and expanding online Gazetteer on Eastbourne, East Sussex and its Sovereign
Harbour. Of potential interest to newcomers, especially those who seek an
attractive, flat, disability/mobility-friendly scenic and strategic locale with
most relevant goods and services nearby. In these respects, Sovereign Harbour is
one of the best relocation places in Britain. But it is also the most expensive
because of higher council taxes the methodology of which has not changed in 27
years, and additional harbour water-related charges levied nowhere else in the
East Sussex, England
specifically for new residents of and visitors to this sunny town on the south east coast
By Keith A. Forbes
and his wife Lois Ann Forbes at email@example.com.
Both disabled, they live in Eastbourne at Sovereign Harbour and write, administer and webmaster this
website. Keith is a member of the UK's The
Society of Authors and an international consumer activist for the disabled.
More files will
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Eastbourne, East Sussex.
Latitude and longitude 50.768 and 0.2905.
Postcodes BN20 to BN23.
Only 1.6 hours from
central London by rail. Not a city,
instead a large coastal town, pebble (not fine sand) beach seaside resort and borough in the non-metropolitan county
of East Sussex on the south coast of England, 19 miles (31 km) east of
Brighton. Eastbourne is immediately to the east of Beachy Head, the highest
chalk sea cliff in Great Britain. It has a seafront consisting largely of
largely internally and internally modernized Victorian hotels, a distinctive
pier recently renovated by a community-minded private investor, a Napoleonic era
fort and military museum and three distinctive, historic but local-authority
neglected Martello towers constructed by the British Army when invasion seemed
possible by Napoleonic forces. Although Eastbourne is a relatively
new town, there is evidence of human occupation in the area from the Stone Age.
The town grew as a fashionable tourist resort largely thanks to prominent
landowner, William Cavendish, later to become the Duke of Devonshire. His
ancestors included one who founded Devonshire
Parish in the islands of Bermuda
(website by this author). That district has as its heraldic crest that of the
Cavendish concerned. Eastbourne was developed by Cavendish from 1859 from four
separate hamlets. He appointed architect Henry Currey to design a street plan
for the town after sending him to Europe to draw inspiration.
Architecture. The mix of architecture
is typically Victorian.
- Area. 17.05 square miles (44.16
- Cities and towns not far away.
Bexhill- on -Sea (10 miles; Brighton (19
miles, 31 km); Hastings (20 miles), London, St. Leonard's, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells. Many residents
work in London and commute daily by train, when the rotten rail service works.
Coordinates. 50.77 degrees North. 0.28 degrees
- Council Taxes
(see separate heading above).
- Councillors by Ward,
- Eastbourne Pier. See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastbourne_Pier
and http://www.eastbournepier.com/. The
town's most prominent landmark.
- Economy and
visitors. A broad economic base, home to companies in a wide range of
industries, with significant largely seasonal tourism attractions and industry.
Electoral Wards (alphabetically): Devonshire; Hampden Park; Langney;
Meads (see http://meadsvillage.com); Old Town (Eastbourne);
Ratton (smallest ward); St.
Anthony's; Sovereign (largest ward); Upperton.
East Sussex County Magazine. See https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/media/7925/your-county-spring-2017-ebook.pdf
A suburb, notable for its unique railway station, where local trains stop twice, and
thought to be the busiest level
crossing in Europe. once
named Willingdon Halt.
History. See http://www.eastbourne.gov.uk/EasysiteWeb/getresource.axd?AssetID=226&type=full&servicetype=Inline. Also,
for a more comprehensive look, see http://eastbournelive.org.uk/Eastbourneguide.pdf.
- Industries. As a seaside resort, Eastbourne derives a large and increasing
income from tourism, with revenue from traditional seaside attractions augmented
by conferences, public events and cultural sightseeing. The other main
industries in Eastbourne include trade and retail, healthcare, education,
construction, manufacturing, professional scientific and the technical sector.
- Library. See https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/locations/eastbourne/.
Local Authorities. Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC)
(For Eastbourne Borough Council Planning Applications, see https://firstname.lastname@example.org/INBOX/1/268)
and East Sussex County Council (ESCC) at https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/.
Each has a councillor serving an
Local Time. Eastbourne is in the British Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) zone.
(on June 21) it gets dark after 10 pm and has daylight by 7 am.
In winter (on December 21) it gets dark from shortly after 3:30 pm until about 8:30
am. At 7 am (0700
hours) here it will be 8 am (0800 hours) in most of Europe, 3 am (0300 hours) in the
Caribbean and Bermuda, 2 am (0200 hours) in Ottawa (Canada); New York and
Survey grid reference. TV608991.
UK Parliament. Caroline
Ansell, Conservative. See http://carolineansell.co.uk/
- Members of the European
Parliament (South East MEPs) whose remit includes Eastbourne until
Brexit in 2019 are Richard Ashworth, Conservative. Website http://www.richardashworth.org/;
Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat. http://www.bearder.eu/;
Nirj Deva, Conservative.
Anneliese Dodds, Labour.
Nigel Farage, UKIP.
Daniel Hannan. Conservative. Email email@example.com;
Keith Taylor, Green.
- Parks. See https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=eastbourne+parks&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-gb&client=safari
Princes Park at http://www.eastbourne.gov.uk/EasySiteWeb/getresource.axd?AssetID=6446.
- Population. Eastbourne's population is
growing; between 2001 and 2011 it increased from 89,800 to 99,412 and in 2016 is
estimated at 113,000. The 2011 census showed that the average age of residents
has decreased as the town has attracted students, families and those commuting
to London and Brighton.
- Port. Eastbourne
qualifies as one, see http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ports/1246/United_Kingdom_port:EASTBOURNE.
- Region. South east
coast of England.
- Residents Leisure Card.
dialing area code. 01323 national calls, 1323 from international
Information Centre. See http://www.eastbourne.gov.uk/residents/leisure-and-events/tourism/tourist-information-centre/.
- Town Centre
Improvement Scheme. See https://democracy.eastsussex.gov.uk/documents/s11834/LMCS%20231116%20Report%20-%20Eastbourne%20TC%20Improvement%20Scheme.pdf.
- Wards and Councillors.
- Weather. See https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=eastbourne+weather&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-gb&client=safari.
Anti-Social Behavior Policy
Bespoke Cycling Group
Coaster Brighton to
Continental Market days at Eastbourne Seafront
Eastbourne Air Show
17- 20 August 2017. Voted
UK's best free airshow, see fast jets, aerobatics, military displays, pleasure
flights, fireworks and the Airborne Live stage all return in August. Regular
favourites include the Red Arrows, Chinook, Typhoon and much more
A thrilling 3-day weekend affair
every mid-August. One of town's biggest and best attractions.
Eastbourne Art Circle
Eastbourne Astronomical Society
See http://www.eastbournebandstand.co.uk/?spektrix_bounce=true. For
disabled visitors see http://www.eastbournebandstand.co.uk/your-visit/access/?spektrix_bounce=true.
Beachfront is not sand but flint
pebbles. There are
local ordnances specifying
that from May 1 to September1 dogs cannot go on beaches and all dogs must be on leashes and dog owners must scoop up all messes
laid by their dogs. Visitors and newcomers should read Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) notices re
dogs. For example, at http://www.eastbourne.gov.uk/residents/dogs-and-animal-welfare/.
- Western Parade Beach. See http://www.britishbeaches.info/eastbourne-western-parade-east-sussex/#.WJhHnWdvjDd. With
beach huts, toilets, benches and facilities.
- Sovereign South Harbour Beach.
With its Martello Tower. With no beach huts, toilets, benches or facilities
but a nice walking area for Sovereign Harbour South residents who, if they
wish can walk or jog or mobility-scooter all the way to Eastbourne town
- Sovereign North Harbour Beach.
With its Martello Tower. From here, walkers can walk all the way to Pevensey
Bay beach. Oddly, this particular beach, which is not connected to the
Sovereign Habour South Beach because the sea entrance to Sovereign Habour
lies between, does not seem to appear on any town beach maps.
Eastbourne's Beachy Head
Eastbourne Bonfire Society
Procession and Fireworks
7th October 2017. See http://www.visiteastbourne.com/Eastbourne-Eastbourne-Seafront/details/?dms=3&venue=3416006&feature=2
Eastbourne Bourne Chorus
See Eastbourne Royal Sovereign
Bowls Club at https://royalsovereignbowls.wordpress.com/.
Eastbourne Calendar of Coming
Eastbourne Carpet and
Eastbourne Chamber of
Eastbourne Choral Society
Eastbourne Churches/Places of
Eastbourne Citizens Advice
Eastbourne Classical Singers
Eastbourne Conference &
Eastbourne Estate Agents
- Acorn, at http://propertypropertyproperty.co.uk/estate-letting-agents/Eastbourne/Acorn-Estate-Agents-Eastbourne
- Andrews, at https://andrewsonline.co.uk/branch/50.7679492/0.2842462
- Cavendish & Co, see http://www.cavendishandcoestateagents.co.uk/
- Eastbourne Lettings, at http://www.eastbournelettings.com/.
- Eastbourne Property Shop, at http://www.eastbournepropertyshop.co.uk/
- Freeman Forman, at http://www.freemanforman.co.uk/forsaleoffice/eastbourne/795/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=freemanforman&utm_campaign=795
- Fox & Sons, at https://www.fox-and-sons.co.uk/estate-agents/eastbourne?utm_source=GooglePlus&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Sequence
- Leaders, at http://www.leaders.co.uk/branches/eastbourne
- Homes 4 Sale, at http://www.homes4sail.co.uk/.
- Leaper Stanbrook, at http://www.leaperstanbrook.co.uk/
- Oakfield, at http://www.oakfield-property.co.uk/
- Rager & Roberts, at http://www.ragerroberts.co.uk/
- Reid+Dean, at http://www.reiddean.com/
- Taylor Engley, at http://www.taylor-engley.co.uk/
- Town Property, at http://town-property.com/
Buying or renting or leasing a
domestic property by newcomers. Probably
one of the best website places for newcomers to search for all properties for
sale is Right Move. See www.rightmove.co.uk
with its comprehensive but
easy-to-use website. It lists a huge number of Eastbourne properties for sale
(use the Eastbourne only section), rent or lease and also shows the estate
agents involved. Most of the latter make a point of using Right Move.
Also see local house and flat
prices at http://www.home.co.uk/guides/house_prices.htm?location=eastbourne.
Important points to note:
- For the property or
properties you will be seeing have the estate agents provided full marketing
and other relevant information on that property? The best estate agents
will give full essential basic information for each property. It should
include current council taxes, what they cover and which local authorities
are involved; name of managing agent and current annual charges for the
unit; whether or not there is a leaseholders association for that property
and if so how to contact it to become a member; the present harbour estate
or water charge cost; the water feature charge if applicable on top of other
water charges; which company provides the electricity for that property;
which company provides the water and waste water. It should also be
noted by estate agents selling long-lease flats or terraced homes that there
will be four separate organizations purchasers of those leasehold
(usually on a long lease of at least 100 years) properties should know
about. They all have different roles. The first - if you plan on living
in the Sovereign Harbour area - is the Sovereign Harbour
Residents Association, see http://www.shra.co.uk.
Non-political, socio-economic and striving for community betterment at all
levels it is the principal local community-minded association, covers the
entire Sovereign Harbour area and its website shows its unique
community-wide value and benefits, for a very moderate not yearly but
lifetime cost, not only of the individual but the family. All full or
part-time residents of Sovereign Harbour should join. The second is the leaseholders
association of that building. All leaseholders of a particular
building should become members, usually for a small annual cost, of the
leaseholders association. Why? For three reasons. Members thereof 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. The third is the managing
agent of that building. Often not realized is that 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. The fourth is
the owner of that building. 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
- Sea or countryside view may be
- Are shops, medical services
and buses or trains conveniently close?
- Renters will be required to
pay, in addition to their monthly rent, an upfront deposit amounting to up
to two months rent, get estate-agency approved contents insurance and more.
If from abroad, or with insufficient monthly income for a monthly rent but
with provable sufficient savings, renters can elect to pay in advance for
the first six months of their rental tenancy. Most rental agreements locally
for properties that are not holiday-homes-only are for an initial six month
- Know in advance that in a
multi-flat building the buyer or renter will have to go with the electricity
company provided, cannot pick and choose individually
- Is the property centrally
heated or, in the case of most flats in Sovereign Harbour, are individually
room-heated by radiators, and whether by gas or electricity or both?
- For a family with more than
one car is there assigned parking for more than one vehicle?
- If there is assigned parking,
is the parking covered or in the open on or underneath and conveniently near
to the property? Potential buyers or renters or lessees need to look at the
parking beforehand to see if the parking space is big enough for their
vehicle and if it can be accessed without difficulty.
- Are certain types of vehicles
such as vans or trucks not permitted to park on the property?
- Is there a garage or
outbuilding on the property in which to store, under cover, a cycle or
- If you or a member of your
family are disabled and have a Blue Badge, is there assigned disabled
parking there, wider than normal parking?
- If a member of your household
is severely disabled is there a separate bedroom and a bathroom available
that might qualify for a council tax one-band disability reduction?
- If a member of your household
is mobility-impaired and cannot climb stairs safely, is there a lift in the
- Are there sufficient cupboard
or closet or other storage spaces or built-in wardrobes in bedrooms? This
will be particularly important for newcomers who will be renting at least
Eastbourne Features &
Eastbourne Fishermen's Club
See http://www.fishermensclub.co.uk/. Sports
and social club for members.
Eastbourne Golf Clubs
by the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust at East
Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. Hospitals are Eastbourne District
General Hospital at http://www.esht.nhs.uk/hospitals/eastbournedgh/
, King's Drive, Eastbourne BN21 2UD. Phone 01323 417400 and Conquest Hospital, St. Leonard's,
For car parking at Eastbourne District General Hospital see http://www.myhospitalmap.org.uk/Eastbourne/CarParkingatEastbourneDistrictGeneralHospital.aspx
District General Hospital
Eastbourne Ladies with Hats
Eastbourne Local History Society
Eastbourne Martello Towers 64 and 66
Martello Tower 64.
Photo cc Keith and Lois Forbes
Unique to South east coast of
England, with only two of them ever built abroad (at then-British Army posts in
Barbuda, Caribbean and Bermuda, North Atlantic). Martello Tower 64 is a historic
monument and includes both a Martello tower and a World War II gun emplacement
on top of it, situated on a shingle beach to the north east of Eastbourne, at Sovereign
Harbour North, mid-way between Langney Point and Pevensey Bay. The tower, which
is Listed Grade II, lies around 1km north east of its surviving neighbor, tower
no 66. There is no longer a Martello Tower 64, it was washed out to sea. Martello tower 64 retains many of its original components. It is
one (like 66) of the surviving examples of a series of
low-lying towers, designed to defend a specific stretch of coastline. The
addition of a gun emplacement during World War II represents the continued
significance of this defensive position well into the 20th century.
Martello towers were gun towers constructed to defend the vulnerable south
eastern coast of England against the threat of ship-borne invasion by Napoleonic
forces. They were built as a systematic chain of defence in two phases, between 1805-1810
along the coasts of East Sussex and Kent, and between 1808- 1812 along the
coasts of Essex and Suffolk. They are referred to as Martello Towers because
their design was based on a fortified tower at Martello Point in Corsica which had put up a prolonged
resistance to British forces in 1793. The towers take the form of compact,
free-standing circular buildings on three levels built of rendered brick. The
towers of the south coast were numbered 1-74 from east to west, while those of
the east coast were identified by a system of letters (A-Z, and then AA-CC) from
south to north. Although they exhibit a marked uniformity of design, minor
variations are discernible between the southern and eastern groups and amongst
individual towers, due mainly to the practice of entrusting their construction
to local sub-contractors. Most southern towers are elliptical in plan, whilst
the eastern group are oval or cam-shaped externally, with axes at the base
ranging between 14.4m by 13.5m and 16.9m by 17.7m. All are circular internally,
the battered (inwardly sloping) walls of varying thicknesses, but with the
thickest section invariably facing the seaward side. Most stand to a height of
around 10m. Many Martello towers are surrounded by dry moats originally
encircled by counterscarp banks, and/or have cunettes (narrower water defences)
situated at the foot of the tower wall. The ground floor was used for storage,
with accommodation for the garrison provided on the first floor, and the main
gun platform on the roof. The southern towers carried a single 24 pounder
cannon, whilst the eastern line carried three guns (usually a 24 pounder cannon
and two shorter guns or howitzers). Three large, circular ten- gun towers known
as redoubts were also constructed at particularly vulnerable points, at
Dymchurch, Eastbourne and Harwich. All three survive. As the expected Napoleonic
invasion attempt did not materialize, the defensive strength of the Martello
tower system was never tested, and the tower design was soon rendered obsolete
by new developments in heavy artillery. Many were abandoned and fell into decay
or were demolished during the 19th century, although some continued in use into
the 20th century as signaling or coastguard stations and a few saw use as look
out points or gun emplacements during the two World Wars. Of the original 74
towers on the south coast, 26 now survive, and of the 29 on the east coast, 17
now survive. Those which survive well and display a diversity of original
components are considered to merit protection.
Eastbourne Media and Newspapers
Eastbourne Museums and
Eastbourne Model Power Boat Club
Eastbourne Model Yacht Club
Eastbourne Petrol Prices and
Presently £1.17 and £1.19 sterling a litre,
for unleaded and diesel, respectively. There are a number of petrol stations in the town.
Eastbourne Photographic Society
See https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=eastbourne+schools&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-gb&client=safari. Primary and secondary schools are in the town and
region. School buses serve many local residential areas.
Eastbourne Shopping malls
Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing
Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra
Eastbourne Sovereign Centre
Not part of Sovereign Harbour but near it. A new one is shortly to be built
adjacent to the present one, and will eventually replace the latter.
Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival
at Eastbourne Seafront
Several, including Congress
Theatre, a Grade II listed, purpose built, modern theatre and conference
venue with a seating capacity of 1,689. Designed by Bryan and Norman Westwood
Architects, the theatre was built in 1963 and houses touring West End theatre,
ballet, comedy, live music and opera. See https://www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/.
Also the Royal Hippodrome, see http://royalhippodrome.com/ and
Underground Theatre, see http://undergroundtheatre.co.uk/
Eastbourne to Hastings via
Eastbourne Trains and Stations in
the town's area
Operator, Southern Railway, see http://www.southernrailway.com/tickets-and-fares/ticket-types/advance/.
Park (Sussex) (Approx. 3 miles away)
(Approx. 5 miles away)
& Westham (Approx. 5 miles away)
(Approx. 5 miles away)
Eastbourne's Towner Art Gallery
European Law and its affect
HMS Holland 5
A world War 1 submarine that sank five or so miles from Beachy Head, Eastbourne
Pevensey Bay Sailing Club
Pevensey Coastal Defence
for rich local history.
Sovereign Harbour and
marinas, facilities and shops
Sussex Historic Churches
Sussex Song Makers
Tennis, Aegon Iinternational
University of Brighton,
University of the 3rd Age,
Walking for Wellness
See https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/eastbourne-age-concern-walking-for-wellness. Eastbourne Age Concern.
Willingdon and Jevington
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