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Community Information

On this page, we have included useful information from refuse and recycling collections to car parking and much more.  If you think that anything is missing, please get in touch using the Contact form.

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Register for a new Solva Council House

With the advent of new Council houses coming to Solva, anyone who wishes to be considered for one of these properties is required to be registered with ChoiceHomes@Pembrokeshire.  To join ChoiceHomes@Pembrokeshire, you need to complete an application form. Assistance is available from a housing partner office or a Pembrokeshire County Council customer service centre/local area office if you require it. Further information on how to apply is on their website – see the link below – or call 01437 764551 or 01437 763688.

Are your Details Correct on the Electoral Register?

Household Enquiry Forms (HEF) have been sent to every household in Pembrokeshire asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the Electoral Register for that address is correct. Householders are being urged to respond as soon as possible. 

Please return your form as it saves resources e.g. sending out canvassers. In Solva, at 62%, we are some way below the highest response rate.  You never know when the next election will be… 

If anyone has any questions or queries, please contact Pembrokeshire County Council’s elections team electoralservices@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, 01437 775844.  There is more information available on pembrokeshire.gov.uk/elections-and-voting  

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Solva Communty Land Trust

The Solva Community Land Trust is now up and running with a view to taking control of the housing project planned for the football field opposite Bay View Stores. Pembrokeshire County Council has given an informal commitment to hand over the project and the funding that goes with it, to the Trust. This means the community can potentially determine what housing goes there and who will be eligible to occupy the new houses. The funding for this comes from PCC’s ‘Second Home Premium’ levied on Council Tax bills. Everyone can become a shareholder for a nominal payment, details of which will soon be available.  PCC is due to formalise this process by the New Year so hopefully house construction will be able to start as soon as possible.  

Refuse and Recycling

Changes to PCC Waste & Recycling Centres

The Civic Amenity Site at St Davids has been changed to a Waste and Recycling Centre (WRC). PCC are asking you to sort your recyclable materials from your non-recyclable materials before you visit one of their WRCs. This will mean that when you arrive at site, you can easily put material in the correct container.  They will also be providing a dedicated Sorting Area at the WRCs in order to ensure all recyclables are removed before waste is placed into the general waste container.  

When you arrive at the Waste & Recycling Centre your general waste bags will be checked to see if they contain anything that could be recycled on site. You will be asked to place the recyclable items in the right containers and the rest of your non-recyclable waste will be disposed of in the general waste container.

All Welsh councils have recycling targets to hit and these targets will increase in the coming years. Welsh Government will fine Authorities that do not hit their recycling targets.  For every 1% of the target missed, Pembrokeshire will be fined £140,000. Over 40% of waste, in general waste bags disposed at WRCs could have been either recycled or reused.

More information can be found on the PCC website https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-changes/waste-and-recycling-centres-wrcs and the leaflet can be downloaded below.

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St Davids Waste & Recycling Centre’s address is:
Nr Hendre Farm
Fishguard Road
St Davids
Pembrokeshire
SA62 6BY

Opening times: Monday – Tuesday: closed, Wednesday – Sunday: 10:15 – 16:00.

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Other Useful Information

PCC’s Waste and Recycling website has information on requesting additional bins or caddies, reporting missed collections or fly tipping, information about kerbside collection such as refuse, orange bag recycling, glass, food and garden waste.

PCC Waste Changes

Changes to the way that waste and recycling is collected will change from autumn 2019, with Solva’s first, new collection on 4 November.  The video explains in more detail.

You can also download guidelines on the new scheme and also an electronic copy of the leaflet that you will have received through your door.

Search for Your Bin Day

Image courtesy of PCC

Seagull-proof Bags

Seagull-proof bags are available to buy for £5.50 each.  Find out where to buy.

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Disposable Nappy and Incontinence Waste Collections

Each nappy takes up to 500 years to decompose.  Registering for the purple bag scheme to have your nappy and incontinence waste collected separately means that it can be recycled.

Real Nappy Project

Switching to real nappies is better for the environment and your pocket!  There is even a cashback scheme. Find out more by contacting Vicky White, Pembrokeshire Real Nappy Co-ordinator.

Public Transport

Solva is served by 2 buses; the T11 runs Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays) between Haverfordwest and Fishguard.  The 400 Puffin Shuttle runs between St Davids and Marloes; daily during the summer and only on certain days in the winter.

Links to all bus timetables can be found on PCC’s website or on the Traveline Cymru website or app.

Car parking in Solva

The main car park is in lower Solva which is managed by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.  Visit their website for more information about the car park, including seasonal charges and season tickets.

Upper Solva also has two small car parks – opposite the Memorial Hall and opposite St Aidan’s Church, as well as free parking in the streets around, from which it is possible to walk down to lower Solva.  Please note that parking on the quay is not permitted.

Information about Community Amenities

Also take a look at the Our Village page, which has more information on organisations and activities in our village.

Solva Surgery

Solva Surgery is situated at Cysgod-yr-Eglwys SA62 6TW.  Their phone number is 01437 721306 and opening times are available on their website.

Image courtesy of the Western Telegraph of the Solva Surgery team at the Western Telegraph Health and Care Awards, 2018

Library Service

The mobile Library visits the car park opposite St Aidan’s Church once a month between 13:00-13:30.  The dates between September-December 2019 are: 20 September, 18 October, 15 November and 13 December.  More details and timetables for forthcoming month’s are on PCC’s website.

School

Solva is home to the St Aidans campus of Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi – St Davids Peninsula’s 3-16 Church in Wales VA School.  David Haynes is the headteacher and more information can be found on the school’s website, Twitter @Penrhyndewi – and Facebook@ysgolpenrhyndewi – pages.  

Solva Memorial Hall

Solva Memorial Hall is approaching its centenary in 2022.  It is owned by the community and run by a Management Committee, in partnership with Solva Community Council.  Recently painted and adorned with mosaics made by our community, it is available to hire for events and celebrations.  More details can be found on its website.

Solva Post Office

Solva Post Office is in Bay View Stores at 19 Maes Ewan SA62 6TX.  Post Office opening times are on the Post Office website.  The shop is open longer hours with more details on their website or Facebook page @BayViewStores.

Places of Worship

Solva, Whitchurch and Middle Mill have 5 places of worship.

St Aidan’s (in upper Solva) and Whitchurch are Church in Wales churches.  Reverand Diana Hoare can be contacted on 01437 721205 and their Facebook page is @WhitchurchandSolva.  Information on services can be found on the Greater Dewisland Local Ministry Area website.

Mount Pleasant in upper Solva and Felinganol in Middle Mill are both Baptist Chapels.  Services alternate between the 2 chapels.

Capel Mynydd Seion/Mount Zion Chapel Congregational chapel is also located in upper Solva.

Playgrounds

Solva has two playgrounds, owned and maintained by the Community Council.

The Gamlin Play Park is located in Lower Solva and can be accessed from the car park. The site features a range of equipment for 3-12 year olds and there is plenty of space for informal play.

The Play and Slate Park is located adjacent to the Football Club in upper Solva and has a range of equipment for 3-10 year olds. There is plenty of space for informal play and it also features a skate park.

Both facilities are managed by the Solva Playing Field Committee and were established by a Deed of Gift made in 1964 when Ewan Gibson Davies gave to the Parish Council of Whitchurch the land which comprises of the football field (excluding the club house), the Play Park and the Play and Skate Park.

Solva Football Club

Established in 1962, Solva APC  have teams of all ages.  To contact them or find out about fixtures, email them on solvaafc@gmail.com or contact them on Messenger m.me/SolvaFootballClub.

They also have a Facebook page @SolvaFootballClub and are on Twitter @SolvaAFC

The football club building and land is owned to Solva Community Council and can be hired for events.

Your Account – from Pembrokeshire County Council

My Account – Your Online Pembrokeshire County Council Account

Solva Community Council wishes to encourage local residents to register with Pembrokeshire County Council for an online council account known as ‘My Account’.

To register, just click on the following link https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/my-account

Once registered, you can then report:

And also request:

And lots more! 

 ‘My Account’ is the new way to access a variety of Pembrokeshire County Council Services online, saving you time and money.  Registering for an account is easy and takes just a couple of minutes – all you need to get started is an email address.