The Harbour Master introduced the report and invited
Gordon Vincent of Whitstable Maritime to explain the report and the
results of the last Harbour Open Day.
He explained the request to the Board was to agree an
annual grant and the potential for a second Harbour Day. The
following points were made:
Feedback from the event has been very positive and
the event was delivered within budget.
The grant from the Board is needed to help with the
cashflow and specifically reserving first aid cover for the event,
the PA system and promotion of the event.
A provisional date of 1 August date has been set for
the open day in 2020.
Whitstable Maritime would like to explore the
possibility of a second day of the event that would compliment the
first day to include community events and potentially a commercial
The Boat show on the second would be self funding
through sponsorship and fees to commercial boat builders and could
has the potential to help fund the Harbour Day.
The Board then asked questions and points including
the following were discussed:
The Board voiced their support for the
event that offered positive promotion for the harbour and thanked
the organisers and stallholders for making it a success.
It was confirmed that there is a waiver
of fees for the Neptune as it is a popular visitor attraction and
berths in the harbour particularly for Harbour Day. The only direct
cost for the Harbour Board is the linesman staff.
Survey feedback from the Harbour Day
would be helpful and should be implemented if possible for the next
The Whitstable Carnival could be held on
the same day which offers further potential for shared costs and
The Board was asked to resolve that Whitstable
Maritime should deliver future open days, an annual grant should be
approved and that a second day of events be approved if
The options available to the Board were to support,
reject or put forward alternative recommendations.
It was proposed, seconded and when put to vote
i) To endorse Whitstable Maritime to deliver the Open
Day for the next three years, subject to an annual
ii) To approve a £2,000 annual grant for
iii) For Whitstable Maritime and Harbour Master to
explore the possibility of a second day of events
Reason for decision: The Harbour Days support the Strategic Plan. A grant
would give security to the event. A second day would compliment the
first and be of benefit to the local community, harbour and help
Record of the voting:
For: Baker, Caffery, Cornell, Dixey, Moore and
Abstained : None