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 CARDIFF BAY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 4th June, 2014 held at the Cardiff International White Water.

 

Present

 

Ms. C. Dimond

Cardiff Flood Action Committee

Councillor B. Derbyshire

Cardiff Council

Mr. J. Harrison

Natural Resources Wales

Councillor G. Roberts

Penarth Town Council

Mr. C. Atherton

Waterfront Partners.

 

Also present:

 

Mr. J. Maidment

Cardiff Harbour Authority

Mr. A. Vye-Parminter

Cardiff Harbour Authority

Mr. C. Hope

Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

 

(a)       Apologies for Absence -

 

These were received from Councillor L. Burnett (Vale of Glamorgan Council), Mr. C. Michael (RSPB), Ms. S. Newbold (British Marine Federation and Royal Yachting Association) and Mr. M. Chidlow (Associated British Ports).

 

 

(b)       Appointment of Chairman -

 

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

 

 

(c)        Appointment of Vice-Chairman -

 

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

 

In the unavoidable absence of the Chairman, Mrs. Dimond took the Chair.

 

 

(d)       Minutes -

 

AGREED - T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 12th March, 2014 be approved as a correct record.

 

 

(e)       Timetable of Meetings -

 

The report suggested dates for future meetings of the Committee as detailed below:

 

DATE

VENUE

Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 at 5.15 p.m.

Cardiff International White Water

Wednesday, 19th November, 2014 at 5.15 p.m.

Ditto

Wednesday, 14th January, 2015 at 5.15 p.m.

Ditto

Thursday, 5th March, 2015 at 5.15 p.m.

Ditto

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2015 at 5.15 p.m. (Annual Meeting)

Ditto

 

AGREED - T H A T the Timetable of Meetings as detailed above be approved.

 

 

(f)        Navigational Safety -

 

It was reported that:

 

  • the dredging of the River Taff adjacent to the Water Bus Stop opposite Cardiff Castle had been completed
  • the annual maintenance inspection of the water buoys had been completed
  • repairs to the bridge over the River Ely were ongoing (replacement bearings).  It was anticipated that the works would be completed by the end of June.

 

Mrs. Dimond observed that she had noticed a lot of reed growth beyond the Pumping Station and enquired if this would impede boats. 

 

The Committee were advised that this had been noticed and that a survey was to be undertaken to measure how fast the reed was growing.  At present, the reeds did not impede boat travel.

 

 

(g)       Progress Report - Mr. J. Maidment - Cardiff Harbour Authority -

 

Mr. Maidment advised of maintenance work being undertaken, including works to the Fish Pass. 

 

Problems had occurred with the Pont y Werin Bridge - a failure had occurred the previous week, and attempts were being made to rectify the problem. 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Mr. Harrison advised that 24th May was World Fish Migration Day and that Natural Resources Wales had tried to promote awareness with colleagues in CHA by setting up a display on the Barrage.  Unfortunately, the weather was extremely wet which meant that there were far less people around as would normally be on a Saturday.

 

On a related matter, Mr. Harrison advised that Natural Resources Wales was reviewing its approach to fish management in respect of fish hatcheries.  Colleagues have been working with the Harbour Authority to improve the natural process to increase the return of migratory fish and reduce the reliance on restocking with fish from NRW’s hatcheries e.g. works to renew the weir and fish pass at Blackweir in Cardiff.

 

On another initiative by Cardiff Council Radyr Weir a hydro-power scheme is being developed which would include a new fish pass.

 

Furthermore, Natural Resources Wales was aware of invasive species affecting the natural habitat and Natural Resources Wales was looking into ways that they could be controlled.  Consideration was being given to submitting a bid to the Assembly’s Nature Fund to link up with other organisations to see how the species could be managed.  This supports the continued need for a proactive approach to the management of the Bay.

 

There was a need for a proactive approach to the management of the Bay.

 

Mr. Harrison spoke of a number of ongoing issues, namely:

 

  • a minor pollution incident in the Graving Dock
  • a minor pollution incident in Penarth Marina.

 

Mrs. Dimond enquired if the number of salmon returning to the Bay was increasing and Mr. Harrison replied that generally speaking, in Europe, migration was at a critical level but the figures for the Bay area were encouraging. 

 

Councillor Roberts referred to an incident of Japanese Knotweed in Penarth Marina and asked if this would affect the Cardiff Bay area.

 

Mr. Maidment stated that he would look into this.

 

 

(i)         Information Reports -

 

Committee were presented with the following reports which had been presented to the Executive of Cardiff Council:

 

  • Saving the Coal Exchange - meeting held on 29th January, 2014
  • Cardiff Region Metro Proposals: Strategic Implications for Cardiff - Executive, 21st February, 2014.

 

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

 

 

(j)         Ground Water Complaints -

 

Mrs. Dimond reminded the Committee that the deadline for the making of complaints to the Independent Groundwater Complaints Administrator expired in 2019. 

 

Mr. Maidment advised that the Harbour Authority was looking to advertise this fact.

 

 

(k)        Any Other Business -

 

Mr. Atherton enquired as to how the NATO Conference would affect the Bay area and was advised that there would be impacts but at this time, the details were not known.

 

 

(l)         Date of Next Meeting -

 

AGREED - T H A T the next meeting be held on Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 at 5.15 p.m. in the Cardiff International White Water.