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Trust Ports Guide to Good Governance


Lymington Harbour is a Trust Port, an independent statutory body run for the benefit of stakeholders and the local community.

Lymington Harbour Commission (LHC) aims to run the harbour in accordance with standards and practices set out in the Department for Transport’s document Modernising Trust Ports (MTP) Second Edition (MTP2). 

MTP states that "a trust port is a valuable asset presently safeguarded by the existing board, whose duty it is to hand it on in the same or better condition to succeeding generations."

MTP sets out LHC’s commercial accountability. It stresses the importance of monitoring performance and consultation with stakeholders, and sets out a management framework and standards compatible with good governance.

Finally, it  publishes a framework setting out the guiding principles for appointment to the Board of Commissioners. and the standards to which the Board should adhere.

The Department for Transport actively monitors compliance with these standards but interested parties should play their part in bringing to the Department's attention any examples of unaccountable behaviour. Section 3.4 of MTP2 sets out how stakeholders can complain if they believe that a board, it's members or its officials are acting in a manner which:

  • is illegal, improper, outside their powers, unethical or otherwise in breach of the principles of the trust port;
  • might involve maladministration, fraud, criminal or unlawful activity or misuse of port assets; or
  • is otherwise inconsistent with MTP2 guidance or other professional code

In the first instance, please raise the matter with the LHC Chief Executive and/or the LHC Board. We will endeavour to provide a written response within four weeks setting out whether we consider the complaint justified and details of any remedial action we intend to take. Where the complainant does not believe the response is reasonable in addressing the grounds of his or her concern, the matter should be reported to the Department for Transport. 

However, please note that the Department for Transport has no locus in regulating commercial decisions or activities of a trust port, nor does it involve itself in 'good neighbour' disputes as these are matters for the Board to resolve.