Meeting notes 27-28 June 2023
Milford Haven Waterway and site visit to Milford Haven Port
Dr David Clubb, Chair
Jenifer Baxter Deputy Chair
Nick Tune, Commissioner
Stephen Brooks, Commissioner
Eluned Parrott, Commissioner
Eurgain Powell Commissioner
Helen Armstrong Commissioner
Aleena Khan, Commissioner
Stuart Ingram, Office of NICW
Nicola Britton, Office of NICW
Jonathan Chitty, Port of Milford Haven (MHPA)
Steve Edwards, MHPA
Anna Malloy, MHPA
Iwan Thomas, Planed
Arwen Williams, Pembrokeshire College
Rachel Moxey, Pembrokeshire County Council
Paul Miller, Pembrokeshire County Council
Jetske Germing Pembrokshire Coastal Forum
Richard Little, RWE
Simon Ames, Dragon LNG
Ben Williams, RWE
Sean Evans, Blue Gem
Stephen Thornton, Valero
Stephen Matthews ERM
Barry Walters, Pembrokeshire College
Hayley Williams, Pembrokeshire College
Dave Worrell, Providence Training
Martyn Johnson ECITB
Nicola Gandy, PCC (plg)
Sarah Hirst Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Welcome and declarations of interest
The Chair welcomed commissioners to the meeting with a check-in, celebration of success, declarations and invitations. The Chair attended and spoke at the recent RTPI Cymru conference
The action tracker was noted and updated.
Commissioners discussed their current thinking on the National Grid, and concluded they need to continue exploring as part of the process of coming to a view on this multi-faceted complex issue.
Aleena Khan and Nick Tune reported back on the recent workshop Olsights Ltd ran as part of their contract to develop the final report on renewables. The timeline for completing the project was discussed and it was agreed the chair and deputy chair would meet with Aleena and Nick to further refine the recommendations before a final draft was circulated to the PAG their final comments.
It was agreed a half day overview session with Alistair Waverly would be arranged to be followed by a facilitated session to further develop the 2100 vision.
Action: Arrange half day futures training: Secretariat
Commissioners suggested building on their futures work to engage more widely with the public sector. A one day facilitated event with sector specific workshop on long term thinking is to be explored. In addition, development of an evidence base using climate change scenarios to support year 3 work was also discussed, but as this intersects with the CCRA (Climate change Risk Assessment) a conversation with the Welsh Government’s adaptation lead would be useful before commissioning.
Liaise with WG Adaptation Team on climate change models and the current status of the CCRA
Arranging a long term thinking and infrastructure event in early 2024: Secretariat
Milford Haven Port Authority Site Visit
Commissioners joined Steve Edwards MHPA, Richard Little, RWE Simon Ames, Dragon LNG for a tour of the port facilities at Pembroke Dock. The current development underway and the opportunities presented by the Celtic Seas Free Port bid were discussed.
The Chair absented himself from this portion of the meeting. Attendees as per agenda.
Commissioners met with a variety of energy company representatives for a discussion focusing on What the ‘freeport’ decision gives the port and the companies that they would otherwise not have got, and what are the wider implications for infrastructure in Wales.
Year 3 project discussion
Helen Armstrong and Stephen Brooks updated the group on their current thinking as they want to begin scoping for year 3 by the autumn. The links with the flooding projects was noted along with the need to factor this in to the work plan, which may impact on timing.
Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum as noted as a group who could be partnered with to test ideas around stakeholder engagement.
A call for evidence is still under consideration however an event with key stakeholders (using the Delphi method) may be more practical in view of time constraints.
Planning in the National Park
Sarah Hirst and Angharad Llewellyn spoke to commissioners about their work, focusing on TAN 15 and their current experience of coastal retreat.