Trust Port of Saundersfoot
Saundersfoot Harbour governs the water from the eastern extremity of Coppet Hall Point to the eastern extremity of Monkstone Point, and as well as running the harbour, car park and public toilets, is the umbrella organisation for the Wales International Coastal Centre, which is comprised of the Marine Centre of Excellence, Ocean Square, and the National Events Deck and Crabbing Centre.
A Brief History
Saundersfoot, once part of the ancient forest and commote of Coedrath (coed: wood; rhath: hill), is situated in Carmarthen Bay and on the substantial Daucleddau Coalfield, a coal measure which stretches across to St Brides Bay. Mining had occurred for centuries along the Coalfield, however, the increased demand for coal during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, meant that the usual practise of carting coal to the coast and loading ships on the beach now became impractical. It had become clear that a harbour was needed. An act was passed in 1829 forming the Saundersfoot Railway and Harbour Company, and construction of the harbour began immediately. The Harbour was completed in 1834 at a cost of £7,000.
In 1958, the Saundersfoot Harbour Order was passed, repealing the earlier Act, setting up a body of Commissioners with ride ranging powers to administer the facility. In 2005, following advice from the Welsh Assembly Government, the Harbour Commissioners were encouraged to modernise and legitimise the management structure, resulting in the passing of The New Harbour Order 2011, via the devolved powers of the Welsh Government and the creation of the Trust Port of Saundersfoot.
What is a Trust Port?
Saundersfoot Harbour is one of over 100 trust ports in the UK. A Trust Port is an independent statutory body, not owned by any individual or group, but controlled by a local independent board. There are no shareholders, and any surplus is ploughed back into each port for the benefit of its stakeholders. Trust Ports are governed by their statutes, which define the port limits, obligations, what they can or cannot do, and how they govern themselves in terms of appointing its Commissioners and conducting its affairs. The Trust Port of Saundersfoot is governed by the 2011 Harbour Order.
Although, the Trust Port of Saundersfoot was created by the 1958 Act, subsequent acts of Parliament have amended this, and can be viewed below:
- The Saundersfoot Harbour Empowerment Order 2011 - English & Welsh
- The Saundersfoot Harbour Revision Order Application
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