Minutes of the annual meeting held on
19th September, 2012.
Councillor L. Burnett
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Mrs. C. Dimond
Cardiff Flood Action Committee
Mr. J. Harrison
Environment Agency Wales
Councillor D. Huw Thomas
Councillor G. Roberts
Penarth Town Council
Mr. S. Howell
Cardiff Harbour Authority
Mr. C. Hope
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Appointment of Chairman -
AGREED – T H A T Councillor L. Burnett be
appointed Chairman for the ensuing Municipal year.
Councillor Burnett took the Chair.
Appointment of Vice-Chairman -
AGREED – T H A T Mrs. C. Dimond be appointed
Vice-Chairman for the ensuing Municipal year.
Apologies for Absence -
These were received from Mr. M. Chidlow
(Harbour Master), Councillor A. Govier (Cardiff Council), Dr.
S. Howard (Countryside Council for Wales), Mr. S. Jones (Quay
Marinas Ltd.) and Ms. S. Newbold (British Marine Federation /
CBYC / RYA).
AGREED - T H A T the minutes of the meeting
held on 15th March, 2012 be accepted as a correct
Navigational Safety – Cardiff Harbour Authority - Mr. Simon
SWF&R vessel had arrived in Cardiff, and
staff training had been undertaken. The pontoon installation
should be undertaken in the next month which would enable the
vessel to then be fully operational in Cardiff Bay. The RNLI
had decided to delay a decision on whether to site a vessel inside
the Bay and would support the RNLI vessel from their current base
in Penarth. This would be reviewed next year.
An incident occurred in April when a number of
“optimist” sailing dinghies from Cardiff Bay Yacht Club were
sailing close to the Barrage sluice boom during a draw down
operation. This involved the sluices being opened to reduce the
water level in the Bay and around 500 tonnes of water a second was
being discharged out of the sluices following a period of tide lock
and heavy rainfall. Barrage control were unable to contact
the Club’s training staff and as a result had to stop the draw down
Although no accident occurred, the Yacht Club
were advised to ensure that all their safety boats involved in
similar events carry VHF radios and at least one monitors VHF
Channel 18 (Barrage Control). The Club’s activity risk
assessment was also reviewed to ensure that it took account of
water conditions such as sluice operation during draw down
operations in future. The use of VHF radios by safety boats
and the monitoring of VHF Channel 18 by all users was also strongly
recommended to all other clubs and Bay users following this
Update - Cardiff Harbour Authority - Mr. Simon Howell -
There had been no major water quality issues
over the Spring and Summer periods with oxygen levels over 99.9%
compliant with the 100mg standard over that period and no algal
blooms observed. This had been helped by the very wet Summer
although this had increased debris volumes brought into the
By the end of September over 200 tonnes of
debris would have been removed from the Bay, which is significantly
higher than for the same period last year when 23 tonnes were
39 swans died in Cardiff Bay and Roath Park
Lake this Summer, which was over 10% of the resident population in
these areas. When five or more dead birds are identified in
an area, post mortem testing is initiated because of the risk of
avian bird flu. The tests showed that the deaths were mainly
caused by a duck related virus and therefore avian flu was ruled
out as the cause.
Migratory fish numbers trapped at Radyr Weir
had continued to improve this year following the best year on
record last year. 103 salmon had been trapped so far this
year compared to 78 in 2011 and sea trout figures are 49 compared
to 21 last year.
The Barrage had operated effectively over the
Summer period and the second dredging campaign of the year was
completed in August. Some locking restrictions were imposed
over the past two months to deal with some emergency repairs to the
bascule bridges. Some cracking to steel beams on the bridges
was identified in April and temporary repairs had been
undertaken. The permanent repairs to the bridges would be
undertaken starting in October / November and should be completed
The Summer events went well this year, with
highlights being the World Cup canoe slalom event, the Home Nations
Rowing Championships, the International Food and Drink Festival and
the Harbour Festival with the Extreme Sailing Series. This
was the first of three years that Cardiff had secured this event
and it was estimated that it attracted over 35,000 visitors over
the four days of competition. The organisers, competitors and
visitor feedback had been excellent and the event would develop
further over the next two years.
Update Report - Environment Agency – Mr. John Harrison -
Mr. Harrison provided a brief overview of the
role of the Environment Agency, i.e.
Ø It acts as a partner with
the Harbour Authority in that the two organisations possessed
shared values and desired outcomes, namely a better quality
environment and habitat for the residents and wild life. As
such, the water quality levels had exceeded expectations.
Ø The Environment Agency had
a regulatory role to ensure that:
the Harbour Authority met its obligations
any pollution incidents involving the Rivers Ely and Taf were dealt
Ø The Environment Agency
also had a role as contractor in that it provided a service for
monitoring the health of the fish stock and also monitoring the
numbers of salmon.
Mr. Harrison advised that the Environment
Agency took any reported incidents of pollution seriously. It
was fortunate that there had been no incident of major pollution in
Mr. Harrison advised of a number of recent
pollution-related incidents, namely
An area of the Ely River had been boomed-off whilst a ship had been
towed out of the Harbour.
A further incident involved a land-based waste disposal site based
on the River Ely. The operators had not met the Environment
Agency’s requirements. The Company had been sold to new
owners who were putting the Environment Agency’s requirements into
A further pollution incident involved mis-connections of the
drainage system at an apartment block within the Harbour. An
investigation of how this came to occur was being carried
Finally, Mr. Harrison advised that the
Environment Agency and the Countryside Council would be merged into
a new Environmental Body for Wales. The Body would exist from
1st April 2013 and would bring a new approach to the
handling of environmental issues in Wales.
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.
Information Report - Cardiff International Sports Village
The report had been presented to the Executive
of Cardiff Council on 5th April 2012 with approval being
sought for the approval of the Heads of Terms in respect of Phase 2
of the Waterfront at Cardiff International Sports Village.
AGREED – T H A T the contents of the report be
Date of Next Meeting –
AGREED – T H A T the next meeting be held on
Wednesday, 21st November, 2012 at 5.00 p.m. in the
Cardiff Harbour Authority Offices.