Do you have a boat moored on the River Dart?
Do you enjoy the beauty, wildlife and privilege of living near, or visiting the Dart estuary?
Do you have a business that is based on or around the River Dart?
Do you own a property adjacent to the River Dart or own mooring rights on the River Dart ?
Are you a member of a club that has activities connected to the River Dart?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions then read on, the Dart Harbour Stakeholder Groups are of interest to you because they are the instruments by which your views and concerns can be represented and communicated to the Dart Harbour Board.
Dartmouth Harbour is an independent port and comes within the Government’s Trust Port legislation. Under this legislation the port is governed by a Board whose members are appointed as required from applicants after a CV and interview process. An independent selection panel carries out the selection process and recommends new members to the Board.
Under the Trust Port legislation a port may allow Stakeholder Groups to be set up. The function of these Stakeholder Groups is to link the Harbour Board to its users and local community. They independently monitor the activities of the Dart Harbour Authority, advising the board and making representations and or recommendations as required. The Dart Harbour Authority has a statutory duty to inform Stakeholder Groups of its policy and activities and take note of any representations a Stakeholder Group puts to it, to which it must respond. If a Stakeholder Group feels it has had an unsatisfactory response or that the policy of the Board is wrong it has the power to notify the Secretary of State who must adjudicate and respond. However, communications between Dart Harbour and the Stakeholder Groups is generally very positive.
Dart Harbour Board accredits three such stakeholder Groups which are: