MALDON HARBOUR IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS
Printable pdf 15 August 19 Minutes of Meeting
MINUTES – Thursday, 15 August 2019, at 7.00 pm, Maldon Little Ship Club
MINUTES OF MEETING – 15 August 2019
Jim Dines (Chairman)
I Hiner (Vice Chairman)
M Gibson (Treasurer)
7 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from G Courtney, N Harrisson.
8 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTEREST
There were none, other than those declared during the meeting.
9 MINUTES – MEETINGS 27 JUNE 2019
The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 27 June 2019 were formally received. It was AGREED that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 27 June 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.
The Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 27 June 2019 were formally received. It was AGREED that the Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 27 June 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.
10 MATTERS ARISING
Minute 95 – D Patient was pursuing the display of the MHIC 150th Anniversary plaque at the Moot Hall.
11 CLERK’S REPORT
Item 1. Marine Management Organisation and Department for Transport Reports
The Clerk had a soft copy of the MMO Report, June 2019, “Alternative use of dredge material in the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plan areas (MMO 1190)” available. Also the DfT, April 2018, “Port Good Governance Guidance” which was the latest guidance for Statutory Harbour Authorities.
The Clerk would check the new Port Governance Guide to ensure there were no changes that impacted on the Maldon Harbour Improvement Commission. Post-meeting note – there were none.
Item 2. Meeting dates for 2020
The Clerk would check and arrange bookings with the Maldon Little Ship Club for the Commissioners’ meetings, and with the Blackwater Sailing Club for the Joint River Safety Meeting.
12 TREASURER’S REPORT
The Annual Accounts were still with the Examiner. The Balance stood at £16,620.37.
13 BUOY REPORT
All buoys were checked on 22 July 2019 by John Dines and 3 August 2019 by I Hiner.
Buoy No 14 was heavily fouled due to part failure of bird anti-fouling strip. It was proposed to fit additional anti-fouling strip.
Work outstanding – as per report of 27 June 2019.
14 FEEDBACK FROM MALDON DISTRICT COUNCIL LIAISON MEETING
N Cardy provided feedback from the MDC Liaison Meeting, Tuesday, 2 July 2019.
a) Parking at the Quay – Parking permits were not being issued any more. The River Bailiff suggested placing a note on the dashboard to the effect that MHIC business, River Bailiff aware.
b) Light pollution had been discussed and was being monitored.
c) Charging for Visitors’ Pontoon had been raised.
There followed a discussion by Commissioners including understanding the volume and nature of use; methods of charging/collecting eg “parking meter” or person with a receipt book; level of charging eg £15/night at Brightlingsea, so possibly £10 per tide at Maldon; possible role of MHIC in collection at a suggested 50 % fee. There was further discussion of the use of the charge for improving facilities at the Visitors’ Pontoon if the money could be ring-fenced for that purpose. A Fluker would research.
d) Northey Island – erosion and ownership had been discussed. The Clerk had submitted a formal request to MDC as to the ownership and a response was pending.
There followed a discussion by Commissioners of the cost of dumping at Northey Island. A Fluker reported from the Siltation Group that the National Trust representative was happy with the inundation of the saltings. D Leggett stated that National Trust policy is not to rebuild the sea wall because the knock-on would be to intensify currents and that silt washed into the Harbour was from all round the estuary, not just specifically from Northey Island. D Patient asked that if there were extra dredgings, could this be used. D Leggett explained that the cost of the MMO Licence is part of the problem. Jim Dines suggested the placement of three unwanted steel lighters filled with mud, however the source of the mud must be free from “alien materials”. D Leggett commented that this could be feasible if it could be demonstrated that this approach would not give problems in the future. Erosion was a widespread issue requiring funds to maintain existing defences.
Jim Dines expressed concern regarding maintenance of the Fairway. There were limited resources and limited time.
Ownership of Northey Island was discussed. If the north corner washed away, could the saltings revert to Crown Estates? D Leggett clarified that ownership of the saltings was as per the area defined on the map, even if the land had washed away.
15 DISCHARGE INTO THE HARBOUR
Discharge into the Harbour was discussed. There was little further news. N Cardy stated that a meter had been put down a manhole. Jim Dines commented that there did not seem to be so much coming from the Queen’s Head. N Cardy stated that Essex and Suffolk Water and Anglian Water had joined together for the purpose of billing.
16 AGENDA FOR THE MHIC ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING, WEDNESDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2019
The Agenda for the MHIC Annual Public Meeting was discussed. I Hiner would chair in Jim Dines’ absence.
17 MEETING DATES FOR 2020
Commissioners considered dates for 2020 meetings and the Joint River Safety Meeting (proposed 17 March 2020). The Clerk would make bookings with Maldon Little Ship Club and the Blackwater Sailing Club.
18 URGENT ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Item a) Web cams – a disc and link were required and then installation could go ahead.
Item b) Dredging – there were 18 loads left to do. However, dredging could not start until October because of new licensing arrangements introduced by the MMO which now specify dredging from October to March.
Item c) Abandoned boat at Northey Island – the owner had made contact. Currently the boat was at Downs Road Boatyard. Jim Dines had not heard further from the River Bailiff.
Item d) Siltation Group boat trip – N Cardy and A Fluker reported back. There was discussion regarding who should attend and the need for extending discussion of Northey Island with those who have good knowledge of it. A Fluker hoped to get a speaker to address the Siltation Committee on that subject.
The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.10 pm.