MALDON HARBOUR IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS
Printable pdf Minutes of meeting 5 October 2021
MINUTES – Tuesday, 5 October 2021, held at the Maldon Little Ship Club
MINUTES OF MEETING – 5 October 2021
Jim Dines (Chairman)
I Hiner (Vice Chairman)
M Gibson (Treasurer)
19 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from G Courtney, K Lagan.
20 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTEREST
There were none, other than those declared during the meeting.
21 MINUTES – MEETING 15 June 2021
The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 10 August 2021 were formally received. It was AGREED that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 10 August 2021 be confirmed as a correct record, subject to correction to 25 dredging loads, not 19.
22 MATTERS ARISING
There were none.
23 CLERK’S REPORT
Item 1. Hydrogen grounding incident/Maldon Triathlon, 1 August 2021. Minute 16. A copy of the Risk Assessment for the Maldon Triathlon, 1 August 2021, had been received. A file had been assembled including the Risk Assessment; Incident Report from Paul Jeffries, Hydrogen; report from Jim Maynard grounded folkboat Mouse; witness report from Tommy Mills and emails between MHIC, Maldon District Council and Active Training Triathlon organisers.
Item 2. Triathlon 2022. The proposed date was 10 July 2022. Matt Dickinson, Regional Events Director, Active Training had made contact and had welcomed a meeting/call with MHIC and including the River Bailiff and Shaun Young, Leisure, Events and Community, MDC.
Item 3 Personal Water Craft Consultation. The Department for Transport consultation document “Strengthening enforcement of the dangerous use of recreational and personal watercraft” was published in September 2021. Closing date for responses would be 1 November 2021.
Item 4. Marine Police. MHIC was in communication with Sgt Alex Southgate who was aware that MHIC was a consultee for the PWC Consultation. He reported that the Marine Police had been patrolling the Blackwater area on the PWC and with their RIB and had recently caught two separate PWCs riding in an anti-social manner and as such, their details were obtained and passed to Nigel Harmer/Maldon DC to serve court papers.
Item 5. Dates of MHIC Meetings 2022
The proposed dates were awaiting approval by Maldon Little Ship Club with the exception of Tuesday, 25 January 2022. Finalised Calendars would be emailed out as soon as confirmation was received.
Addendum to Clerk’s Report: Email from Mike Gibson, 30 September 2021
“At the last 2 meetings I have suggested that we should hold a proportion of our meetings by Zoom or equivalent, but this has not been minuted. This would have been a solution to the January meeting. I believe that the previous Zoom meeting we held was very effective and it would ease travel issues for those of us living outside Maldon.”
There was discussion of the use of Zoom meetings I Hiner considered that a Zoom meeting would be suitable for the 25 January 2022 meeting. N Harrisson currently had no internet connection but considered Zoom meetings essential if there was another lockdown. D Patient agreed that some Zoom meetings would be suitable.
The meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 25 January 2022 would be a Zoom meeting.
24 TREASURER’S REPORT
The MHIC Account balance was £13,435.19.
There was one invoice for £75 still outstanding (from Jim Dines).
25 BUOY REPORT
A buoy check was carried out on 9 September 2021 and buoys were generally OK.
No 19 – light cleaned
No 13 – number “3” in poor condition
Buoy ground tackle checked:- Harbour Limits Port and Starboard, Nos 10, 9, 12, 11
Harbour Limit Port – new armature
Harbour Limit Starboard and No 12 – armatures damaged. Temporary repair carried out (spare parts now available). This work is a priority.
Pennants changed on all buoys.
Checks and renewals to continue.
Some debris was retrieved and disposed of including supermarket trolley, wood and tyres.
I Hiner thanked P Ellum, N Harrisson and M Gibson for their assistance.
Four new centres were ready to fit from Eye Marine, with an estimated life expectancy of 3 years. Failures occur at the bottom end where the eye heaves over. £65 each.
26 UK HYDROGRAPHIC OFFICE VISIT ON 14 SEPTEMBER 2021
The purpose of the visit was to introduce the incoming manager, Ashley Hawkins, Geographic Manager for England’s East coast. The meeting took about 1 hour, attended by I Hiner, N Cardy and G Courtney. UKHO were given hard copy of the buoy positions and the Port Guide amended with the new lit buoys. The meeting was constructive.
27 MALDON TRIATHLON – HYDROGEN GROUNDING INCIDENT
Jim Dines stated that there had been a serious breakdown in communications. MHIC have now been informed of next year’s date, Sunday, 10 July 2022. MHIC are now in a position to discuss this with the organisers, Active Training.
N Harrisson asked whether MHIC could make a charge, but Maldon District Council owns the river bed. There was discussion including the issue of the tide which should be addressed in the Risk Assessment, and safety boat details. Jim Dines would put MHIC’s points and questions to Active Training by email.
28 DRAFT ANNUAL NEWSLETTER IN LIEU OF ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING
A note would be added to the Newsletter to the effect that Martin Lund, Essex and Suffolk Water, was retiring after 49 years’ service. The Commissioners thanked him for his help. A copy of the Newsletter would be sent to Martin Lund.
29 DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT CONSULTATION “Strengthening enforcement of the dangerous use of recreational and personal watercraft”
Consultation deadline Monday, 1 November 2021.
P Ellum stated that this should include a power threshold, registration and qualification of the driver. There was discussion including issues of speed, competence and definition of watercraft.
Jim Dines asked Commissioners to submit their comments by 20 October 2021.
30 URGENT ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Item a) Dredging – There would be 14 loads and then a decision would be made on the next location. There was discussion, including dumping at Northey Island for which Essex and Suffolk Water has a licence.
Item b) Minute 16 – I Hiner had spoken to G Jackson regarding hoses which will be resecured.
The Chairman closed the meeting a 8.10 pm
Jim Dines, Chairman