Cowes Harbour Commissioners are committed to seeking guidance from an Advisory Committee that has been appointed by the Board to represent the beneficiaries and stakeholders of Cowes Harbour.
The Advisory Committee is a key part of good governance, enabling stakeholders to bring issues to the attention of Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC), and assisting the flow of information to the Cowes community. In particular, the Advisory Committee is consulted on all matters substantially affecting the management, maintenance, improvement, conservation, protection, or regulation of Cowes Harbour and its navigation.
The Advisory Committee is made up of a number of members from key stakeholder organisations, with a self-appointed Chairman. The composition of the Advisory Committee is decided by Committee members, with reference to their constituent bodies, and is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure it reflects the community which the Commission serves.
The Advisory Committee meets at least four times a year, and aims to provide an effective two way communication mechanism between the Harbour Commission and its key stakeholders and harbour users.
As a forum for collecting updates, news and developments from the Commission that impact on and affect harbour and river users in Cowes, the Advisory Committee performs an essential role, distributing information so that stakeholders are kept up-to-date and have an opportunity to ask questions and have their views represented to the Commission.
The Advisory Committee meetings are a chance for CHAC members to comment on proposed changes in the operation of the harbour, and to suggest ideas for improvements or raise issues of concern. Recent items on the agenda have included: continuing the improvements to water quality in the harbour and river, protecting waterfront marine employment sites in Cowes and East Cowes, major harbour projects such as the new Cowes Breakwater and East Cowes development project, as well as promoting the towns of Cowes and East Cowes to attract more events. Equally, the Advisory Committee meetings provide an opportunity for the Harbour Commission to share information on new projects with the stakeholder representatives.
Advisory Committee members remain in post for two, three-year terms, and vacancies will be coming up for new members to join. If you are interested in getting involved, contact the Advisory Committee direct at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Harbour Office, Tel: 01983 293952.