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Agenda Item No.

 

CARDIFF BAY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 5th June, 2013.

 

 

Present

 

Councillor L. Burnett

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Mrs. C. Dimond

Cardiff Flood Action Committee

Ms. S. Newbold

British Marine Federation

Ms. J. Hall

Cardiff Bay Yacht Club

Mr. N. Ajax Lewis

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Mr. J. Harrison

Natural Resources Wales

Councillor G. Roberts

Penarth Town Council

 

Also present:

 

Mr. S. Howell

Cardiff Harbour Authority

Mr. P. Andrews

Penarth Tourism and Visitor Association

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. M. Chidlow (Harbour Master, Associated British Ports), Mr. A. Parker and Mr. I. Aitken (Cardiff Bay Yacht Club).

 

 

(b)       Appointment of Chairman -

 

AGREED - T H A T Councillor L. Burnett be appointed Chairman for the ensuing Municipal Year.

 

Councillor Burnett took the Chair.

 

 

(c)        Appointment of Vice-Chairman -

 

AGREED - T H A T Mrs. C. Dimond be appointed Vice-Chairman for the ensuing Municipal Year.

 


 

(d)       Minutes -

 

AGREED - T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 13th March, 2013 be accepted as a correct record.

 

 

(e)       Matters Arising -

 

·               Councillor G. Roberts, in relation to the reference in the minute to the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race, stated that he wished both sides of the Bay to make the maximum use of this opportunity.

·               The Chairman requested that the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race be an agenda item for the next meeting of the Advisory Committee.

·               The Chairman advised that she would write to Councillors Huw Thomas and Ashley Govier of Cardiff Council to stress the importance of their attending meetings of the Advisory Committee.

 

 

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

 

There had been no oxygen level issues since the last meeting, and no significantly raised Bay levels over this period.

 

The Barrage Bascule Bridge repairs had been completed to Bridges 2 and 3.  Bridge 2 would be commissioned this week, and then repairs to Bridge 1 would commence in two weeks time.

 

Bearing repairs had also been completed to three sluices.  The large volumes of debris brought down by the high rainfall events earlier in the year had been removed and the river flows were now low at below 7 cumecs.

 

The deployment of larvicide to reduce midge numbers was delayed due to the prolonged cold weather into April.  As temperatures increased rapidly, the deployment of larvicide was not as effective as it had been in the past and a small number of complaints (3) were received.

 

The Harbour Authority budget was being reviewed for 2014 - 2018, as the Welsh Government were keen to see public spending reduced in all areas.  Options were being explored to reduce spend over the next three year period.

 

The preparations for the Summer event programme had been made and the Bay had hosted a Thundercat event over the Bank Holiday weekend, with a British Water-ski event taking place this coming weekend.  This would be followed by the World Cup Canoe Slalom Event at CIWW, starting on 17th June.

 


(g)       Navigational Safety Issues - Cardiff Harbour Authority - Mr. Simon Howell -

 

There had been no significant navigational safety issues since the last meeting.  The repairs and refurbishment programme for navigation aids in the Bay and rivers had been completed.

 

The Fire and Rescue vessel had been installed on the Barrage and was now operational.  Since it had been in place there had been extensive training exercises carried out by South Wales Fire and Rescue and they had been called out to respond to two incidents of individuals threatening to jump from bridges.  They also assisted a vessel that lost power in the Bay during a training exercise although this was not a normal service that they would be providing outside training activities.

 

 

(h)        Update Report - Natural Resources Wales - Mr. John Harrison -

 

Mr. Harrison advised that he had nothing to add to the items raised earlier by Mr. Howell.

 

Natural Resources Wales was currently undergoing an investigation into drainage within the Bay as a pro-active measure.

 

The water quality in the Bay was good.

 

The newly established Natural Resources Wales had a Business Plan which contained a mix of proposed activities, including:

 

·               developing as a new organisation

·               flood risk

·               promoting access

·               making sure the natural environment was protected.

 

Mr. Harrison offered to give a presentation to the next meeting of the Advisory Committee on the work of the new organisation.

 

 

(i)         Any Other Business -

 

(i)         Invasive Species - Mr. S. Jones enquired about the presence within the Bay of invasive species and enquired if the situation had stabilised or deteriorated. 

 

Mr. Jones was advised that further instances of invasive species was likely.

 

Areas of the Bay had been treated for Zebra Mussels.

 

(ii)        Zig-Zag Path - The Chairman referred to a new structure which was visible when looking across the Bay, namely the zig-zag path from the Penarth Heights Development.

 

The Chairman enquired if Sustrans could be invited to talk to the Advisory Committee about the access links within the Bay.

 

(iii)       Rock Falls - Mr. Roberts enquired as to any further information concerning rock falls and was advised that the Cardiff Harbour Authority had held discussions with solicitors and had been informed that the land in question was not owned by the Harbour Authority.

 

(iv)       Groundwater Complaints - Mrs. Dimond asked if the most recent Annual Report had been received from the Groundwater Complaints Administrator.

 

It was reported that a draft had been received and Mrs. Dimond requested that it be reported to the next meeting of the Advisory Committee.

 

(v)        Bus Pageant - Councillor Burnett advised that a vintage double-decker bus pageant was to be held on Barry Island on 9th June, 2013.

 

(vi)       Flowrider - Mr. Jones enquired as to the success of the recently-opened Flowrider.

 

It was reported that Flowrider had commenced operation on Bank Holiday weekend and the feedback received was extremely pleasing.

 

It was suggested that the next meeting of the Advisory Committee be held at the International Sports Village.

 

 

((j)       Date of Next Meeting -

 

AGREED - T H A T the next meeting be held on Wednesday, 11th September, 2013 at 5.15 p.m. and that the meeting be held in the International Sports Village.

 

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