Hampshire County Council

River Hamble Harbour Board

18 May 2007

Harbour Authority Works Consents - Delegation of Decisions

Report of the Director of Recreation and Heritage

Item 10

Contact: David Evans, tel 01489 576387 email: david.evans@hants.gov.uk

1. Summary

1.1 This report proposes that there be a Scheme of Delegation for River Hamble Harbour Authority works consent decisions.

2. Recommendation

3. Proposal

3.1 Section 48 of the Southampton Harbour Act 1949 states that the River Hamble Harbour Authority is required to give consent in writing before any works are carried out in the River Hamble. The decision to grant or withhold such consent is normally made by the Harbour Board after taking advice from the Management Committee. There are, however, frequent requests for consent for minor works in the River, such as routine maintenance dredging and small repairs to sea walls, for which the decision can safely be delegated to the Harbour Master. The flow diagram at the Appendix is designed to provide officers with criteria to determine when works consent decisions must be made by the Harbour Board and when they can be delegated to the Harbour Master.

4. Impact Assessments

4.1 This report sets out an administrative process only, therefore an impact assessment in terms of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act has not been undertaken.

5. Conclusion

5.1 There is a clear requirement for a Scheme of Delegation for Harbour Authority works consent decisions so that officers can determine when such decisions must be made by the Harbour Board and when they can be delegated to the Harbour Master.

Section 100 D - Local Government Act 1972 - background papers

The following documents disclose facts or matters on which this report, or an important part of it, is based and has been relied upon to a material extent in the preparation of this report.

NB the list excludes:

1.

Published works.

2.

Documents which disclose exempt or confidential information as defined in the Act.

TITLE

LOCATION

Hamble Consents

Harbour Master's Office

Warsash

APPENDIX

RIVER HAMBLE HARBOUR AUTHORITY

SCHEME OF DELEGATION

HARBOUR AUTHORITY WORKS CONSENT DECISIONS