while other
residents pay only once, via general taxation, for similar Environment
Agency work. Also, nowhere else in the UK, only in Sovereign Harbour,
do Premier Marinas, which also owns many other harbours and marinas in the
UK, levy this charge. (Had they known about it fully beforehand from the
material marketing information that was not included but omitted about the
Sovereign Harbour property they acquired in November 2016, recent purchasers
including writers of this website would not have either gone to see or
acquire any Sovereign Harbour property). Further, all Sovereign Harbour
residential properties affected by the Estate Rental Charge are registered
as such by the Sovereign Harbour Trust or its subsidiary CIC with the Land
Valuation Agency. Even
with this Estate Rental Charge occurring solely and uniquely within their
jurisdiction, and meaning that leasehold properties are thus covenanted in
ways no other local authority encounters, the Eastbourne County Council and
Eastbourne Borough Council do not have a similarly unique category of a
lower council tax applicable solely to Estate Rental Charge sufferers. It
also needs to be known that reputable legal firms throughout the UK are
telling potential buyers to beware of buying or investing in property where
such Estate Rent Charges and Rent Charges exist. An East Sussex County
Council and Eastbourne Borough Council-approved Deed and Grant of Covenant
requires as a condition of the sales contract that purchasers of Sovereign
Harbour flats or units (but not the owners of the buildings or any others in
the flood defence area), must pay. Yet a failure of the flood defence scheme
anywhere along this length of coast could possibly affect over 10,000 homes,
far more than just in Sovereign Harbour and cause damage to homeowners
possibly amounting to billions of pounds. No other harbour and marina in the
UK or Europe or the world, only this local community is required to pay for
flood defences that go far beyond just this local community. The cost of
this scheme to owners does not include flood insurance indemnity, Sovereign
Harbour residents alone who pay the cost do not get any insurance included
with it. Recent Member of Parliament until June 8, 2017 Caroline Ansell has
gone public in stating her belief that the charge is grossly unfair.
- Current council tax cost
and banding and which local authorities are involved (normally both
Eastbourne Borough Council and East Sussex County Council).
- If in Sovereign Harbour
South is the water feature charge applicable? If so, how much at the time of
offer? It will be in addition to normal water costs.
- Name of managing agent of a
leasehold property and - for leasehold premises - building owner,
with current annual charges for the unit and what additional charges are
likely for the next financial year. Also, other organizations
purchasers of those leasehold properties should know about. They all have
different roles. Is there a leaseholders association of that building
or group of buildings? All leaseholders should become members, usually for a
small annual cost. Why? For three reasons. Members provide a common defence
against matters such possible attempts by managing agents or building owners
to raise fees for new maintenance or related works. When a leasehold
association has 60 percent or more of its occupants as members in good
standing it has a legal right to challenge arbitrary decisions. If that 60/%
is not realized because not enough occupants are current members, managing
agents and/or the building's owners (who usually appoint the managing
agents) are legally entitled to proceed without such blockage or
interference. Only when a leasehold association reaches 60% of its
leasehold-holding owner-occupants does it have the power to demand a change
of managing agents. This has happened especially when either management
charges and additional maintenance expenses have been deemed excessive -
unrealistically high by the majority of members of the leaseholders
association, or when the managing agents and/or owners of buildings have
been continuously uncommunicative, or both. NB: Managing agents
are appointed to collect annual or semi-annual demands for management fees
payable by leaseholders and to maintain all lifts and common external areas
of the building including the exteriors of garages and parking spaces. But
they do not get involved in non-common areas. Leaseholders should also know
that if their buildings have lifts installed their management fees will be
higher than buildings without lifts, but leaseholders without their own
garages will pay the same management fee, not less, than leaseholders with
garages, even when those without garages have paid more for their properties
than those with garages. Some managing agents are more responsive than
others in answering questions or handling complaints. The owner of that
building (landlord). When occupiers seek, on an individual (non-common)
basis, information about their flat, or make any complaint, or have or
create any damage or make any structural internal changes to their flats,
such as creating or changing rooms or walls or partitions or bathrooms or
showers they should probably copy managing agents into but should make sure
their submissions are addressed to the owners of the buildings concerned.
- Energy coding for the
- Present electricity
supplier. Is there a smart meter?
- If it also has gas, the
present gas supplier.
- Water and waste water
supplier and whether or not the property is metered
- Restrictions if any in
leasing or subleasing or letting or short-term renting. Many purchasers
of Sovereign Harbour properties either do not read the fine print of deeds
they sign or ignore them. Many long leases clearly stipulate that
sub-letting or holiday renting is not allowed.
- Chancel repair liability.
Not applicable to or required for Sovereign Harbour. Prospective
purchasers need to know this in advance and, if they are from non-local
parts of the UK will need to let their solicitors or conveyance agents know.
If not, they could be charged for a service that is not relevant here.
Potential purchasers should beware of using any local restate agent
referrals for any non-local solicitor not aware of this fact.
Law firms and others
advise you to beware of places with an
Estate Rent Charge (like Sovereign Harbour)
So say various law firms and entities
- All You Need to Know about
Covenants. See https://www.land-registry-documents.co.uk/news-blog/covenantswhat-you-need-to-know-about/
- Beware of Rentcharges.
- Beware the Rentcharge Scam,
perfectly legal. See http://www.cluttoncox.co.uk/site/blog/conveyancingblog/rentcharge_trap_cost_thousands_bristol.html
- Complicated Lease situation
involving a variable rent charge. See https://www.fpra.org.uk/qa/complicated-lease-situation-involving-variable-estate-rent-charge.
Of particular significance, from the Federation of Private Resident
- Can you ever be required to
pay a yearly rent on a freehold house? See http://www.fridaysmove.com/property-law-blog/fridays-blogger/26/08/2011/are-you-required-pay-yearly-rent-freehold-house
- Estate Rentcharges; an
effective but unpopular means of collecting freehold service charges.
What is especially significant is that in those few other places in the UK
where there are Estate Rent charges, they are very low compared to the
amount Sovereign Harbour residents have to pay.
- Estate Rent Charges, beware
when buying freehold homes on private estates. See http://www.solegal.co.uk/estate-rent-charges-beware-buying-freehold-homes-private-estates/.
What is particularly good to note is that this firm covers Eastbourne,
Brighton and Uckfield. For being the only local legal firm to highlight
this in this way, they are commended.
- Estate Rent Charges, the
new Registration Requirements. See https://www.blakemorgan.co.uk/news-events/news/estate-rent-charges/
- Guidance re Rentcharges.
- Freehold with fee simple.
The highest form of freehold, meaning no Estate Rent Charge, no leasehold,
no management fees, in short no reasons why the property should not pass on
to beneficiaries indefinitely. 99%, if not 100%, of the relatively few
supposedly freehold properties in Sovereign Harbour are not freehold in fee
- Freehold with Fee Simple
Absolute in Possession. See http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/fee-simple-absolute-in-possession.html.
As above. Hardly any, if any at all, Sovereign Harbour properties are in
- Freehold, Leasehold &
Commonhold. See http://www.propertyinvestmentproject.co.uk/blog/freehold-and-leasehold/
- Freehold v. Leasehold:
what's the Difference?. See https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/leasehold-or-freehold-financial-implications#what-is-a-freehold
- Government Reduces Ground
Rents on Leasehold New Build Properties in England. See http://www.fosters-solicitors.co.uk/news/business-and-commercial/government-reduces-ground-rents-on-leasehold-newbuild-proper/702
- Government to Act on
Leasehold Ripoffs. See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/government-act-leasehold-rip-offs/
- Government to Ban Leasehold
Houses and set Ground Rents as Low as Zero. See https://www.leaseholdknowledge.com/government-ban-leasehold-houses-set-ground-rents-low-zero
- Hornet: NO to fleecehold!
In a reference to any place with an Estate Rent Charge.
- How to Avoid the Rentcharge
Scam. See https://social.luptonfawcett.com/blog/how-avoid-rentcharge-scam.
- Land Law: Rent Charges.
- Local Government
Organization and Making a Complaint. See https://www.lgo.org.uk/make-a-complaint/top-tips-for-making-a-complaint
- Leasehold law reform
changes plans. See https://www.lease-advice.org/news-item/leasehold-included-law-commissions-13th-programme-law-reform/?dm_i=OUE,5D7L5,Q8IWGN,KQUMY,1
- New build Houses, the
demise of the Leasehold. See https://www.womblebonddickinson.com/uk/insights/articles-and-briefings/new-build-houses-demise-leasehold-and-what-comes-next
- Positive Covenants. See
- Property Investors Alerted
following Rent Charges Case. See https://www.wrigleys.co.uk/news/property/property-investors-alerted-following-recent-case-on-rentcharges/
- Rent Charges: Draconian
Rights Back With a Vengeance. See http://www.duttongregory.co.uk/site/blog/rentcharges_draconian_rights_back_with_a_vengeance
- Real Estate Tip of the
Week: Revenge of the Rent Charge. See https://www.dacbeachcroft.com/en/gb/articles/2017/january/real-estate-tip-of-the-week-revenge-of-the-rentcharge/
- Rent Charge Indemnity
Insurance. See http://www.lawsureinsurance.co.uk/our-products/title-protection/rent-charge/
- Rent Charge. See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rentcharge
- Rent Charges and the
Dangers of Overlooking Them. See http://www.readroper.co.uk/blog/2016/10/21/rentcharges-and-the-danger-of-overlooking-them/#.WmG70Y0iE5t
- Rent Charge Risks. See https://www.penningtons.co.uk/news-publications/latest-news/2017/roberts-v-lawton-rentcharge-risks/
- Rentcharges Act 1977.
- Rentcharges in a Nutshell.
- Rentcharges, What are They,
How do They Work and Can They Be Terminated? See http://www.matrix-legal.com/site/blog/commercial-property/rentcharges
- Stamp Duty Land Tax at the
Start of the Lease. See https://www.bsdr.com/publication/stamp-duty-land-tax-at-the-start-of-the-lease/
- What Are the Rights and
Implications of Estate Rentcharges? See https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/4-517-2268?transitionType=Default&contextData=(sc.Default)&firstPage=true&bhcp=1
- What is a Rent Charge? See
- What is Freehold? See https://thelawdictionary.org/freehold/
- What's The Problem? Rent
Charges. See https://www.burnetts.co.uk/publications/factsheets/whats-the-problem-rentcharges
- What we need to know about
Rent Charges. See http://www.hip-consultant.co.uk/blog/convenants-rentcharges-123/
- Who has to pay the Rent
Charge. See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rentcharges#who-has-to-pay-the-rentcharge
Repeal of all
unfair-to-residents Sovereign Harbour-related legislation is sought
This includes the
Sovereign Harbour Beaches (Sea Defences) Deed 2001, if that also qualifies for
It is possible to apply to repeal an
Act. See https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/laws/acts/.
Changes to Acts: Future
changes to the law happen through the passing of another Act or delegated
legislation. An Act can also be repealed so that its provisions no longer apply.
Parliamentary committees examine UK laws and recommend the removal of out of
date legislation. But this will require the cooperation and input of all estate
charge/harbour charge residents, those who represent them, their local
councillors, others who may be affected and Member of Parliament Stephen Lloyd.
See https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/process_of_repealing_acts and
Visit the Law Commission website: www.lawcom.gov.uk
Some other Acts that have been
repealed. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Repealed_United_Kingdom_Acts_of_Parliament
Council Taxes 50% higher than
the national average
See Eastbourne Council Tax Wrongs
The Sovereign Harbour average is Council Tax Band E costing well over £2,200 a year in
2018 for a leased Sovereign Harbour £240,000
750 square foot flat with no land or garage of its own. The Band E Council Tax
for that Sovereign Harbour flat incurs the same Council Tax as a market value
£350,000 to £450,000 property elsewhere in Eastbourne and 80% more than a magnificent
Band H £35 million
multi-roomed Band G palace or mansion in central London.
Management Fees and
related charges are often substantial
In January 2018 many have
increased, some by 250% as is the case with Chatsworth Strand on San Diego
Way, Sovereign Harbour North, built only in 2009-2010, although it is stated the
latter's massive increase is only for 2 years from 2018 and mostly for
substantial buildings improvement. Communal areas and parking problems are also
source of contention. All leaseholders are expected to contribute to communal
areas including all garages and their maintenance, fixing and painting but some
leaseholders whose leases clearly state they do not include a two-car garage or
share of one for one car, with their vehicle having to park outside in an
assigned parking spot, have objected, stating they should not have to pay for a
service not communal to them only to those whose lease specifies that garage or
part of it. Occupants of other buildings who also do not have garages assigned
to them but park outside may have the same problem. This Inconsistency
does not occur in buildings with and without lifts. Those with lifts pay extra,
which is not contested. As those without lifts pay less surely the same should
apply to those who do not have garages?
Ground Rents 100% higher than
100 percentSome areas of Sovereign Harbour
may no longer qualify for no increase after the normal initial period has
elapsed. Ground rents thereafter can be increased by the same percentage amount
as the Estate Rent/harbour charge. Actions are underway by certain individuals
to persuade the government entity involved to limit and control or eliminate
these, where possible.
Flood Plain Insurance is
Because developers pressed
their demands to build on land deemed to be in a flood plain and there were none
or insufficient objections, they were allowed to proceed. We, the
freeholders or long-leaseholders now pay the price in required expensive floodplain
insurance on contents of properties.
Hanging out laundry to dry
not allowed under most leases
But why? It might be
justified in part where some properties are deemed exclusive and private and
members of the public are not allowed to pass by. But they cannot be justified
in properties where, such as in Sovereign Harbour, walkways and paths are not
exclusive because they allow any and all members of the public who are not
Sovereign Harbour residents to cycle or stroll or walk by and on the beachside,
bring their dogs. If they are allowed and dogs can leave their messes for hours
or days without being picked up by owners then surely Sovereign Harbour
freeholders and leaseholders should not be prevented from hanging out their
laundry to dry for just a few hours.
Uninviting environment of
no trees or shrubs on pavements
Sovereign Harbour is completely treeless.
But not so all other seaside and marina places both at home and
abroad. The latter are attractive scenically by appropriate trees planted by
local authorities along streets and roads, or fronting beaches or on
pavements or sidewalks, Sovereign Harbour has no such environmentally
friendly and scenic features. Instead, it has deep mounds of gravel in many places, instead of looking picturesque and
attractive to live in, they make the main and other Sovereign Harbour streets and
their buildings look more like a military base or large prison camp.
Note the complete lack of any trees or shrubs in front of the apartment units.
Not an enticement to buy or lease, quite the opposite. Keith Forbes photo.
Trees in a seaside
area but sadly not in Sovereign Harbour
Sovereign Harbour beaches and
harbour walkways are constantly abused
Harbour Beaches. They are not
included in any of Eastbourne's beaches with the latter's' facilities, benches and
dog regulations and more. Presently, Sovereign Harbour's North and South beaches, unlike all
those Eastbourne beaches, have no facilities, no benches, no life-saving
apparatus, no life guards. They are privately owned up to the high water mark by the
properties opposite them but this is deliberately or routinely ignored by non-resident
strangers. The walkway between the developments and the sea, intended for
pedestrians only, are constantly abused by mostly non-resident cyclists, some of whom expect
spectators to get out of their way.
Dog Poo Capital of the UK
The beaches, land between the beaches
and walkway and the walkway itself are also often abused by dog owners whose
dogs often foul the area and whose owners often do not pick up and dispose
of the mess. People who live in Eastbourne proper come here to do what they cannot do in Eastbourne, let their dogs off
leashes and let them roam and poop without fear of prosecution. It completely
spoils the beaches for many local residents, who have complained in vain to
date. Authorities and community groups have declined to tackle the situation. In
October 2017 the Eastbourne Borough Council approved new restrictions requiring
dogs on leashes at all times on the walkways surrounding Sovereign Harbour but
Sovereign Harbour beaches are again excluded from the Council's directive.
However, wherever the public is allowed to go - as they are on both Sovereign
Harbour beaches and all walkways - the local authorities are legally obliged to
comply with environmental regulations. See Issues and Dangers from Dog
Fouling at http://www.kingdom.co.uk/articles/issues-and-dangers-surrounding-dog-fouling/
Beaches not protected by local
These beaches are legally,
geographically and physically in the town of Eastbourne's Sovereign Ward area
and residents pay their council and council-tax-related taxes to both Eastbourne
Borough Council and East Sussex Borough Council. This surely should mean that
the present arrangement whereby the Pevensey Bay entity that presently
exclusively both controls these beaches at the behest of the Sovereign Harbour
Trust and Environment Agency and gets 3,700 local residents (but no one else) to
pay for the flood defences that also cover a much wider area involving more than
17,000 residents all the way to Bexhill, should be abolished, with these beaches
at long last fully incorporated into Eastbourne's listing of public town
beaches. When town beaches are periodically cleaned and maintained by the local
authorities, Sovereign Harbour beaches, also legally in the town, are not, When
considerable amounts of debris from plastics come ashore from the sea,
especially noticeable in 2018, they are cleaned up at all Eastbourne beaches
except those in Sovereign Harbour. While the general public continues to freely use and abuse
the Sovereign Harbour beaches and
this is encouraged by the beach owners they surely should not still be considered as
private beaches but should be forced by the councils authorities concerned to be
re-classified as public beaches. In the meantime, Sovereign Harbour
beachfront area residents are not getting value for money for the beachfront
flood defence and harbour defences they alone, nowhere else in the UK or
Europe or the world, are required to pay to the Environment Agency.
Elsewhere in the UK and
abroad, leaseholders of privately leased or owned properties enjoy facilities both inside
and outside. But not here
Instead of giving leaseholders alone exclusive
rights to enjoy views and walks on the property's privately owned beachfront
paths and beachside area in front of any beach-side property, the management
companies and landlords not only allow but encourage members of the public to
roam, walk and cycle on the path and land fronting the buildings. Time and time
again residents of beach-front Sovereign Harbour properties are harassed and
bothered by non residents using cycles on the beach-front pathway that is too
narrow to be used by cyclists, other non residents wandering or walking their
often unleashed dogs and not cleaning up their dog messes. In inner-harbour
areas, much wider pathways have the same nuisances. Sovereign Harbour residents
alone should not be paying management fees or Estate Rental charges to subsidize
public - not private-to-residents - usage of all the outdoor facilities. Either
the management fees and Estate Rental Charges all residents have to pay should
be reduced substantially or all areas and footpaths and walkways in the
Sovereign Harbour area and its beachfront should be fenced off to deny access to
Sovereign Harbour has more road
traffic roundabouts that slow traffic per square mile than anywhere else in
Britain or Europe or the world. Sovereign Harbour North has five roundabouts
in less than a mile along the length of Pacific Avenue alone; another
roundabout with four different exists to the Waterfront and Sovereign Harbour
Shopping Centre stores; and more roundabouts along Atlantic Avenue and nearby.
Eastbourne to the west, On Pacific Avenue, a normally clear road is now clogged
with cars parked there immediately outside the new development at the north end
of Sovereign Harbour. (One visitor from the USA wondered if the eight new
dwellings there in four buildings comprised a new prison). More roundabouts at Polegate and beyond
are maddening to visitors from the USA and elsewhere. Traffic is invariably heavy
and waits can be long.
Sovereign Harbour, despite being classed by its promoters as an
international destination, perhaps in view of all the above is not on the list of places to visit on the
websites of the Eastbourne .Borough Council or East Sussex County Council,
both of which have jurisdiction.
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