PEMBROKESHIRE Coast National Park is expected to approve a call to for the RNLI to fundraise at six Pembrokeshire beaches at its next meeting on March 20.

Members are asked to approve RNLI fundraising on six Park Authority managed beaches and to extend the period of time that is available for fundraising activities by the RNLI.

The Park is responsible for a substantial length of the coastline throughout Pembrokeshire, and most organised beach activities that take place within Pembrokeshire require a licence or other formal permission from it.

Over the years the Park has been hesitant in allowing commercial activities or charity fundraising activities to take place on the county’s beaches.

However, in April 2008 the Park agreed to make an exception for the RNLI, granting permission for the charity to provide an information and fundraising presence on some beaches for a limited period on a trial basis.

The initial trial period was deemed to be a success and the RNLI have continued to fundraise on a number of beaches throughout Pembrokeshire.

The RNLI has now asked the Park Authority to extend their existing beach activities to include small fundraising teams being based on beach entry points at Newgale, Broadhaven, Nolton Haven, Whitesands, Newport Beach and Poppit Sands, May 1– September 7.

In the past the RNLI have stressed that although regular support is the principal goal, the fundraising team also deliver key beach safety messages.

Members are recommended to give consent for the RNLI’s fundraising activities to continue for a further five years, subject to fundraising limited to 28 days, literature is bilingual, and that fundraisers receive training from the Park.