Venue: Committee Room, Council Offices, Ffordd y Cob, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 5AA
Contact: Bethan Adams 01286 679020
To receive any apologies for absence.
Councillors Dylan Bullard and
Peter Read, along with Councillor Mici Plwm (Pwllheli Town Council), Alwyn
Roberts (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and Councillor Ioan Thomas
(Cabinet Member - Economic Development).
DECLARATION OF PERSONAL INTEREST
To receive any declaration of personal interest.
of personal interest were received from any members present.
To consider any items which are urgent
matters in the opinion of the Chairman.
no urgent items.
The Chairman will propose that the minutes of the meeting of this committee, held on 16 October 2018, be signed as a true record.
The Chair signed the minutes of the previous
meeting of this Committee, held on 16 October 2018, as a true record subject to
the amendment of the first sentence of the second paragraph on page eight of
the English version of the minutes to read:
“In response to an observation by a member
regarding depositing the materials removed from the harbour basin directly on
Abererch beach, the Economy and Community Senior Manager explained that
excessive fine silts were detected in material samples removed from the basin.”
(a) To submit the report of the Maritime and Country Parks Officer.
(b) To submit the report of the Pwllheli Harbour and Hafan Manager.
Maritime and Country Parks Officer guided the members through the report,
drawing attention to the following main points:
the Harbour Committees' constitution noted their membership and that
organisations were required to confirm their representative annually, and to
send a copy of their constitution and the minutes of their annual meetings.
the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Inspectorate's Chief Auditor had carried out
a follow-up review of the safety procedures and systems of Gwynedd's muncipal
harbours on 5-6 March 2019 in order to ensure full compliance with the Port
Marine Safety Code (PMSC). In the case of Pwllheli Harbour and Hafan, that the
Chief Auditor had noted the need to look at the channel.
issue or cause of concern had been submitted for the attention of the service
by Members of the Harbour Committee in 2018 in relation to the Harbour's
statutory responsibilities and duties. The Safety Code was in the process of
being reviewed, and a copy of the Code would be sent to members prior to the
next meeting. It would also be available on the Council's Website.
was made to a brief summary of the Harbour and Hafan's budgets and current
financial situation up to the end of February 2019. That Hafan's income
performance was £1,198,506 against the target income of £1,351,780; which was
encouraging given the number of empty berths. On the whole, the budgets were
positive, with Hafan generating an excess despite all the necessary work and
cuts to budgets.
the fees and charges for 2019/20 had been published in the handbook and on the
Council's website in November 2018. In order to meet the budget challenge and
the service's income target, Pwllheli Harbour and Hafan fees would increase by
3% on average for the 2019/20 financial year. There would be no increase in
berthing fees for the Outer Harbour.
detailed plans for the Crib Groyne had been completed, and that the initial
estimated costs submitted anticipated that the costs of renovating the groyne
would be approximately £200,000. The necessary work to submit a Marine Licence
had been completed and the application submitted to Natural Resources Wales. It
was reported that the application result was expected before 27 June 2019 and
that the consultation period would last for four months. It was explained that
it was vital that the Council submitted an application for a Marine Licence as
the footprint of the groyne extended farther than its current footprint. The
Council would advertise the work and would invite tenders by qualified
contractors on the Sell2Wales Website. It was anticipated that work on
renovating the groyne would commence in September 2019.
· The stilling lagoon had been emptied during December 2018 and January 2019. Work was to be completed to raise the height of the pipe in order to allow more silt into the stilling lagoon. Samples would then be taken of the silt entering and leaving the pipe in order to determine how much had settled and how much was ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
REVIEW OF HAFAN PWLLHELI AND HARBOUR
To receive a presentation from the Economy and Community Senior Manager.
An update was given by the Senior Manager -
Economy and Community on the management model review for the Harbour and Hafan.
It was noted that, following the invitation of tenders in January 2019,
Strategic Leisure had been appointed to undertake the detailed work of
assessing the five options noted on the short-list, and developing an outline
business case as part of the second phase. It was explained that a report was
expected on the favoured option along with an outline business case by the end
of April 2019. The eagerness to hold a meeting with Committee members around
the report's conclusions in May was noted.
The Pwllheli Harbour Berth Holders'
Association representative noted that he had submitted information via e-mail
to the Maritime and Country Parks Officer, but that it had not been included on
the agenda. In response, the Maritime and Country Parks Officer apologised for
the information having been left out of the agenda, but noted that he had
mistaken it for a statement rather than a matter for the agenda.
The representative was given the opportunity
to present the information. He noted:
Pwllheli Harbour Berth Holders' Association was seriously concerned that the
adopted Pwllheli Harbour Dredging Strategy was not being complied with. Natural
Resources Wales (NRW) appeared to be actively frustrating Gwynedd Council's
ability to comply, resulting in restrictive water depth for boats. That
Pwllheli Harbour Berth Holders' Association requested that Natural Resources
Wales provide to the Pwllheli Harbour Consultative Committee, validation and
documentation setting out their objections to the disposal options that were
discussed and dismissed, including the controlled disposal on nearby beaches.
a recent on-line survey of Association members showed a concerning age profile
of Pwllheli Hafan Annual Berth holders. This result was consistent with the
issues raised by the British Marine Federation Futures Report 2018 which raised
a number of pertinent challenges for the industry. With this background of
challenges, coupled with the hard evidence of reducing numbers, it was
important that the fundamental basis of the marina and harbour was restored and
protected. This was needed in order to give a stable facility and thus enable
concentration on the more esoteric issues facing the business. Unless drastic
steps were taken to address the dredging situation it would make the Hafan
unviable in a few years, with a significant loss of revenue to Pwllheli Town
and surrounding areas.
the survey’s results had been shared with the Senior Manager - Economy and
Community and the Maritime and Country Parks Officer.
In response, the Senior Manager - Economy and
Community expressed his appreciation upon receiving this useful information,
noting that he had glanced at the survey’s results, and that it highlighted the
challenges facing Hafan and the Harbour. He added that the information would be
presented to the consultants, and that it was intended to send a copy of the
survey’s results to Committee members.
RESOLVED to note the information.
DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING
To note that the next meeting will be held on 15 October 2019.
noted that the next meeting would be held on 15 October, 2019.