Minutes of a meeting held on 21st
Mr. J. Harrison
Environment Agency Wales
Dr. S. Howard
Countryside Council for Wales
Mr. C. Lyons
Cardiff Bay Yacht Club
Ms. S. Newbold
British Marine Federation / RYA
Mr. A. Parker
Councillor G. Roberts
Penarth Town Council
Mr. D. Williams
Cardiff Yacht Club
Mr. S. Howell
Cardiff Harbour Authority
Mr. C. Hope
Vale of Glamorgan Council
In the unavoidable absence of both the
Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Committee, Mr. A. Parker
was elected Chairman for the meeting.
Apologies for Absence -
These were received from Councillor L. Burnett
(Vale of Glamorgan Council) (Chairman), Councillor D. Huw Thomas
(Cardiff Council), Mr. S. Jones (Quay Marinas Ltd.), Mr. T. Rees
(Glamorgan Anglers), Councillor A. Govier (Cardiff Council) and
Mrs. C. Dimond (Vice-Chairman).
AGREED - T H A T the minutes of the meeting
held on 19th September, 2012 be accepted as a correct
Matters Arising –
In referring to the incident involving
Optimist sailing dinghies which had occurred in April, Mr. Lyons
stated that he was the President of the Yacht Club and was unaware
that the Harbour Authority had suggested that Bay users were
advised to use Channel 18 for communications with Barrage
Control. He indicated that the Club had not been made aware
of this nor had any communication from the Harbour Authority since
the incident that this item referred to. Mr. Lyons said that
the Club used Channel 37 and could not scan Channel 18 which was
the same for other users in the Bay.
Mr. Howell said that the recommendation for
users of the Bay to listen in to Channel 18 had been in place since
the Barrage was first operational and is clearly indicated in the
published Bay Users’ Guide, website and in discussions with clubs
and users of the Bay. The incident had been investigated and
the outcome communicated to the Club and he would forward a copy of
this to Mr. Lyons and, if the scanning of Channel 18 is not
practical, then there needs to be an alternative method of
communication established with Barrage Control so that incidents of
this nature can be properly dealt with.
Mr. Howell felt that it was important to
resolve any issues as quickly as possible and, if after seeing the
communication with the Club, Mr. Lyons needed a further meeting to
address this, it would be arranged.
Ms. N. Newbold suggested that any discussions
also involve Cardiff Bay Yacht Club.
Navigational Safety – Cardiff Harbour Authority - Mr. Simon
The pontoon had been installed for the South
Wales Fire and Rescue boat on the Barrage. The vessel would
be moved from its current mooring in Penarth Marina when the
required staff training was fully completed in the new year.
It would then become fully operational, improving response times to
search and rescue emergencies that may occur in the Bay.
The Harbour Authority had been dealing with an
abandoned vessel, the “Shark” which was formerly known as the
“Greitja”. This former fishing vessel was served with a
detention notice by the Marine coastguard Agency when it was
berthed in Brixham Harbour as it was considered unsafe to take to
sea. It was brought to Cardiff by its then owner who was
recently found guilty of breaching the impoundment order and fined
for this offence.
The Marine Coastguard Agency had issued a
detention notice to prevent its removal from Cardiff and the
Harbour Authority was in the process of getting this lifted to
enable its removal to an authorised breaker’s yard which should
take place within the next few weeks.
Update - Cardiff Harbour Authority - Mr. Simon Howell -
Water quality in the Bay had remained above
the statutory level of 5mg/l over the past two months. No
algae or midge emergence issues were likely now over the winter
period. This will mean that there has been only one larvicide
application this year with the next application likely to be
required in March next year.
The Barrage had operated effectively over the
past two months without any deterioration in the bascule bridges
since the temporary repairs had been undertaken. The design
of the permanent repair had been completed and tenders were being
sought for this work. The first bridge repair would take
place in January with the other two following on straight
after. This would ensure that there were two operational
bridges, which should minimise any disruption to boat access and
pedestrians and cyclists.
Two sluice roller bearings were also being
repaired at the moment, and this work should be completed in the
next two weeks.
The Welsh National Indoor Rowing Championships
would take place at Channel View Centre on Saturday 1st
December, and the Welsh Schools Championships taking place the day
before, Friday 30th November.
Planning of next year’s events programme was
also underway with Extreme Sailing returning together with the
World Cup Slalom Event in Cardiff International White Water, both
for the second year in succession.
The application for Cardiff to host the
2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race had recently been submitted following
support from Welsh Government, Associated British Ports, the Yacht
Clubs and a range of other supporters. A decision on the host
cities would be made next month.
Update Report - Environment Agency – Mr. John Harrison -
Mr. Harrison advised that there were no
environmental issues to report to the Advisory Committee.
Since the last meeting of the Advisory
Committee, familiarisation sessions had been undertaken to raise
awareness of the environmental situation in the Bay with staff of
the Agency. It was felt that the sessions had proved to be
Information Reports –
Committee received two reports which had been
presented to the Executive of Cardiff Council as follows:
land at Callaghan Square – considered on 8th November
bid for Cardiff to host the Volvo Ocean Round the World Race –
considered on 18th October 2012.
AGREED – T H A T the contents of the reports
Date of Next Meeting –
AGREED – T H A T the next meeting be held on
16th January 2013 at 5.15 p.m. in the Cardiff
Harbour Authority Offices.