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									Pembrokeshire Coast National Park



Management Plan (2008-2012)
Local Development Plan
(end date - 2021)



Background Paper No *: Enjoyment




July 2009


PEMBROKESHIRE COAST NATIONAL PARK
AUTHORITY
Contents Page


Aim of this Paper .................................................................................................3

Overview of how this Paper fits into Plan preparation ......................................3

National, Regional and Local .............................................................................3

      National .........................................................................................................3

      Regional ........................................................................................................8

Appendix A Welsh Coastal Tourism Strategy (December 2008) WAG ........25

Appendix B Milford Haven Water Recreation Plan 2005 ...............................27

References ........................................................................................................28
 Aim of this Paper

        To set out the background to help identify objectives, issues, options and preferred options for Plan
         preparation.

 Overview of how this Paper fits into Plan preparation

        These papers will provide information for Officers and Members of the Authority, stakeholders, members of
         the public and the Inspector and those attending Local Development Plan examination to help explain the
         approach being taken in both Plans.

        These papers will be updated through the Plan preparation process to take account of new information
         emerging.

 National, Regional and Local

National

(Documents listed in date order – most recent first)

Welsh Coastal Tourism Strategy Draft Final Strategy Document (December
2008): Welsh Assembly Government
Vision
 An integrated year round coastal tourism industry, based on an outstanding natural environment and a quality
 tourism product that meets and exceeds visitor expectations, whilst bringing economic, social and environmental
 benefits to coastal communities.

 Aims

        To ensure that sustainable tourism is making an increasing contribution to the local economy of coastal
         communities
        To improve the quality of the visitor experience
        To achieve an integrated approach to the development and management of coastal tourism
        To safeguard and protect the environment and cultural heritage as a Key resource for coastal tourism.

The purpose of the coastal strategy is to identify a clear way forward for the development of coastal tourism which
realises and builds on the economica potential of the coastline of Wales whilst respecting its environmental quality
and recognising the importance of achieving community benefits.

The strategy is divided into the following geographic areas:
i) Coastal resorts – it identifies Tenby and Saundersfoot which will continue to be a major focus for visitor activity at
the seaside. Future propsperity must come from diversification of the local economy and tourism-related elements
including accredited beaches, adaptive accommodation, quality retailing and catering establishments and
promotion of alternative means of access to the car.
ii) Rural coasts – these are valued for their unspoiled scenery, peace and quiet. Within these areas settlements are
ofetn established around harbours which now offer potential for safe havens and other leisure activities. Many have
an attractive environment with heritage, cultural and hsitoric attractions, such as St Davids. Within these areas the
accommodation base should be expanded to cater for changing demands. Rural beaches attract substantial
informal use which needs to be balanced against the large numbers of environmental designations bestowed on



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them. Innovative public transport, walking and cycling measure are needed to reduce traffic pressures around the
coast both on land and water.

There are a wide range of coastal activities but the greatest demand is for walking. The Welsh Assembly
Government‟s coastal access programme aims to increase public access to the coast. Wildlife tourism is an
expanding market which can help to extend the visitor season, but needs appropriate management to protect the
environment.

Golf, kite activities and climbing are growing in popularity. Levels of participation of water activities are low
compared with land activities but one of the most important contributors to local coastal economies is angling. The
economic impacts of boating can be increased by building new marinas or improving facilities at harbours. Milford
Haven is cited as one such place where improvements could be made to the harbour. New slipways and all-tide
landing stages can improve access to the water and increase the potential for a range of activities. With one of the
main attractions of the Welsh coastline being its unspoiled scenery, peace and quiet, there also needs to be a focus
on less intrusive activities.

Many complaints arise from the use of personal watercraft but this can be a legitimate use if properly managed.
Specific opportunities for Pembrokeshire are to improve slipway access and management and to develop surfing
and climbing activities.

The strategy identifies the scale of type of marinas in Brittany as being appropriate to the Welsh coast – about 350
to 400 berths with marine-related commercail development, some commercial leisure and limited ancillary housing.
Smaller harbour schemes can provide alternatives such as at Milford Haven.

Crusing is a growth sector in international tourism and Milford Haven has the potential for developing the cruiseliner
market.

Coastal culture can attract visitors all year round through events and attractions based on local-sourced food,
special events, coastal heritage and the Welsh language.

A full list of the recommendations is attached at Appendix A to this paper.



Health Challenge Wales
Encourages organisations to do as much as they can to help their customers and people who use their services,
and their own employees, to improve their health, and promote „better health‟ messages more effectively; and
encourages individuals, to do what they can to improve their own health and that of their families.

Wales Tourism Board – Achieving Our Potential 2006 – 2013: Mid Term Review
Aims to maximise the returns from tourism and secure a sustainable, long-term future for the industry.

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006
Includes a small change to the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to define the meaning of “statutory
undertaker”, previously undefined.

Public Access to the Countryside, Wales Audit Office 2006
This assesses Welsh public service progress towards the WAG objective of increasing the public's statutory
rights of access to the countryside and increasing their responsible use of those rights.




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Wales Environment Strategy: Welsh Assembly Government (2006)
Key outcomes relating to access:

   There is easy, equitable access high quality green space

   There is sustainable, widespread and equitable access to the countryside and coast, which recognises the
    need for a balance between tranquil areas and areas supporting larger numbers of people and a range of
    activities. Damaging access will be discouraged

   The number of people choosing to walk or cycle as a means of transport is increasing.

Climbing Higher. The Welsh Assembly Government Strategy for Sport &
Physical Activity (2005)
 Encourages participation in sport and physical activity.



Catching the Wave (Final Draft, August 2004)
This is a watersports strategy which identifies the many opportunities available for Wales to increase its share of
the water-related tourism market. Issues relevant to the Management Plan and LDP are:

   the need to provide safe havens around the coast and other facilities for the fast-growing boat tourism sector;
   encouraging best practice to protect the environment; and
   the complete product on offer in terms of staffing skills and networking.

The document includes a list of existing harbours, marinas and yacht stations. The following locations in the
National Park are listed:

   Solva
   Little Haven
   Lawrenny Yacht Station
   Tenby
   Saundersfoot Harbour Commissioners

The document also lists potential berthing developments by location. Within the National Park the only location
listed is Saundersfoot with a proposal for 50 additional berths. The status is listed as „aspiration‟.

Wales A Better Country: Wales Assembly Government (2003)
Recognises the opportunity that Wales‟ rich and diverse environment provides for tourism.
Planning Policy Wales (March 2002): WAG
Para 8.1.3: Land use planning can help to achieve the Assembly‟s objectives for transport through:

         Reducing the need to travel, especially by private car, by locating development where there is good
          access by public transport, walking and cycling;

         Improving accessibility by walking, cycling and public transport;



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         Ensuring that transport is accessible to all, taking into account the needs of disabled and other less
          mobile people;

NB. There are others listed but these are the points relevant to this issue.

Para 8.2.1: Walking should be promoted for shorter trips….

Para 8.2.2: Cycling should also be encouraged for shorted trips and as a substitute for car journeys or as part of a
longer journey when combined with public transport….Where appropriate, planning authorities should also seek to
assist the completion of the national cycle network and key links to and from the network.

Para 11.1.3: The Assembly Government supports the development of sport and recreation and the wide range of
leisure pursuits which encourage physical activity…..The Assembly Government‟s main planning objectives are to
promote:

    A more sustainable pattern of development by creating and maintaining networks of facilities and open spaces
     in places well served by sustainable means of travel, in particular within urban areas;
    Social inclusion, improved health and well-being by ensuring that everyone, including the elderly and those
     with disabilities, has easy access to good quality, well-designed facilities and open space; and
    The provision of innovative, user-friendly, accessible facilities to make our urban areas, particularly town
     centres, more attractive places, where people will choose to live, to work and to visit.


Para 11.1.7: Planning authorities should provide the framework for well-located, good quality tourism, sport,
recreation and leisure facilities. The areas and facilities provided in both rural and urban areas should be sensitive
to the needs of users, attractive, well-designed, well maintained, protected from crime and vandalism, safe and
accessible by people whose mobility is restricted and by a variety of sustainable means of travel, particularly
walking, cycling and public transport. Long distance routes, rights of way, disused railways and waterways are
important tourist and recreation facilities in their own right and as a means of linking other attractions. In rural areas
in particular, the scale and nature of such development must be sensitive to the local environment.

Para 11.1.8: Development for tourism, sport and leisure uses should, where appropriate, be located on previously
used land.

Para 11.1.9: The planning system should ensure that adequate land and water resources are allocated for formal
and informal sport and recreation, taking full account of the need for recreational space and current levels of
provision and deficiencies, and the impact on the location.

Para 11.1.10: Formal and informal open spaces, including parks, with significant recreational or amenity value
should be protected from development, particularly in urban areas where they fulfil multiple purposes….

Para 11.1.11: All playing fields whether owned by public, private or voluntary organisation, should be protected
except where:

    Facilities can best be retained and enhanced through the redevelopment of a small part of the site;
    Alternative provision of equivalent community benefit is made available; or
    There is an excess of such provision in the area.

 Para 11.1.13: Local planning authorities should seek to protect and enhance the rights of way network as a
 recreational and environmental resource. They are also encouraged to promote the national cycle network, long
 distance footpaths, bridleways, canals, inland waters and disused railways for sustainable recreation.

 11.2.1: Development plans should consider the scale and distribution of facilities and activities in the area, and
 provide for the accommodation and management of future needs….




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Revised TAN16: Sport, Recreation and Open Space (January 2009): WAG
The WAG‟s long-term strategy for sport and physical activity in Wales for the next 20 years is set out in the
document Climbing Higher (January 2005). The strategy includes the following targets which should guide the
development of planning policy and the setting of standards within local authorities, in particular that by 2025:

   The percentage of people in Wales using the Welsh natural environment for outdoor activity will increase from
    36% to 60%
   95% of people in Wales will have a footpath or cycle path within a 10 minute walk;
   No-one should live more than a 6-minute walk (300m) from the nearest natural green space;
   All public sector employees and 75% of other employees will have access to sport and physical activity
    facilities at, or within a 10 minute walk of the workplace.

In the WAG‟s long term strategy for protecting and enhancing the environment (Environment Strategy for Wales
(May 2006) it states that every community should have a high quality, well-planned built environment which
provides access to green spaces, areas for recreation and supports biodiversity. It also provides for an increased
number of people walking and cycling and using the natural environment.

Open Space Assessments


See diagram in draft revised TAN16 also definition and typology of Open Space in Annex A and B

Particular standards of provision are not prescribed, but should be based upon the findings of the Open Space
Assessment. A well-conceived strategy will seek to improve the match between current levels of provision again
existing and likely future patterns of demand.

Locally generated standards should include:

   Quantitative elements (Whether new provision is needed for the area)
   Qualitative components (against which to measure need for enhancement of existing facilities)
   An accessibility component (to whom and how is the provision accessible to the local community).


These standards should be set out in the LDP.

Whether there is an excess of playing field provision in an area is essentially a matter for the local planning
authority.

Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000
The Act implemented the 'Right to Roam' on certain upland and uncultivated areas of England and Wales. The act
is being implemented in stages as definitive maps of the areas are produced. Locally this takes place via the
Pembrokeshire Access Forum.

The Right to Roam extends the public's ability to enjoy the countryside while also providing safeguards for
landowners and occupiers. The Act gives the public a new right of access to mountain, moor, heath, down and
registered common land. It also: recognises the needs of landowners and managers; improves the rights of way
legislation by encouraging the creation of new routes and clarifying uncertainties about what rights already exist;
provides a statutory basis for biodiversity conservation previously undertaken as a matter of policy; improves the
procedures associated with the notification, protection and management of Sites Special Scientific Interest;
strengthens legal protection for threatened species and brings up to date the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as
amended); supports management of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty




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Environment Act 1995
This Act created a number of new agencies and set new standards for environmental management, amended the
1949 Act.

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
Part III includes sections 53 to 66 of the Act. The legislation contained in these sections covers:

    Ascertainment of public rights of way
     (The duties of government bodies to identify and maintain records about Public Rights of Way)

    Miscellaneous & Supplemental
     Some responsibilities of owners of land crossed by a Public Right of Way. Regulation of traffic on Public Rights
     of Way

Countryside Act 1968
This act imposed a duty on local authorities and other public bodies to have regard to the desirability of conserving
the "natural beauty and amenity" of the countryside - including wildlife - in the exercise of their functions relating to
land. A road used as public path (RUPP) was one of the three types of right of way (along with footpaths and
bridleways) introduced by the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. The Countryside Act 1968
required all highway authorities to re-classify RUPPs in their area – occasionally as footpaths but in practice
generally as bridleways unless public vehicular rights were demonstrated to exist in which case it would become a
Byway Open to All Traffic.

This process was slow as it involved research into historic usage and often public enquiries, and so was not
completed by the time the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 was passed. This reclassified all remaining
RUPPs as Restricted Byways.

National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949
This Act provided the framework for the creation of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in
England and Wales. It also addressed public rights of way and access to open land.


Regional

Wales Spatial Plan
Encourages increased visitor spend and extension of the tourist season linked to the environment, coast, culture
and heritage.

Wales Spatial Plan: Pembrokeshire Haven Tourism Opportunities Action Plan
(Final Report, November 2006)
Contains projects geared towards lengthening the tourism season, managing activities and enhancing sustainable
transport for visitors.




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South West Wales Coastal Recreation Audit (Bowles Green Limited) August
2005
The aim of this audit was to gather together the necessary information to:

    Construct a coherent picture of outdoor recreational activity along the coast;
    Aid in the development of a framework for the future sustainable development and marketing of outdoor
activity in the region.

The reliability of the outcomes of the audit are affected by the lack of information on visitor numbers and the fact
that much of the information is based on observations and personal experience.


 Strategic Issues drawn from the Study

 i)     The most scenic areas in the west attract most visitors to the beaches but the road infrastructure is poorest.
        (See Transport Paper)
 ii)    Dog fouling on beaches is a problem throughout the area.
 iii)   Littering from public, boats, ships and anglers.
 iv)    Disturbance to wildlife from powered craft.
 v)     Disturbance to other users from powered craft.
 vi)    Congestion at slipways
 vii)   Traffic congestion


 1. Teifi to Strumble Head
   Main issues relate to conflict between boat users.

 2. St David‟s Peninsula
   High numbers of visitors in the peak season test the local infrastructure with congestion occurring on roads and
    car parks on busy days. Infrastructure contains growth. Parking is inadequate at St Justinians and there are no
    facilities for people undertaking activities there. Concerns about safety on the water.

 3. St Brides Bay
   Conflicts with horses on the beach at Druidston. Few on shore facilities for boaters at Solva. Frequent
    congestion at car parks and slipways. Sea litter and anglers litter is a problem.

 4. Milford Haven
   Dale is very congested and there are problems using the slipway. Divers and anglers sometimes conflict at
    wreck sites. Anglers sometimes conflict with boat users coming alongside pontoons.

 5. West Angle to Manorbier
   Jet skis launched at Freshwater East and Lydstep are noisy. Freshwater East is becoming very congested on
    land and water. Dog fouling is an issue on beaches.

 6. Tenby Area
   Concern for safety from high volumes of water-borne craft, some moving at speed. Disturbance to birds and
    seals.

South West Wales Tourism Partnership: Open All Year: A Tourism Strategy for
South West Wales 2004 – 2008 (October 2004)
The aims of this strategy are to lengthen the season and maximise returns from tourism by upgrading the quality of
accommodation and other facilities, providing a distinctive product and providing quality jobs for well trained staff.




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A specific goal is to improve and promote countryside access where appropriate, with actions to pursue this
including:
        Improving maintenance of the rights of way network, making this more consistent across the region;
        Capitalising on the „open countryside‟ opportunities offered by the CROW Act
        Identifying and promoting medium distance routes and trails, for walking, cycling, and riding, linking points of
         interest and centres of accommodation, including packages and services to facilitate their use
      Improving access to rivers for amenity and recreational activities, while respecting the needs of the sensitive
         environments through which they pass.



Accommodation

The south west Wales region has a total of 144,563 bed spaces, provided by 5686 operators. This represents
almost half of the accommodation enterprises in Wales, but only 28.4% of the bed space stock underlining the
comparatively small size of accommodation providers in this region. (Survey 2002). Pembrokeshire has 65% of the
bed spaces within the region (93,966).

Holiday parks (caravan parks) account for 66% of the total regional bedspaces, with self-catering 22% and serviced
accommodation just over 12%. There has been a growth of about 2% since the previous survey in 1995.

The serviced accommodation sector is made up mainly of independently owned enterprises which are mainly very
small (over half have less than 10 rooms).

On average occupancy rates are low.

Visit Wales: Tourism to South West Wales 2005
Accommodation type              Trips %                        Nights %                         Spend %

Hotel and guest house           18                             17                               27

B&B/Farmhouse                   5                              3                                10

Self Catering                   12                             17                               17

Friends/relatives               21                             17                               13

Camping                         11                             10                               8

Caravan

Towed                           12                             23                               12

Static                          13                             11                               10

Other                           8                              2                                3




Rural Development Plan 2007 – 2013: Part D: Socio Economic and
Environmental Analysis (Final Submission, March 2007)
There are 81 visitor attractions (27 of which are open all year) in Pembrokeshire. Activity provision is also a
strength, particularly those focussing on the resources of the National Park and the coast. The economic value of
the county‟s environment stems in large measure from its ability to attract tourists both initially and for return visits.

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The Coast Path is a good example. The importance of the sustainable management of Pembrokeshire‟s
environment to ensure its interest to tourists is unquestioned, as is the importance of visitor management, for
instance encouraging non-car access to the coast and countryside.

Local
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire County
Council Draft Rights of Way Improvement Plan for Pembrokeshire 2007-2017
This assesses the strategic context, the condition of existing PROW and its legal definition and existing and likely
future need for different classes of user.



Pembrokeshire Coast Residents and Visitor Survey 2006
Residents particularly value the beaches and access to the coast and its scenery via the National Trail. They cite
open land (and the lack of vehicles thereon) as a valuable asset.

Along with visitors, they commented on the quiet roads and on the well-maintained but rugged and unspoilt
coastline and paths. The ease of getting around the Park is valued, and the coastal buses were frequently praised.
The information available on linear and circular walks was welcomed.

Many made reference to walking the Trail and the inland paths, both as activities in their own right and in order to
access other places. Several specifically stated that they deliberately visited in the shoulder season or winter
(because there are fewer people).



Health Challenge Pembrokeshire - The Health, Social Care and Well-being
Strategy - 1st April 2005 – 31st March 2008
Includes a drive to increase general activity levels in Pembrokeshire.

Draft Health Challenge Pembrokeshire - The Health, Social Care and Well-being
Strategy – 1st April 2008 – 31st March 2011
Includes a drive to increase general activity levels in Pembrokeshire.



Pembrokeshire County Council Draft Tourism Strategy 2004 – 2009
Aims to improve the quality of the tourism experience and accessibility of the county as a destination, develop
partnerships for all to work together and embrace a sustainable approach to tourism development.



Pembrokeshire County Council Community Plan for Pembrokeshire 2003 – 2008
Includes maintenance and appropriate improvement in the opportunities for the public to enjoy the natural
environment of the county, and health/activity targets.




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Milford Haven Recreation Plan 2005
In line with UK trends there has been an increasing demand for moorings in the Milford Haven Waterway. In 2003
there were 961 moorings registered with the Milford Haven Port Authority with a rise to 1020 in 2004.

They are located at:

Location                                                     No Moorings
Dale                                                         115
Sandy Haven                                                  33
Angle                                                        127
Gelliswick                                                   5
Cunjic Bay                                                   32
Castle Pill                                                  83
Hazelbeach                                                   41
Neyland                                                      29
Pembroke Dock                                                12
Hobbs Point                                                  88
Burton                                                       27
Rhoose Ferry                                                 21
Llangwm                                                      121
Landshipping Ferry                                           29
Svitzers                                                     3
Milford Docks                                                29
Pennar Park                                                  2
Pembroke Reach                                               2
Neyland Point                                                1
Barn Lake                                                    6
Barn Lake Point                                              11
Burton Watersports                                           2
Burton Point                                                 6
Warrior                                                      12
Cosheston Point                                              2
Cosheston Reach                                              3
Rudders                                                      30
Jenkins Point                                                13
Lawrenny                                                     6
Lawrenny Yacht Station                                       100
Black Mixen                                                  16
Landshipping Quay                                            7
Hook Reach                                                   5
Little Milford                                               1

Most of the moorings on the Waterway are privately owned and are managed through Voluntary Control Bodies.

In addition to the registered moorings, the Neyland and Milford Marinas were operating at full capacity in 2004
offering a further 725 berths. The Neyland Marina waiting list for 2004 stood at 112.

Activities on the Haven
A wide range of water-based recreational activities take place on the Waterway throughout the year. Most of the
activity is seasonal, building from April to August and then declining in September.


  Activity                      Mainly occurs                              Comments
  Sailing                       Between the Cleddau Bridge and the         Yachts are by far the most abundant craft
                                lower reaches of the Waterway.             on the Waterway.

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                                There are 4 yacht clubs on the
                                Waterway located at Gelliswick Bay,
                                Neyland, Opposite Hobbs Point in
                                Pembroke Dock and Dale.

  Powered craft                 Downstream areas such as Dale and      Permitted throughout the waterway, but
                                Watwick.                               when towing inflatables only within the
                                                                       main ski areas.
  Water-skiing                  Between the Cleddau Bridge and the
                                entrance to Lawrenny yacht station.
  Personal watercraft           Few go beyond the upper limit of the   Numbers observed on the Haven are low
                                main water ski area. Aquabatics are    compared with other areas but with
                                resticted to an area off Pwllcrochan   further restrictions elsewhere and fewer
                                Flats.                                 restrictions here it is anticipated that
                                                                       usage will increase.
  Diving                        Various dive sites.
  Hovercraft                                                           This is a new type of activity that is likely
                                                                       to increase within the next 5 years.
  Windsurfing/kitesurfing       Dale Bay.
  Canoeing/Kayaking/Rowing      Upper reaches of the waterway.
  Swimming                      Dale, Watwick, west Angle Bay.         Due to strong currents and mudflats the
                                                                       Waterway is not ideal for swimming.
  Angling                       Various

Access

The Waterway has a number of launching points and landing points. The slipways are free to use and are open to
all. The main launch points are at:

  Location                            Managing Agency                       Use
  Dale                                PCNPA                                 Public
  Angle                               PCC                                   Public
  West Angle                          PCC                                   Public
  Gelliswick                          PCC                                   Public
  Milford Marina                      PCC                                   Public
  Neyland Yacht Club                  PCC                                   Public
  Hobbs Point                         PCC                                   Public
  Front Street                        PCC                                   Public
  East Llanion                        Pembrokeshire Watersports             Public (PW has priority)
  Rudders                             Rudders Boatyard                      Private (clients only)
  Lawrenny                            Lawrenny Yacht Station                Private (clients only)
  Black Tar                           PCC                                   Public
  Landshipping                        PCC                                   Public


                                                                                   st         st
Pontoons are located at Dale, Neyland, Hazelbeach, Hobbs Point and Burton from 1 April to 1 October.

Waterway Recreation Management Objectives – see appendix B.

 Other Moorings
Outside the Haven the following moorings are available:

     Newport              173
    Fishguard             161
    Abercastle             30

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    Porthgain                6
  St Justinian s            30
 Ramsey island               3
    Porthclais              52
      Solva                112
  Nolton haven               1
    St Brides                2
  Martins haven              3
  North Haven                4
 Stackpole quay              3
 Freshwater east            25
      Tenby                188
  Saundersfoot             208


Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Management Plan 2003-2007
Sets out desired outcomes in terms of Park purposes, and measures to achieve them.



 Enjoyment: Non-locational conflicts

 Location and          Involved          Issues                  Desired Outcome             Actions
 issue
 Widespread or
 scattered issues
 Unmanaged/Poorl       PCC Env           Spoiled enjoyment       Dog owners are in control   PCC lead, explore
 y managed dogs        Health            of others,              of their animals and take   support that PCNP
 on beaches                              perceived threat        a responsible and           should give
                                                                 sympathetic approach
 Dog fouling on        PCC Env           Health and              Dog owners clean up         PCC lead, explore
 beaches               Health            enjoyment issues        after their pets            support that PCNP
                                                                                             should give,
 Dog fouling on        PCC Env           Health and              Dog owners clean up         PCC lead, explore
 public                Health            enjoyment issues        after their pets            support that PCNP
 paths/access land                                                                           should give,
                                                                                             increased provision
                                                                                             of bins
 Fast power craft      PCC beach         Safety Issues           Safer responsible use of    Support moves
 close to bathing      byelaws                                   fast power craft            (Coastal Tourism
 beaches                                                                                     Strategy) for better
                                                                                             management of
                                                                                             power craft/ training
                                                                                             and insurance cf
                                                                                             Lydstep lead.
                                                                                             Encourage staffing
                                                                                             of main slipways
 Fast power craft      Marine Code       Environmental           Informed and considerate    Support training and
 disturbing wildlife   Group / PCF       and welfare             use of craft                information
                                         concern                                             programme of PCF
                                                                                             led Marine Code
 Fast power craft in                     Tranquillity/ loss of                               Hard to define
 remoter areas                           character concern
 disturbing

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 tranquillity

Enjoyment – Recreational Conflicts

 One way to look at recreation is by identifying the locations and sites where there are pressures and problems. As
 a rule, in Pembrokeshire most of these are located on, or adjacent to, the coast because that is where the main
 people pressures and demands are focussed.
 Apart from purpose built/set aside locations – golf courses, theme parks, adventure playgrounds, country parks,
 which are beyond the scope of this paper most inland countryside recreation takes place on public rights of way or
 on open access land which may be common land and is not characterised by (With a few exceptions) the
 concentrations of use seen on the coast.


Location and          Partners          Issues                  Desired Outcome             Actions
issue                 Involved

Poppit-St             PCC/PCNP          Coast Path on road      Good off road route         Encourage PCC to
Dogmaels              Community                                 through to Cardigan         pursue as part of
                                                                                            Coastal Access Project
Cemaes Head                             Need to protect         Dramatic and rugged         Protect this area from
to Newport                              wildness/special        coastline untamed by        developments and
                                        qualities of coast.     coastal activities.         activities that would
                                                                                            introduce inappropriate
                                                                                            levels of activities
                                                                                            along this stretch of
                                                                                            coast.

                                                                                            Agree voluntary „no-go
                                                                                            areas‟ with operators.
Newport               Community         Beach parking-          Reduced or no parking       Collecting recreation
Beach                 /PCNPA/PCC        safety, pollution,      on the beach                data to help reach the
                                        landscape etc.                                      longer term aim
Fishguard             PCC/              Concern at possible     Good practice inherent      Ensure that if marina
Marina                PCNP/operator     sudden increase in      in the terms of             progresses there is an
                                        levels of use esp       management of the           agreement in the
                                        Strumble (Cetaceans     marina, monitored and if    conditions of any
                                        and seals) and Dinas    necessary, enforced by      public funding and that
                                        (birds)                 operator                    this is followed through
Ty Canol              PCNP/CCW          Impact of Bridleway     Sustainable use of          CCW should monitor
                                        on NNR                  bridleway                   use
Gwaun-                PCC/PCNP          Lack of path            Agreement to install        PCC are pursuing
Fishguard             /Landowner        between Gwaun and       public footpath             creation of path
                                        Fishguard               (Bridleway?)
Preseli Ridge         PCC/Barony/       Over promotion and      Ensure sustainable use      Work with PLANED to
                      PLANED            use of the route        of bridleway along top of   produce an agreed
                                                                Preseli hills               plan for use.
Strumble Head         PCNP              Increasing level of     Car borne visitor levels    Continue to manage
                                        vehicle traffic and     within capacity of site,    present parking area,
                                        parking is site over    more visitors arriving by   do not expand. Try and
                                        capacity?               bus                         reduce pressure by
                                                                                            positive management
                                                                                            techniques – more
                                                                                            publicity for bus, bus
                                                                                            web walks etc??
Abereiddi             PCC/PCNP          Dangerous sea wall      Agreed sustainable          Sea defence and car
                      /Landowner/N      and culvert, future     solution reached to sea     parking issues to be


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Location and          Partners          Issues                    Desired Outcome              Actions
issue                 Involved
                      T/community       unclear, high             defence issues and           investigated by a local
                      council/local     demand for parking,       visitor management.          forum representing the
                      tourism           poor toilets                                           various local interests.
                      parnership
                                        Popular area for          Activity is limited to the
                                        coasteering which         environmental carrying       Seek voluntary
                                        causes problems of        capacity of the affected     agreements with
                                        erosion at access         area.                        operators.
                                        points and damage
                                        to the intertidal
                                        habitats.
Porthgain             PCNP /            Vehicle                   Reduced pressure on          Draw up proposal and
                      Community         overcrowding of           the village, Harbour and     consult
                      Council           village, road             locals have easy
                                        maintenance               access, roads are well
                                                                  maintained and parking
                                                                  is on the edge of the
                                                                  village
Whitesands            City Council,     Use levels are            Develop an agreed            Draft a visitor
                      PCNPA/PCC         beyond the capacity       visitor management           management plan
                                        of parking and            plan for Whitesands
                                        approach road,            which is funded and
                                        walkers on road,          implemented by a
                                        pinch point to north      Whitesands Steering
                                        on coast path, lack of    Group.
                                        management of
                                        beachhead and
                                        beach embarkation
                                        problem.

                                        Beach being
                                        promoted by the
                                        British Kite Surfing
                                        Society which raises
                                        significant safety
                                        concerns.
St Justinians         Operators,        Use levels are            Majority of boat trip        Encourage PCC to
                      PCC,PCNPA,        beyond the capacity       visitors arriving by bus.    continue to work with
                      City Co, RNLI,    of parking, approach      Boat trips within carrying   operators to provide a
                      neighbouring      road, landing stage       capacity of area having      bus service which
                      landowners/NT     and arguably, the         minimal impact on            delivers the majority of
                      , RSPB            waters around             habitats/species and         boat trip visitors by
                                        Ramsey                    special qualities of area    bus.
                                        Future of boat trips if   and also maintains long      Investigate the carrying
                                        the current lifeboat      term employment in the       capacity of the inland
                                        house is removed          area.                        waters around
                                        would be is                                            Ramsey Is. and impact
                                        uncertain                                              of boat trips on the
                                        Boat trips are a                                       special qualities and
                                        significant employer                                   habitats/ species of the
                                        in St David‟s area.                                    area.

                                        Canoeing/sea
                                        kayaking causes
                                        occasional
                                        disturbance to seals


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Location and      Partners          Issues                    Desired Outcome              Actions
issue             Involved
                                    and birds at Ramsey
                                    Island.
South St          Operators,        Probably the most         Try to manage visitors       Assess carrying
Davids            Harbours,         heavily used coast        within carrying capacity     capacity of area, and
Peninsula         PCNP              for outdoor activities,   of the area.                 investigate the impact
                                    large numbers of                                       of recreation on the
                                    people in places                                       special qualities and
                                    where few have                                         habitats/ species of the
                                    been before, little                                    area.
                                    knowledge of
                                    impacts.

                                    Over-use of training      Promote alternative
                                    crags causing             sites to reduce levels of
                                    erosion.                  use.

Newgale                             Beach used for kite       Responsible
                                    surfing, kite buggying    management of this
                                    etc causing               activity to minimize risk
                                    significant safety        and conflict with other
                                    concerns.                 beach users.
St Brides bay     PCC/              Large scale beach         Activity is licensed and     Approach operators to
                  PCNPA/operat      riding generates          managed at a level           sign up to Code of
                  ors               concerns from other       which the site and           Conduct.
                                    users                     approaches can sustain
                                                              it. Path to beach is
                                                              improved
St Brides         PCNPA             Busy site on high         Continue to monitor site     Continue monitoring
Haven             /operators/dive   days, possible            and consider introducing     dive use
                  clubs/BSAC/co     congestion from           licensing if the situation
                  mmunity           divers and vehicles       deteriorates perhaps
                  council           on a small beach          reduce vehicle use.
Martins haven     CCW/NT/PCC/       Use levels are            NT and PCC introducing       Await outcome of trial
                  PCNPA/Opera       beyond the capacity       trial bus service
                  tor/NT/           of parking, approach      between Marloes Beach
                  Community         road, and perhaps         car park and Martin‟s
                  Council           landing stage             Haven car park this
                                                              summer.
Dale              PCNPA/            Use of the slip is        Negotiate agreement
                  Community/PC      beyond the capacity       where local organisation
                  C                 of parking, approach      manages the slip.
                  /trade            road, and perhaps
                                    slip/pontoon.

Gann bait         PCNPA/CCW         Important designated
digging           /SAC/Anglers      habitat damaged by
                                    individual and
                                    commercial bait
                                    digging
Milford Haven     MHPA              Water-skiing is going     Use is brought within        Milford Haven Port
Waterway                            beyond capacity of        capacity of designed         Authority undertaking
                                    designated area at        area.                        capacity study of the
                                    Burton.                                                Haven 2007.
Angle Bay         PCC/PCNPA         Cockling problem,
                  /SWSFA/CCW        vehicles on the
                                    beach, damage to

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Location and       Partners          Issues                    Desired Outcome              Actions
issue              Involved
                                     Zostera beds
Freshwater         NT/Angle          Increasing popularity     Surfing Ranger to            Bid for post
West               Estate/CCW        of surfing leading to     monitor, encourage
                                     overcrowding of car       appropriate behaviour
                                     parks, camping,           etc
                                     littering, damage to
                                     dunes
Range WEST         MOD/NPA/          Lack of ability for the   Improved access.
                   CCW/              public to gain
                                     unescorted access to
                                     the coast of Range
                                     west.

                                     Some disturbance to       Monitoring of effects of
                                     protected wildlife in     disturbance with ability
                                     caves in                  to limit access, if
                                     Castlemartin. Few         necessary.
                                     caving sites in
                                     Pembrokeshire and
                                     any increase in user
                                     numbers is likely to
                                     cause safety issues.
Range East         PCNPA/Opera       Over-use of training      Promote alternative
                   tors              crags causing             sites to reduce levels of
                                     erosion.                  use.
Stackpole/Bara     PCNPA/Opera       Popular area for          Activity is limited to the   Seek voluntary
fundle             tors              coasteering which         environmental carrying       agreements with
                                     causes problems of        capacity of the affected     operators.
                                     erosion at access         area.
                                     points and damage
                                     to the intertidal
                                     habitats.
Barafundle         NT/PCNPA/PC       Overcrowding and          Is it suffering from this?
                   C                 over promotion of
                                     beach that relies on
                                     low levels of use for
                                     its charm
Freshwater                           Very high level of        Move towards less            Campaign to demote
East                                 PWC and speedboat         intrusive activities.        this activity around the
                                     use.                                                   National Park coast.
Skrinkle Haven     PCNPA/            Loss of access to         Path to beach again – or
                   community         popular beach,            extinguishment.
                                     wrong use of
                                     temporary path
                                     closure
Lydstep Haven      Bourne            Very high level of        Move towards less
                   Leisure/PCC       PWC and speedboat         intrusive activities –
                   /PCNPA            use                       continuation of
                                                               watersports project at
                                                               Lydstep.
Tenby                                Lack of sheltered         Increased number of
                                     moorings for craft        managed and
                                     sailing from Burry        maintained moorings in
                                     Port and Swansea          sheltered locations.
                                     and faced with
                                     unexpected and

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Location and         Partners           Issues                     Desired Outcome              Actions
issue                Involved
                                        hazardous winds.
South Beach          PCC, Golf          Loss of sand dunes       Assess risk and manage
                     Club, MOD,         and threat from sea      outcomes arising the
                     PCNP, CCW          level/increased          coastal defence
                                        storminess.              management approach.

                                        Beach used for kite      Responsible
                                        surfing, kite buggying   management of this
                                        etc causing              activity to minimize risk
                                        significant safety       and conflict with other
                                        concerns.                beach users.
Saundersfoot                            Noise, smell and          Quiet and non-polluting       Resist concessions for
                                        potential for chemical    activities on the beach.      noisy and/or polluting
                                        pollution caused by                                     activities on the beach.
                                        generator for bouncy
                                        castle.
Amroth               PCC                Closure of beach for
                                        jet ski use has led to
                                        increased use of
                                        other (Possibly less
                                        suitable) sites.



In addition to these location-specific issues, there are widespread issues arising from:

                      Sea angling – litter, conflict with other users, especially divers and boat operators at pontoons
                       and jetties and bait digging;

                      Dog fouling.

                      Increasing and unlicensed wildlife boat trips.



National Park Authority Caravan Survey
The National Park occupies 38% of the land area of Pembrokeshire, but accommodates 56% of caravan sites.

Caravan site occupancy has increased significantly since 2000. Authorised sites for static and/or touring caravans
show an overall increased use of 14%. The data is collected by means of aerial photographs and therefore the
number of touring caravans is likely to vary greatly depending on when the photographs were taken. The highest
recorded increases are touring caravans in the southern areas of the National Park (38% increase). Static caravan
sites show much smaller increases in the number of pitches occupied within the National Park – the increase being
about 4% overall. This has, however brought the pitch occupancy on static caravan sites in the National Park to
over 90%, although approximately 400 pitches remain empty.

The sites within the National Park and coastal areas generally have always been more popular than the sites
further inland. To gain a fuller picture the numbers of caravans using sites within the Pembrokeshire County
Council planning area were also surveyed. This shows that there are 20% more static caravan pitches and 13%
more touring caravan pitches occupied within that area. The largest increases are seen in the southern parts of the
County Council area. In the northern area outside the National Park 35% of static pitches and 56% of touring
pitches remain unoccupied.

Table: Pitch Occupancy on Authorised Sites 2006
             Area                       Static                              Touring                     Total


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                                              caravan                     caravan                     pitches
                                              pitches                     pitches                     occupied
                                              occupied                    occupied
              National Park                   89%                         68%                         84%
              (North)
              National Park                   94%                         101%                        96%
              (South)
              National Park                   92%                         89%                         92%
              (All)
              Pembrokeshire                   65%                         44%                         56%
              County
              Council Area
              (North)
              Pembrokeshire                   93%                         80%                         89%
              County
              Council Area
              (South)
              Pembrokeshire                   87%                         69%                         80%
              County
              Council Area
              (All)
              All Sites                       90%                         78%                         87%


Statistics on occupancy of caravan parks undertaken by Visit Wales in 2005 indicate an increase in the number of
visitors using caravan and camping accommodation.

Percentage Occupancy of Static Caravans in Wales
          Apr      May         June      July                Aug        Sep          Oct        May-Oct     Year
                                                                                                Average     Average
 2002       26          53          71          78           88         76           50         69          63
 2003       33          51          65          74           84         67           53         66          61
 2004       32          43          46          62           82         52           31         53          50
 2005       51          49          55          60           85         65           60         62          61

Percentage Occupancy of Touring Caravans in Wales
          Apr      May        June     July       Aug                   Sep          Oct        May-Oct     Year
                                                                                                Average     Average
 2002       14          17          28          35           46         20           11         26          24
 2003       25          27          28          38           60         23           18         32          31
 2004       23          26          33          46           59         21           11         33          31
 2005       20          32          33          53           66         29           19         39          36

Caravan and Camping – Local Policy Background
A restrictive policy against new and extended caravan sites has existed in the National Park since the mid 1970‟s.
A letter from the Secretary of State for Wales in 1975 expressed concern about the impact of holiday caravans and
chalet development, especially in National Parks. Prior to the publication of the Dyfed Structure Plan the former
Preseli and South Pembrokeshire District Councils, Dyfed County Council and NPA supported a joint policy of
protection of coastal areas against further caravan and chalet developments. Once published in 1983, Dyfed
Structure Plan policy TR1 presumed against the development of new static caravan sites or increases in the
number of static caravans on existing sites. This policy has been carried through the Structure Plan and the
subsequent Local Plans produced by the Authorities. Following the National Park Local Plan Inquiry in 1997, the
Inspector reported that although the Secretary of States letter (1975) and the Dyfed Structure Plan predate more
recent guidance, (namely PPG21 Annex B and draft TAN(W)23) there is no lessening of environmental concern
about caravan sites in that recent guidance. In considering objections to the policies contained in the Joint Unitary
Development Plan for Pembrokeshire, the Inspector concluded: This policy rightly seeks to protect
Pembrokeshire‟s sensitive coastal areas, most of which lie within the National Park, from environmental


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damage through the intensification and expansion of static caravan parks and I see no justification for
weakening its provisions.

 Hotels in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
 There are an estimated 129 hotels and guest houses operating within the National Park. (There may be a larger
 number of guest houses operating on a very small scale and for which planning permission has not been
 required). These serviced accommodation premises supply approximately 1700 rooms and 3400 bed spaces.

 In the last 20 years 42 hotels have been lost in the National Park, almost exclusively to residential development,
 with a little over 2 hotels per year on average being converted to other uses.

 The Welsh Tourist Board publishes statistics on occupancy of serviced accommodation. The results relevant to
 the National Park area are shown below.

Hotel Occupancy in Peak Season (August 2006)

Room Occupancy

                          Minimum                   Maximum                    Average
  All Wales               13.9%                     100%                       72.3%
  Seaside                 36.8%                     100%                       75.7%
  Small Town              13.9%                     100%                       72.3%
  In PCNPA                81.4%                     100%                       85.7%

South West Wales Hotel Bedroom Occupancy 2002 – 2005

        Jan       Feb     Mar     Apr      May      June      July   Aug      Sep      Oct     Nov        Dec    Av
2002    36        41      48      49       57       66        68     79       70       59      48         40     55
2003    34        45      47      56       60       62        65     70       68       56      38         35     53
2004    35        47      50      51       59       65        68     71       71       59      45         45     56
2005    39        49      57      62       62       65        69     77       72       59      49         42     59
2006    38        47      49      60       66       66        72     79       71       62      51         42     58
Av      36        45.5    50.5    54.5     59.5     64.5      67.5   74.25    70.25    58.25   45         40.5   55.75

The table below shows that the average occupancy rates in south west Wales have become more consistent with
those for all Wales since 2000.

Year                                     South West Wales                      All Wales
1998                                     43                                    53
1999                                     44                                    53
2000                                     48                                    52
2001                                     53                                    54
2002                                     55                                    55
2003                                     53                                    56
2004                                     56                                    57
2005                                     59                                    57
2006                                     58                                    58




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Self Catering Accommodation in the National Park
It is very difficult to determine the exact levels of self catering accommodation available in the National Park. This is
because only an element of the available stock is advertised as such whilst an unknown proportion is made
available on a less formal basis, for example through the letting of second or holiday homes.

The data available from Pembrokeshire County Council‟s bed space survey undertaken in 2002 and details
provided in various brochures have been used to map all known self-catering properties in the National Park. This
amounts to over 2300 individual units. The number of houses identified in the 2001 Census in the National Park is
12,800 and so the self catering accommodation makes up just under 18% of the stock, although in reality it is likely
to be slightly lower as the housing stock identified in the Census will not include properties which are clearly
purpose-built self catering properties.

The totals can be broken down by Community Council areas (National Park area only) as follows:




 Community Council         Number of              Proportion of            Number of Self         Estimate of the
 Area                      Households in          households in the        Catering               Proportion of Self
                           National Park          National Park            Properties in          Catering Properties
                                                                           National Park
 Amroth                    207                    30%                      37                     17.9%
 Angle                     155                    100%                     6                      3.9%
 Brawdy                    45                     17%                      34                     76%
 Burton                    83                     18%                      9                      10.8%
 Camrose                   2                      0.3%                     0                      0%
 Carew                     159                    27%                      3                      1.9%
 Castlemartin              71                     95%                      0                      0%
 Cosheston                 48                     15%                      5                      10.4%
 Crymych                   73                     11%                      3                      4.1%
 Cwm Gwaun                 98                     75%                      18                     18.4%
 Dale                      139                    100%                     64                     46%
 Dinas Cross               484                    100%                     136                    28.1%
 Eglwyswrw                 141                    44%                      18                     12.8%
 Fishguard                 5                      0.2%                     1                      20%
 Freystrop                 8                      4%                       0                      0%
 Hayscastle                7                      4%                       0                      0%
 Herbrandston              168                    100%                     6                      3.6%
 Hook                      38                     14%                      3                      7.9%
 Hundleton                 5                      1%                       0                      0%
 Jeffreyston               46                     22%                      4                      8.7%
 Kilgetty/Begelly          4                      0.5%                     0                      0%
 Lamphey                   510                    69%                      31                     6%
 Llangwm                   32                     8%                       9                      28%
 Llanrhian                 257                    55%                      69                     26.8%
 Llawhaden                 3                      1%                       0                      0%
 Maenclochog               73                     22%                      17                     23.3%
 Manorbier                 611                    100%                     58                     9.5%
 Marloes and St Brides     234                    100%                     68                     29.1%
 Martletwy                 129                    56%                      5                      3.9%
 Mathry                    49                     17%                      11                     22.4%


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 Merlin‟s Bridge          1                    0.1%                    0                     0%
 Mynachlogddu             127                  56%                     3                     2.4%
 Nevern                   394                  99%                     83                    21.1%
 Newport                  825                  100%                    231                   28%
 Nolton and Roch          147                  39%                     99                    67.3%
 Penally                  10                   2%                      1                     10%
 Pencaer                  124                  51%                     35                    28.2%
 Puncheston               47                   22%                     0                     0%
 Saundersfoot             1544                 100%                    221                   14.3%
 Slebech                  54                   74%                     1                     1.9%
 Solva                    467                  97%                     182                   39%
 St Davids                974                  98%                     242                   24.8%
 St Dogmaels              64                   9%                      9                     14.1%
 St Ishmaels              231                  100%                    31                    13.4%
 St Mary Out Liberty      169                  59%                     16                    9.5%
 Stackpole                188                  86%                     31                    16.5%
 Tenby                    2758                 100%                    351                   12.7%
 The Havens               694                  96%                     242                   35%
 Uzmaston and             21                   9%                      0                     0%
 Boulston
 Walwyn‟s Castle          74                   57%                     9                     12.2%

The table shows that some areas are clearly more popular than others for provision of self catering properties.
Particular hot spots are Dale, Llanrhian, Marloes and St Brides, Nevern, Newport, ,Pencaer, Saundersfoot, Solva
and St Davids.

The following community council areas have high proportions of self-catering properties but less than 50% of the
total households are within the National Park:

Llangwm, Maenclochog, Mathry, Nolton and Roch

Tenby Tourism Growth Area Visitor Survey 2007/2008 Autumn quarterly report
(Jan 2008: Pembrokeshire County Council)
The overall aim of the study is to undertake research to measure the current performance of Tenby TGA as a
visitor destination to inform future decision-making, public sector investments priorities and partnership
opportunities with community and tourism organsiations.

Some of the key findings from the report:

The average length of stay during the summer was 7.69 nights and in the autumn this fell to 4.73 nights. In Wales
the summer average was 5.21 nights and the autumn average 10.75 nights. In the UK the summer average was
6.5 nights and 7 nights in the autumn.

Of those interviewed in this survey the largest number stayed in Tenby (40% during the summer and 43% in the
autumn). Saundersfoot was popular in the summer (20% of visitors stayed) but not in the autumn.

Type of Accommodation

The most popular types of accommodation during the summer were:

            Serviced accommodation 17%
            Self-catering 18%

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             Rented static caravan 11%
             Owned static caravan 13%
             Owner touring caravan 11%


In the autumn:

             Serviced accommodation 20%
             Self-catering 17%
             Rented static caravan 17%
             Owned static caravan 13%
             Friends home 13%

During the summer 38% of visitors stayed in free accommodation. In the autumn 46% of visitors stayed in free
accommodation. This includes friends homes, touring caravans and second homes and static caravans.

The vast majority of visitors to the area came by car (86% in the summer and 93% in the autumn).

Activities

A range of activities were undertaken. The most popular activities were visiting natural attractions, short walks,
sight-seeing by car, shopping and dining out. The beaches were popular in the summer.

Of the main activities taken, visiting theme parks or activity parks was most popular in the autumn (40%) , but visits
to the beach were most popular in the summer. Visiting natural attractions captured around one-fifth of the
responses in each case.

Reason for visit

The majority of people in summer and autumn came because they had visited before. Beaches were a popular
draw in the summer, whilst the coastal landscape, countryside and scenery were popular in summer and autumn.
People visited in the autumn for a particular attraction or to visit a specific place.

Improvement Suggestions

The majority of visitors in both summer and autumn wanted no change (59% in summer and 67% in autumn) but
13% of autumn visitors comments on the need to improve cleanliness.




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 Appendix A Welsh Coastal Tourism Strategy (December 2008) WAG

Recommendations
  • That towns and resorts should seek to strengthen their attractiveness for tourism by developing
     appropriate opportunities to provide land and water based recreation facilities and nature watching
     activities which meet changing market demands
  • That resort regeneration programmes are undertaken which seek to diversify and strengthen the
     resort economy while adding value to tourism activity. Such programmes will involve partnership
     between the public, private and voluntary sectors
  • That local communities are involved in identifying local needs and solutions for regenerating of coastal
     resorts
  • That resorts should be encouraged to prepare and undertake characterisation studies to inform
     environmental improvement schemes for key areas to increase their attractiveness for visitors and
     residents
  • That resort beaches, where water quality meets relevant standards, are managed so as to enable
     them to meet existing, and where possible, future blue flag requirements
  • That innovative local transport schemes are identified to reduce seasonal congestion and the use of
     the car within resorts and other coastal towns
  • That changes in the accommodation stock in and around resorts should be encouraged to meet
     changing demands in the tourism market, involving improvements to existing stock, new provision and
     conversion of redundant premises to other viable uses
  • That the accommodation sector is encouraged to network with coastal activity providers
  • That mechanisms are established for exchanging best practice between coastal towns and resorts
  • That the heritage tourism sector seeks to improve existing attractions and to make connections
     between them, creating new attractions only when there is a proven business need
  • That city and town master planning and coastal resort regeneration programmes should identify
     implications of proposals for local infrastructure
  • That resorts consider opportunities for developing coastal spas and thalassotherapy
  • That an annual beach resort survey is undertaken that will provide an incentive for resort managers to
     improve their destinations
  • That the development of food and drink at the seaside is informed by initiatives outlined in the Assembly
     Government‟s Food Tourism Plan


      That community involvement through Coastcare groups, biodiversity partnerships, voluntary groups,
       trusts or other appropriate mechanisms is encouraged in the monitoring and management of the rural
       coast
   •   That a programme of work is developed to understand the impacts of different activities on the
       environment and the character of historic settlements to evaluate the ecological and social carrying
       capacity of different coastal areas
   •   That innovative public transport initiatives should be promoted and developed to provide opportunities
       for visitors to visit the coast without using their cars
   •   That rural beaches, where water quality meets the relevant standards, are managed to enable them to
       meet existing and, where possible, future Green Coast award requirements
   •   That the development of new and appropriate tourism accommodation and infrastructure is encouraged, in
       support of the proposals along the rural coast
      That the profile is raised and opportunities promoted for increasing land and water recreation on the
       Welsh coast
   •   That supply and quality of facilities for land and water recreation are improved where appropriate and
       subject to the environmental capacities of the area
   •   That the economic benefits of the All Wales Coastal Path are maximised by linking the path to local
       attractions and local communities (links and loops)
   •   That wildlife tourism along the coast of Wales is further developed and promoted, subject to there
       being no adverse impact on wildlife or nature conservation


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•   That marina capacity is expanded where such development satisfies an agreed range of criteria
    outlined in the strategy
•   That a network of visiting berths is provided around the coast and promoted as a cruising opportunity
    where such development is appropriate and subject to the environmental capacities of the site/area
•   That consideration is given to further expand regional zoning and management systems for the use of
    PWC/and or powered boats which could cover registration, insurance cover and appropriate
    training/certification
•   That developments and improvements to cruise liner facilities are implemented particularly with regard to
    „alongside berthing‟ at key ports around the coast of Wales


   That local food products including fish and shellfish are promoted to visitors as part of the coastal
    tourism experience and initiatives developed in line with the Assembly Government‟s Food Tourism
    Action Plan
•   That the benefits of coastal events are maximised through the development and implementation of a
    co-ordinated events programme
•   That there is improved integration and co-ordination of activities between the key organisations
    involved in promoting coastal heritage
•   That a more coherent approach towards providing information to visitors about the arts and heritage at
    the coast is adopted
•   That the overall interpretation of coastal heritage is improved
•   That links are made with the Rural Development Plan which will include development work on tourism,
    based on food, events, heritage and culture
   That the support of the existing partnerships which have an interest in the coast of Wales is sought in
    order to achieve delivery of the strategy
•   Continued support for initiatives designed to improve bathing waters
•   That „Coastal Recreation Areas‟ are identified with the aims of integrating resource planning,
    improving visitor management, establishing standards and consideration of revenue implications
•   That there is improved visitor management at the coast
•   Tourism considerations are incorporated into coastal flood risk management where coastal protection
    is appropriate
•   Proposals for tourism investment to recognise and take account of the implications of climate change
    impacts, particularly the increasing flood and erosion risks, and assist with adaptation to those
    impacts
•   Obtain a fuller understanding of the potential effects of climate change on coastal tourism and the
    adaptation measures that will be required
•   That coastal destinations are encouraged to adopt an Integrated Quality Management (IQM) approach
    to managing the destination
•   That the highest standards with regard to facilities, accommodation and disabled access are achieved
•   That appropriate training and skills development programmes are established, to assist environmental
    and conservation knowledge, activity pursuits, business management and career development
•   That schools are encouraged to provide outdoor adventure activities for school pupils at the coast




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 Appendix B Milford Haven Water Recreation Plan 2005

 Objectives
In order to achieve the Vision and Aims of this Plan, the Milford Haven Waterway Recreation Working Group, having considered
responses from the consultees document, has set the following objectives for 2005 and onwards.

1.    Change the use of the upper reaches, to low-energy and low speed activity where possible through education and co-operation.
2.     Minimise the impact of recreational activity on environmentally sensitive areas.
3.    Consider Interpretation Boards at key locations to broaden understanding and awareness of environment, heritage and safety
      issues affecting the user.
4.    Water Quality results to be made available on public notice boards.
5.    Carry out surveys to identify the leisure usage trends.
6.    Investigate the feasibility of a Carrying Capacity Study.
7.    Raise awareness of 100m exclusion zone around jetties and vessels.
8.    Promote a wider understanding of navigation rules, bye-laws and consideration for other users.
9.    Risk assessments to be carried out by all training providers.
10.   Details of all water-based activities and events which my impact on other waterway users to be notified to MHPA well in advance,
      including Risk Assessments if applicable.
11.   No new moorings will be allowed in the main ski area, nor further moorings in the upper reaches without the consideration of risk
      and environmental impact assessments.
12.   Update and distribute digital mooring maps on an annual basis.
13.   Reorganise and improve use of existing mooring areas, and identify and prioritise new areas to meet future demand.
14.   Update slipway information on Recreation website.
15.   Undertake slipway usage survey.
16.    Improve safety of access points by reducing surface growth.
17.   Consider management of key access points by local groups, including manning throughout the season.
18.   Liaise with VCB‟s, local clubs and societies to develop voluntary management and self-regulation schemes.
19.   Review Harbour Bye-laws and introduce General Directions
20.   Consider the introduction of speed limits in the Haven.




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