MALDON HARBOUR IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS
Printable pdf 10 August 2021 Minutes of Ordinary Meeting
MINUTES – Tuesday, 10 August 2021, at 7.00 pm, Maldon Little Ship Club
MINUTES OF MEETING – 10 August 2021
I Hiner (Vice Chairman) Meeting Chairman
8 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Jim Dines, N Harrisson, A Wiseman.
9 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTEREST
There were none, other than those declared during the meeting.
10 MINUTES – MEETING 15 June 2021
The Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 15 June 2021 were formally received. It was AGREED that the Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 15 June 2021 be confirmed as a correct record.
The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 15 June 2021 were formally received. It was AGREED that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 15 June 2021 be confirmed as a correct record.
11 MATTERS ARISING
Minute 77 – There had been no response from Maldon District Council regarding the Covid Business Interruption grant.
12 CLERK’S REPORT
Item 1. Classification of Trust Ports – Office of National Statistics. The ONS had confirmed (letter dated 30 June 2021) that the status of Maldon Harbour Improvement Commissioners remained unchanged, ie Private Non-Financial Corporation (S.11002). This category contained twenty Trust Ports currently, the closest being Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners.
Item 2. River Safety Newsletter. This had been left unpublished in view of the newsletters published by the Marine Police, to avoid a “clash”. Safety matters could be included in the Annual Newsletter which might be issued in lieu of an Annual Public Meeting – similar to last year’s.
Item 3. Draft Meeting Calendar. The Draft Meeting Calendar for 2022 had been emailed out and the Clerk asked to be informed of any changes required.
Item 4. The River Bailiff did not have any questions/information to add to the meeting.
13 TREASURER’S REPORT
M Gibson had received the invoice for adhesive (£7.00).
The MHIC Account balance was £13,562.99.
14 BUOY REPORT
There was no further Buoy Report. No problems had been reported. I Hiner hoped to get out to the Stbd Harbour Limit and Herring Point (No 11) buoys in the next week, according to tide, to carry out repairs with the assistance of other Commissioners.
15 BARGE CHARTERING AND HARBOUR DUES
These were discussed briefly. I Hiner stated that the Harbour Dues were fixed for the year and chartering was on-going. Income would be somewhat limited.
16 MALDON TRIATHLON/HYDROGEN AGROUND
I Hiner stated that information gathering was on-going.
P Ellum asked who was running the safety boat. He had been sailing up and heard on the radio Channel 37 “Mike calling Baggie”. He commented that the tide seemed to have turned earlier than the tide tables. The wind and tide would have been driving Hydrogen down-river.
K Lagan had emailed Maldon District Council for more information and received a reply from the River Bailiff.
There was further discussion. John Dines commented that it was not possible to see over the bow of a barge when standing aft, which would increase the risk to swimmers. D Patient pointed out that it was a neap tide so swimmers could not swim outside the channel because there was insufficient water. Further, D Patient objected to the statement by Maldon District Council that the barge skipper’s decision was incorrect.
Commissioners further commented that there had been no consultation and it was imperative to establish details of what had happened to avoid any recurrence; that the Fairway must not be obstructed; that organisers need to understand the rules and practice regarding a navigable channel and that in this instance the rules had been broken.
A letter would be sent to Maldon District Council asking for information and sight of the Risk Assessment. Lines of communication between MDC and MHIC regarding this and future events should be consolidated.
M Gibson raised the issue of a financial claim.
N Cardy pointed out a possible issue with sailing clubs putting out buoys in the channel outside MHIC’s area.
K Lagan would find out if there had been any other matters for concern with the Triathlon.
Further to issues of navigation, N Cardy commented on G Jackson’s pipes being out.
17 ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING (OCTOBER) – NEWSLETTER IN LIEU
The Clerk would draft a Newsletter including mention of the Triathlon incident. The Contacts List would be updated as required and further locations eg Noticeboards would be identified with a view to posting the Newsletter.
18 URGENT ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Item a) Dredging – The total for the year was 25 loads. One more load would be taken soon and the rest would wait until September/October according to tides.
Item b) Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) – There was discussion of BWMC rules concerning barges and dredgers which were considered effective and efficient. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1003522/BW_-_FAQ_-_GOV.UK.pdf
Item c) There was further discussion regarding flying flags/cone for “constrained by draught” or “manoeuvring with difficulty”.
Item d) Webcams – The Clerk would follow up instructions provided by Jim Dines.
The Chairman closed the meeting a 8.10 pm