Harbours Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 25 January 2018
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Chambers, Stranraer

Attendance Details

Members:
Katie Hagmann (Chairman)-Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Andrew Giusti-Stranraer and the Rhins
David Inglis-Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Tommy Sloan-Stranraer and the Rhins
John Young-Castle Douglas and Crocketford
Officials:
Keith Armstrong-Clark - Regional Harbour Master
Ian Cooper - Principal Technician Infrastructure
Steven Herriott - Head of Infrastructure and Transportation
William Jones - Senior Harbour Assistant
James McLeod - Infrastructure Manager
Claire Rogerson - Governance Officer
Apologies:
Patsy Gilroy - Dee and Glenkens
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

6 Members present and 1 apology.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

3 UPDATE ON HARBOURS MATTERS - DESIGNATED PERSON; NAVIGATIONAL RISK ASSESSMENTS; HARBOUR REVISION ORDERS; PORT MARINE SAFETY CODE COMPLIANCE AND CUSTOMER FEEDBACK - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

3.1   NOTED the invaluable work that David Foster, Marico Marine, as our Designated Person has undertaken in supporting the Harbours Service move towards compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code;

 

3.2   AGREED to receive a verbal update on the tender returns for the Designated Person contract and, as appropriate, agree the award of the tender based on officer recommendations;

 

NOTED

 

3.3   the work undertaken to review the navigational risk assessments for Kirkcudbright and Stranraer and Loch Ryan as detailed in paragraphs 3.5-3.8 in the report and Appendix 1 to the report, and further noted that a review of the navigational risk assessments for the three Machars’ Harbours would be presented to a future meeting of this Sub-Committee;

 

3.4   the positive progress on Kirkcudbright Harbour Revision Order as detailed in paragraphs 3.9-3.11 in the report;

 

3.5   that officers continue to pursue the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to further engage in reaching an agreement on the most pragmatic solution to safe navigation in Loch Ryan, prior to the development of a Harbour Revision Order, as detailed in paragraphs 3.12-3.15 in the report and AGREED for a report to come back to the next meeting of this Sub Committee on an update to the progress;

 

3.6   that in Spring 2018, the Council will advise the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, for the first time, that it is compliant with the Port Marine Safety Code, except for the resolution of a Harbour Revision Order for Stranraer and Loch Ryan, as detailed in paragraphs 3.16-3.18 in the report;

 

3.7   the positive feedback from the customer surveys undertaken at Stranraer and Kirkcudbright Marinas as detailed in paragraphs 3.19-3.23 in the report; and

 

3.8   AGREED to officers pursuing options for Wi-Fi to be installed at the Stranraer and Kirkcudbright Marinas on the basis of a service that places no revenue implications upon the Council.

4 HARBOURS FINANCIAL POSITION - REVENUE AND CAPITAL - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1   the requirement of the Duty Holder to set dues at a level which adequately funds the discharge of all its duties, as detailed in paragraphs 3.1-3.4 in the report;

 

4.2   the profit and loss account for the five Council owned harbours as detailed in paragraphs 3.5-3.6 in the report and Table 1;

 

4.3   AGREED, as detailed in paragraphs 3.7-3.14 in the report, to recommend to the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee the setting of fees for 2018/19 as follows: (4.3.1) Landing fees remain at 2% of gross value; (4.3.2) Increase in pontoon berth fees of 10% as detailed in Table 2; (4.3.3) Increase drying moorings fees by 3%; (4.3.4) A winter package of 'six-months for the price of four-months' for hard standing storage is made available to all boat owners and FURTHER AGREED for future reports on fee setting to include comparison data;

 

4.4   NOTED the progress on the current capital works programme as agreed by the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, as detailed in paragraphs 3.15-3.17 in the report;

 

4.5   AGREED, as detailed paragraph 3.18 in the report and Table 4, to recommend to Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee the inclusion of the proposed capital works for 2018/19 in the Infrastructure Asset Class Programme under the Coastal and Harbours budget;

 

NOTED

 

4.6   the proposed future programme of capital works in the Harbour Infrastructure as detailed in Table 5 and Table 6;

 

4.7   the need for CCTV improvements and request for Wi-Fi, as detailed in paragraphs 3.21-3.23 in the report and agree that, once further work has been done, to receive a report to a future meeting of this Sub-Committee; and

 

4.8   the changes in the quotas imposed by the Isle of Man as detailed in paragraphs 3.24-3.28 in the report and the impacts this may have upon both the viability of the fishing fleet operating from Kirkcudbright and the shellfish processing facilities in the town.

5 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.
 

6 LOCAL GOVERNMENT SCOTLAND ACT 1973

Decision

 

AGREED adoption of resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50A (4) and paragraph 9 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

 

MEMBER - Tommy Sloan left the meeting - 5 Members present

EXEMPT
7 GARLIESTON HARBOUR QUAY WALL UPDATE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Report Summary - This report provided details on the current position on the failure of the quay wall at Garlieston Harbour and on-going engagement with the contractor.

 

Decision

 

NOTED the update provided on the ongoing negotiations with the contractor with respect to the failure of the quay wall at Garlieston Harbour, further noting that any proposals for additional spend will be referred to the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee on 20 March 2018 and FURTHER NOTED that an update on this issue be brought to the Harbours Sub Committee.