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To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 7 June 2023.
The minutes of the last meeting held on Wednesday 7 June 2023 were confirmed and signed.
Declarations of Interest
To disclose any
pecuniary, other registerable or non-registrable interest as set out in the
adopted Code of Conduct. In making their disclosure councillors are asked to state
the agenda item, the nature of the interest and any action they propose to take
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Cllr Roberts declared a non-pecuniary interest as the holder of a mooring at West Bay Harbour, a member of the LGA Special Interest Group – Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and Chairman of Southern IFCA.
Richard Tinsley declared a non-pecuniary interest as he
holds a mooring in Weymouth Harbour.
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There were no questions or statements from members of the
To consider a verbal report by the Chairman.
The Chairman delivered a verbal update to the committee and welcomed Mark Saxby, who had been appointed as the new Independent Member on the committee, subject to approval by Full Council at its next meeting on 12 October 2023. The Chairman also welcomed James Hannon, the committees designated person, to the meeting for his first report. Finally, the Chairman updated the committee on his attendance of the Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group, which he had attended recently.
To note the minutes of the Weymouth Harbour Consultative Groups held on Wednesday 16 August 2023.
The Weymouth Harbour Master updated the committee on the Weymouth Harbour Consultative Group Minutes. Nick Marks, Chair of the Lyme Regis Harbour Consultative Group also delivered a brief verbal update on Lyme Regis Harbour.
To receive updates from the Weymouth and Bridport & Lyme Regis Harbour Masters.
The Bridport Harbour Master delivered the updates for Lyme Regis and West Bay Harbours. The latest statistics for both harbours were provided and it was explained that recent poor weather had resulted in low figures for season ticket sales and harbour use. However, income from quayside parking and shops had seen an increase since this period last year. Several training courses had been undertaken by staff in Lyme Regis including, a first-aid, Harbour Master and Day Skipper course. The Harbour Master also noted that the pilotage review had been conducted and a report had been supplied to the committee. There were plans to conduct dredging works for both harbours, to start in 2024 and business plans were being completed and were intended to be presented at a future meeting of the committee.
In response to a question from the Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, the Harbour Master assured the committee that works would be attempted to be completed outside of the peak season, to avoid disruption to harbour users.
The Weymouth Harbour Master presented the updates for Weymouth Harbour and provided the latest statistics, noting that berth occupancy remained strong, however the bad weather had had an adverse impact on the statistics for Weymouth Harbour. It was hoped that improved facilities would increase the number of visiting fishing vessels to the harbour. A total of 87 incidents had been reported to the Harbour Office and the new reporting system had been successful in making it easier to report incidents.
In response to a question from one member, the Weymouth Harbour Master assured the committee that they worked closely with the local police and the Community Safety Team at Dorset Council, when dealing with the reporting of serious incidents.
To consider a report by the Weymouth and Bridport & Lyme Regis Harbour Masters.
The Bridport Harbour Master presented the budget monitoring figures for Bridport and Lyme Regis for 2023/24. Expenditure for Bridport Harbour was expected to be high, due to recording two lots of dredging within the same financial year and there was also £101,000 allocated to the reserve fund. No money was allocated to the reserve fund for Lyme Regis, however £29,000 was returned to Dorset Council.
The Harbour Office Manager presented the budget monitoring figures for Weymouth for 2023/24. There was reduced income from visiting and commercial vessels, however there had also been an underspend in costs.
The committee noted the 2023/24 budget monitoring figures for Bridport, Lyme Regis and Weymouth Harbours.
To provide an engineering update for Weymouth, Bridport and Lyme Regis harbours.
The Service Manager for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management delivered an update on Bridport, Lyme Regis and Weymouth harbours. In Bridport, dredging had been completed and discussions had taken place with contractors for next years dredging works. Inspections had been undertaken and some minor works completed, while engineers were monitoring wall A and the wall B walkway had been partially reopened.
Dredging for Lyme Regis was in discussion and would be addressed at the same time as Bridport. The high wall walkway had been closed off for monitoring, while the Cobb was being monitored and repaired as necessary. A verbal update was provided on Phase 5 of the Lyme Regis Environmental Improvement Scheme, and it was noted that due to inflationary pressures the funding for this would no longer be sufficient for the full project and alternative funding routes were being looked at.
Inspections in Weymouth had been completed and remedial works were underway. A funding bid to incorporate surface water into the flood risk scheme had been approved, which would help to model and produce preliminary designs for flood risk works. Harbour walls F and G were also set to be replaced.
The committee noted the FCERM update.
To consider a report from the Head of Environment and Wellbeing.
The Head of Environment and Wellbeing updated the committee on the Marine Safety Plan, he noted that incidents continued to be reported to the Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment.
In response to a question from a member, it was confirmed that the audit findings would be reported to the committee once completed.
The committee noted the report.
To consider a report from the Bridport and Lyme Regis Harbour Master.
The Bridport Harbour Master presented the Bridport and Lyme Regis Harbours Pilotage Review report. It was explained that Dorset Council had contacted ABPmer to conduct a pilotage review for Bridport and Lyme Regis Harbours. This review had concluded that it would be beneficial to remove powers of pilotage, due to not having received a request for pilotage for 40 years.
Decision: That the Harbours Advisory Committee recommend that the Portfolio Holder for Highway, Travel, and Environment commence the process of removing the Harbour Authority’s Pilotage functions, as provided for under The Marine Navigation Act 2013.
To consider a report from the Harbours Designated Person.
The PMSC Designated Persons Report was presented by the Designated Person, James Hannan. With the aid of a visual presentation, he delivered the report to the committee. The current Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) was written in 2016 and an updated version was expected in 2024. A PMSC audit had been conducted on Bridport Harbour, with positive results, there were 12 areas of improvement highlighted in the audit. The pilotage review for Bridport and Lyme Regis had determined that pilotage powers were not necessary for the use levels of these harbours.
The committee noted the PMSC Designated Persons Report.
To consider the Harbours Committee Workplan.
The forward plan was presented to the committee by the Head of Environment and Wellbeing and he explained the changes since the previous committee meeting. The Weymouth General Directions report would be brought to the next meeting in November and the Business Plans and Asset Management Plans would be presented at the same time.
The committee noted the forward plan.
To consider any items of business which the Chairman has had prior notification and considers to be urgent pursuant to section 100B (4) b) of the Local Government Act 1972. The reason for the urgency shall be recorded in the minutes.
There were no urgent items.
To move the exclusion of the press and the public for the following item
in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph
x of schedule 12 A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).
The public and the press will be asked to leave the meeting whilst the
item of business is considered.
There is no scheduled exempt business for
There was no exempt business.