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CARDIFF BAY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

Minutes of a meeting held on 18th January, 2012.

 

Present:

 

Councillor P. Church (Chairman)

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Mr. J. Harrison

Environment Agency Wales

Mr. P. Barry

Cardiff Yacht Club/RYA

Mrs. S. Newbold

British Marine Federation/CBYC/RYA

Councillor A.M. Ernest

Penarth Town Council

Mr. A. Parker

 

Dr. S. Howard

Countryside Council for Wales.

 

Also present:

 

Mr. S. Howell

Cardiff Harbour Authority

Ms. N. Taylor

Cardiff Harbour Authority

Mr. C. Hope

Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

 

(a)       Apologies for Absence -

 

These were received from Mrs. C. Dimond (Vice-Chairman), Mr. S. Jones (Quay Marinas Ltd), Mr. N. Ajax-Lewis (Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales), Mr. T. Rees (Glamorgan Anglers), Mr. N. Howells (Cardiff Council).

 

 

(b)       Minutes -

 

AGREED - T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd November, 2011 be accepted as a correct record.

 

 

(c)        Matters Arising -

 

(i)         In referring to the surplus stocks of Bream at Cosmeston Lakes it was believed that some stock had been supplied to the Bay. 

 

Mr. Harrison advised that the report giving facts and figures on the fish population present in the Bay would be brought before the Advisory Committee in March. 

 

(ii)        In referring to minutes (g) (i) 'Beach Walkway and Public Use of Steps at Pont y Werin' Councillor A.M. Ernest advised that the original idea was to have a walkway to the beach but no more, i.e. restoring what had once existed previously.

 

Mr. S. Howell advised that he had responded to the letter received from Penarth Town Council and that some of things in the response would still apply in the event of the restoration of the walkway i.e. Disability Discrimination Act etc.

 

The Advisory Committee were informed that Penarth Town Council had requested a site visit.

 

(iii)       The advice of the Harbour Authority to all clubs and marinas was that they should ensure that their boat owners had a minimum of third party insurance including salvage.  Most organisations requested their customers sign a form confirming they had this in place as part of their mooring agreements.

 

 

(d)       Progress Update - Cardiff Harbour Authority - Mr. Simon Howell -

 

Mr. Howell, the Operational Manager for the Harbour Authority, apprised the Advisory Committee on the following matters:

 

  • There had been no water quality issues since the last meeting.  The heavy rain in December and earlier this month pushed flows above 200 cumecs on a few occasion peaking at over 500 on 3rd January.  Bay levels remained below 5.2 meters AOD which is frontage level of Roald Dahl Plasse.
  • Jason Hoskins had recently been appointed Control Systems Engineer on the Barrage.  Jason would be overseeing the implementation of a new control system for the Barrage over the next two years.
  • Cardiff Council's Executive had approved the development of the Flowrider and tenders would be issued in the next two weeks.  It was planned that construction would commence in June after the World Cup Slalom event was held and it would be opened in March 2013.
  • The Major Events Unit in Welsh Government had agreed to support the extreme sailing series in Cardiff for the next three years.  The event involved large catamarans racing in Cardiff Bay, and this year's first event would take place between 24th and 27th August.
  • The detailed design for the Skyflyer development was being progressed and details were awaited of the construction programme.  The company's attraction in Torquay suffered extreme damage over Christmas with the balloon being completely destroyed in high winds.  The design of the balloon in Torquay was significantly different to Cardiff where its shape combined with a turntable would make it less susceptible to wind.
  • The water bus landing serving Clarence Road was very infrequently used and may be moved to serve the BBC media village including the new Dr. Who attraction that was currently being developed,
  • Reinstatement of the river bank at Taff Embankment had commenced on site.  This involved works to the river bank from the Wood Street water bus stop downstream to repair the river bank that had suffered significant erosion.
  • The tenders for the access steps at Pont y Werin had been returned and the Harbour Authority were awaiting a formal request from the Vale of Glamorgan Council on planning consent and the request for a financial contribution to enable this work to proceed.

 

(e)       Progress Update - Environment Agency Wales - Mr. J. Harrison

 

Mr. Harrison advised that the Welsh Government intended establishing a new Environmental body in Wales.  The body would exist in Shadow form from 1st April, 2012, and would be fully operational from 1st April, 2013.  This would bring a new approach to the handling of Environmental issues in Wales.

 

Dr. Howard added that staff were being co-opted from the Countryside Council for Wales to the new Environmental Body which meant that the remaining staff were thin on the ground. 

 

AGREED - T H A T a report be brought before a future meeting of the Advisory Committee outlining the aims and powers of the new Environmental Body.

 

 

(f)         Navigational Safety -

 

Two emergency planning sessions had been held with the Maritime and Coastal Agency, South Wales Fire and Rescue, South Wales Police and the Council's Emergency Planning Unit.  A new Memorandum of Understanding between the partner organisations had been drafted and provision made for both RNLI and South Wales Fire and Rescue vessels to be berthed within Cardiff Bay this year.

 

New signage was currently being produced for the lock gates at the Barrage and the first signs would be installed in a couple of weeks time.  These new signs would compliment the message in the Bay Users Guide regarding Barrage locking.  They also clearly state 'Cardiff Harbour Authority recommend you always wear a lifejacket when afloat.'

 

New Inner Harbour buoyage will be installed before the end of March.  This buoyage would consist of four yellow special mark buoys, the same as in place marking the speed limit area at the south end of the Bay.  These would replace the existing Port and Starboard hand marks and create a clearly identified 5 knot area at either end of the Bay.

 

 

(g)       Information Report - Development of an Indoor Surfing Facility at Cardiff International White Water Course -

 

The report had been presented to the Executive of Cardiff Council on 8th December, 2011 with approval being sought to the proposed development of an indoor surfing facility at Cardiff International White Water.

 

AGREED - T H A T the contents of the report be noted.

 

 

(h)        Any Other Business -

 

(i)         Frequency of meetings -

 

Prior to the production of a Calendar of Meetings for the forthcoming year, Members considered whether the current frequency of meetings was still appropriate.  Having considered the matter, it was


AGREED - T H A T the practice of holding bi-monthly meetings of the Advisory Committee continue.

 

(ii)        Dog Fouling -

 

The Chairman asked what measures were undertaken to prevent dog fouling on the Barrage, and was advised that Cardiff Council's dog warden would patrol the area from time to time.

 

 

(i)         Date of Next Meeting -

 

AGREED - T H A T the next meeting be held on Thursday, 15th March, 2012 at 5.15 p.m. in the Cardiff Harbour Authority Offices.

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