Declarations of interest:
James Taylor, Strategic Manager
Fiona Shipp, Canal Manager
raised during the discussion:
Officers outlined the work undertaken by the BCA
since the last meeting of the JMC. It was highlighted that the
service had performed well in an Emergency Plan test exercise and
that the BCA had received a team award from Hampshire County
Council for an unusually high number of compliments received during
2016. It was also noted that routine maintenance
had been undertaken by the service and that the next scheduled tree
survey was to take place in late 2017.
Officers noted that it had been a good season for
unpowered boat use and that the numbers per trip had
Water levels were highlighted as an issue. Officers
explained that the unusually dry spring was a cause for the low
levels of water. It was stressed that there was a requirement for a
prolonged period of wet weather to resolve this, but that the BCA
had implemented measures to lessen the impact that this had upon
Officers highlighted the Key Results Indicators
(KRIs) in the report, noting that a key reason for the red targets
in the Red, Amber, Green (RAG) scale, were due to the high targets
that were set by the service.
It was noted that the Site of Special Scientific
Interest (SSSI) status was an area of required improvement.
However, it was stressed by officers that the target did not
indicate poor performance by the BCA but that the SSSI status had
not improved. The need for improvement on this was recognised by
the BCA. It was noted that Natural England were the regulatory
authority for SSSI condition, and could in theory prosecute if they
considered activities were harming the SSSI Members noted the need
to work in partnership with Natural England, and stressed that
their representative on the JMC should be present to help voice any
concerns that they have before issues become acute.
It was stressed that there were no major safety
issues on the Canal and that Capital works were resolving any minor
The Committee noted that the BCA should look again
at how the KRIs are measured and ensure that they are reported in a
meaningful and simple manner for the next report.
Members questioned whether there was any bank damage
caused by animals and whether this put significant strain on the
service. Officers noted that this was a problem, but that the
service had taken measures to alleviate it, highlighting the use of
dog steps in some areas.
Officers noted that telemetry project was still
ongoing, and that some progress had been made.
The Chairman, on behalf of the Committee, noted
it’s thanks to the BCA and highlighted the good progress that
was being made over the year.
Actions/further information to be provided:
- That the
Chairman make representations to the Member representing Natural
England to stress the importance of partnership work and request
that they attend meetings to highlight concerns raised by Natural
England regarding the Canal’s SSSI status.
- That the
KRIs contain an explanation as to what the targets set by the BCA
and for this information to be circulated to the
Mike Goodman left the meeting at 12.04pm. Andrew
Gibson resumed the meeting as Chairman.