Venue: Parlwr Mawr, Theatr y Ddraig, Barmouth Community Centre, Jubilee Road, Barmouth, Gwynedd. LL42 1EF
Contact: Lowri Haf Evans 01286 679 878
To elect Chair for 2019 / 2020
RESOLVED to re-elect Councillor Gethin Williams as Chair of this Committee for the year 2019/20.
ELECT VICE CHAIR
To elect Vice chair for 2019 / 2020
RESOLVED to re-elect Councillor Eryl Jones-Williams as Vice-chair of this Committee for 2019/20
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Councillor Gareth Thomas (Cabinet Member- Economy), Barry Davies (Maritime and Country Parks Manager), Dr John Smith (Barmouth Viaduct Access Group), Mr Martin Parouty (Barmouth Harbour Users Group) and Cllr. Dyfrig Siencyn (Cyngor Gwynedd)
DECLARATION OF PERSONAL INTEREST
To receive any declaration of personal interest.
None to note
a) To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting of the Barmouth Consultative Committee held 26th March 2019
b) Matters Arising
The Chair signed the minutes of the previous meeting of this Committee, held on 26th March 2019, as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes:
It was reported that the activities and key events that had taken place on the beach by FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) had been successful and had raised awareness. All who had been part of the arrangements were thanked and any ideas for future events should be sent to Alison Kinsey
(b) Compound Road
In response to a request by the Committee at the previous meeting to establish suitable control of the site, the Assistant Head of the Economy and Community Department noted that a review of the County's parking order was being undertaken. He added that a draft list of sites had been identified and Compound Road had been included on that list. It was highlighted that a Task Group had been established to assist the transport service with the work of analysing the range of options to manage car parks in light of future financial income challenges. It was proposed to give an update on Task Group's work at the next meeting
The maritime department was praised for their work in maintaining Compound Road, however, the way users use the site was deplorable. It was noted that there had been five incidents on the site, however, there was a lack of CCTV evidence for the Police to conduct further enquiries. The need to restrict the use to a specific group of users was proposed or to consider a future option of paying for using the space.
In response to a minute of the previous meeting that it was necessary to seek the views of users regarding why mooring owners are leaving, it was noted that it was difficult to find any statistic for the reduction in use. It was added that the situation was similar across the country.
(ch) Specific facility for jet skis
In response to a suggestion by the Committee at the previous meeting that consideration needed to be given to ways of controlling and providing a specific facility to moor jet skis, the harbour master noted that it would be difficult to designate a site and specific facility for them. The main barrier was the mud that prevents jet skis from mooring and they could only moor near the slipway or the pontoon at times when the tide allowed. Currently they pushed jet skis onto the beach and parked there. It was highlighted that jet skis were used most often as a convenient way of reaching the town from nearby caravan sites. It was added that it was possible to form a landing stage beyond the breakwater, however, in reality this would not be convenient. It was noted that efforts had been made to try and facilitate provision with no alternative options unless it was possible to dredge the harbour.
It was reported that jet skis did not bring any income to the harbour ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
a) To submit a report by the Senior Harbours Officer
b) To submit a report by the Harbourmaster
Senior Harbours Officer's Report
A report was presented by the Senior Harbours Officer giving a brief update on Harbour matters for the period from March 2019 to October 2019.
In response to a minute of the previous meeting that it was necessary to seek the views of users regarding why mooring owners were leaving, it was noted that it was difficult to find one statistic for the reduction in use. It was added that the situation was similar across the country.
Port Marine Safety Code
Members were reminded that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's inspectors had undertaken an inspection in March 2019 of specific safety arrangements and the systems of Gwynedd municipal harbours in order to ensure compliance with the Port Safety Marine Code. Following a further visit to see how the suggested enhancements had been implemented, it was reported that Capt. Quader (Agency inspector) was satisfied that the Service was in compliance with the provisions of the Port Marine Safety Code.
It was reported that it had been resolved to extend the employment period of Barmouth's Harbour Assistant until the end of December 2019 to ensure support for the Harbour master and provide a continuation of the Service across the County. It was added that the intention was to designate the post as permanent.
The harbour budget was presented to highlight the current financial situation up to the end of September 2019. An overspend of £11,807 was estimated. It was highlighted that it was proposed to increase daily launching fees from £10 to £15.
In response to a question regarding expenditure on 'equipment and furniture' it was expressed that the expenditure was not wasteful, that everything regarding maintenance, equipment and hand tools were included in this budget. It was added that the equipment's life expectancy was not long due to harsh conditions. It was also asked if the budget was set correctly and suitable for the outcomes. It was suggested that the Councillors on the Committee should offer input to set the budget. .
Observations arising from the discussion
· How did the increase in fees compare with other authorities?
· Despite the increase in fees, it was not always possible to launch - this depended on the tide and the specific launch site.
· That an increase of 50% was quite a step.
The increase would affect all harbour users and these were not the people who needed to be targeted e.g. jet ski users
· Users needed to be encouraged and prompted to purchase an annual permit which gave more value for money.
In response to the observations, the Assistant Head of the Economy and Community Department noted that as a result of the reduction in income it was not possible to increase the budget. He added that there was a need to promote and encourage more use and raising the income would ensure the continuation of the service.
(b) Harbour Master's Report
A report was presented by the Harbour Master detailing navigational, operational and ... view the full minutes text for item 6.
MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED AT THE REQUEST OF MEMBERS OF THE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE
Barmouth Harbour User Group
· Barmouth Harbour Development Plan
· Silting / Sand accumulation / Alleviation measures
· The Public Steps
· Railtrack and Barmouth Viaduct
Barmouth Town Council
· Sand shifft
· Break water
Meirionnydd Yacht Club
· Bath House Area Sand
(a) Barmouth Harbour Development Plan
· The need to engage with the public was emphasised and give them an understanding of what can and what cannot be done.
· The following were elected as members of the Task Group - John Smith, Rob Triggs, Alison Kinsey, Peter Appleton, Wendy Ponsford together with key officers.
· The first step for the group would be to establish a foundation for a development plan giving appropriate consideration to the Port Marine Safety Code Framework.
· The second step will be to present the development plan to Natural Resources Wales in order that they can contribute and respond to the Plan.
(b) Public Steps
(c) Railtrack and Barmouth Viaduct
(ch) Movement of Sand
Following the clearance work undertaken in March 2019 to clear sand, feed-back was requested regarding cost and impact. It was explained that it was possible to include an item on the March 2020 agenda - this will be an opportunity to get a full year's feedback and the real impact of the work.
A comment was made that it was necessary to keep the breakwater clear of sand to ensure access to users. It was highlighted that machinery was available in the Highways and Municipal Services yard that would be suitable to use with the clearance work.
Observations arising from the ensuing discussion:
· Suggestion to reconvene the Sand Group.
· Need to highlight the concerns to the Head of Highways and Municipal Services
· That the local community was willing to assist with the clearance work
· The breakwater was a valuable asset for the town - it enabled access to wheelchair users, families with prams etc.
· The breakwater needed to be clear throughout the year
· Invite the Tourism and Marketing Manager to the meeting together with members of the Town Council
· To conduct a discussion with the Highways ... view the full minutes text for item 7.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
To note that the next meeting of the Barmouth Harbour Consultative Committee will be held on 24th March 2020
It was noted that the next meeting will take place on 24th March, 2020.