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ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN
To elect a
Chairman for this Committee for the year 2016-17.
re-elect Councillor Dewi Owen as Chair of this Committee for 2016/17.
ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN
To elect a
Vice-chairman for this Committee for the year 2016-17.
re-elect Councillor Anne Lloyd Jones as Vice-chair of
this Committee for 2016/17.
apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Councillor
Mandy Williams-Davies (Cabinet Member - Economy), Mr Nick Dawson (Outward
Bound), Mr Nigel Willis
(Aberdyfi Boat Club), Mr
Llŷr B. Jones (Senior Manager - Economy and Community)
DECLARATION OF PERSONAL INTEREST
any declaration of personal interest.
declarations of personal interest were received from any member present.
and confirm the minutes of a meeting of the Aberdyfi
Harbour Consultative Committee held on the 10 March 2016.
Submitted: Minutes of a meeting of the Aberdyfi Harbour Consultative Committee that took place
on 10 March 2016.
Resolved: To accept and approve the minutes as a
5.1 Matters arising from the minutes - Item 2.1 (c)
Mr Desmond George reported that he was continuing
to look into the design of a bespoke winch for use by boats that launch and
land near the Yacht Club.
To receive and consider a report by the Maritime and Country Parks’ Officer.
Submitted: The report of the Maritime and Country Parks
Officer, Mr Barry Davies, updating the committee on Harbour management matters
with specific reference to the following:-
It was noted that it had
been a rather mixed summer as regards to the weather, however, the season had
an excellent start at Whitsun when the beaches and harbours were extremely
24 boats had visited the
harbour which was a fairly fixed figure.
There had been an increase in the number of powerboats and personal
79 boats had registered
on annual moorings and although this was a smaller number than in the past, it
was a reflection of the economic position and he noted that there were 110
empty moorings in Hafan Pwllheli.
However, Aberdyfi had the
advantage of being able to attract visitors to the beach and to local
That cooperation with the local contractor had improved this year and it
was trusted that this relationship could be built upon. However, further cooperation was required
regarding the relevant mooring certificates.
In response to a query regarding advertising to attract more visitors, it
was explained that there was no budget available and the Maritime Service had
invested substantially in the past in magazines such as 'Practical Boat Owner',
however, no additional value was seen from this. It was further noted that Gwynedd benefited
from the number of powerboats and personal watercraft and Aberdyfi slipway had
not been designed for such an increase in the number of boats.
An assurance was given
that no problems had arisen with Personal Watercraft launching from Ynys Las
this year and it was confirmed that harbour staff had spent more time out on
Marine Safety Code
The Maritime and Country Parks Officer noted that he would send an
electronic copy to Committee Members, and if Members did not have an email
address they should inform him. It was
noted that the code was not statutory but was good practice. Inspectors from a Harbour in Northern
Ireland would inspect the code and it was trusted that they would talk with the
Chair of this Consultative Committee.
An appeal was made for Members to state if they had any issues that
Regarding the recent allegations regarding the disturbance of dolphins,
an assurance was given that the Harbour master had discussed this with the
Personal Watercraft owners and at the time they were not aware that they had
caused any disturbance or harm.
In response to the Chair's request regarding insurance arrangements for
powerboats and Personal Watercraft, it was explained that owners had to present
evidence of insurance by submitting the information on registration forms. It was further noted that persons between
16-18 years old could not drive Personal Watercraft, unless they had an
appropriate qualification. In terms
of Personal Watercraft launching from the Leri, unfortunately Ceredigion had
not adopted the same scheme as Gwynedd.
A Member noted that every Personal Watercraft did not cause concern and that the ... view the full minutes text for item 6.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
that the next meeting of the Aberdyfi Harbour Consultative Committee will be
held on 28 February 2017.
was noted that the next meeting of this Consultative Committee would take place
on 28 February 2017.