Sustainable Development Fund Committee

25/01/2017 @ 10:00 - National Park Offices


1. To elect a Chairman for the ensuing year.

2. To receive apologies for absence

3. To receive any disclosure of interest by Members or Officers in respect of any item of business

4. To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the SDF Committee held on the 18th May 2016

5 To consider the report of the SDF Administrator

6. To consider the applications on the following pages:

SDF 0363 – Ocean Plastics
Ocean Plastics aim to develop a sustainable business. Their business would benefit the environment by utilising and raising awareness of plastic waste and also benefit the local economy by demonstrating a model of appropriate scale manufacturing. To achieve their goal Ocean Plastics will recycle plastic waste, including that collected from beaches, and by working with others, trial and demonstrate the viability of using 3D printing and injection moulding to produce quality products for sale. These products will be made in materials which previously would not have been possible or cost effective using small scale manufacturing.

SDF 0364 – Solva Care Development Phase
Following the Solva Care pilot phase, this project is moving into its development phase. This next phase will build upon the best practice trialled and delivered to date but also integrate the voluntary services delivered with those delivering local authority or private domiciliary care, to provide a seamless integrated service. This phase will also extend the service user base and provide a more preventative service as a means of delaying the slow decline into dependency which results as individuals become less mobile and more isolated. Development of a website as an additional communication tool, vetting and recommending local tradespeople and investigating a model for future financial sustainability into the longer term are other new work areas that will be undertaken when moving the project forward.

SDF 0365 – Slipper Limpet Hemocyanin Study
This project is a research study to investigate the extraction of hemocyanin from the slipper limpet and compare it against existing hemocyanins used in pharma products. Hemocyanin is a crucial protein adjuvant for vaccines and other cancer therapies. It is known that slipper limpets contain hemocyanin but not known whether it can be extracted in commercial quantities or whether it is possible to purify it in a similar way to other extracted hemocyanins or how it compares to other products, which is what this project would determine. The project would also develop a plan for slipper limpet extraction and handling for fishermen who catch the limpet as a by-catch. The slipper limpet is an invasive non- native species found to be having a detrimental impact on biodiversity in local waterways, fish hatcheries and shellfish beds. In the future commercial product development could bring significant environmental and economic benefits to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

SDF 0366 – Sustainable Seaweed Management in the Haven Waterway
This project focusses on the management of seaweed blooms in the Milford Haven waterway as a way to address the significant environmental issue of high nutrient levels affecting the water quality. The proposed pilot will collect seaweed from the waterway and use it as a feedstock for a small anaerobic digestion facility to produce biogas and fertiliser for local use. Project work will include an options appraisal for use of seaweed as feedstock for anaerobic digestion and subsequent use for biogas and financial modelling of the proposed process. Also a feasibility study to explore how the management and growth of seaweed could play a role in Payment for Ecosystems Services (PES) schemes such as “Ecobank”, which is a specific scheme being piloted in Pembrokeshire by the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales. The project has the potential to act as a catalyst, leading to both environmental and economic benefits for the region, helping to reduce nutrient levels in the waterway, and to improve the recreational enjoyment of the waterway as well as providing opportunities for employment for the local community.

SDF 0367 – Well-being
As part of a wider all Wales partnership project led by Keep Wales Tidy (KWT), the Well-being project will increase the awareness and understanding of Welsh culture and heritage, and improve access to Wellsprings within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The partnership believes that the network of Sacred Springs, Holy Wells and Medicinal Spas in Wales, collectively known as wellsprings, represents a vitally important heritage asset that is worthy of greater interest, recording and protection. This project development phase will investigate the wells, undertake site surveys and research and carry out community consultations to improve the records and recording of wellsprings specifically around the St Davids and Strumble Head area to ensure that they are not lost. Local communities will be engaged to conserve and promote their local wells and in the longer term businesses will also be encouraged to promote the tourism benefits of the wellsprings and their links to other heritage sites. In addition the project will investigate the biodiversity benefits of the wellspring sites and the potential to promote the importance of managing water resources.