Agenda and minutes

South Hams Salcombe Harbour Board - Monday, 24th January, 2022 2.30 pm

Venue: Cliff House, Salcombe

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Apologies for Absence



Apologies for absence for this Board Meeting had been received from Ms A Jones Mr A Owens and the Estuaries Officer.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 99 KB

to approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 15 November 2021;



The minutes of the meeting of the Salcombe Harbour Board held on 15 November 2021 were confirmed as a correct record, subject to removing the statement that Mr I Shipperley had declared a disclosable pecuniary interest, which he had not (Minute SH.22/21 refers) .




Urgent Business

brought forward at the discretion of the Chairman





There were no items of urgent business raised at this meeting.




Declarations of Interest

In accordance with the Code of Conduct, Members are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, Other Registerable Interests and Non-Registerable Interests including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be considered at this meeting;



Members were invited to declare any interests in the items of business to be considered during the course of the meeting, and the following was made:


Mr I Stewart declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in all related agenda items by virtue of paying harbour duties.  As a result of the Deputy Monitoring Officer having granted each Board Member a dispensation, he was able to take part in the debate and vote on any related matters (Minute SH.04/21 refers). 



Public Question Time

a period of up to 15 minutes is available to deal with questions from the public



In accordance with the Public Question Time Procedure Rules, there were no issues raised at this meeting.



Feedback from Harbour Community Forums

to receive verbal reports from Board Members who attend the Harbour Community Forums on behalf of the Board





The Board received verbal update reports from those Members who attended the Harbour Community Forums.  The updates were given as follows:


Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary Conservation Forum (SKECF)

The Forum had not met since the last Board Meeting and therefore there was no further update.  The next meeting would be on 5 April 2022.


South Devon & Channel Shellfishermen

The Board was updated that it had been a good season but all was currently quiet with fishermen performing maintenance on their boats, in preparation for the next season.  It was confirmed that a grant application was being collated.  Main critical issues of safety had been achieved, with the next step being to look at parking, vehicle access, etc. 


Kingsbridge and Salcombe Marine Business Forum

The Board was informed that there was no update for this meeting.


Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club (KEBC)

The Harbour Master confirmed there was nothing further to report.


East Portlemouth Parish Council

The representative advised that there was no update to give to the Board.           




Duty Holder Arrangements pdf icon PDF 49 KB



The Monitoring Officer presented the Board with his report outlining the need for clarification as to the Duty Holder for Salcombe Harbour, in line with the Port Marine Safety Code 2016.


It was highlighted that the Allington and Strete Ward would also be affected and therefore would need to be added to the report’s front sheet.  The report outlined the three options available to the Board: the duty holder could be a) all Members of South Hams District Council (SHDC); b) all Board Members of Salcombe Harbour Board (SHB); or c) a senior Council officer.  The Monitoring Officer confirmed that the Scheme of Delegation would be subject to annual review imminently, but that there was a need to identify the duty holder before this review was completed.


In discussion, the following points were raised:-


(a)      An issue, which had been highlighted before, was that some areas under the responsibility of the duty holder were outside of the jurisdiction of SHB and therefore SHB could not currently be appointed as duty holder.

(b)      Several Members agreed that the report did not give sufficient analysis of the three options available,.

(c)       A Member highlighted that, as SHB did not have control of all assets, then the role of duty officer could not currently sit with the Board.  It was pointed out that, as with Cornwall Council, all SHDC Members could receive free training to be signed up to be joint duty holders.  In such an instance, SHB would be advisors to the Duty Holder.

(d)      Paragraph 3.4 of the attendant report stated that it would be beneficial to maintain a clear split between the democratic function of SHB (strategy and policy) and the Duty Holder’s function regarding safety.  Several Members felt that safety could not be separated out from strategy and policy as all three areas were integral to each other.

(e)      It was commented that the senior officer role that was recommended to be the designated  duty holder was already a busy role within the Council, with limited capacity and that a short course on the duty holder role could not replace experience. 

(f)        It was recommended that there was a need to have a breakdown of who did what, outlining the responsibility of SHB, responsibility of the duty holder, and how these responsibilities interacted and overlapped.  It was felt that this information should be available to be considered alongside this agenda item.

(g)      One Member offered to do the duty holder training for free if required – this was due to the experience he already had in training other individuals.

(h)      It was also noted that the new Board Member, who would be starting in May 2022, was an ex Harbour Master of a very busy port, who had been working with the Port Marine Safety Code.  Therefore his input to the Board could be very useful.

(i)        One Member stated that he thought the responsibility for safety should sit with the people who worked on the frontline and  ...  view the full minutes text for item SHB.35/21


Harbour Master's Report

Verbal Update



The Harbour Master updated the Board and raised the following points:


·           Blazeby Maritime Consultants had been appointed to put together a safety management system, the draft of which was to be completed in February 2022, and the report brought to the next Board meeting in March.  The Harbour Master (HM) cited this was an important piece of work.

·           Security contract:– following the discussions at the workshop held before the last Board meeting (15 November 2021), a way forward had been drafted.  As the present security contract was due to expire in September 2022, this had now been extended to March 2023 to enable explorations into a safer and more cost efficient way forward.  A paper would be brought to the June 2022 Board meeting, the date of which would be set soon by SHDC as part of the annual Calendar of Meetings.

·           Training requirement:– the HM confirmed that all training had been completed and that all staff had received first aid training last week.

·           The mandatory oil spill response had been completed and returned.  Every member of staff (save two officers) were now trained in oil spill management.  The Harbour also had a contractor which ensured a gold standard response.

·           One of the Deputy Harbour Masters gave an update on marine maintenance, with all deep water work now completed, and 95% of Fore Shore moorings also finished.  Currently preparation was underway to be ready for the coming season with the boat, ‘Black Stone’, under refit.  It was hoped to have the boat back into the water within a fortnight.

·           The changes made to the lifting plan last summer had been successful, with a launching plan put together to get all vessels launched in March.  According to the Marine Blue Book, it was advised that every five years, an out of water survey of boats should be carried out.  This year the Harbour had employed an external investigator to review these and only minor alterations had been identified.  It had been a worthwhile process.

·           One of the Deputy Harbour Masters had reviewed the moorings alongside the 5-year Plan.  He had reviewed the moorings retention process and confirmed that there were fewer moorings being handed back and more people requesting to join waiting lists, therefore the waiting lists were increasing.  Facilities had a longer waiting list with only a handful of berths on shoreline changing hands.  It was felt that although people who had joined the waiting lists in 2015/16 were now coming to the top of the waiting lists, with the increase in size of the lists, it was possible that those who had joined in the last two years could potentially be waiting double that time. It was pointed out that the lists may contain duplicate names as some people had joined multiple waiting lists in the hope that one would become available sooner.  The summer transient mooring booking list was opened on 4th January 2022, and was fully booked by 11:30 that morning, which could imply another  ...  view the full minutes text for item SHB.36/21


Batson Projects

Verbal Update



The Harbour Master updated on the Batson projects, informing the Board that both projects had fallen behind schedule, six weeks for the commercial units and seven weeks for the depot.  Work was now moving forward and the contractors would have time penalties to pay, with the penalties particularly onerous for any delay in handing back the car park, due for Easter.  It was confirmed that the current Harbour workshop would continue to be available for use during the delay.



Chairman's Concluding Remarks - Mr Marriage



Before closing the meeting, the Chairman advised that the 2021/22 Municipal Year was to be Mr Marriage’s final year as a Co-Opted Board representative.  As a result, the Chairman took the opportunity to thank Mr Marriage for his longstanding commitment and endeavours on behalf of the Board.  His impact on the improvements to the Harbour during his years of service were felt to be considerable and Mr Marriage was wished every success and happiness for the future.