Solva Community Council • Cyngor Cymuned Solfach
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.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, most organisations are affected. Some are closed and others are operating with reduced opening hours and new procedures. Please contact them directly for specific information.
Solva Community Land Trust
The Solva Community Land Trust is now up and will be deliverying affordable housing on the football field opposite Bay View Stores. Pembrokeshire County Council has approved around £3m to be allocated to the Trust which means that the community can determine what housing goes there and who will be eligible to occupy the new homes. 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. Find out more on their webpage Solva CLT.
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 email@example.com, 01437 775844. There is more information available on pembrokeshire.gov.uk/elections-and-voting
Refuse and Recycling
Changes to PCC Waste & Recycling Centres
The Civic Amenity Site at St Davids has now re-opened for essential use and under strict new guidelines. All visitors will have to pre-book a slot and follow a number of restrictions and guidelines to ensure that social distancing is observed.
Slots can be booked at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-bookings or by phoning the Council’s contact centre on: 01437 764551.
People are asked to book online if possible and only phone the contact centre if they do not have internet access.
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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.
St Davids Waste & Recycling Centre’s address is:
Nr Hendre Farm
Winter opening times (1 October – 31 March): Monday – Tuesday: closed, Wednesday – Sunday: 10:15 – 16:00.
Summer opening times (1 April – 30 September): every day, 10.15 – 16.00.
Search for Your Bin Day
Image courtesy of PCC
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.
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.
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.
Please note that a temporary timetable is operating during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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. Since 8 June, it has been re-opened following COVID-19 restrictions.
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.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, most organisations are affected. Some are closed and others are operating with reduced opening hours and new procedures. Some are doing more than they did before, such as Bay View Stores. Please contact them directly for specific information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please note that the playgrounds are currently closed during the COVID-10 Pandemic.
Solva Football Club
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:
- Garden Waste Collection Service (Renew/Subscribe/cancel)
- A bulky waste collection
- A new glass/food box
- A birth certificate copy
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.