The Department for Transport’s “Ports Good Governance Guidance” for all statutory harbour authorities (SHAs), encourages effective engagement with stakeholders which is considered essential for all SHAs to maintain or improve understanding of the harbour by its stakeholders. Engagement is equally important to understand stakeholder’s views about the harbour and key issues from their perspective. The guiding principles for stakeholder engagement are:-
- All SHAs should engage effectively and openly with a wide range of stakeholders that have an interest in their harbour.
- SHAs should periodically assure themselves that stakeholders have been identified and that engagement with them is appropriate and effective.
- SHAs should also consider how the voice and views of stakeholders can be taken into account in their work, including in governance.
Dart Harbour Stakeholders
Dart Harbour liaises on a regular basis with four stakeholder groups and communicates with customers through newsletters, local notices for mariners and other relevant information. The four stakeholder groups are representative of our customers and include river users, commercial river users, town and parish councils and environmental agencies. More information is shown below about the four different groups that exist.