Harbour/Hafan Works & Fees Update from Barry Davies, Maritime Officer,
May I take this opportunity to provide you with a very brief update on issues relating to Pwllheli harbour and which may be of interest to your representative group members.
Hydrographic Survey – I attach a copy of the survey undertaken this week. The data is in Chart Datum. We note the narrowing of the channel at the harbour entrance.
Crib Groyne – work is progressing well and scheduled to be completed within the contract period. Storm Ceira and to a lesser extend storm Dennis affected the foreshore at Marian y De and as a result, additional Rock Armour will be required for the Crib Groyne due to a drawdown in beach levels. Initial estimates are that approximately 80 tonnes of additional rock will be required. These will be sourced from the Minffordd Quarry as per the current rock armour.
Sand Stockpile – work is expected to start this week on the beach replenishment of Traeth Crugan. We anticipate that this work will take approximately 5 to 6 weeks to complete. We expect all of the stored material to be transported to Traeth Crugan. This will ensure that we have capacity for storage of dredged material on this site for the next few years unless other alternatives are agreed
Harbour Entrance - work on dredging the harbour entrance is expected to be undertaken in April on the most appropriate tide. We did explore the possibility of undertaking this work next week but circumstances dictated otherwise. We shall update you on progress.
Maintenance Dredging – Contract documents are being prepared in anticipation of undertaking maintenance dredging work in the Marina basin and the Approach Channel in the October to December 2020 period. We are undertaking work on the stilling lagoon at present to determine precise capacity. The dredging work at Pwllheli will hopefully be in conjunction with dredging contract at Doc Fictoria.
Stilling Lagoon – work is continuing to be undertaken on alternative methods of disposing of the silts from the Stilling Lagoon.
Fees and Charges – a report on the final fees and charges structure for 2020/21 will be forwarded to the Head of Service within the next few weeks. It is expected that there will be changes to the structure previously applied to Marina berth holders paying by Direct Debit whereby there will be an overall reduction in the annual fee. The fee payable by P&L Companies has been amended following a detailed review. The proposed fee will be £2,500 per annum (+VAT) for a maximum of 80 vessels. P&L companies have been advised of what will be recommended to the Head of Service. A further review of fees that apply to P&L companies will be undertaken in 2020. It is anticipated that consideration will need to be given to charges that contribute towards harbour navigation and dredging costs.
Swyddog Morwrol a Pharciau Gwledig
Maritime and Country Parks Officer