Together for Change – Pembrokeshire Communities Working Together

Together for Change – Pembrokeshire Communities Working Together

Following on from the successful Solva Symposium held earlier this year, Solva Care will be hosting an online event for all community groups – or community-minded individuals – to find out more about how they could participate in this Pembrokeshire-wide partnership project.

Together for Change is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to bring community groups together in Pembrokeshire to network and provide mutual support so that as many communities as possible can benefit.

The event is hosted by Zoom on Tuesday 30 June at 10am. For more details, see our project page Together for Change page.  To register email Project Coordinator Jessie Buchanan on research@solvacare.co.uk before the 26 June giving the following information: your name, organisation and number of volunteers (if applicable), contact details, and area of interest in community development. Please let Jessie know if you would like to participate but have trouble with accessing  Zoom and we will see if we can help.

A Solva Symposium

A Solva Symposium

Solva Care invites you to to attend the inaugural Solva Symposium: ‘Pobl, Lle a Llesiant – People, Place and Wellbeing’: The Experience of a Small, Pembrokeshire Village on Wednesday 11 March, 5-8.30pm at the Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College, Haverfordwest.
 
Cawl and refreshments will be served on arrival.
 
Please contact Luci Llewellyn-Jones on events@solvacare.co.uk with any questions and book your tickets on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/people-place-and-wellbeing-the-solva-symposium-tickets-92242211939
Renew Your Bus Pass

Renew Your Bus Pass

Transport for Wales are working with all Welsh local councils and Welsh Government to roll out new-style Concessionary Travel Cards by the end of December 2019. These cards will replace the current green ‘bus passes’ across Wales. The old-style cards will not be recognised by electronic readers on buses after 31 December 2019.

Renew online now via the website https://tfw.gov.wales/travelcards

Solva Precept Pressure 2020/21

Solva Precept Pressure 2020/21

Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) will have a 2020/21 funding gap and although probably less than previous years is seeking our support to deliver various non-statutory services which otherwise may be at risk of being withdrawn. These include: • Public toilets
• Playparks
• Parks, gardens & public open spaces
The first of these are playpark services and PCC plan to transfer the full cost to Solva Community Council (SCC) in April 2020. The forecast cost is £1,200 which could see our 2020/21 precept rise by 3.43%.
SCC has already taken financial control for the delivery of local Youth Services at an annual cost of £3,155. The cost of local elections has already been passed to community councils and PCC will now charge SCC approximately £5,000 for any contested election. SCC must be ready for the 2022 local elections and has from 2018 included £1,000 within the annual precept to cover expected costs.
Such increases to our precept are always a challenge to justify and we wish to do everything we can to protect residents from further excessive precept rises especially in the wake of Council Tax increases of 23.6% over the last two years.
SCC will consider all options to ensure our playparks remain open. Community Councillor’s will debate and agree a way forward at their meeting on Wednesday 6 November 2019 at 6:30pm in the Memorial Hall.

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