Lymington Harbour Commissioners Environment Policy
Harbour authorities have a general duty to exercise their functions with regard to nature conservation and other related environmental considerations. They may now seek additional powers for these purposes.
They also have an obligation, where a Special Protection Area for Birds or a Special Area of Conservation has been designated under the Wild Birds or Habitats Directives, to have regard to the requirements of the Habitats Directive so far as they may be affected by the exercise of those functions. Harbour authorities also have to comply with The Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 which strengthened the requirement for public bodies, including statutory undertakers, to have regard for bio-diversity in undertaking their activities.
Lymington Harbour Commissioners (LHC) will comply with the above legislation while seeking to maintain the balance between commercial, recreational and environmental interests to ensure a sustainable and commercially viable port.
The Harbour Commissioners are committed to achieving high standards of environmental management through a framework of setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets relating to conservation and regulation of the Harbour. We will:-
- Publish an environmental policy and keep it under review to ensure it is ‘current’ and fit for purpose. Develop actions that deliver environmental policy objectives and report on them annually;
- Consider environmental factors when setting policies and formulating plans in managing the harbour. Assess and mitigate environmental risks for LHC operations;
- Ensure that any new development is assessed for environmental impact in accordance with prevailing regulations and licencing requirements and where relevant, takes account of climate change forecasts for sea level rise;
- Maintain and develop the Maintenance Dredging Protocol for sustainable dredging in the Harbour. Subject to environmental assessment and consents, identify opportunities to beneficially use sediment from dredging operations locally to reduce saltmarsh erosion or create new saltmarsh and intertidal habitat;
- Work with the community to maintain and improve existing local wildlife habitats and to create new ones;
- Be an active member of the Solent European Marine Site (SEMS) Management Group or other relevant environment forums. Contribute to the annual reporting process and proportionally implement relevant recommendations;
- In conjunction with Wightlink, maintain, exercise and keep under review an MCA approved Oil Spill Contingency Plan and ensure that controls are in place to minimise risks of pollution. Maintain an MOU with local harbour authorities to share resources and personnel in the event of an incident;
- Maintain and keep under review an MCA approved Waste Management Plan. Continually assess recycling, re-use and waste minimisation opportunities and report on actions and initiatives to reduce waste and clean up litter;
- Maintain close liaisons and working links with New Forest National Park Authority, Natural England and the Environment Agency, who are statutory consultees on projects and operations which have the potential to affect the environment;
- Where costs, practicality and availability allow, apply best available technology and practice to goods and plant acquisitions, facilities and activities to reduce emissions, minimise energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts;
- Implement initiatives and publish communications to raise awareness about environmental issues and to encourage good environmental practice by employees, harbour users, local residents and the business community. Report annually on environmental performance in the Annual Report and on the LHC website.