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 Ports Good Governance Guidance (March 2018).
Ports Good Governance Guidance 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."
Ports Good Governance guidance also sets out a trust ports 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 3.46 of Ports Good Governance Guidance sets out how stakeholders can complain about governance issues or other matters arising from a ports activities.
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 role in reviewing the commercial decisions or activities of a trust port or in intervening in essentially localised disputes. Its interest is in ensuring that a trust board is governed well and does not take decisions in an arbitrary or unaccountable manner.