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Chairman’s Report at the 2018 AGM

HARBOUR WORKS

Repair to Harbour Walls: £5,700 in 2010, £7,800 in 2011, £6,500 in 2012, £5,820 in 2013, £5,000 in 2014 and £4,850 in 2016, £5,768 in 2017, £5,029 in 2018 (£46,497 of which £4,500 has been received as grants from the Parish Council and DCC).  The defined schedule of works which are to be completed to a cost of no more than £5,000 each year will continue until both walls are fully renovated by 2020. Other works included dredging of the brook, re-building and re-wiring the power distribution point and new chains and buoys for the wet harbour.


FISHERIES

Graham Wills, our Fisheries Officer, has maintained control of the issue of Board licenses to all of the Peeler crab farmers.


PRESSURE ON HARBOUR

Continues.  We now have waiting lists for all facilities except moorings. The management challenge now takes most of our time. We now administer 232 vessels with a combined LOA of 1038 metres! Members are again encouraged to consult the website and contact the Board before acting unilaterally.


SOWDEN END RAMP

Illegal parking of vehicles continues with several instances of unlicensed shell fish harvesting involving white vans.  We erected a barrier to stop vehicular access which we subsequently removed having reached an agreement with EDC and the EA to provide something more aesthetically pleasing. The new bollard will be erected on the ramp this Spring and will be locked but removable.


EXE ESTUARY MANAGEMENT - THE CURRENT SITUATION

Two small Voluntary Exclusion Zones at Dawlish and between Courtlands Cross and Exmouth have been proposed by the EEMP but these remain in abeyance following a legal challenge by the RYA. New voluntary codes of conduct covering water-borne and land based estuarine activities have been published for comment – there are no new statutory powers of by laws to enforce them.


CRANING OPERATIONS

Successful this year.  Vessel owners are asked to plan ahead as last-minute appeals for bespoke treatment may not be accommodated – the default obligation is that owners will be present for craning


FUTURE PLANS

Maintenance of the walls, Access Barrier at Sowden End, Dry Hard Extension.


THANKS TO MEMBERS OF THE BOARD