HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

Decision Report

Decision Maker

River Hamble Harbour Board

 

Date of Decision

30 January 2009

Decision Title

Commercial and Consent Charges

Decision Ref

531

Report From

Director of Recreation and Heritage

Contact name:

Tony Clatworthy

Tel:

01489 576387

Email:

tony.clatworthy@hants.gov.uk

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. Summary

1.1 This report sets out a revised charging regime for costs associated with commercial vessels, passengers landing on public jetties, harbour works consent and dredging within the Harbour. The aim is to update and bring the level of charges into line with other harbours in the Solent area.

2. Recommendations

2.1 That the River Hamble Harbour Board grants consent for the following charges to be imposed with effect from 1 April 2009:

Size of Project

Size

Increment

Proposed total charge

Up to and including 100 sq. metres

Nil

£390 + VAT

Over 100 sq. metres to 500 sq. metres

£50

£440 + VAT

Over 500 sq. metres to 2,500 sq. metres

£200

£590 + VAT

Over 2,500 sq. metres to 10,000 sq. metres

£700

£1,090 + VAT

Over 10,000 sq. metres

£1,200

£1,590 + VAT

A reduced fee for applications that fall within the Harbour Master's delegated powers and consents for maintenance work to structures etc.

Nil

£150 + VAT

Pre-application consultation fee.

Attendance at the Streamline Consents Meeting and one hour of pre-application consultation will be at no charge.

Nil

£40 an hour + VAT

MAIN REPORT

1. Introduction:

1.1 The Harbour Authority have the right to levy charges under the Southampton Harbour Act 1949, The River Hamble Revision Order 1969 and the Harbours Act 1964 for the following:

1.2 The Harbour Authority is required to recover the cost of administering applications for:

2. Charges for Visiting Commercial Vessels

2.1 Commercial vessels which visit the harbour, but do not have a permanent mooring, are liable for Harbour Dues. Dues are set according to the Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) of the vessel. The current rate charged by Hamble Harbour is 8.02p per GRT plus VAT. The current range of charges throughout the Solent are 12p to 18p plus VAT for each GRT. It is therefore recommended that the charge for a commercial vessel visiting Hamble Harbour is increased from 8.02p to 12p plus VAT per GRT.

3. Passenger Charges

3.1 Currently, passengers embarking and disembarking from public jetties within Hamble Harbour are not charged. The charges for landing and embarking passengers throughout the Solent range from 30p to £1.00. It is therefore proposed that Hamble Harbour introduce a charge for passenger vessels licensed to carry more than 12 passengers embarking and disembarking passengers from public jetties at 50p plus VAT per passenger.

3.2 It is estimated that the introduction of a passenger charge will recover approximately £800 to £1,000 annually (based on an estimated 1,600 - 2,000 passengers using the public jetties).

3.3 Note that it is proposed that vessels carrying passengers entirely within the harbour, (eg the River Bus and the Hamble - Warsash ferry), should be exempt passenger charges.

4. Charges for Harbour Works Consent

4.1 Applications for Harbour Works Consent impose an administrative work load on the Harbour Authority that can be costly in both time and resources. The basic procedure to process a Harbour Works Consent application, regardless of the size of the project, is the same for most applications. However, applications involving larger and more detailed plans do involve extra cost. The administration procedure involving all applications for Harbour Works Consent is currently:

4.2 Applications for Harbour Works Consent must go through a lengthy process which is costly to the Harbour Authority. Current fees do not cover the true cost of an application and the following revised charging regime is proposed.

4.3 Firstly, it is proposed that a single standard charge be made to cover the cost of the full process for every application as detailed above. It is further proposed that an additional charge be made, based on the size of the project. Thus, the combined charge will accurately reflect the amount of work required for each application, taking full account of the size and complexity of the proposed development.

4.4 For straightforward applications which fall within the delegated powers of the Harbour Master, a reduced charge of £150 plus VAT is proposed. Such applications would include maintenance works to existing structures which would not require the application to be put through the full process as detailed above.

4.5 A fee will not be levied for attending the Streamline Consent Group. One hour of consultation will also be given before the proposed charge of £40 an hour pre application consultation fee is imposed.

4.6 Thus, charges which reflect the true cost of applications for Harbour Works Consent should be levied as follows:

 

Size of Project

Current Charges

Size

Increment

Proposed total Charge

Up to and including 100 sq. metres

£71.50 + VAT

Nil

£390 + VAT

Over 100 sq. metres to 500 sq. metres

£143 + VAT

£50

£440 + VAT

Over 500 sq. metres to 2,500 sq. metres

£286 + VAT

£200

£590 + VAT

Over 2,500 sq. metres to 10,000 sq. metres

£715 + VAT

£700

£1,090 + VAT

Over 10,000 sq. metres

£1,430 + VAT

£1,200

£1,590 + VAT

For applications that fall within the Harbour Masters delegated powers a reduced fee to apply.

Such application would include maintenance work to structures etc.

Currently charged by size of project.

Nil

£150 + VAT

Pre application consultation fee.

Attendance at the Streamline Consents Meeting and one hour of pre application consultation will be at no charge.

Nil

£40 an hour + VAT

 

5. Dredging Fees

5.1 The current charges for capital dredging i.e. areas not previously dredged but excluding dredging to restore previously charted depths, are shown in the table below. They were last amended in 2004. Also shown are the proposed charges based on a 20% increase:

Tidal area below Mean High Water

Current Charges

Proposed charges with an increase

of 20%

Up to and including 500 cu. metres

£71.50 + VAT

£85.80 + VAT

Over 500cu. metres to 2,500 cu. metres

£143 + VAT

£171.60 + VAT

Over 2,500 cu. metres to 10,000 cu. metres

£715 + VAT

£858 + VAT

Over 10,000 cu. metres

£1,100 + VAT

£1,320 + VAT

5.2 Currently the Harbour Authority does not levy a charge for consenting maintenance dredging even though maintenance dredging does impose an administrative load on the Harbour Authority. The cost to the Harbour Authority of administering maintenance dredging is not as great as that of capital dredging but involve communications and consultations with Natural England, The Marine and Fisheries Agency and the Environment Agency. On all occasions dredging takes place in areas bordering European SAC designated habitat which involves monitoring by the Harbour Authority. It is proposed that each maintenance dredging project, regardless of size, be charged at £150 + VAT, not to include the current £50 Notice to River Users fee. Charges for dredgers and barges using the harbour are covered by commercial harbour dues.

5.3 The introduction of a charge for maintenance dredging will recover an estimated amount of £450 to £600 annually.

5.4 The Maintenance Dredging Plan (MDP) base document is subject to its own arrangement for the recovery of fees. Any fees that may required to be collected are invoiced through the treasurer of the MDP Group. The treasurer of the MDP Group is assigned to a member of the MDP Group and is normally a commercial operator.

6. Notice to River Users

6.1 Work undertaken by piling barges, tugs, dredging platforms and barges will attract a further charge of £50 for each Notice to River Users (NtRU's). Charges for NtRU's will be invoiced as each notice is published and will be separate from the consent charges.

7. Impact Assessment

7.1 An Equalities Impact Assessment covering the Harbour Authority's responsibilities under the Port Marine Safety Code has been conducted and the content of this report does not alter this assessment.

Section 100 D - Local Government Act 1972 - background documents

 

    The following documents discuss facts or matters on which this report, or an important part of it, is based and have been relied upon to a material extent in the preparation of this report. (NB: the list excludes published works and any documents which disclose exempt or confidential information as defined in the Act.)

 

    Document

    Location

    None

 
   
   
   

CORPORATE OR LEGAL INFORMATION:

LINKS TO THE CORPORATE STRATEGY

Yes

No

Hampshire safer and more secure for all

Corporate Business plan link no (if appropriate)

Maximising well-being

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Corporate Business plan link no (if appropriate)

Enhancing our quality of place

Corporate Business plan link no (if appropriate)

OR

This proposal does not link to the Corporate Strategy but, nevertheless, requires a decision because:

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