Delays to changes to harbour rules in Weymouth

Delays to changes to harbour rules in Weymouth

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:51am 7th October 2019.

Laws to make changes to the rules and regulations of Weymouth Harbour may be delayed by the ongoing chaos at Westminster.

Work on a Harbour Revision Order was approved in February 2018 to “modernise and consolidate the current dated legislation relating to the harbour operations.”

The latest estimate for approval of the order by Parliament has now been put at November or December 2019, although the Dorset harbours committee heard on Wednesday that even those dates were now in doubt.

It had originally been hoped to complete the process by October.

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Some of the initial delays were due to additional queries raised by the Marine Management Organisation.

A similar Harbour Revision Order is now being planned for Lyme Regis Harbour, the committee heard. 

Some of the legislation there dates back to the 1570s and has been described as having ‘shortcomings’ for modern-day harbour operation.

A budget of £31,500 has been set aside, to be spent over two years, to pay for public notices, a consultation and legal fees.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter