Solva Community Council • Cyngor Cymuned Solfach
What Solva Community Council Does
Solva Community Council tries to continually improve local services in order to meet the needs both of residents and of Solva’s many visitors. Its general role is to act as a voice for its local area. This involves articulating the views and concerns of Solva people on a wide range of issues of public concern, and making representations to Pembrokeshire County Council and other public-sector bodies.
The Community Council works in partnership with a range of organisations – such as Pembrokeshire County Council, local law enforcement (Dyfed-Powys Police), the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and the National Trust – in order to ensure that Solva remains an attractive place to live, visit and work.
Decision making is carried out by 8 elected Members, who represent Solva’s roughly 656 people of voting age. However, the Community Council is not party political – enabling each member to vote as an individual on all matters that concern Solva, Whitchurch and Middle Mill.
Day-to-day operations are carried out by the Clerk, supported by contractors for specialist jobs such as Grounds Maintenance.
The next meeting is on Wednesday 6 November at 6.30pm in Solva Memorial Hall. Items on the agenda include:
▪ Playpark Services – debate & 2020/21 funding motion (see Solva Precept Pressure article)
▪ Dog Fouling – Enforcement officers debate & motion
▪ Solva Community Land Trust
▪ VE Day 75 Celebrations
▪ Finance report
▪ Planning applications
▪ Local concerns
The full agenda is also available to download as a PDF.
Members of the local community may attend; please inform the Clerk on 07890 9872597.
Minutes are available to download as PDFs.
The Annual Meeting (AGM), normally held in May, gives local residents the opportunity to raise issues with the Community Council and other organisations in Solva. This can be done in 2 ways:
▪ By submitting a resolution to be discussed at the AGM. Written notice of the resolution must be submitted to the Clerk prior to the meeting. If the resolution is passed, the Community Council is obliged to consider the matter at a subsequent meeting.
▪ By participating in the open forum and speaking at the AGM.
Although the AGM is not a meeting of the Community Council, the first business conducted is the election of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Community Council. Local groups and organisations are encouraged to present a report on their activities at the meeting.
The remaining meeting date in 2019 is:
Dates for 2020 are:
Date of AGM to be confirmed (usually May)
Who’s Who at Solva Community Council
Josh Phillips (Chair)
Ifor Thomas (Vice Chair)
Have your Say!
Are there any local concerns on which you would like to comment? Let us know your views by following the link below.
Alternatively, members of the public are welcome to attend Community Council meetings – see the dates above.
Or, you can come along to one of our weekly coffee mornings from 10.30am to noon on a Thursday in the Memorial Hall, where you will often find a Community Councillor to speak to. Our County Councillor, Mark Carter, sometimes has a local surgery at the coffee morning a couple of times per month; please contact him for details on 07976 553912 or email@example.com; you can also check the Solva Newsletter for dates. Alternatively you can make an appointment with the Clerk to see the Chair at other times.
Other Elected Representatives for Solva
Below are details of the County Councillor, Welsh Assembly Members, Member of Parliament and Police that represent Solva. Click on their photos for contact details and further information.
Constituency Assembly Member for the Constituency of Preseli Pembrokeshire (Conservative).
Solva Community Council Initiatives
Solva Community Council has a track record of working to better its community. Grassroots, groundbreaking projects such as the charity Solva Care came out of a council initiative. Find out more about some of the initiatives that the council currently working on by going to our Solva Community Council Initiatives page
Thinking of Being a Community Councillor?
One Voice Wales has prepared a guide to what it involves.
Declarations of Interest
Solva Community Councillors, under the Councillors’ Code of Conduct, are obliged to declare any interests at meetings.
A copy of the Community Council’s rules may be downloaded as a PDF
A statement of payments made to members of the Community Council may be downloaded as a PDF
If you would like to know more about Community Councils and what they do, One Voice Wales – the representative body for community and town councils in Wales – has prepared a guide that can be downloaded as a PDF.
Announcement of the 2019 Annual Return of Solva Community Council
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. Click below to download the Notice for details of how to inspect.