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CARDIFF BAY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

Minutes of a meeting held on 16th January, 2013, 2012.

 

Present:

 

Councillor L. Burnett (Chairman)

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Councillor G. Roberts

Penarth Town Council

Mr. J. Harrison

Environment Agency Wales

Mr. A. Parker

 

Dr. S. Howard

Countryside Council for Wales

Ms. S. Newbold

British Marine Federation / RYA

Mr. D. Williams

Cardiff Yacht Club

 

Also present:

 

Mr. S. Howell

Cardiff Harbour Authority

Mr. C. Hope

Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

 

(a)       Apologies for Absence –

 

These were received from Councillor A. Govier (Cardiff Council), Councillor H. Thomas (Cardiff Council), Mr. C. Lyons (Cardiff Bay Yacht Club), Mr. M. Chidlow (Harbourmaster, Associated British Ports), Mr. S. Jones (Quay Marinas Ltd.).

 

 

(b)       Minutes –

 

AGREED - T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 21st November, 2012 be accepted as a correct record, subject to the following amendments to Minute (d):

 

-               reference to “President of the Yacht Club” in the second line being amended to read “President of the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club”

-               the final paragraph to read “Ms. N. Newbold suggested that any discussions also involve Cardiff Yacht Club”.

 

 

(c)        Matters Arising –

 

There were no matters arising.

 

 

(d)       Navigational Safety Issues – Cardiff Harbour Authority - Mr S. Howell –

 

The issue raised at the last meeting regarding the use of VHF radio channels had been resolved with Cardiff Bay Yacht Club.  When any training activities were being organised by the Club, they will contact Barrage Control to inform that they would be on the water.  They would then use channel 37a, and Barrage Control would be able to contact them on this frequency.

 

The advice for other boat users with VHF radios to maintain a listening brief on channel 18 when entering or sailing in the Bay remained, and this had been reiterated to clubs and marinas in recent Bay users forum meetings.

 

The vessel Greija / Shark should be removed from the Bay shortly following a tendering exercise.

 

 

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

 

There had been no oxygen level issues since the last meeting.  The heavy prolonged rainfall over the Autumn period raised flows above 300 cumecs several times with no increases in Bay levels above 5.2 metres AOD.  This was the level of the frontage of Roald Dahl Plasse and, although designed to flood on occasion, could create some concern in the press.

 

On New Year’s Eve, the prediction was for this area to be flooded marginally, so warnings and barriers were posted, but the flows dropped off preventing this happening.

 

The high flows did bring large quantities of material into the Bay with over 180 tonnes having been taken to landfill in the past 3 months.  Another 20 tonnes of timber was removed to recycling following improvements to the separation activities on the operational Quay area.

 

The tenders for the Barrage bridge repairs had been received and the contract was about to be awarded which would see the work starting in the next few weeks.   This work was expected to extend into the Spring before all three bridges were repaired.

 

Repairs to sluice bearings on sluice 2 had been completed and the refurbishment of bearings to sluices 1 and 3 were now being progressed.

 

Winter maintenance of the fish pass was also now being carried out and this should be back in operation before the salmon migration commenced through the Barrage in March / April.

 

 

(f)         Update Report - Environment Agency – Mr. John Harrison –

 

The last meeting of the Advisory Committee had been advised that the Environment Agency had been undertaking familiarisation sessions with Cardiff Harbour Authority staff to raise awareness of the environmental situation within the Bay.

 

Mr. Harrison advised that this had resulted in the discovery of three sites on the River Ely which were discharging raw sewage.

 

The Environment Agency was investigating the discharges to ensure these were addressed quickly.

 

 

(g)       Any Other Business –

 

            (i)         Draft Events Schedule

 

                        Mr. Howell circulated a draft events schedule for 2013-14.

 

                        The Chairman advised that the official re-opening of Penarth Pier Pavilion would possible take place in March 2014 and suggested that it would be opportunity to look collaboratively about the event.

 

            (ii)        Penarth Tourism and Visitor Association

 

The Chairman advised that she had received a request from Mr. Peter Andrews of the Penarth Tourism and Visitor Association to attend meetings of the Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee as an observer.

 

The request was AGREED.

 

(iii)       Water Traffic

 

Mr. D. Williams spoke regarding an issue with water traffic in the Bay and referred in particular to an incident that had occurred last year whereby a vessel had passed at excessive speed and had damaged a number of other vessels.

 

The vessel’s operator had been approached and had said that there was no speed limit on that particular part of the Bay.  Mr. Williams did, however, express the view that users of the Bay were under a duty of care to other users.

 

Mr. Howell stated that such incidents should be reported to the Cardiff Harbour Authority who operated a tracker system which accurately plotted the tracks of individual vessels.  Any such report would need to include the time and date of the incident.

 

 

(h)        Date of Next Meeting –

 

AGREED – T H A T the next meeting be held on Wednesday, 13th March 2013 at 5.15 p.m. in the Cardiff Harbour Authority Offices.

 

 

 

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