MALDON HARBOUR IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS
NOTES OF THE ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING
MALDON HARBOUR IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS
ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING – THURSDAY, 9 APRIL 2015 – 7.30 pm
BLACKWATER SAILING CLUB, BASIN ROAD, HEYBRIDGE BASIN, CM9 4SD
Nancy Harrisson, Chairman, Commissioners
Jim Dines, Vice-Chairman, Commissioners and Downs Road Boatyard
John Dines, Commissioners
Ian Hiner, Commissioners
Jon Howorth, Commissioners
David Lawton, Commissioners
Daniel Leggett, Commissioners
David Patient, Commissioners
Richard Pusey, Blackwater Sailing Club
Prof L Schnurr, Heybridge Parish Council
Mike Bentley, Maldon Little Ship Club
Danny Cardy, Landbreach Ltd
Andrew McDonald, Landbreach Ltd
Sam Harman, SBH Metalworks
Geoff Wass, Blackwater Sailing Club
Julie Stuchbery, Clerk, Commissioners
APOLOGIES: N Cardy (Commissioners), A Cheshire (Commissioners), G Courtney (Commissioners), M Gibson (Treasurer, Commissioners), Cllr Boyce (MDC), Cllr Channer (MDC), D Fox (Heybridge Basin SA)
IN THE CHAIR: Nancy Harrisson, Chairman, Commissioners
1. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting. She thanked Richard Pusey of the Blackwater Sailing Club for the use of their premises.
She paid tribute to the late David Lawton (Commissioner), whose loss is keenly felt. Clint Swann had stepped down as a Commissioner after many years’ service and his presence was missed.
a) Appointment of new Commissioners
The Chairman introduced three new Commissioners: Daniel Leggett, Jon Howorth and John Dines.
2. OPENING STATEMENT BY THE-CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSIONERS
The Chairman announced the launch of the Commissioners’ 150th Anniversary year. The Port Chartlet was now published and could be downloaded from the MHIC website.
There were two brand new buoys, No 16 being both a new location and a new buoy. No 14 buoy was a new style red buoy. The Commissioners have made provision for up to two new buoys per year if required.
The Chairman thanked the Commissioners, who give their time completely free.
a) Port Marine Safety Code
The Port Marine Safety Code had been reviewed and was available on the MHIC website. It would be updated shortly with some small amendments.
b) Incident Report
Commissioner Ian Hiner stated that buoys were sustaining unreported damage. It was a requirement of Trinity House that incidents be reported. There was now an Incident Report Form available on the website which should be used to report incidents and damage. The Chairman emphasised that any incident in the Harbour Commissioners’ area should be reported. The Commissioners would investigate incidents.
Commissioner Hiner explained that the minimum cost of repair would be £200, plus any additional repair and renewal would be charged at cost.
c) Buoy Maintenance
Commissioner Hiner reported that all buoys had the correct railway wheel sinkers and were in good condition. The light on No 14 buoy would be upgraded. There was also an additional yellow buoy on call for hazards. Overhaul and maintenance were to schedule and on-going. He asked that any problems with buoys be reported to the Clerk.
Richard Pusey of Blackwater Sailing Club stated that BSC building had a navigational light on top but there were concerns regarding visibility and light pollution. He raised the possibility of proposed floodlights at the football club exacerbating the problem. The Chairman stated that when floodlights were installed at The Plume pitch, MDC had been helpful regarding light pollution and positioning of the lights. She asked Richard Pusey to let MHIC know when the planning application came up and Commissioners would contribute a letter.
3. RIVER SAFETY MEETING
Richard Titchener (Maldon Barge Operators’ Group) had distributed the notes of the above meeting on 9 April 2015.
4. PROMOTION OF THE RIVER AND 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF MHIC
Commissioner Jon Howorth outlined the activities for marking the 150th anniversary of MHIC. There had been a logo design competition for local schools and it was hoped that the winning design would form the basis of a flower planting in the park. There would be a mobile stand celebrating MHIC’s history and role in Maldon Harbour at various venues in the town, including The Quay. It was proposed to have a River Walk.
A Consultation document had been circulated asking Harbour Users’ views on the future of the area. Commissioners would be looking to identify any consensus and act as a focus.
5. CONDITION OF THE RIVER, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF SADD’S AND BRADWELL
The Chairman stated that Commissioners Daniel Leggett and John Dines have considerable relevant expertise.
Sadd’s Wharf Development
Commissioner Leggett addressed issues and concerns regarding contaminates at Sadd’s Wharf. MDC had provided some information and Commissioners had asked for further details.
Bradwell Power Station
Concerns had been raised regarding discharge into the river at Bradwell Power Station. Commissioner Jon Howorth is tracking this. Commissioners had asked for more information.
6. FINANCE, AND
7. HARBOUR DUES
Commissioner David Patient reviewed the Financial Statement which had an estimated closing balance of £12,954. For the coming year, an estimate of £2,000 had been made for expenditure on buoys. Harbour Dues would remain unchanged. This would give an estimated annual deficit of £1,000 as in the two previous years. It was expected that MHIC could absorb this deficit but it raised concerns regarding any possible contingencies and how long Harbour Dues could remain unchanged.
8. QUESTIONS SUBMITTED IN ADVANCE
There were none.
9. OTHER ISSUES NOT COVERED ABOVE
There were none.
The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and for their contributions. The meeting was closed at 8.40 pm.