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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.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is on Wednesday 5 February 2020 in Solva Memorial Hall.

An agenda is available to download as a PDF, at least a week before the meeting.

Members of the local community may attend; please inform the Clerk on 07890 9872597.

Council Minutes

Minutes are available to download as PDFs.

Annual Meeting

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.  

Meeting Dates

The meeting dates for 2020 are:

8 January
5 February
4 March
1 April
6 May
Date of AGM to be confirmed (usually May)
3 June
1 July
2 September
7 October
4 November
2 December

Who’s Who at Solva Community Council

Josh Phillips (Chair)

01437 721528

John Price

0870 7572270

Ifor Thomas (Vice Chair)

01437 729574

Vicky Barker

07748 352889

Joanne Gibbins

01437 721352

Colin Reynolds

07967 431781

Joe Griffin

01437 720909

Wendy Wright

01437 729116

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; 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.

Mark Carter

County Councillor for the Electoral Division of Solva (Conservative).

Helen Mary Jones

Regional Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales (Plaid Cymru).

Paul Davies

Constituency Assembly Member for the Constituency of Preseli Pembrokeshire (Conservative).

Eluned Morgan

Regional Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales (Labour).

Stephen Crabb

Member of Parliament for the Constituency of Preseli Pembrokeshire (Conservative).

Joyce Watson

Regional Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales (Labour).

Neil Hamilton

Regional Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales (Conservative).

Dafydd Llywelyn

Police and Crime Commissioner for the Dyfed-Powys Police force area (Plaid Cymru).

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

Burns Night Postponed

You may have heard about COCA's proposed Burns Night planned for 25 January in Solva Memorial Hall.  Sadly, it has had to be cancelled due to no band being available.  However, there are plans for a Welsh night dinner in March so watch this space!

New Housing in Solva Consultation

The Community Land Trust (CLT), set up to deliver new affordable housing in Solva, has received around £3m from Pembrokeshire County Council. A consultation is being held between 6.30 to 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 December in Solva Football Club. If you are interested in one of the properties, or in what form they should take, do go along.

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...

Solva Community Council – Next Meeting

Solva Community Council will meet on Tuesday 3 December at 6:30 pm in the Memorial Hall.  Items on the agenda will include: 2020/21 Budget and Precept Finance report Planning applications Local concerns including Bro Dawel traffic Members of the local community are welcome to attend. Please let the Clerk (Bruce Payne 07890 987259) know if you...

October Minutes Published

Solva Community Council's minutes for October have now been published on its website.

Solva Community Christmas Lunch

Solva's annual over-60s Christmas luncheon is hosted by Solva Community Council each year for everyone who is part of the Solva Community.  This year's will be held on Saturday 7 December at 12.30pm in the Memorial Hall with entertainment by the Brian Jobson band.  Add your name to the list in Bay View Stores if you are interested.

Solva Fireworks

Thanks to everyone involved in the 2019 fireworks' display - organisers, bucket shakers and onlookers.  We raised £1,296.61!

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...

Solva Community Council – Next Meeting

Solva Community Council will meet on Wednesday 6th November at 6:30 pm in the Memorial Hall.  Items on the agenda will 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...

Free Wi-Fi at the Hall

Solva Memorial Hall are pleased to announce that there is now free Wi-Fi at the hall! Image by Samuel1983 from Pixabay 

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. 

Standing Orders

A copy of the Community Council’s rules may be downloaded as a PDF

Published Allowances

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.

Code of Conduct for Community Councillors