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
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previous years is seeking our support to deliver various non-statutory services which otherwise may be at risk of being withdrawn.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
• 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.
Each year, the accounts of Solva Community Council are audited by the Auditor General of Wales. As part of this process, any interested person has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the Annual Return. Refer to the Notice for details of how to inspect. Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay