Harbours Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 26 April 2018
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, Daar Road, Kirkcudbright

Attendance Details

Members:
Katie Hagmann (Chairman)-Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Patsy Gilroy-Dee and Glenkens
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
William Jones - Senior Harbour Assistant
James McLeod - Infrastructure Manager
Claire Rogerson - Governance Officer
In attendance:
Willie Scobie - Stranraer and the Rhins
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

7 Members present.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

3 HARBOUR DREDGING - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

NOTED

 

3.1   the background and licencing requirements for dredging as detailed in paragraphs 3.1-3.4 in the report;

 

3.2   the two different types of dredging, capital and maintenance, and their cost as detailed in paragraphs 3.5-3.6 and Table 1 in the report;

 

3.3   details of dredging at various harbours (paragraphs 3.7-3.35 in the report) and AGREED that in order to maintain safe navigation and harbour accessibility the following are progressed:

(3.1) mud clearance at Kirkcudbright main basin at £12,150/annum;

(3.2) mud clearance at Kirkcudbright Marina at £2,450/annum;

(3.3) clearance of material build-up at Garlieston harbour at a one-off cost of £5,750;

(3.4) dredging at Port William Harbour entrance at £1,750/annum;

(3.5) although the costs are high for this work, costs for dredging at Port William Head of the Harbour at £5,100/annum as, in addition to improving safe berthing, removing the build-up of decomposing seaweed will reduce issue regarding smell;

 

3.4   that at the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Members agreed to Capital dredging works at Stranraer Harbour (see paragraphs 3.26-3.29 in the report) and access strengthening works at Kirkcudbright Harbour (paragraph 3.11 in the report);

 

3.5   that options for reducing longshore drift on the Stranraer beach would continue to be progressed and AGREED costs for excavation and disposal to land of excess material from the beach to the north of the slipway for harbour accessibility at a cost of £4,450/annum as detailed in paragraphs 3.30-3.34 in the report; and

 

3.6   FURTHER AGREED that an update on harbour dredging be brought back to this sub committee and requested that it include particular reference to Stranraer slipway with regard to background information and the removal of silting sand.

4 STRANRAER AND LOCH RYAN HARBOUR REVISION ORDER - UPDATE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

NOTED the progress that had been achieved with engagement with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in respect of the development of a Harbour Revision Order for Stranraer and Loch Ryan as detailed in paragraph 3.3 in the report.

5 STRANRAER HARBOUR - HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE VISIT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

PROCEDURE - The Chairman advised Members, in accordance with standing order 17.3 that she had agreed that Willie Scobie could address the Sub Committee on this item.

 

Decision

 

NOTED

 

5.1   the background to the Health and Safety Executive programme to visit a number of ports in Scotland in 2018;

 

5.2   the findings of the visits undertaken to Stranraer Harbour on the 7 February 2018 and Kirkcudbright Harbour on the 14 February 2018 as detailed in paragraphs 3.1 - 3.4 and contained within the Appendix to the report;

 

AGREED

 

5.3   the principle of the proposals to the management of pedestrian access, maintaining existing restrictions associated with crane operation and boat operations;

 

5.4   the principle of the proposals to restrict vehicular access to the quayside and promenade; and

 

5.5   that meaningful consultation with Local Members, harbour users and other stakeholders be undertaken including the Coastguard and Emergency Services;

 

5.6   FURTHER AGREED that a report be brought back to this Sub Committee prior to the deadline of 26 July 2018 to inform the response to be submitted by the Chief Executive to the Health and Safety Executive, detailing the outcome of the consultation with stakeholders and options to comply with the agreed in principle proposals; and

 

5.7   FURTHER REQUESTED that a special meeting of this Sub Committee be arranged prior to 26 July 2018 to consider this matter.

6 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.

7 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 and 12 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

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

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

 

Decision

 

NOTED the current position with respect to negotiations with the contractor for completion of the works.