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Declaration of Interests
Councillors/Staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.
To agree as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2014.
The minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2014 were signed as a correct record.
Harbour Masters Report
The Harbour Master provided Board members with a report on current issues with regard to Harrington harbour.
The report covered the following:
Lights on West Quay: Two lights had been erected within the enclosure area, lighting the container area and access and egress to West Quay. Members were informed that there was a fault with one of the lights and that work was underway to rectify the issue.
New dinghy container: The Harbour Master informed members that the dinghy container, chain and rope store which had been installed on West Quay approximately 15-20 years ago had been replaced by a new container. The new container had been installed on a plinth in order to keep it above high tide level and eliminate water ingress.
Mooring gear: The Harbour Master informed Board members that he would require new mooring buoys before the start of the next season. In response to questions that had been asked with regard to how often the moorings would last, the Harbour Master informed members that he renewed moorings with a chain wear of approximately 70-80%, which was deemed an adequate safety level.
Lifeboat incident: Members were informed that the lifeboat was called out on 17 May 2015 at around 11pm to rescue a small cruiser which had been moored in Harrington harbour without permission. The Harbour Master intended to have a sign erected at the harbour, warning against mooring boats without having gone through the correct procedure.
Dredging works: The Harbour Master informed members that dredging works had begun on 12 May 2015 within the inner harbour to clear the mud off the roads, in order to inspect mooring chains and blocks. It was essential that dredging works were carried out periodically in order to keep the harbour and the channel open.
Pontoon installation: The Harbour Master informed members that the slider mechanisms on the pontoons had been replaced, and that it was essential to have spares on site. Because of this, he had engaged a local engineering firm to carry out minor repairs to the spare sliders.
Boat planters: The Harbour Master informed the Board that Harrington Youth Club continued to tend to the boats which they had transformed into floral displays, which members agreed were appreciated by those local to and visiting the harbour.
Councillor’s concerns: The Harbour Master informed members that he had walked around the harbour with two representatives from the Council and a councillor who had expressed concerns over areas within his remit. He had reported the issues, which were being dealt with.
Incident: The Harbour Master informed the Board of an incident on the south pier that happened earlier in the year due to rough weather. A gate had been fitted to the entrance to the pier the previous year along with a sign, warning people not to enter the pier in rough weather conditions.
Mooring holders’ concerns: The Board was informed that two of the mooring holders had sent complaints to the MP for the Workington Constituency. The Harbour ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
The Building Surveyor provided Board members with an update on the Council’s budget for Harrington harbour.
The budget was £2,333. Of this, £250 had been spent on lifting out pontoons, signage had been put up at a cost of £310, with more signage ordered at a cost of £100, a water leak had been repaired costing £110, and lights were being replaced in the compound with LED lights but the Building Surveyor was awaiting costs.
Out of the Council’s coastal budget, £8,420 had been spent on dredging works on the harbour.
Following a discussion on the state of Harrington harbour, the Community Commissioner suggested that the Board invites the responsible person for Whitehaven harbour, who could provide advice to Board members. The Chair agreed to talk to the Head of Economic Growth to arrange this.
a) the budget update be noted; and
b) the Chair talks to the Head of Economic Growth to arrange for the responsible person for Whitehaven harbour to attend a meeting of the Harrington Harbour and Dock Board
Health and Safety
The Corporate Health and Safety Officer provided members with an update on health and safety issues with regard to Harrington harbour.
That the update be noted.
Future of the Dock Board
Members discussed the future of the Harrington Harbour and Dock Board.
The Chair asked the Democratic Services Officer to arrange interviews for the Community Commissioner on the Harrington Harbour and Dock Board post.
The Democratic Services Officer was asked to arrange quarterly meetings of the Board.
The Chair asked the Democratic Services Officer to arrange for minutes of the Harrington Harbour and Dock Board to be sent to the Harrington Residents Association.
a) the Democratic Services Officer arranges interviews for the Community Commissioner on the Harrington Harbour and Dock Board post;
b) the Democratic Services Officer arranges quarterly meetings of the Harrington Harbour and Dock Board; and
c) the Democratic Services Officer arranges for minutes of the Harrington Harbour and Dock Board to be sent to the Harrington Residents Association