April 2017

MALDON HARBOUR IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS

AGENDA – Thursday, 27 April 2017 at 7.00 pm, Maldon Little Ship Club

  • 1.  Apologies for absence.
    2.  Declarations of Personal and Prejudicial Interest.
    3.  To receive and confirm the Minutes of the Meeting held on 16 March 2017.
    4.  Matters arising from the Minutes (not otherwise appearing on either the Agenda or in the Clerk’s Report).
    5.  Clerk’s Report.
    6.  Treasurer’s Report – the Treasurer to report on any relevant matters.
    Annual Estimates – In accordance with Financial Regulation No. 2, to identify potential expenditure likely to arise in the following financial year
    7.   Buoy report.
    8.   Joint River Safety Meeting feedback.
    9.    Maldon District Council Liaison meeting feedback.
    10.  Visitors’ Pontoon
    11.  Annual Public Meeting, Thursday, 18 May 2017.
    12.  Granaries Wall
    13.  Urgent items of business.

NOTE:  The next meeting is scheduled for THURSDAY, 15 June 2017, 7.00 pm.

MINUTES OF MEETING – 27 April 2017

  • PRESENT:
    Jim Dines (Chairman)
    I Hiner (Vice Chairman)
    N Cardy
    G Courtney
    N Harrisson
    J Howorth
    D Patient
    A Wiseman

    71        APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

    Apologies for absence were received from John Dines, M Gibson, A Fluker, D Leggett.

    72        DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTEREST
    There were none, other than those declared during the meeting.

    73        MINUTES – MEETING 16 MARCH 2017
    The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 16 March 2017 were formally received.  It was AGREED that the Minutes of the Meeting held on 16 March 2017 be confirmed as a correct record.

    74        MATTERS ARISING
    There were no matters arising.

    75        CLERK’S REPORT
    Item 1 – Maldon District Council Liaison Meeting, Wednesday, 29 March 2017
    Draft Notes were currently with Ben Brown for checking and would then be circulated.
    Item 2 – Joint River Safety Meeting, Thursday, 23 March 2017
    The turnout had been about the same as last year plus a number of apologies including from Councillors attending a District Council meeting, which demonstrated they have an awareness of the event.  There were fewer barge operators than usual due to a Barge Association event.  This was unfortunate as the Clerk had asked for the date to be checked before it was set.
    Item 3 – MHIC Annual Public Meeting, Thursday, 18 May 2017
    The Notice for the Annual Public Meeting had been posted on the website and sent out to the Contacts List.
    Item 4 – MHIC Meeting Dates 2017 – 2018
    Maldon Little Ship Club had confirmed the MHIC meeting dates at the same rate as last year (Members’ Rate).
    The dates for 2017 – 2018 had been published on the website.
    Item 5 – Trinity House Inspection
    Trinity House Inspection of Aids to Navigation would be on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 by Graeme Proctor.

    76        TREASURER’S REPORT
    There were no matters to be raised.  The Treasurer was preparing the Annual Statement and details would be available for the Annual Public Meeting.

    77        BUOY REPORT
    Further to the Buoy Report of 12 March 2017 (Minute 66)
    Buoy No 13 – MDC had given MHIC a plastic FF200 type buoy which had been stripped and serviced and was in place as Buoy No 13.  The ex-No 13 had been extensively damaged and degraded and it would be condemned.
    Buoys No 14 and 19 – had been cleaned.
    Buoy Letter R was being repaired.
    Buoy Letter J would be repaired.
    Channel obstruction between Buoys No 19 and 17 had been reported to the River Bailiff and action was awaited.
    Stock buoys – two port, one yellow Isolated Danger.  There were two starboard buoys not ready for use, requiring green anti-foul and top-coat.
    The Buoy Report spreadsheet had been updated and would be published on the web-site.

    78        JOINT RIVER SAFETY MEETING FEEDBACK
    G Courtney reported on the Joint River Safety Meeting held on 23 March 2017.
    Inspector Brad Dickel, Police, had reported on the Marine Unit.  There would be an increase in officers and improvement in equipment.  They were raising the visibility of policing.
    A Rudge, Coastguard, had reported a decrease in near misses.  The Coastguard service for the Maldon area was now based at Dover.  North of the Deben was covered by Humber.
    A report from Natural England had explained the progress of the Coastal Path.  There had been discussion at the meeting regarding the question of “spreading room”.
    Maldon District Council had provided general feedback.  The Barge Operators had stated that they were expecting a good season.  I Hiner had delivered the MHIC report.  Henry Bexley, Nation Trust Northey Island, had expressed concerns over jet skis being driven over nesting area at high tide.  Grant Everiss, Lock Keeper, had provided details of the opening and closing dates for Heybridge Lock.
    Full details of the meeting would be provided in the Notes to the Annual Joint River Safety Meeting, 23 March 2017.

    79        VISITORS’ PONTOON

    G Courtney raised the matter of funding for the Visitors’ Pontoon.
    Jim Dines stated that a full set of drawings of the proposal had been sent to MDC.
    There was discussion of barge mooring at the Pontoon.

    80        ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING, THURSDAY, 18 MAY 2017
    Jim Dines drew attention to this event.

    81        GRANARIES WALL
    Jim Dines reported that a noise survey had been carried out.  A Notice to Mariners had been sent out.

    82        URGENT ITEMS OF BUSINESS
    Item a)            Dredging.  This was reviewed.
    Item b)            Date/day for future Joint River Safety Meeting.  In future, to avoid clashes with other meetings, discussion suggested a Wednesday.
    Item c)            Coastal Community Team meeting 5 May 2017.  J Howorth raised the possibility of applying to the CCT for funding for the Visitors’ Pontoon.

    The Chairman closed the meeting at 7.50 pm.