Management and ownership of waterways

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Rob Simmons

Dear Cornwall Council,

Which ports, harbours and waterways are managed by Cornwall Council on behalf of the Duchy of Cornwall?

Is this management paid for by the council or the landowner (the Duke of Cornwall)?

Yours faithfully,

Rob Simmons

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Brigden Andy, Cornwall Council

Dear Mr Simmons

Further to your FOI request there are no Ports, Harbours or waterways to
my knowledge that are managed by Cornwall Council on behalf of the Duchy
of Cornwall. I have the responsibility for the following:

Bude Harbour (and possibly Canal) - currently being considered.

Newquay Harbour

Portreath Harbour

St Ives Harbour

Penzance Harbour

Port of Truro

Port of Penryn

Helford River (Seasonal Patrol only)

Prince of Wales Pier

Portscatho Harbour

Portwrinkle

Other Maritime structures at Saltash, Fowey, Downderry, Torpoint and
Looe.

I hope this helps - apologies for the delay but I have been out of the
office all last week. Please feel free to contact me if you need any
further information.

Regards

Andy Brigden
Maritime Manager
Cornwall Council
Tel: 01872 224728
Fax: 01872 225346
[email address]

Harbour Office, Town Quay, Truro TR1 2HJ

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Rob Simmons

Dear Brigden Andy,

Thanks for your reply and your apology (for the delay) which was not necessary.
I am trying to decipher from your answer the possible answer to my question. Am I right in assuming that these waterways etc that Cornwall Council manages are paid for by the council and all profits remain with the authority?

The reason for my intial request was that I learnt the the Duchy of Cornwall owns the: "Tamar, Looe, Helford and Camel estuaries and coastal foreshore around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly." (taken from the offical Duchy of Cornwall website: http://www.duchyofcornwall.org/aroundthe...
Therefore I was wondering the exact arrangments for the upkeep and managment of these waters, as it seems some fall within your remit.

Yours sincerely and thankfully,

Rob Simmons

Brigden Andy, Cornwall Council

Dear Mr Simmons

Got it! - Luckily the Truro City Council purchased the seabed from the
Duchy of Cornwall in 1936 and this is now within the Port of Truro. The
Penryn Town Council purchased their seabed from the Bishop of Exeter in
the 1880's and again that is vested within the Port.

We have some beaches owned by the Duchy which we have a lifeguard
service on (also have Private, NT, MOD and other users as well) and we
are looking at these as we don't get any contribution from them at the
present time)

Happy to discuss more on the phone - my number is 01872 224728

Regards

Andy Brigden
Maritime Manager
Cornwall Council
Tel: 01872 224728
Fax: 01872 225346
[email address]

Harbour Office, Town Quay, Truro TR1 2HJ

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Rob Simmons

Dear Brigden Andy,

Indeed from what I have read, it seems that Cornwall Council is in a quite unique position of funding RNLI lifeguard cover covering a range of landowners. It does raise interesting questions whether the authority or the land owner should have a duty of care to beach users and how this should be applied.

However, I do wish to clarify my original question and restate it, does the council pay for the upkeep of waterways/ ports/ harbours/ beaches owned by the Duchy of Cornwall?
Are any profits or dues paid to the Duchy from Cornish ports and harbours?

Also which beaches are owned by the Duchy? the council website only lists National Trust, Cornwall Council, various parish councils and private owners.

Many thanks for your time and your informative replies, Yours sincerely,

Rob Simmons

Brigden Andy, Cornwall Council

Dear Mr Simmons

The Council does not pay for the upkeep of any Duchy owned
ports/harbours/waterways and no profits are paid to the local authority
owned harbours to the Duchy. There may be some privately owned or Trust
ports which pay the Duchy a rental for the use of their seabed but I do
not know which ones.

With regard to the beaches the Duchy owned beaches that we contribute
towards the cost of lifeguarding are:-

Porthtowan - also part owned by Cornwall Council
Crantock - which Cornwall Council leases from the Duchy.
Part of Trevone is leased from the Duchy by Cornwall Council
Part of Porthcothan is owned by the Duchy and leased by Cornwall Council

Hope this helps

Regards

Andy Brigden
Maritime Manager
Cornwall Council
Tel: 01872 224728
Fax: 01872 225346
[email address]

Harbour Office, Town Quay, Truro TR1 2HJ

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