accept a report by the Maritime Officer and Pwllheli Harbour Manager
Appendix 1 – Comparison Gwynedd to Others 2021
Appendix 2 – Comparison Power Boats to Sailing Boats 2021
Appendix 3 – Comparison of Boat Statistics at Each Harbour 2021
Appendix 4 – Comparison of Boat Statistics 2021
Appendix 5 – Pwllheli Harbour Committee Statistics – October 2021
Appendix 6 – Total Power Boat Registrations 2021
Appendix 7 – Total Water Craft Registrations 2021
note and accept the report.
(2) To respond as follows to the
Department of Transport Consultation Paper, "Strengthening enforcement of
the dangerous use of recreational and personal watercraft":
this committee prefers option 3, namely creating legislation under section 112
of the Railways and Transportation Safety Act 2003 to extend the relevant
provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, and relevant regulations, to
include recreational and personal watercraft.
emphasise the importance of ensuring training for users and a call to increase
the age limit for driving recreational and personal watercraft.
(3) To inform users of the Hafan slipway
regarding the need to ensure that every recreational and personal watercraft is
registered with Gwynedd Council prior to launch. This was in light of concerns
raised about the current use.
Members of the Committee were reminded that the purpose
of the Committee was to provide an opportunity to raise concerns and that it
was important for all stakeholders to contribute. Consequently, concern was expressed that many
members of the Committee were absent.
Members of the Committee were also reminded that in
order to meet the rules, they must submit the minutes of their meetings,
together with a copy of their constitution, and ensure that the list of
representatives was accurate and up to date.
The Maritime Service Manager referred to the paper he
had circulated regarding the Harbour Safety Code, noting that the paper
provided assurance that stakeholders were complying with the Code, and referred
to the opportunity which had arisen for Committee Members to feed into the
response. He confirmed that two
inspections had been carried out by the Coastguard Agency and that the risk
assessments were in place and in order.
Review of the Hafan and Harbour
It was confirmed that a Work Group had been set up to
discuss the Hafan and Harbour with local businesses and to agree on a way
forward, as Pwllheli was a very important unit.
It was confirmed that the aim was to have a Masterplan for the future,
to include the structure of the Hafan and Pwllheli Harbour.
The Assistant Head of the Economy and Community
Department gave an update stating that the Programme had been delayed and other
issues had taken priority, but the programme now needed to be revisited. He confirmed that short-term measures had been
· The Internal Structure of the Hafan and Harbour,
following the retirement of the Hafan Assistant Manager
· Property, legal, and financial matters that are under
the control of the Hafan and Harbour
· Commissioning a Masterplan to identify the vision
· Dredging Strategy and Dealing with the residue
· Prepare the Hafan and Harbour Investment Strategy for
the short-term, long-term and medium-term
It was confirmed
that an update would be available at the next meeting.
In response to a
question regarding the timing of a change in management, it was confirmed that
it was extremely important that the service continued and that there was no
change to the service, and that they would be administrative changes to improve
the service. It was noted that the post
of Hafan Manager had not been filled. The vision is that someone would be
appointed to the post of Pwllheli Harbour Commercial and Business Manager and
that the new officer would be in post by March 2022. It was confirmed that the time had come to
take a strategic look at the Hafan and Harbour and move on to offer a better
It was inquired as to whether there were plans for the Old Sailing Club and it was confirmed that the building was under Plas Heli Management, and the hope would be to collaborate with Plas Heli on any scheme. The need for discussion as soon as ... view the full minutes text for item 7