March 2020

MALDON HARBOUR IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS

Printable pdf 5 March 2020 Minutes of Meeting

MINUTES – Thursday, 5 March 2020, held at the Maldon Little Ship Club
MINUTES OF MEETING – 5 March 2020
PRESENT
:
Jim Dines (Chairman)
N Cardy
G Courtney
John Dines
A Fluker
D Patient

54        APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from M Gibson, N Harrisson, I Hiner, J Howorth, A Wiseman.

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

56        MINUTES – MEETING 16 JANUARY 2020
The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 16 January 2020 were formally received.  It was AGREED that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 16 January 2020 be confirmed as a correct record.

57        MATTERS ARISING
There were none.

58        CLERK’S REPORT
Item 1.            Insurance Renewal
Insurance had been renewed with Winters at the same price as last year.
Item 2.            Harbour Dues
Harbour Dues had all been paid.
Item 3. – MDC Liaison Meeting
This was followed up after the last meeting, but no further information received.
Item 4.            Booking Maldon Little Ship Club
The original booking form a MHIC meeting on Thursday 13 August 2020 had to be changed.  MLSC suggested two dates.  The Commissioners chose Wednesday, 12 August 2020.  (Post meeting note – this change was confirmed with MLSC)

59        TREASURER’S REPORT
There were no changes to the balance to report.
a)         Harbour Dues 2020-21
This was discussed.  Harbour Dues had not been increased for two years.  The number of passengers and trips for 2019 – 20 was considered.  It was AGREED that Harbour Dues for 2020 – 2021 should remain unchanged and that a note would be added to the Harbour Dues Notice stating that dues would increase next year, ie 2021 – 22.
b)         Annual Estimates 2020 – 21
This was discussed including anticipated costs of buoy maintenance.  It was established that the Annual Estimates would remain the same.

60        BUOY REPORT
All buoys were functional.  Buoy No 10 new light was working.

61        MARINE MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION SE INSHORE MARINE PLAN DRAFT FOR CONSULTATION (deadline 6 April 2020)
There was discussion.  A Fluker briefed the meeting on the Bradwell Power Station proposals.  The Commissioners would read the MMO Draft and liaise.

62        MALDON HERITAGE HARBOUR STATUS
There were no further developments to report.

63        NORTH QUAY REGENERATION DEVELOPMENT BRIEF
(deadline 20 March 2020)
There was discussion including potential commercial use.

64        SIGNAGE

Jim Dines would make up a sign for Herring Point Crane base “Speed limit 8 knots.  Reduce wash”.  There was discussion regarding signage at Fullbridge.  G Courtney commented on the lack of awareness that people should not drink and drive watercraft.  A Fluker would arrange appropriate wording to be added to the Bye-law sign on The Quay.

65        ANNUAL JOINT RIVER SAFETY MEETING
This was discussed.  Topics and MHIC speakers were identified.

66        NEW COMMISSIONER
The Clerk would publish the advertisement on the MHIC website and circulate it to the MHIC Contacts List.

67        URGENT ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Item a)            Dredging – This was reviewed.
Item b)            Maldon Yacht Club – There was no further news.
Item c)            Web cams – These were installed and ready for linking to the website.  It was confirmed that they would be of use in recording and reporting “bad behaviour” on the river and also damage to the buoys.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.45 pm.

                                                            Chairman